Monday, January 28, 2019

Small Details Bring BIG Changes!





So many cool things to do and just not enough time!

Good ideas typically aren't as hard to come by as the resources to IMPLEMENT!

The Time...
The Energy...
The Finances...
The Human Resource...
Etc.

Like you I have a lot on my plate and it's can be difficult to keep everything going right!?

Well, like Krav Maga...


Small Details = BIG GAINS!


But only if you are effective and efficient!

Which is another way of Controlling 'Tactical Space'!

When it comes to defending yourself...

Moving is Typically Better than Not Moving...

However...

Moving TACTICALLY is Best!

Just like at work...

There are people doing 'stuff'. They're always busy, but don't get anything done!

(You know the people I'm talking about!)

Then there are folks who know EXACTLY what to do so they don't look hurried all the time, yet they get it done!

Those people are controlling their 'Tactical Space'!

Often times when you compare someone who is effective vs. someone who isn't it isn't always easy to see why...

It often comes down to the 'Little Things.'

For instance my last [Almost] Daily email had a great section about the different types of tactical space...

But I don't know if you noticed, but there was a typo...

It was a tiny one!

ONE small three letter word that makes a HUGE Difference!

What word?

Well, remember the section where it said "See the 'Tactical Space!'?

Under that I wrote the following statement...

Keep in mind that that 'Space' is just physical, it's Ethical, Emotional, Psychological, Verbal, Social, Physical, etc.

Do you see what word I missed? What's the ONE SMALL WORD I LEFT OUT THERE!?

The word is NOT...

That paragraph should have read:

Keep in mind that that 'Space' is NOT just physical, it's Ethical, Emotional, Psychological, Verbal, Social, Physical, etc.

One small word, but one HUGE Detail that makes all the difference!

Just like your training, one small detail can make all the difference!


So, what can YOU DO!? 


What are some of the small things you can do that will reap HUGE Rewards!? I bet if you took a close look you could see some of those things...

That's a good first step...

Simply noticing!


Keep Going,
~Craig


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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Battle, War, Mirrors & Lipstick




You've heard me talk about controlling the engagement right?!

It's easy to get the idea when I say 'Train your body like a soldier'...

Basically, stay in shape. Do it appropriately for you, your age, limitations and season in life, but stay active so you're 'battle ready' so to speak.

However, when I say train your mind like a general most people nod their heads, but I don't think many really get what I mean...

And to make matters more confusing, I say that these strategies can be used in many arenas...

Well, here's a quick story about a janitor who trains his mind like a general and controlled the engagement to outwit some students who were continually making a mess of the ladies bathroom...

Here's the story...

Teachers & Educators

A local middle school in Michigan was recently faced with a unique problem. A new fad arose among the 8th grade girls with the use of lipstick.

They began bringing, sharing, and trading with their friends to try out all the new styles and shades. The gathering point for this activity was one certain bathroom at the school.

That was fine, but after they tried out all of these lipsticks, they would press their lips to the mirror, leaving dozens of lip prints every day.

Every night the custodian had to clean them off, but the next day the girls would put more lip prints on the mirror.

He asked the girls several times to stop making a mess of the mirror...

But they ignored his requests and continued leaving the mirror a mess every day.

Finally, the janitor had an idea...

He asked the principal to bring the girls to the bathroom to see what he had to go through to clean the mirrors. So, class by class, the principal paraded 8th grade girls to the bathroom to meet with the custodian.
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She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night.

To drive the point home, the custodian then demonstrated to the girls what a pain it was for him to clean the mirrors. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirrors off thoroughly.

The reaction was almost always the same. The girls stood there in shock, glared at each other and squealed, and then hurried back to their classes in disgust.

Since then, there have been no more lip prints on the mirrors.

There are teachers, and then there are educators!


Fight a Battle vs. Win the War


The janitor could have continued to fight each of the girls on the merits of not making a mess of the bathroom...

But rather than fighting to win an individual battle, he used his mind like a General to control the tactical space of the situation to win the war so to speak!


Great lesson there!


Keep going,
~Craig


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Conflict the Tool of Opportunity





It takes a lot more effort and (initial) risk to try to work out differences and come up with a most good / least harm scenario.

Yes, there is risk during conflict, but if you play your cards right, the damage can be minimized. In certain scenarios, things can sometimes come out even better than they would have without the incident occurring in the first place. Or at least make the most of a crappy situation... 

Sucks or Sucks Worse!

But only if you can see Conflict as an Opportunity.

You've been there... Sh*t's going wrong. Things get stressful. People are upset, but the issue still needs to be handled. It's easy to just cut and run so to speak... And sometimes that's the appropriate thing to do. However, sometimes you can gain even more by sticking it out and working through the details to develop a new plan. Something that benefits everyone or is MOST good / LEAST harm for all (as best as you can expect) depending on the situation.

Now that takes...

  
Mad Skillz...


What kind of skills?

Well, that depends.

If you are talking things through, good negotiation skills are necessary.

If you are in the middle of a potential physical assault, then it is going to depend on what the situation is...

You may have to ESCAPE or possibly 'Stun & Run'... You know, hit them 'where it hurts', then get the hell out of there.

...Or, you might need to INCAPACITATE them. Put them down hard so you know they can't hurt anyone again.

In some situations you may need to RESTRAIN & CONTROL the person, so they can be dealt with.

Regardless of what needs to happen, you'll have the most amount of opportunity if you have the right toolbox. So, being well rounded, clear, and focused on the right things is imperative to working out the right solution.

Your defensive tactics skills should include:

  • Ethics
  • Mindset
  • Emotional Baseline
  • Verbal persuasion skills
  • Physical tactics
  • A spectrum of ways to physically engage, ranging from 'escape to eliminate.'


Remember...

More Tools = More Options

However, that's not all...

You'll need something else. TWO things actually...

CLARITY! 

Remember, everyone is protecting something... Make sure it's the right thing. Are you are clear!  

Another Missing Ingredient is often...

(Wait for it...)

...COURAGE!

Yes, it takes guts to look to the bigger solution and use your skill to do the right thing and not succumb to being overly focused on yourself and/or react out of fear.

Excessive force doesn't only happen in the physical realm. It can happen in verbally, emotionally, socially. 


The Solution...


Have the right training that will help you to develop (and sustain) the proper tools for dealing with real world conflicts and violence as a whole. Becoming a PeaceWalker is done by developing a Protectors Lifestyle.

Surround yourself with people who are on the same page regarding building that Lifestyle. Develop the right beliefs, mindset and habits, so that under stress you are ready because you've trained and build the framework for it! 

Remember, real conflict doesn't typically look like an Action Movie! Real world violence come in all flavors, shapes and sizes... It is often ugly, messy and multifaceted (Ethical, emotional, verbal, social, physical, situational, legal, etc.)... Prepare for it!


Keep going,
~Craig


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Friday, January 11, 2019

New Years Revolutionists





Krav Ma-WOW Indeed!

Last week was OFF THE HOOK at our local Krav MagaAcademy!!

The pic above was from class... That's not a seminar mind you... it's a CLASS!

Holy Cow! The New Year typically brings an uptick of students, but I have to say that I wasn't expecting THAT!

Now I'm sure that things will simmer down a bit, but WOW!


So, Why All the Interest?


Is it all of the New Year Resolutionists?

Possibly... It's pretty common to see an upswing in my programs after the first of the year, but I think there's more to it...

Yes, many are interested in feeling SAFE, but I think theirs more to it than that yet...

From what I see is that people from all walks of life are looking to bring more CONFIDENCE, POWER & CLARITY into their lives...

AND...


Feel connected to Something Larger than themselves...


Many folks are looking for something MORE! More success, More fulfillment, More Life!

Protecting yourself is great... But believe it or not, it's NOT just about you. It's also about how you protect and contribute to the lives of others... Beginning w/those who you know & care about, then stretching outwardly to others...

And I'll risk being a little corny... Changing the Entire World!

Developing a Protector's Lifestyle will extend into every area of your life! Not just helping you to be more safe, but also enhancing every area of your life! Your relationships, your career, your personal life, your public life, your professional life...

...EVERYTHING!

It all starts with YOU and how you're training yourself to become what you want to be! Training yourself to be the Best You that You Can Be! And when you are acting that way more consistently that feeling will spread to others organically.

Why?!

One reason is because you know what to do when things go South, so you don't have to put on a false front to compensate... You are developing Real Confidence through Clarity, Training & Experience!

...That makes ALL the Difference!

And... I am privileged to be a part of that Journey!

Thanks for being part of the PeaceWalker Community, I think you'll find the resource, connection and inspiration you've been looking for to 'Level Up' so to speak!

Stay tuned for some pretty Incredible Things coming in 2019 that will change your life... maybe even save it!



You got this,
~Craig



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