Discover how The Inner Game changed the lives of Founder of Microsoft Bill Gates and our Co-Founder Tiffany Gaskell.
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As co-founders of Performance Consultants and long-term friends, Tim Gallwey and Tiffany Gaskell live and breathe The Inner Game. Although, as Tiffany found out during a recent visit to Tim’s local golf club, it’s not easy to quieten critical “Self 1” and bring in wise “Self 2”.
Tim’s Inner Game series has recently joined the Performance Consultants family. Hugely fitting as it was the main source of inspiration behind our co-founder Sir John Whitmore’s creation of the modern-day coaching industry that we see in the world today.
Tiffany Gaskell experiences The Inner Game first-hand
Last month I finally made it on to the golf course with the legendary Tim Gallwey.
I have known Tim for years – Tim is a dear friend and our Co-Founder in the US.
The Inner Game Equation in action
Tim’s genius is that he took human performance and created The Inner Game Equation: Performance = Potential – Interference. During my time on the golf course with Tim I saw all of this in action and experienced the wisdom of what Bill Gates calls “the best guide to getting out of your own way”.
We leave the house, saying goodbye to Barbara, Tim’s wife, promising to be back in time for the sumptuous dinner she has planned.
At the first hole, I do what I always do, a short backswing. I wait for the judgement . . . Tim merely says, “short backswing, good length, gives you great control.” I am like “Yeah!” and I feel my self-esteem growing. Tim didn’t condemn my shot like my other golfing friends who have nicknamed me “slap shot Tiff”.
A couple of holes later, Tim says “Let the club do the work”. This sentence has a marvellous effect on me – until now, I notice I have been gripping the club. I think “I don’t have to do anything but swing the club”. Pow, onto the green. Easy. Somehow, that sentence is still reverberating around my life. Let the “fill-in-the-blank” do the work – there is a lot in that for me who used to be a banker and has a tendency to be a control freak.
I have a golfing habit that is so irritating, and I haven’t been able to shake it: Pulling my head up. A couple of holes later, Tim calls it. I groan. He says, “Feel where the ball goes and tell me, don’t look”. So, I do that – not very well at first but this is something new that has me interested, actually fascinated. “Do I know where I hit the ball?” I ask myself – that is, after all, the whole point of golf. The rest of the afternoon, I enjoy working on this and use some other parts of me to play.
The secret to mastering your Inner Game
Reflecting on our time on the golf course as we sit down to Barbara’s amazing dinner, Tim says “Golf is all about feeling”.
At the end of my 9 holes with Tim Gallwey, I feel like I have a fresh glimpse into life, and that a world of possibilities is opening up, for my golf and also my life. The Inner Game Equation in action if you like – my interferences have decreased, my self-belief and potential are coming through and performance is improving.
Thank you, Tim, for all you have done to pioneer the way forward for us. Your legacy is our work that we do in global organizations today, transforming the world of work for the better, for people, planet and prosperity.
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