Unleash the Warrior Within Book Review

Unleash the Warrior within Book Review

By Sorge Menendez

This book may look tiny, but it definitely packs a punch.

Written by a former navy SEAL and creator of the martial art “Bukido”, “Unleash the Warrior Within” has slowly become one of my favorite inspirational books.

Although I’ve known about the physical superiority of the members of the navy SEAL team throughout most of my life, I never was truly aware of the immense amount of mental training and strategies that these soldiers are taught through their time in the squad.

Truth is, these guys can not only kick your butt with a hand tied behind their back, but they probably can beat you in a game of chess too…

According to the author, beating an opponent involves the same amount of mental discipline and focus that reaching a goal takes, thus, the same techniques used in combat can be used in order to defeat most obstacles in life and get what you want.

They can be extremely useful, especially when it comes to goal-setting and strategic planning.

In the book, Mr. Machowicz not only shares extremely powerful vignettes of his time while in the SEAL team (the chapter about Hell Week was so inspiring and humbling, I still read it whenever I need a pick-me-up) but he also gives you enough techniques to help you deal with most of life’s situations.

What I like best about the techniques in the book is that 1) they’re extremely practical and 2) they are easy to remember and apply.

You have to understand—most of the techniques are meant to be used in really stressful situations, so they have to be both, effective and efficient.

For example, Machowicz’ “VCR’s” technique is something I was able to use the minute I read about it.

What is a VCR, you’re probably wondering?

A VCR (Verbal Command Request) is sort of a mixture between an affirmation and a verbal command/self-talk statement.

Machowicz explains the importance of self-talk while dealing with a stressful situation and how giving yourself short verbal commands while the event is taking place can mean the difference between life and death (this is done mentally, of course).

My favorite VCR from the book is “Not Dead Yet—Can’t Quit.”

That has to be one of the most powerful phrases I’ve heard in my life, especially when seen within the context of the story (it got him through Hell Week).

I have it taped to my computer screen.

Another simple, yet effective technique is the C.A.R.V.E.R. analysis. This technique helps you find out which objectives truly matters—something that can come in really handy when doing strategic planning.

The writing style is simple, yet powerful. It’s easy to get into the stories, as Mr. Machowicz has a knack of putting you in the action.

Although the book is pretty short, the only thing I did not enjoy from it was the lack of variety of the stories in it.

Even though they are well organized and “fit in to place”, after a while, some of the stories were too drawn out to the point of feeling like filler.

Then again, if you’re into the theme you’d probably not care about them (reading about his skiing experience for the 30th time sort of got old after a while).

I also understand that the writer probably is not allowed to share most of the “meaty” stuff due to its confidential nature; most of the stories have to do with his training and not his actual combat action.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book.

It’s not only a short read, but it’s also packed with field-tested information that can definitely help you reach any goal you want.

Best of all, you don’t have to go through BUD/S Hell Week to get to it.

You can get this book right now from amazon.com when you click on the link below:

Unleash the Warrior Within: Develop the Focus, Discipline, Confidence, and Courage You Need to Achieve Unlimited Goals
(C) Sorge Menendez, www.Abundancementality.com 2009, All Rights Reserved

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