The Way of the Seal

Hello there. I just completed a purchase that I was unsure about. I wasn’t unsure about the author or whether I should read this actual book. Honestly, I’d been anticipating the revised version of this wish list item with intent to purchase and read it eventually. I’d listened to interviews with Commander Divine and had thoroughly enjoyed reading (and somewhat following through with) the lessons taught by him and his daughter Catherine in the book, Kokoro Yoga. Honestly, I couldn’t get enough of the ideas and principles in this book. I was proud of the work I’d done on my “personal ethos” and the ideas I’d learned or had reinforced and affirmed by that book. I only wished it were enough to satisfy my appetite for the ideas and training it offered. If you don’t know already, I’ll share with you that Commander Mark Divine is a former Navy Seal who has authored many books (such as 8 Weeks to SealFIT) that seek to instill an “unbeatable mind” and the spirit of a warrior (Kokoro) in anyone who is willing to face the requisite challenges. He is also a successful businessman who hosts a podcast (Unbeatable Mind) and provides many personal development programs including his elite level Kokoro Camp that prepares graduates for special ops training touting an 80-90% success rate for prospective SEALS who undergo BUD/S, the required training for anyone hoping to become a Navy SEAL.

Note that I am a veteran Special Education teacher looking to be a successful writer and businessperson in order to provide wealth, a strong example of honest, purposeful living and an enduring legacy of hope for my children and future descendants. I’m particularly concerned, however, about my own ability to do so with my mental and physical challenges and serious financial deficits. My wife of 10 years and I recently separated and have incompatible visions for our lives with conflicting beliefs about health, spirituality and overall lifestyle. I’ve changed jobs and relocated. I hope to return to school and attend a respected university nearby. Yet my income is dwarfed by my debt and monthly bill which are pushing me to desperately seek a way to overcome an abundance of challenges to reaching my goals.

Honestly, I thought that my best place to go next for coaching from Commander Divine was his first book Unbeatable Mind as part of a foundation to face my present challenges. And since I was taking my 9 year old daughter to the bookstore to buy her a new book, it seemed best that we both pick up our new books together.

As luck would have it, Unbeatable Mind was not in stock and would be more expensive to special order than ordering it online. The clerk asked if I’d like to look in that section at similar books, so I inquired about the newly revised The Way of the Seal by Commander Divine. I had listened to the introduction read by him on his podcast and looked forward to getting it after I was done with Unbeatable Mind first. However, I just rolled with and now feel more excited after reading the introduction for myself. The layout shown in the table of contents is very appealing, and the descriptions of each chapter are clearly relevant to my personal development goals. I also know that some of the tips and philosophy from this and Kokoro Yoga overlap, and I’m hoping to broaden and deepen my understanding and apply this knowledge with more consistency and focus. Indeed, it will be groundbreaking as I have many goals and desire to create a routine that integrates my preferred practices and the ones taught by Coach Divine.

My primary hope is that this will help me redefine and commit to my goals and vision in a very real and practical way. Another positive effect of all of this will hopefully be to tap into my potential for leadership with an emphasis on the mental toughness and emotional resiliency that “Unbeatable Mind” concept is all about. With consistent hard work and follow through, I one day hope to be able to complete the Kokoro Yoga and/or other trainings offered by Coach Divine in the coming years. Perhaps, it can help me take myself from my current place as a reluctant runner to a fit and more competitive athlete. That may be a lot to ask from a book. However, the book is but one of many catalysts–primarily as a guide–to get me to do what I’m ultimately asking of myself as I aspire to personal greatness.

–Patrick

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