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Snap Judgment: When to Trust Your Instincts, When to Ignore Them, and How to Avoid Making Big Mistakes with Your Money by David E. Adler

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19. The Inner Game of Tennis, Revisited

The 1970s bestseller The Inner Game of Tennis, by Timothy Gallwey, provided a method for overcoming psychological hang-ups when it comes to tennis (and life). Gallwey observed that most players are unable to reach their full potential because they are tripped up by their inner mental game, which is characterized by self-consciousness and self-condemnation. In essence, players over-think, overriding their natural physical talents. Gallwey, who was well versed in Zen philosophy and the overall 1970s zeitgeist, provided actual solutions to these problems. His central advice was “Let it happen.” Players could free themselves to play their best by quieting their mind and not getting distracted by conscious ...

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