21 Fabulous W. Timothy Gallwey Quotes

W. Timothy Gallwey is an American author known for his series of books on personal and professional development through what is referred to as, ‘The Inner Game.’ Educated in Harvard and a native of San Francisco, Gallwey’s writing capture the purpose of being accurate and observing yours and other’s performance to achieve the best results. Here is a listing to some of the best W. Timothy Gallwey quotes every documented.

“Again focus your attention on the can; then let the serve serve itself.”

“Fear, which is probably the biggest obstacle to any learning process, is a repressive force. It exists in the mind, and almost always it is based on something that might happen in the future, rather than what is happening now.”

“For the teacher or coach, the question has to be how to give instructions in such a way as to help the natural learning process of the student and not interfere with it.”

“Fortunately, most children learn to walk before they can be told how to by their parents.”

“It is said that in breathing man recapitulates the rhythm of the universe. When the mind is fastened to the rhythm of breathing, it tends to become absorbed and calm.”

“Letting it happen is not making it happen. It is not trying hard.”


“Once one recognizes the value of having difficult obstacles to overcome, it is a simple matter to see the true benefit that can be gained from competitive sports.”

“Only by playing the role of your enemy does he become your true friend. Only by competing with you does he in fact cooperate! No one wants to stand around on the court waiting for the big wave.”

“Relaxation happens only when allowed, not as a result of “trying” or “making.”"

“The arrow is off the string but does not fly straight to the target, nor does the target stand where it is. Calculation, which is miscalculation, sets in….”

“The backhand can be used to advantage only on a tennis court, but the skill of mastering the art of effortless concentration is invaluable in whatever you set your mind to.”

“The development of inner skills is required, but it is interesting to note that if, while learning tennis, you begin to learn how to focus your attention and how to trust in yourself, you have learned something far more valuable than how to hit a forceful backhand.”

“The player of the inner game comes to value the art of relaxed concentration above all other skills; he discovers a true basis for self-confidence; and he learns that the secret to winning any game lies in not trying too hard.”

“The process can be more rewarding than the victory itself.”

“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.”

“We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development.”

“What is required to disengage oneself from this trap is a clear knowledge that the value of a human being cannot be measured by performance—or by any other arbitrary measurement.”

“When the mind is free of any thought or judgment, it is still and acts like a mirror. Then and only then can we know things as they are.”

“When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as”rootless and stemless.” We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed.”

“Whether on or off the court, I know of no better way to begin to deal with anxiety than to place the mind on one’s breathing process.”

“Winning is overcoming obstacles to reach a goal, but the value in winning is only as great as the value of the goal reached. Reaching the goal itself may not be as valuable as the experience that can come in making a supreme effort to overcome the obstacles involved.”

Tim Gallwey appears in this interview with an Association for Coaching where he discusses his studies and practice in helping others achieve their personal success and professional goals.

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