Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Is Your Training Is Based On Superstition?





Is your training based on superstition?!


A great question that can get a little tricky in a few ways...

#1 - If you train for the wrong things, you won't be prepared for when the 'real deal' happens. (Leaving you vulnerable).

#2 - If you constantly immerse yourself in and around people and ideas that are a bit off, you can begin to 'drink the kool-aide' and begin believing it yourself. You can even begin creating that skewed world around you!

#3 - There is only so much available time to train... If you want to be able to protect yourself and others better. Prioritizing your training and focusing on the right things is not just a suggestion... it's ESSENTIAL!


"Reality" Based Training...


If you train in Defensive Tactics, Martial Arts or Tactical Firearms, you hear this term "Reality Based Training" all the time.

Which for many means...

~ Focus on low probability, worst case scenarios.

~ Go Hard and Fast... The Harder & Faster the better!

~ Do things that 'feel good' to train... Things that feed your ego and/or 
    physically... Things that give you some sense of accomplishment control &
    'winning.' (Not that that's all bad)

~ Train things that support your bias or reality.

~ Oversimplify and focus on the wrong part of the situation. (Usually where the 
    'action' is!)

~ Ignore critical details that entail all of the elements of the situation...       
    (Everything that lead up to it and the 'aftermath.')


What 'Real' Life Looks Like...


Well... That can depend a lot on you!

Think about the differences of what your life might look like if...

  • You're on a SWAT Team
  • You were a criminal
  • You are a teacher
  • You run a business
  • You were a street cop
  • You're in sales
  • Correctional officer
  • In executive protection
  • Parent of a teenager
  • Hang out a bars after hours a lot
  • Club security
  • A production worker
  • You live in a high crime area
  • You live in a gated community
  • Etc.


The types of common situations you're likely run across and how you would go about handling them would be different depending on who you are, what you do for a living and where you normally frequent.

Don't get me wrong, it's fun to pretend you are on SEAL Team 6, go strap on some tac gear, grab your guns, go to a shoot house and play...

There is nothing wrong with going down to your local karate studio to train some kata, MMA gym to go a few rounds in the cage, or roll around grappling last years bjj champion.

But how much is any of that really going to help you?

Does the conflict and violence you run into look like that really?!

Maybe...

Sometimes...

However, there are also a LOT MORE elements to dealing with conflict and violence that DON'T LOOK LIKE THAT!

Are you training to deal with the spectrum of human conflict!? From keeping a cool head, awareness, avoidance, verbal communication, positioning, force options, handling the aftermath? Medical? Legal? Emotional? Ethical?

AND...

Are you prioritizing your training in the right proportion to focus on the entire situation...

Prevention and a scale-able response... A force continuum, etc.

Or... Is your approach based on...

A Bunch of Superstition?!

I'm with you...

I kinda wish things did look more like a Bond movie or John Wick, where the baddies were easy to identify; the 'white rape van' was responsible for all of the sexual assaults; my pistol solved the problem, the threat was clear cut and everyone knew their place...

Who doesn't want to feel like you're in control, confident, powerful, respected?!

But creating training that is only 'Action Oriented', based on superstition or a skewed reality, just leaves you MORE VULNERABLE and what's worse is that most don't even know it!

They think they're prepared, when really they're part of their own problem.

It's alright to go out and have fun with your hobbies at the range, in the dojo and ring...

But remember...

REAL LIFE DOESN'T [USUALLY] LOOK LIKE AN ACTION MOVIE!

SO...

Are you training to build a Protector's Lifestyle?

Where you are developing skills that will help keep you and others around you safe from the gamete of human conflict that occurs.

We may have a lot of differences, but one thing remains consistent...

We ALL have to deal w/people, and with people comes...

CONFLICT!

And with conflict comes...

VIOLENCE!

So, the better you can handle the full spectrum of human conflict and violence (beginning inside of yourself), the safer you and yours will be and the better you will be able to navigate Life!


Keep going,
~Craig


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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

9/11 What We Lost, Then Lost Again




I remember walking into the production area at the printing company I was working for at the time.

"What you watching?" I naively asked.

"A plane just hit one of the towers of the World Trade Center in New York."

"Do they know what happened?" I asked thinking it was just some tragic miscalculation or plane malfunction.

Within minutes, all of our doubts were cast aside as the second plane collided, then exploded into the second tower. 

It was now clear regarding the nature of what the explosions were....

An attack and act of war on the United States... On US!

I can still remember the confusion...

The fear...

The concern...

The anger...

Our world as Americans would never be the same again...


9/11 First Responders...

I have a handful of friends who were there. Police, Military, Firefighters, EMT  and Construction Workers.

My heart goes out to all of the victims and their families. My admiration goes out to all who were there, professional or not who not only survived, but chose to protect others in a great time of need.

Even though the event was tragic for us as people and a nation...

It was awe inspiring to see all of us set down our relative differences and join together as ONE...

It's too bad that it often takes something of magnitude for us to see past what separates us for what joins us.

As Protectors!


Flight 77, 93 & the Pentagon...


When we think of  9/11 we often just think of the World Trade Center...

Often the attack that occurred on the Pentagon is overlooked.

As are flights 93 & 77...

Flight 93 was brought down by the heroic passengers before hitting its intended target.

Unfortunately, flight 77 successfully struck the Pentagon, killing 184 people and injuring many others.


I Hope It Doesn't Take Another...


Event like 9/11 to bring us together as a Nation and as people...

Please, take a minute to remember those we lost and those who protected...

Let's not wait until the next tragedy to connect as a Nation of Protectors and as Human Beings!

Set the pace and...



Keep going,
~Craig




Don't Miss October's On-Line Protector Summit where you'll hear from Lt. Col. Steven Bucci who tells his story of being in the Pentagon as Donald Rumsfeld Military Assistant at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attack: www.theprotectorsummit.com 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Kill Your 'Worry Hamster'





I woke up about 4:30am anxious...

You ever do that?

Seems I was worried about all if it!

My bills...
My finances (to actually pay my bills!)...
My travels...
Getting this Summit registration launched...
The academy...
The price of real estate...
If I somehow pissed somebody off...
Why one of my fb posts didn't get enough 'likes'...
My future...
Global warming....

Stooooooooooooooop Already!

I don't know where that all came from, but I know it didn't stem from any one of those things specifically!

The Worry Hamster in my head just went wild in his little wheel...

Around and around.... and around... and around!


Here's the Question...

When you're in a state like that how do you think you deal with conflict?

Better or worse?

Of course you know the answer!

If you let that Worry Hamster rule you you're not only going to be a wreck...

You're probably going to wreck anything in your path too!

How would you like to pulled over by a cop in this state!?

No thanks!


How to Get a Grip...


Oh, yes, for reasons unknown to me I had slipped out of Baseline...

Although I had an idea, I didn't know exactly why.

Now if it had been One Thing Bothering me, it may have been that that was it. Fix that problem and voila, problem solved, anxiety reduced!

However... When there is a laundry list of things, that's an indication that there's something else going on.

I realize that there can be levels of this type of anxiety that may be deeper issues, but in this case I believe it stemmed from some work stress of deadlines and a couple 'random' things happening beyond my control that although were simple things, they started the wheels turning, so to speak.


It Begins w/a Choice...

Once you realize you are in this state, you have TWO CHOICES...

1) Keep spinning.
2) Realize you're spinning and do things to STOP Spinning!

Option #2 might look something like this:

STOP!! Slow your mind down by taking a few breaths and relax. Don't think of anything... Least of all solutions... This often just keeps your mind reeling, trying to figure things out, but what usually happens, it's a TRAP that our minds use to keep us stuck going in circles, not really coming to any healthy conclusions... rather, only more spinning and anxiety!

Remember that the negative things are typically much Bigger in Your Mind!

If things get really extreme, you'll need something more to change your state. Exercising, going for a walk, stretching, even changing locations may help.

Do something where you aren't thinking about the problems (or solutions) for a while.

Grounding yourself in THIS MOMENT via Your Own Body, can help.

Like this:

Take a deep breath and try to focus your attention of the feel of the carpet beneath your feet, or the feel of how your clothes touch your body. Start at your feet (keep breathing...) and work up slowly to your head. Then take a few more deep 'belly' breaths to conclude the grounding.

No, the problems probably didn't go anywhere, but most likely they look a bit different!

When has life put something in front of you that you weren't able to get through!?

If you're alive (you're reading this right?!) it worked out!


Manage Your Anxiety...

The better you are able to manage this wonderful mind & body of yours the easier it will be to manage those conflicts you come across.

It's difficult, if not impossible to have a chance at controlling a situation if you can't even control yourself


If You Want to Find Out...

About that Summit I was stressing about...


Have a great Hamster Free Day!!



All the best,
~Craig



Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Cat's Outta the Bag!




Almost a year ago I decided to put together what I'll call an On-Line 'Protector Summit'.



It's a FREE LIVE On-Line Event where I interview over 20 of my military / veteran friends & colleagues, asking them what it is to live a Protector's Lifestyle. 

We talk and they share their thoughts about the following discussion topics:


1) What are the 3 Biggest Pieces of Advice You'd Give Someone Who Wants to Protect Themselves, Their Family & Community Better in Today's World?

2) Share Your Experience of Transitioning Your Identity from Being a Protector as a Soldier to One as a Civilian.
 

3) What Can We Do to Bridge the Gap Between Our Military/Vet & Civilian Communities?


WHEN: 

Thurs, Oct. 17th - 10am to 6pm EST
Fri, Oct. 18th - 10am to 6pm EST
Sat, Oct. 19th - 10am to 6pm EST


WHERE:

It's On-Line, so you can watch or listen to it on your phone or computer from the comfort of your own home, office, car or coffee shop! And also, you can come & go as you please! 


Is It FREE?!

YES! The Live On-Line Summit is Absolutely FREE! All you have to do is Register at this link: www.theprotectorsummit.com with your email address & I'll email You Confirmation & the Private Link.


If you know anyone who you think would be interested in the summit, please forward the link to them!


Help Spread the Word!

Please, Share the Link on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and any other social media sites your on.


In the Meantime...

Have a great day and I'll see you soon!



All the best,
~Craig