Chapter Five

The Mental Method

Case Studies: The Actors Studio • Dr. Bob Rotella • W. Timothy Gallwey • Steve Jobs, Apple • John Chambers, Cisco • Mike Tuchen, Talend • Carly Simon • Marya McCabe, Microsoft • Mark Twain • Lawrence Steinman, M.D. • The Squinting Woman

Sound mind, sound body.Satire X

Juvenal (c. 60–130 AD)

Concentration

Control of the mind is essential in every activity in the human experience. Even relaxation requires you to clear your mind of multiple extraneous thoughts and to focus on one tranquil image.

The mind also plays an important role in physical performances such as sports, dance, and theater. In fact, during the twentieth century, a form of acting known as “The Method” revolutionized the theatrical profession ...

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