You’re only 20 minutes away . . .

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You’re only 20 minutes away . . . From being a better prepared individual.

In light of recent violent events both domestically and abroad I’ve run into several people concerned with taking ownership of their own safety.  That task can seem overwhelming though.  But I’ve got good news. In 15 to 20 minutes a day, you’d be surprised what you can do to increase your overall ability to handle bad situations and protect your family better than you would if you just continued to worry.

  1. Task Fixation: Get your eyes off your phone while out and about. We all do it. Pay attention to the people around you. It’s interesting how many people walk around in public in their own personal bubble. You could walk right up next to them and they’d have no clue that you’re on top of them. If you do have to look at your phone, break the trance every few seconds and check out your surroundings. Spotting trouble a long way off gives you time to Orient, Decide and Act. (doing this has virtually zero time impact on one’s day).
  1. Fitness: Increase your physical fitness in (5 minutes every day). If nothing else, better fitness will help you think more clearly. Today, do 3 sets of however many push-ups you can do. At most it should take 5 minutes. Tomorrow do a back exercise. Wednesday do 5 minute shoulder exercise, Thursday something for your abs and Friday something for your legs. By Saturday if you can, do a couple pull ups. If you can’t do a couple pull ups, modify the exercise so that you can. If you don’t regularly exercise 5 minutes a day will do wonders for you in just a couple weeks.
  1. Self-Defense: If you carry a pistol for protection – practice drawing and dry-firing a couple repetitions a day. Too many people get their concealed carry license, carry their pistol and never give it another thought. Make sure you’re drawing from concealment (with the clothes on that you wear every day) while moving through the 4 count draw stroke builds muscle memory and becomes less to think about in the midst of a violent situation. (2 or 3 minutes).

If you don’t carry a pistol for protection (and even if you do), practice some combatives techniques. Even if all you know is a jab, cross and hook. Do it. Every day.  Hell, while you’re trying to find a combatives coach, look up youtube – for basic boxing techniques.  Everyone should know how to box.  Everyone. (2-3 minutes).

  1. Train your spirit:  If you’re a person of spiritual faith do a daily 5 minute reading and pray or meditate. Not intending to be preachy here, but . . . people who are confident and positive along with having a good moral compass are more likely to make better decisions under stress. (5 minutes spent each day).
  1. Train your mind: If you’re not sure what a “combat mindset” is, look it up and focus on it when doing your self-defense and fitness training. This should be a daily thought process. The combat mindset is like putting on your mental armor every day. (Less than 1 minute every day).
  2. Weekly reading: Read about TC3. (You might even be inspired to take a class on first aid or get training through your local CERT chapter – first aid is a learn by hands on training thing). Read a book on situational awareness / criminal behavior – it doesn’t have to be just about thugs either, learn about hackers and con-men too. How do they target people? While it doesn’t have to be a daily focus, once a week is a good start to becoming aware of the threats you and your family face. Read something each week that benefits the safety of you and yours. (5 – 10 minutes a week).   Weekly reading is where one keeps from getting bored.  There’s constantly more things that you can train your brain on to better protect your family:  digital security, personal security, better nutrition, wilderness survival.  And lots of those topics have carry-over to other parts of our lives.

An average of 15-20 minutes a day goes a long way over time. If you don’t usually do these things, you’ll find the hardest part is to stay consistent. Once it becomes part of your routine the rest is gravy. If you already do these things, you know what I’m talking about.

Granted some of the areas of training require going out and finding credentialed instructors to learn from. But once you take what they give you and apply the lessons, it doesn’t take much to hone the edge on your preparedness skill sets.

To paraphrase a line from one of the best lessons I’ve ever learned: “While your dedication to study and training to protect your family may not receive a regular ‘thank you’ (if at all) , your efforts (or lack there of) will be apparent to those around you in a time of crisis.”

Hope this helps you or someone you know.  If it doesn’t though, I’ll surely refund you the money paid for the advice 🙂

– Irish

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