The turning point.

Hi, my name is Martin, and I'm a 25 year old guy from Norway. I discovered Richard "Mack" Machowicz in june through 2 videos of Mack talking to the Oakland Raiders posted on the Underground Strength Coach Zach Even-Esh's website. That speech by Mack really hit home and I took an instant interest into who Richard Machowicz is. I found and ordered UTWW from only a couple of minutes later.

This is my story:

A couple of days ago I started reading "Unleash The Warrior Within" and the message quickly hit home. Now, halfway through I'm realizing that the principles of the NDCQ-mentality is something that I've over the past year been living more and more. The turning point for my shift in mentality probably occured in the aftermath of my failure to pass the physical test for the Norwegian Police Academy in june last year. The test consists of a swimming, strength and running part. Now don't get me wrong, I'm a strong, big and physically quite tough guy. I compete in powerlifting and have won a contest in my weight class. What I failed was the swimming test. I've never been a good swimmer, being barely able to keep afloat, and completely exhausting myself when trying to swim efficiently. My problem last year was that I'd barely bothered to train this weak point before the test and I thought it might not be such a big deal. The day came and I "swam" a half minute over the required maximum time which is 100 meters in 2 min, 30 secs or less. I had failed big time and almost drowned in the process, boy did I feel like a fool. And I couldn't even blame it on the mild flu I had, simply because I knew I had slacked and was in a bad form.

I came to the realization that I could either quit my dream of becoming a police officer or take serious action and actually do something about my lack of skills in swimming. There was no way I was gonna give up so I found a swimming school and started on a course for beginners. From august 2011 to may 2012 I took swimming classes once a week as well as hitting the swimming pool almost every day the two last months prior to the next chance to be tested.

On june 6th I was back and this time I nailed the swimming. Barely. But I'd done it, I knocked down the target and moved on to the interview part. Having passed that too I waited anxiously for the result. After a month of waiting I had my answer: Success! I'm in. This coming monday will be my first day of school on a 3-year education to becoming a police officer in the Norwegian police force. I'm immensely proud of this because I've shown myself and the world that I've got what it takes when it counts the most.

Hand on my heart, I can say that the past year has been challenging. Several times I've just wanted to give up and been demotivated because my progress has been slow. But it came to a point during early spring when I saw that I had to up the ante and cut through. I cut out all activities that ate time away from me training, eating, sleeping and focusing, in addition to having a full-time job as a security guard. Through april and may I trained twice every day, lifting weights, swimming or running to really toughen up my body to be able to handle a lot of stress.

The point, long overdue you might think, is this: If you want something badly enough, like I did, you're gonna sacrifice a lot to get there and knock down that target. That's how you become successful!

I would also like to say a big thank you to Richard "Mack" Machowicz for being a further inspiration for me to live my life to the fullest, and for the wisdom I've taken from UTWW so far.

-Martin August