Tuesday, November 19, 2019

How 'Future Pacing' Can Save Your Life




Recently I taught an Active Assailant Preparedness & Response Workshop at our Krav Maga Academy out in Grand Rapids, MI.

It's not my favorite subject because of the nature of the situation, however due to my long standing relationship w/Israeli instructors and perspective, I started hosting and teaching terrorist/active assailant prep & response seminars quite a while before they were widely taught... or embraced by the public... Way before Homeland Security and other government agency (federal, local or otherwise) began developing programs, let alone private outfits.

Anyway... This last seminar I had a guest who attended. A rather humble guy that you'll recognize his name if you took a look at the Protector Summit speaker roster.

Joe, is a 26 year Navy SEAL Veteran, who currently is the Senior Security Consultant at SEC: Security Education Consultants an organization that specializes in training organizations on security issues.

Our workshop style is very dynamic. We have unique exercises that maximize group learning. Not to mention, my seminars it's not uncommon to have some folks with experience and it would be a shame for everyone not to leverage the body of knowledge that's available.  

Joe contributed very important things at the workshop and he was very gracious at sharing his experiences as a soldier as well as an instructor and coach.


More Than 'Positive Thinking'


One of the common themes that we continued to build on was Mindset...

Although the situation we were learning to deal with (an active shooter) was very deadly, the odds were severely stacked against us due to many factors...

HOWEVER, if we were to have a chance at surviving this, we had to have the proper mindset.

If we focus too much on the problem, the fear and what we couldn't do, our chances of survival diminished...

HOWEVER, if we focused on Solutions, What We COULD Do and What the Next Step was, we would have a greater chance at succeeding, which in this case was saving our own Life and the Lives of those around us who we may be trying to protect.

Joe opened up to share with the group...

"When you're in a situation like that, in your head you have to see yourself winning... When thinking about it in the moment... You NEVER Lose when you play it out in your head... NEVER. No matter how bad, you have to think like the survivor."

I'm paraphrasing a bit, but that is the gist of it. (Joe, if you're reading this, feel free to chime in... Hopefully I didn't slaughter what you said too much...)

This type of thinking is a bit more than just Positive Thinking. It goes by many names:


- Positive Visualization
- Mental Rehearsal
- A Winning Attitude
(or the Neuro-Linguistic Programming term made famous by self help guru Anthony Robbins...)
- Future Pacing

Whatever you want to call it, it is essential for your Combat Mindset (or any other Mindset for that matter)!

It's natural to think about what can go wrong and what you're up against... Especially in dire situations where people could be hurt or killed, it can seem like focusing on a successful outcome seems unrealistic, naive or even arrogant. But, combining good training with the mindset that focuses on a winning outcome actually betters your odds at being successful in pretty much anything put in front of you.


Winning Quote...


You may have heard the quote...

"I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see it."

That's all well and good, but a more powerful way of thinking is...

"I wouldn't have SEEN it if I didn't BELIEVE it!"

And in matters such as these... That thought along with direct action may give you the courage to make it happen, changing the odds for yourself and others!


More on Mindset...

If want to hear more about what Joe and other Protectors have to say about how to develop a Protector's Mindset, don't miss the PROTECTOR SUMMIT!!

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Keep Going,
~Craig

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Lessons From an Old Marine




Yesterday was Veterans Day and although I did send a quick shout out to all of our boys (and gals) out there who served, I wanted to take a minute to do a better job of it...

I want to recognize all of you who chose to serve in the Armed Forces. You chose a path that many of us in this country never do. Yes, there are some of you around that were drafted, but you STILL CHOSE to serve rather than abandon that call by way of draft dodging.

You may have went in to protect and serve your country. You may have went in because you wanted to invest in yourself in some way, training or college benefits. You may have went in because a judge 'suggested' it, to blow shit up... or the adventure of it...

Whatever the reason, you wrote a blank check and gave it to Uncle Sam that may have included sacrificing your life for a cause larger than yourself regardless if you realized the weight of the implications at the time...  

Thank You!

I hope you realize the level of service you provided. I hope you saw and still see clearly what it means to hold that position. What the fight was and continues to be for...

To protect and serve life is the highest calling. I believe that our Constitution and Bill of Rights works to do exactly that. However it is just a paper tiger unless we have people like you who are willing to put their life on the line to uphold what that agreement declared.  

Thank You!


Lessons From an Old Marine...

My dad was a Marine. He came from a very poor family. Due to lack of resources and other opportunities, he decided to go into the military. He hadn't graduated from school yet, so, he lied about his age to get in. Not only was he looking for opportunity for himself, but he wanted to take some of the burden off from his mom and siblings financially.

At a young age he was a protector...

He wanted to protect his family. So, in 1959 he joined the Marines and from his very first paycheck, he sent that money home to his mom to help support his family.

He got his GED as he served as an MP in Okinawa and the Philippines. He saw the ugly side of the segregation, race tension and riots. He got out in the mid-sixties when our country was building toward the Vietnam War. 

He didn't really talk about his service (to me anyway) until he was retired. It didn't sound like he really enjoyed his time in the Marine Corps, he said he did it out of necessity. 

Although he is very patriotic, I think he went in to protect his family more than his country. However he ended up Protecting and Serving both and for that I am grateful. 

Thanks Dad... I Love you. 

I have always been inspired by your example. You taught me how to be a protector... How to be a man. You were a man of few words. Your actions continue to teach the lessons... You lead by your example of what it means to be a true Protector...

I wouldn't be doing what I do today if it weren't for your example. 


Summit Honoring Our Vets

The Protectors Summit is a tribute to many of the Vets that I know and work with... 

It was a way to both honor them and serve you!

I interviewed over 20 U.S. & Israeli Military Vets / security experts asking them how they transitioned from soldier to civilian protectors AND how you and I can protect ourselves, our families and community better! 

You'll be surprised at some of the things they had to share.

Click below for details.




Talk to you soon!



Keep Going,
~Craig 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Aware-a-noid & the Perfect Weapon




Great Hearing From You!


The stories from my run struck a chord with folks...


Many of you wrote to me...

And for every one person who writes, I know there are many others who were intending to but didn't quite get around to it... No worries, I still feel you!


Words of Advice on Defense...


Thank you for all of the comments, suggestions and well wishes regarding that running incident the other week.

READ ABOUT IT HERE:




I'll admit, it's a bit ironic that I am getting all of this advice about self protection, sense I make a living at teaching personal defense & conflict management and all! =)

I think it's a good thing that you all care enough to take the time to write to me! IT'S WHAT THIS WHOLE PeacWalker Community IS ALL ABOUT! We have each other's back!!

I was looking for some engagement on this and that's exactly what you brought!

Choosing the Perfect Weapon...

I got advice regarding weaponry ranging from:

Better start carrying your pistol again...

Pepper spray...

Bear spray...

Personal Alarm...

Taser...

Get a dog...


New workout suggestions ranging from:


Change your jogging route...

Buy a bike and go to a local riding trail...

Get a gym membership...

Go swimming at the Y...

Planet Fitness is cheap and has treadmills...



Puppies, Pistols & Pepper Spray


I used to carry when I ran... That had it's own set of challenges, so I switched to pepper spray...

For years I carried it...

In time out of convenience, it went from my hand, to my pocket...

One day, I was quickly approached by a big dog not on a leash...

It happened so fast, I totally forgot about the pepper spray in my pocket, and didn't even think to draw it until after.

Luckily puppy was just a very excited 85lbs lab \ pit mix that ended up just like being pet and scratched behind the ears...

Time went on... a lot of time...

One day I forgot to bring my spray altogether...

Then I did it again...

I realized I lost the canister and needed to buy another...

The details get fuzzy after that...

But, nothing happened when I ran, so I put off getting another.

You see, in that respect, I'm like pretty much everyone else...

Guilty as charged!


A Weapon is a Tool...


But, here's the difference...

Weapons can be very powerful TOOLS!

Firearms, knives, clubs, OC Spray, Tasers... All good if used in context during the right situation with the right intent.

But the most powerful thing in the equation is the Mindset of the person wielding that tool.

If you are going to use any tool, weapon, you have to be ready and able to use it AND it must be immediately accessible in your time of need, otherwise it is useless to you!

This rule applies to ANY weapon! It doesn't matter if its a pistol, pepper spray or an atomic flame thrower!


Ambushes & Bamboozlement!


If you find yourself being caught off guard, ambushed or all around 'bamboozled', even your skill, accessible weapon and enthusiasm to use it will be greatly diminished. Maybe so much so to turn the scales of the situation from bad to worse.


Mindset & Awareness


Having the right mindset and situational awareness is important regardless of having a weapon or not!

Even with my lack of weaponry during my jog, I held the right mindset and awareness that gave me an advantage even in the compromising situation.

Having no distractions like headphones or extreme exhaustion, I was able to see and assess each of the individuals and situations before they occurred and as they changed.

Having the right Mindset gave me the the ability to establish a Plan A, B, C, D, etc. That can make all the difference in your presence and if push comes to shove, your survival. It's all a part of helping you be a tougher target. Even when the situation makes you vulnerable.
 

Environmental Considerations...

As I told you before, I've been running that route for decades. I grew up there. Rarely would I have any problems... And none like the ones I experienced last week, not that those were that terrible.
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Could I choose to run in more populated urban areas?!
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Yes, however..
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I CHOOSE to run alone on the trails. It's a calculated risk, like traveling, going to concerts and eating bacon! (mmmm bacon!)
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It isn't a high crime area... but it is secluded which can sometimes attract certain types of activities.
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If things like this continue to occur I may have a change of heart regarding my beloved route.
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Aware-a-noid


Conflict & violence can happen anywhere, so be ready regardless of time or place... you may or may not have access to a tool...

REMEMBER...

YOU ARE THE WEAPON!!

Be aware, but not overly paranoid (that's no way to live).

Years ago at a seminar a buddy of mine, Buddha, called it Aware-a-noid!

...It stuck!


Calculated Risk...


Your Life is a calculated risk... CHOOSE WISELY!

As for me...

I bought some pepper spray and I'm keep my options open on running routes!


Hear More Stories...


If you want to hear some more stories from U.S. & Israeli Military Vets and Security Experts regarding building a Protector's Lifestyle, check out the Protector Summit!

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Talk to you soon!


Keep Going,
~Craig