Let your full potential blossom in 2013!!

Recently I picked up and was inspired by a book I haven’t read in a while, The Inner Game of  Tennis by Timothy Gallwey. He eloquently describes the conflict that arises internally between the “I” that gives instructions (self 1), and the “myself,” that performs the action (Self 2).

When Self 1 is constantly criticizing or even complimenting Self 2 for that matter, it is indirectly implied that Self 1 doesn’t truly trust Self 2’s ability to perform the task at hand. Mastering this internal game involves creating a more harmonious relationship between Self 1 and Self 2.  A relationship built on trust and nurturing support.

He compares this relationship to that of a mother as she observes her baby learn to walk.  She lovingly supports her child as he or she wobbles and falls and gets back up again, and again until the skill of walking is eventually mastered at the child’s own pace and in the child’s own, unique way.  He also compares this relationship to the one shared between a gardener and a rose seed.  The gardener doesn’t criticize the seed on it’s journey from seed to beautiful, blossoming rose.  He simply gives it the sunlight and nourishment it needs to grow and eventually express, fully it’s beauty.

As a teacher, and as a student I love this idea…

I learn from my students every day.

If I am committed to supporting them as they blossom, their strength never fails to inspire me…

Let us practice quieting the judgmental chatter of Self 1 and allow the innately brilliant and beautifully childlike instinct of Self 2 to reveal its true potential. You might be surprised to find what you can accomplish if  YOU get out of your way…