I first heard about The Flinch (pdf) from a December 2011 Robb Wolf interview of Julien Smith: The Paleo Solution – Episode 111. Here is The Flinch for Kindle. I was fascinated but did nothing with it. Ryan came home yesterday with a printout of the e-book – thank you, husband, for continuing to challenge us! Today I picked it up and read about half way through. So fun!
It is a face your fears type of book written from a fresh perspective with crisp writing, and it is definitely worth your time. In addition to being totally turned on by what I am reading, I am cracking up about the homework that is sprinkled in. Assignment #1 is to take a cold shower. Ha, ha, ha…I am on day four of that one and have it mastered (see Cold Shower Hormesis the Colson Way). I read it to Colson and he laughed too.
Assignment #2 is to break a kitchen mug. I have always tried to avoid that kind of thing, but what were Colson and I to do but break mugs? We each got one, held it out, Colson counted to 3 and we didn’t drop them. We flinched. Then he counted again and we both let go, facing The Flinch (insert scary monster sounds) to the sound of crashing pottery. We laughed the whole time.
Here are our mugs:
Colson gave me a third assignment – take a basketball, throw it at my face and catch it without flinching, and I will take that one on tomorrow. Thank you Coach Stephen.