Friday, April 27, 2018

Why Your Cross Training Sucks!


Remember I said that I have been getting coaching on how to better develop on-line courses and membership sites?

Like you I am always training to get better at the things that I want to excel in. That's not limited to just martial arts, shooting, tactical defense, conflict management, working out, etc...

Oh no...

I continue to invest thousands of hours and dollars into giving you the best experience that I can regarding training, courses, video content and material!

In pursuit of that I continue to hire coaches to help me develop better courses and be a more effective teacher.

The past several years I have been focusing on on-line training as the path of the future, so I have developed some courses, membership sites, apps, videos, blogs, social media sites, etc.

All of this to share the PeaceWalker Movement with more people and change the world!

The last two years I really stepped things up!

I have been working extensively with top level coaches to help me...

It seemed the more time and money I spent on coaching, the more confusing it gets...

I'm not kidding you, the more coaches (and $$$) I threw at it; the more work I put toward it and the harder I tried...
The Worse the Problem Got...

I'm not kidding you!

At one time I was working with four world class coaches. Each of whom are making 7 and 8 figures running membership sites and courses... and helping thousands of other business owners do it too!

So, why was I struggling so much?

I'm not the smartest kid on the block, but I'm no dummy either... I catch on quick and am a hard worker... what gives?!

I was ready to throw in the towel on more than one occasion!

Than I realized...
More Isn't Better!!

I needed to follow the advice I give to new martial artist.

If someone is just starting to train, and asks if it would be good to go to train in a few styles so that they will be well rounded, I tell them to...

PICK ONE First!!

With access to so much information, we tend to believe that cross training is best...

And it can be...


Not if you don't have solid basics!

If you begin cross training too early it can not only be confusing, it can defeat all of your efforts!

So, here I was following the FOUR Great Coaches who are multi-millionaires. They are sharing with me how they do it and how I should as well.

I'd listen to one of them and then do what they said. Then listen to the other one and do what they said... and then listen to the next and the next and implement what THEY said...
Here's the Problem...

The problem was that this guy believed that an 'Open Membership' was the way to go.

That guy made his millions off from a 'Closed Membership.'

The gal made her impact on courses, not memberships.

The other dude was into technical 'funnels', whereas the others were not concerned with all of the technical stuff and opted for varying levels of sophistication in their marketing and course or site consumption.

Then there's the technological platforms that all of these courses and sites are made from.
Don't Get Lost in the Sauce... Connect the Dots!

Each of these coaches found success in their approach...

However, some of the approaches conflicted with and even contradicted the other.

So, I would follow one coaches directions, only to have to start over to align w/what one of the other one was saying.

Over and over...

Yes, they had similarities, but at the basic levels, I couldn't see the differences to distinguish them from one another.
Can't Do Both...

Some of the differences were simply a matter of approach...

If I wanted to be effective and successful, I had to make a choice to tackle it 'this' way rather than 'that' way.

Yes, you can learn tips and tricks from many sources, however everything won't necessarily work together!

Are you MAC or PC?

Ford or Chevy? (or in my case Honda!)

Porsche or Ferrari?

Land Rover or Jeep?

Madcap or Starbucks!?
Some Things Just Aren't Compatible...

All of these products are good.

You can learn something from each...

However... their parts aren't interchangeable.

Porsche and Ferrari are great sports cars (not that I'd really know directly... I've never driven let alone drove either!)...

However, even with the best parts of the car, you can't just take a part off one and put it on the other...

I can take the best parts off my MAC and put them on my PC!

It just won't work.

It would NOT be effective or successful!

Well, the same thing goes for training martial arts, shooting and creating Membership Sites and Training Courses!!
You Have To Choose ONE FIRST!

I realized that I had to choose ONE Coach, get good at one path FIRST!

After understanding, implementing that ONE Way and then determining how successful it was or wasn't...


I could choose to dial it in, tweak it to find success or decide to change OR take some ideas from the other methods, etc.

But, all that is done AFTER YOU EMBRACE ONE METHOD FIRST!!!!
Steps to Learning a New Skill...

There are a lot of great ideas and different approaches out there in pretty much everything out there. When you want to learning something new here is a simple process to follow...

(1) Find an approach that resonates with you and your style.
(2) Take the time to get good at that ONE Thing! (Learn & Implement)
(3) Decide to keep it, tweak it, or abandon it.
(4) NOW You can Cross Train to round things out; replace what could work better; understand what is and isn't compatible, etc.
There you have it...

Now go out and enjoy the rest of this INCREDIBLE Day!

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Peak Performance, Information & Application

Mike Benson doing what he does best... SMASH Things!

I am nearing the end of my Spring Cleaning Initiative...

Yes, I could keep going, because there is a never ending stream of things to clean in my place, however I am almost finished with my Spring Cleaning 1.0!

Yeah Me!! =)

Which brings me to...

Less Clutter + More Clarity
= Greater Success

Taking the time to go through my apartment and sort through all of the piles of stuff is taking a fair amount of time...

But it's Totally Worth It!

Not only does it look so much better...

But it FEELS Better...

I FEEL BETTER more clear, less cluttered in my life.

With less clutter and more clarity it is easier to see what doesn't fit. What doesn't work, what's out of place, what's new, what's old, what works and what doesn't.

Once you clean house, it's much easier to maintain...

Literally only doing a few things everyday can keep you on the right track...

However, you have to do the work.

Which includes...
Clearing Out the Clutter

Are you taking the time to clean house?

If not, IT'S TIME!!!

Yes, my friend, It's Time!

Time to be more successful!
Time to Live More... Fear Less!
Time to Protect the Right Things...
Time to Focus your Attitude...
Time to Influence More Confidently...
Time to be More Powerful in everything you do!
Time to Stop Living Small and Raise to Who You Truly Are!

But unless you Clear Out the Clutter, you might start Protecting the Wrong Things!

Take Out the Trash...

What clutter are you taking out of your personal, professional and public life?

How are you cleaning house?

If you want to get more things done and not only be more effective, but more effective in the Right Direction, then you have to gain some clarity!

And it's much easier to be clear once you clear out all of the sh*t that's in your way!

Once you do that it will be much easier to see what fits and what doesn't.

And it'll be easier to see not only what, but how!

Transformation Meets Peak Performance!

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~ Transformation
~ Peak Performance and
~ Being a Better Protector

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Secret to Handling a Bad Google Review

So, I'm up late working on when an email pops up from my Google Business Account.

Hmmmm... Someone just wrote a review and rated my martial arts academy...

I click on it and staring back at me is a ONE STAR RATING...


If you google our academy you'll see that we have stellar ratings all 5 stars, so you can imagine my reaction when I see this single star!

Instead of totally freaking out and writing a scathing reply, I take a second... Breathe... and think of how I'm going to handle this...

First, I thought to myself...

Do I remember someone having a negative experience? Did something happen that I wasn't aware of made light of?


Q: Do I recognize this person?

A: No.

So, I cross reference his name in my email, paypal and facebook files to see if I can find him...

Nothing. His name doesn't hit the radar at all.

Next, I look up this person on line (google & Facebook). I find him on facebook and see that he seems to be a real person who's into BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) from Oregon....


Is he a Troll or Hacker?!

Did he get hacked?


But why would he pick my place?

Natural Reaction vs.
Tactical Communications

When I located him on facebook I decided to send him a message.

Now, to be clear I wanted to give him a 'piece of my mind.'  I wanted to tell him to @#$&% off and tell him what a piece of #$@+^ he was being...

But I didn't!


I collected myself and said this:

Hi, I see that you recently rated my martial arts school on google. I'm sorry, but I don't remember speaking to you or meeting you at a seminar or class. I thought I'd touch base to see if I could see if there was a miscommunication, questions or if I could help to improve your experience in some way?

His Reply:

Hey, I've never met you. When I moved to Oregon, I went to several martial arts schools. And didn't have a good experience with Mr. Smith. Has gym ownership change?

(Another Message)

OMG, I'm so sorry, I got the wrong gym!

(He pasted a screen shot of the other school)

This is the place that I was trying to review.

I deleted my review of your school. Thank you for saying something. I am embarrassed but glad you messaged me.

I apologize and hope you have a great day - Sorry again for the confusion.
What Would Have Happened...

What would have happened if I would have just went off on him?

How do you think he would responded if I would have just started reading him the riot act?

Even if it was a mistake on his end, how likely would he think,

"You're right Mr. Mad Man I deserve being yelled at because I screwed and will immediately take down my bad review and apologize to you..."

Do you think that would have happened?

Not likely!

I probably would have....

Made an Enemy Not an Ally!

So, if there was ever a chance to hash things out or discover that it was a misunderstanding I would have quite possibly...


If I was explosive I could have part of the problem!

I may have taken someone who would be Open to my suggestion and turned them into someone who is now Closed to my influence or, even worse...

Help them make the decision to be Determined to 'get back' at me.

The way that I approach the situation can determine whether or not I...

Make an Ally Rather Than an Enemy!

If you want to increase your Influence over a situation don't be a part of the problem.


1) Maintain Your Baseline (not be part of the problem)
2) Stay focused on what you're protecting (don't turn it into a power struggle)
3) Determine what type of influence will be most effective. (In this case I was diplomatic yet direct in my written communication, allowing him to clarify, save face and (hopefully) make a decision to work w/me. )
4) Have a plan 'b' if they don't do as you ask.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Should We Need School Security?

Rather than arming teachers, should we consider having increased security at our schools?

Should there be well trained and capable armed security guards and perimeter security complete with fences and gates allowing vehicles in and out as well as brief security 'interviews' and metal detectors at the doors that allow people in (students, staff and visitors)?

Who else takes these types of measures?

(1) This is what Israel does to help prevent terrorist threats from entering their schools and public areas. (they've been at this longer than us and it works for them.)

(2) This is what WE do to better secure facilities against potential violence of this nature. (Government buildings, many event venues, banks, etc...)

However when it comes to our schools, we are caught in a "It shouldn't be this way..." mentality.

...and I get it!

You're right... It SHOULDN'T be this way...

...but it is...

So this "it shouldn't be this way" mentality quickly turns into a cutting your nose off despite your face perspective and has caused an either / or mentality of dealing with it.

There are other ways of looking at things. One is a 'both / and' perspective.

What do I mean as a 'both / and' perspective?

Well, here you go...

Absolutely, make changes in society to (hopefully) change the environment in which we live (which will not be accomplished by changing 'just' one thing...), WHILE doing what we must to be safe during the current circumstance. Rather than wishing the situation was different and clinging to emotionally based solutions, that may or may not help (This occurs at both ends of the gun debate spectrum... More guns making things safer or Less guns making things safer.).

Notice that both 'solutions' put the focus on one element as if that is the only factor in being safe on either end of the debate.

I don't believe that the complete 'solution' on either side of the debate is solely dependent on firearms

As for consulting schools:

I do some work with schools and am working on some more resources for them.

One of the issues when dealing with them is that this is such an emotional hot topic that even conversations can be difficult with them. This replaces the former hot topic with schools: Zero Tolerance policies and kids (fist) fighting...

Things have escalated now to lethal threats... I don't think it's a coincidence that things have gone this way regarding suicides and active assailant situation. The kids are imploding or exploding in response to the current culture they are in.

I don't claim to be a psychologist, sociologist or the like, but I believe that there are many factors that have contributed to what is happening.

Here are some key areas:

Confusion, Frustration & Anger - People are confused about who they are and the real power they have, so they can become frustrated and angry.
Entitlement - People think they are owed something and that things 'should be' a certain way. If they aren't they get angry and want someone or thing to blame.
The Need for Social Acceptance - Acceptance is good, but it has limits. Social acceptance with out having confidence in yourself, beyond what others think, loses balance and can quickly become unhealthy and destructive.
Lack of Resilency
-It's OK to be challenged, even offended... if given the chance we can take it overcome it... Remember, 'that which doesn't kill you makes you stronger.'
Dis-Empowerment - People are taught to not be self sufficient in some key ways. Rather, they are taught that they will and should be taken care of.
Many are 'punished' if they do things against the establishment (aka Zero tolerance policies). As a matter of fact in some cases the offense for not obeying the policy of the establishment is equal to or greater than inital offense itself. Victims and perpetrators are dealt with equally... Crazy! Further, if the establishment is not able to hold up its end of the bargain (in this case) of protecting, we get caught in an mental / emotional catch 22. We want to do what is expected of us, following directions and doing what we were told to do to be part of our society, but we also want to feel safe and as if we have freewill too... But when we are told to not to do something because we are not able to do so adequately and that it will be taken care of for us fine (sort of...), but it's not... Some people get caught in the middle of that confusion and short circuit, causing them to either implode (kill themselves) or explode (kill others).. At lower levels people become unhealthy in many ways ranging from the subtle to the profound.
Being forced into acting against our human nature - We are Mind Body Spirit beings. Suppressing our natural inclinations regarding aggression, sex, connection, etc. can't be forced out of us. We can't simply keep our 'positive' attributes and 'throw away' or disallow our dark nature (which is there for reasons all their own as well). These things need to be directed in a positive manner, not eliminated (as if we could...). These (other) things don't just stop because someone tells you to stop feeling it or try to medicate it out of you. There is a backlash...
Victim Identity - People trying to gain power by being the 'bigger victim' (because its everyone eases fault).
Unclear Mentorship - Poor, confused and unclear leadership from peers to parents... Poor, unclear and confused leadership and stewardship all the way up the ladder including many administration and politicians.

I'm sure you and I could both of more factors... but these are some to get us started.

Anyway, those are some of my thoughts...

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