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Master your game from the inside out! With more than copies sold since it was first published thirty years ago, this phenomenally successful guide has. How to improve your game and discover your true potential by increasing your concentration, willpower and confidence Described by Billie. The inner game of tennis. byGallwey, W. Timothy. Publication date For print- disabled users. Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files.

He nodded, seeing no point in extending the inevitable. Yeah it is. He looks really good in the dark clothes. The piercings suit him. And the tattoos. Angelina looked thoughtful. Oliver sat fidgeting in his seat, not quite sure whether he should do as they said or just go to bed.

He was left alone with his thoughts, his head still sort of fuzzy from the influx of confusing feelings. When the girls returned they were holding a small pile of light coloured clothing.

He spotted a pretty, lavender knit sweater that looked particularly cozy. We get to go to Hogsmeade tomorrow, so you can wear it there. Try it out.

He tried to be quiet so as not to wake his dorm mates. The first thing he tried on was the lavender sweater. It fit well, a little short on the arms but not too tight, and was incredibly comfortable. He spotted a white tennis skirt. With a sharp intake of breath he picked it out of the pile. I wish. I wish but no. Not right now. He poked his head back down to the common room and invited the two waiting girls up to his room.

He tugged off the sweater, and put the top on, the soft material brushing his skin delicately. The shirt finished just before his naval, a light trail of hair led down to the waistband of his jeans.

They were right, he needed to be in less constrictive clothing with this shirt. He ushered them to turn around and he pulled on the joggers. They sat just above his hips and worked wonderfully with the crop top to highlight his abs and V. You should wear that to training next time. Maybe we can crash Slytherin and force them to have another scrimmage with us.

Plus, we need to regain championship. He smiled at them lightly, a soft pink dusting his cheekbones. He was so lucky to have them as friends. Getting changed quickly, he cast a charm to nox the lights and crawled into bed.

Well then. He gathered up his team, told them to dress in whatever casual athletic wear they wanted This is a scrimmage, not a practise and marched them to the pitch.

The other teen halted in his path, almost causing Pucey to crash into him, and slowly descended.

You won't, but you can try. Marcus eyed him warily but eventually acquiesced. The Slytherin team returned not long after that, a small sea of black and green fabrics. Ollie looked down at his light grey joggers and felt good. He slowly unzipped his red windbreaker and tossed it toward the bleachers. There was a whistle from the left of him it was Fred, the shit stirrer. Marcus had, once again, stopped dead in his tracks staring directly at Oliver with his jaw almost hitting the floor.

The light colours on the crop top were even prettier in the natural light, and he looked really good in it, if he did say so himself. He threw a smirk over his shoulder at Flint and mounted his broom. There was a collective cheer and both teams followed him up into the air. The second scrimmage in two days between Gryffindor and Slytherin commenced.

Thinking about it, Gryffindors and Slytherins had never gotten along. All of them were probably going with this whole scrimmage thing because they wanted the two sided pining to just stop. It was clear to Oliver at this point that Marcus at least thought he was attractive. Not because of some ingrained and inherently sexist ideology that because Oliver was a tad more feminine than Marcus he had to be the one asked out. Or maybe he was just scared. This time Gryffindor won. It was close once again but they managed to scrape past at the last second.

Oliver kept out most goals, but then so did Bletchley. Malfoy and Harry were neck-a-neck almost the entire practise but this time instead of Malfoy getting there seconds earlier it was Harry. Marcus was ruthless. That was to be expected. Higgs was in the bleachers not looking all too bothered at the fact that he was replaced by Malfoy. His eyes never seemed to leave Pucey.

Oliver felt far less constricted this match, the crop top was flowy and light and it felt good. Oliver dismisses his team after the match, and hung around to reorganise the Gryffindor area in the broom shed. Not five minutes later Marcus walked in. They worked quietly for a moment, Oliver watching the way Marcus worried his one of his lip piercings with his tongue.

That was hot. Just like he said, mind your own! Just felt like a change. He looked up to see a surly looking Marcus, pulling out a chair angrily and flopping into it. He was pretty much pouting, glaring evenly at the books.


The only reply he got was an annoyed hmph. He shook his head and refocused on charms, allowing Marcus his time to sulk. Oliver smiled lightly and adjusted the light blue cardigan he had thrown over his school shirt and pants in lieu of robes. Perce is better, but I can hold my own if you wanted help.

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Oliver calmly closed his charms work and pushed it aside. They worked for about an hour, Marcus rubbing his thumb over a tattoo on his left wrist every time he was pleased with himself. Marcus looked up, startled. Uh, I have too many to go over now. I could tell you a few, though? My Ma would say it a lot as I was growing up.

Then I was listening to some muggle music and it popped up again. You heard of it? The other one was different. It was a tiny ghost, more of a loosely falling sheet than something realistic. That old cartoon style. Not my best time so I wanted to document my survival, because I did survive.

I made it. I want him to smile more. Sat at the old and creaking worktable. Their lips moved together with ease, almost like they were made to fit together. Maybe they were. When one learns how to change a habit, it is a relatively simple matter to learn which ones to change. Once you learn how to learn, you have only to discover what is worth learning.

Why is it so easy for a child to pick up a foreign language? The Inner Game way of learning is a return toward this childlike way. It is much more difficult to break a habit when there is no adequate replacement for it. This difficulty often exists when we become moralistic about our tennis game. Often, in fact, the harder we try to break a habit, the harder it becomes to do. But there is a natural and more childlike method. If you think you are controlled by a bad habit, then you will feel you have to try to break it.

He simply leaves it as he finds walking an easier way to get around. Here is a simple summary of the traditional way we have been taught to learn, contrasted with the Inner Game of learning. Experiment with this method and you will discover a workable way to make any desired change in your game.

Step 1: Nonjudgmental Observation Where do you want to start?

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What part of your game needs attention? It is not always the stroke that you judge as worst which is the most ready for change. It is good to pick the stroke you most want to change. Let the stroke tell you if it wants to change. After you have watched and felt your serve for five minutes or so, you may have a strong idea about the particular element of the stroke that needs attention.

Ask your serve how it would like to be different. Maybe it wants a more fluid rhythm; maybe it wants more power, or a greater amount of spin. In any case, let yourself feel the change most desired, then observe a few more serves. The next step is to picture your serve with more power.

One way to do this might be to watch the motion of someone who gets a lot of power in his serve. Step 3: Trust Self 2 Begin serving again, but with no conscious effort to control your stroke.

In particular, resist any temptation to try to hit the ball harder. Simply let your serve begin to serve itself. Having asked for more power, just let it happen. But no matter what the results, keep Self 1 out of it.

Step 4: Nonjudgmental Observation of Change and Results As you are letting your serve serve itself, your job is simply to observe. Watch the process without exercising control over it. The more you can bring yourself to put trust in the natural process that is at work, the less you will tend to fall into the usual interfering patterns of trying too hard, judging and thinking—and the frustration that inevitably follows.

When you try hard to hit the ball correctly, and it goes well, you get a certain kind of ego satisfaction. You feel that you are in control, that you are master of the situation. You tend to feel good about the ability of your body, and possibly even amazed by the results, but the credit and sense of personal accomplishment are replaced by another kind of satisfaction. What works best is learning to focus it. Learning to focus is the subject of this chapter and to whatever extent we learn this primary art, it can benefit us in most anything we do.

Then one day my roommate, another professional, challenged me to a match. The focused mind only picks up on those aspects of a situation that are needed to accomplish the task at hand. It is not distracted by other thoughts or external events, it is totally engrossed in whatever is relevant in the here and now.

So the question arises as to how to maintain focus for extended periods of time.

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The best way is to allow yourself to get interested in the ball. How do you do this? By not thinking you already know all about it, no matter how many thousands of balls you have seen in your life. Not assuming you already know is a powerful principle of focus. The results were the same as with any effective focus. The exercise would give the player better feedback from the ball and, at the same time, help clear his mind of distractions.

Natural focus occurs when the mind is interested. When this occurs, the mind is drawn irresistibly toward the object or subject of interest. It It rarely occurs to a player to listen to the ball, but I have found great value in this focus. If you become sensitive to sound in practice, you will find that you will then use sound automatically during a match to encourage the repetition of solid shots. The habit will increase the number of balls hit solidly.

Again, you can program the best results by remembering as precisely as possible the feel in your hand, wrist and arm after a good solid hit. Remember: it is almost impossible to feel or see anything well if you are thinking about how you should be moving.

Though focus of attention helps your tennis, it is equally true that playing tennis can help your focus of attention. Learning focus of attention is a master skill that has unlimited application. For those interested, let me elaborate briefly on some theoretical aspects of concentration.

Probably you were not aware of how your tongue feels in your mouth—but in all likelihood after reading the foregoing words, you now are. While you were reading or listening to the sights and sounds around you, you were not aware of the feeling of your tongue, but with the slightest suggestion, the mind directs the focus of attention from one thing to another.

When attention is allowed to focus, it comes to know that place. Attention is focused consciousness, and consciousness is that power of knowing. Since the mind seems to have a will of its own, how can one learn to keep it in the present? By practice. There is no other way. Every time your mind starts to leak away, simply bring it gently back. When they were responding quickly enough to hit the top-speed balls and believed they were at the peak of their concentration, I moved the machine to midcourt, fifteen feet closer than before.

At this point students would often lose some concentration as a degree of fear intruded. Their forearms would tense slightly, making their movements less quick and accurate. Relax your mind. Simply relax into the present, focus on the seams of the ball, and let it happen. There was no smile of self-satisfaction, merely total absorption in each moment. All who enter even a little into that state of being present will experience a calmness and a degree of ecstasy which they will want to repeat.

How to stay concentrated in the here and now between points?

My own device, and one that has been effective for many of my students,is to focus attention on breathing. This is a setup. Self 1 likes the idea of playing in the zone, especially the results that usually occur. So Self 1 will try to grasp onto almost anything that promises to take you to what everyone agrees is a wonderful place. But there is one catch; the only way to get there is to leave Self 1 behind. So as long as you let Self 1 be the one that takes you there, it will be there too and you will not be able to go into the zone.

Games People Play on and Off the Court We live in an achievement-oriented society where people tend to be measured by their competence in various endeavors. Even before we received praise or blame for our first report card, we were loved or ignored for how well we performed our very first actions. From this pattern, one basic message came across loud, clear and often: you are a good person and worthy of respect only if you do things successfully.

But who said that I am to be measured by how well I do things? In fact, who said that I should be measured at all? Who indeed? 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.

The Meaning of Competition What is seldom recognized is that the need to prove yourself is based on insecurity and self-doubt. Only to the extent that one is unsure about who and what he is does he need to prove himself to himself or to others. Why does the surfer wait for the big wave? The answer was simple, and it unraveled the confusion that surrounds the true nature of competition. The surfer waits for the big wave because he values the challenge it presents. He values the obstacles the wave puts between him and his goal of riding the wave to the beach.

Because it is those very obstacles, the size and churning power of the wave, which draw from the surfer his greatest effort. It is only against the big waves that he is required to use all his skill, all his courage and concentration to overcome; only then can he realize the true limits of his capacities.

The potential may have always been within him, but until it is manifested in action, it remains a secret hidden from himself. The obstacles are a very necessary ingredient to this process of self-discovery. 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. The process can be more rewarding than the victory itself. So I arrived at the startling conclusion that true competition is identical with true cooperation. Although I believe that is true, it is not necessarily true that all great effort leads to greatness.

The first kind sees most obstacles as insurmountable and walks away. The second kind sees an obstacle and says, I can overcome it, and starts to dig under, climb over, or blast through it. The third type of person, before deciding to overcome the obstacle, tries to find a viewpoint where what is on the other side of the obstacle can be seen. Then, only if the reward is worth the effort, does he attempt to overcome the obstacle.

A certain feeling of contentment attends a person whenever he or she is acting in sync with this self.He was pretty much pouting, glaring evenly at the books. Are you drunk on your broom?

But who said that I am to be measured by how well I do things? I directly and immediately benefit from the learning and experience components of the Work Triangle.

His head was stuck in the clouds for the rest of the day. I could tell you a few, though? I, more than anyone, need to remember that. Not five minutes later Marcus walked in.

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