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The Inner Game
(self 1 and self 2)
W. Timothy Gallwey

The Inner Game is a way of understanding how people learn. Gallwey realised that we all have an inner narrative.
There are two voices, self 1 and self 2. How the two voices relate to each other affects our ultimate performance.


John Whitmore
The core principle behind the GROW model is that fear and self-doubt are the biggest obstacles to success. It is an ideology that focuses on the whole person. It seeks to generate positive action, which will in turn lead to peak performance.

Self 2 is our potential. Driven by instinct and intuition.

Self 1 is the noisy interference of self doubt.

Self 1 gives a constant dialogue that distracts self 1 from doing what it is capable of.

Gallwey termed this ‘self 1 talking to self 2’.

The Inner Game theorises that in order to reach our potential then we need to
get out of our own way by diminishing the power of self 1.
Potential – Interference = Performance

The Process

The GROW model isn’t a linear model. It is based around four interchangeable stages of thought that can be revisited many times.



This stage aims to raise awareness of hopes and aspirations. The Goals set should follow the SMART framework. (Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Realistic, Time-framed).



Examining the reality of the situation. What is really happening right here, right now?



Exploring possibilities. A discussion of ideas and potential, balanced with reality.



This stage is about finding the will to make change happen. It asks; what will you do?

The Process

1. Identify your goals

2. Identify self-limiting beliefs

3. Focus on the Here and Now

4. Stop judging, start observing

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