Once again, the majority of the world whose hearts are full of love and compassion offer their deepest condolences to the victims and families of the latest terrorist act in London.
It seems that radical groups are evolving and architecting new and harder to detect ways of waging terror against innocent civilians. In a time of absolute fear, sadness and uncertainty, I feel there is also an opportunity for growth and the development of new skills and mindsets which could possibly help protect from future incidents and pay respect to fallen victims. Just as radical groups have evolved, we must also evolve to counteract potential threats and to protect against their cruel plans.
In times of such uncertainty, people often resort to the extreme end of the scale for protection and piece of mind. One of our most used motto's is to be prepared not paranoid. We teach people how to perform and survive at their absolute best in a modern world, why? we never want to get caught with our pants down or not be able to handle a situation. Three key areas that we teach, practice every day and live by are situational awareness, preparedness and logical response training, they are perhaps the most basic but by far the most important skill sets we feel people should harness and keep in their survival tool bag.
Situational Awareness is the ability to identify, process, and comprehend the critical elements of information about what is happening around you. The return on investment for this skills are a much higher sense of alertness and awareness which can be used not only to spot potential threats and dangers but is beneficial in all aspects of life.
Bad things do and statistically, will happen to good people, the first step in preparing is understanding this. Preparedness is a combination of understanding, mindset strategies and also practical applications such as everyday carry, planning and staying ahead of the game.
Logical response training is a mindset strategy and a form of training. History and scientific studies both show that in survival situations, most people have an emotional or instinctual response instead of a logical or calculated response. We have all had a situation where we respond in a certain way and think afterwards "that was not clever". The jury is still out as to why we respond in this way but one part of the equation is that we are hard-wired to protect the species, not ourselves in a survival situation. A strategy and concept we use to train one's self to respond to a hostile or threatening situation in a logical way is through emotional bookmarking and developing new mental pathways to stress response.
Again, our most used motto is prepared not paranoid, this means our goal is to be prepared for any situation that arises not paranoid about threats or dangers. How is this done? instead of taking a leave of absence to spend six months survival training or taking out a new mortgage to hire a bodyguard, we apply these three techniques to not only survival scenarios but to all aspects of life. If we can obtain benefits from situational awareness, preparedness and logical response training in all areas including urban and wilderness survival, business and family life we will use these strategies more often. If we use them in minute amounts throughout the day instead of in a bulk training once a month these skills will get refined much faster and with less of a mental strain to the point where they will become a subconscious action. Every day we walk across a busy road, we don't think about the process involved and plan how we are going to execute it, we just do it subconsciously and safety.
The goal with these three skills is the same as a long-term savings account. Spend a small amount of time practising these skills every day until they become the same as crossing a road. We hope we will never need to draw on them but they will always be there accumulating interest and experience if a situation arises and we need to call on them.
Kia kaha London.