Friday, August 09, 2013

The Inner Game of Life

In memory of my father, Dovid ben Eliezer (Dennis Seinfeld)
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coaching-commons-books-001By now, just about everyone has heard of the Inner Game of Tennis.

It's not only the best-selling tennis book of all time.

It's one of the best-selliing self-help books of all time.

The author, Tim Gallwey, coaches corporate CEOs on the inner game of leadership.

He believes that the same principles apply to all areas of life.

To quote:

“The opponent within your own head is more daunting than the one on the other side of the net.”

(Source: Buzzfeed.)

Although my father's yahrzeit was a few weeks ago, on the secular calendar he is always remembered in August.

As I wrote a few years ago, my dad knew that the way to get someone to battle the oppenent within their own head is to give them a challenge.

His favorite was, "How can you run across seven bridges in downtown Tacoma without repeating?"

His running-mates at the downtown Y created an annual “Denny Seinfeld's Seven Bridges Run” fundraiser, in his memory (this year it's today, August 9).

Thinking about the opponent within my head, and the tools my father gave me to battle him.

Rosh Hashana is one month away. In the next three weeks, I will send ideas on how to prepare for the new year.

For now, a simple question for your table.... To which areas of life outside of sports does Gallwey's wisdom apply?

Shabbat Shalom

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