Category Archives: Tim Gallwey

…felt desire, putting trust into focus…

Mobility.  The capacity to move or be moved. –  Timothy Gallwey

So much of coaching is about enabling mobility. Timothy Gallwey devoted a whole chapter to the idea in his book, The Inner Game of Work.   What makes mobility significant is that it enhances our effectiveness.  Effectiveness contracts if there is no “play” or “subtly” to one’s attitude and behavior.  But its not just about “play” and “subtly.”  Many people shift their attention and focus in negative ways – their behavior moves from openness and ease to one of rigidity and intolerance. Why does this happen?

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…the vocation of being human…

“Do I feel a vocation to be fully human? “- Margaret Wheatley

Margaret Wheatley in her book, Turning to one another: Simple conversations to restore hope to the future, engages her readers in the magic of conversation by starting off with a question:  ‘Do I feel a vocation to be fully human?’

On one level the question is kind of silly.  We don’t have a choice.  So why bother?  But that perspective ignores the very word she puts before us, “Do I feel a vocation to be fully human?”

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…the inner game and its challenge…

“The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. … at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.” – W. Timothy Gallwey, author of The Inner Game of Tennis

The Inner Game of Tennis changed a lot of people’s conception of trust and engagement.  The inner game’s environment is the inner game of focus.  Putting 100% of yourself out there because you keep up a concentrated focus and because you get caught up, involuntarily, in the goal you seek.  Wait!  Did I say “involuntarily”?  That must have been a mistake.  Concentrated focus takes work and effort; it requires commitment and dedication; it is just about as far away from involuntary as you can imagine.  Or is it?

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