I absolutely love books like this. I read it when it came out last winter and have read it several times since. It’s free from Amazon (click on the picture above) and is absolutely incredible.
In The Flinch, Julien Smith (check out his blog here) calls you out. He calls you out for flinching. Read the book to find out more about what exactly the Flinch is, but what I’ll say here is that this book forever changed the way I look at fear. Yes, I can still be a chicken shit, but hopefully less so, much thanks to The Flinch (taking the book’s advice, I have been taking cold showers for a few weeks to combat my Flinch…never comfortable).
The Flinch is so very Aikido. You’ll see. If you’re planning on testing for your next rank in Aikido or any other art, read it. If you feel like you’re plateauing at any venture right now, read it. If mediocrity and boredom are washing you away and you feel like you’ve lost control, read it. If you’re a perfect individual with no problems… Still read it. It’s a bold, colorful, to the point call to action that we all need. Weighing in at only 131 pages, you can read it in an afternoon or two and I think you’ll find it to be a refreshing boost of Aiki-powered fear bashing which we all could use.