Inner Game or Outer Game

“Your inner game determines your outer game.” —
J. Lee Whittington

“Your inner game determines your outer game.” — J. Lee Whittington

We’ve all heard it for years, good ole fashioned hard work and commitment wins the day. I know that over the years I’ve rehearsed it in my mind but didn’t always put it into practice. But when I did, It absolutely made the difference. But, first I had to get my mind right.

So, back to the quote, focusing on the inner game. Athletes, business leaders, ministry leaders, and parents alike work hard. But, the ones that make a real impact over time are the ones that work as hard on the inside as they do on the outside. Our actions and behaviors are determined by what we think and believe. That being the case, if we want to go the distance, if we want to reach our potential, the inner game is where we must put in the work.

Author, Neal Donald Walsch once said, “If you don’t go within, you go without.”
Listen, if you are frustrated with your performance or your position or your results, remember this, those are the symptoms. The cure comes from developing the inner person. What you believe and what you think is where the transformation must happen. Change your daily thoughts about what is possible. Look for ways to increase your knowledge. Get yourself a good coach. Someone who will challenge you by asking powerful questions that get you thinking about things differently. If you want changes on the outside, you have to be willing to make changes on the inside.

You know the old saying, “if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.” So, shift gears. Change what you are listening to and watching. Take some some classes, listen to some podcasts, watch some inspirational or educational videos. What have you got to lose? Time? Really? Well, I suppose you will just have to determine if your future is worth it. Only you can make that decision. But, if you decide it’s worth it, let me know. I’ll be glad to help you get going in the right direction.


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