Welcome to the SURVIVE INSTITUTE blog ! This is our first post!
Actually we’ve been “blogging advice” for years–one person at a time through emails–which totally drove our social-media savvy daughter … crazy! So our 2012 Resolution to blog weekly … is born!
Brace yourself. WE ARE DIFFERENT!
You will not read worn out, traditional safety “tips” here. You know, ridiculously impossible and insulting advice like:
- “Never” walk alone
- “Never” talk to strangers
- Just be “Aware”
- Use your “Commonsense”
Our goal is to constantly inspire you with NEW words of advice rooted in
- Your rights
- Your natural power
- Your need to save yourself
- Your need to teach your kids to save themselves
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Today’s title FAMILY DEFENSE…”L”ove is the Reason allows us to explain the foundation of our unique point of view on safety issues. Let’s be blunt. You’ve already been exposed to many self-defense ideas, however you still DON’T FEEL SAFE! This is comparable to people who keep taking medicine (the wrong medicine), then wonder why they’re still sick.
As a former Deputy Sheriff (willing to admit occasional terror) I learned the hard way…too many “self-defense” choices creates mental clutter and slows response time. In a crisis, “less” is more, when less is right!
C’mon! You can Google “self-defense” and get thousands of pages of information. That’s not what you want or need. Odds are, what you want and need are:
- Minimum choices that WORK
- Minimum choices you BELIEVE
- Minimum choices you can and will REMEMBER
- Minimum choices you can and will easily APPLY
- Minimum choices that are LEGALLY defensible
- Minimum choices that you can easily teach your FAMILY
RULE #1: You need a REASON more than you need a tactic … in order to save your life!
This profound truth will be explained more in future blogs, but for now, we hope this explanation connects. We like to start seminars by asking a petite “nice” mom (or dad) in our audience :
“You’re in a parking lot and someone grabs you. What specifically are you going to do? …. RIGHT NOW!” Generally, the response is a startle (just at her thought of being attacked…) Then there is usually a long pause and this comment: “Well…I think I’d ….”
“BEEP” …TOO LATE…TOO SLOW…YOUR DOWN!” is my response! Awkward laughter follows. Then I say….”This time, your child is with you. The attacker grabs your child, NOT you. What specifically are you going to do?
Without hesitation, “most” respond: “I’ll KILL em…”
“WHAT? Exactly HOW?” I ask.
“I don’t know, I’ll figure it out then…” is the usual response! In other words, their winning mindset is rooted in their powerful REASON, not a specific tactic.
We are “wired” to RESCUE and SAVE our “L”oved Ones … at all costs. Without exception “most” see themselves WINNING when fighting for “L”oved Ones. LOSING is simply not an option! Wow!
Because of this truth, we need to replace the categorical word “SELF-Defense” with the word that naturally empowers… “FAMILY-Defense!” We proposed this concept a few years ago in our latest book “Raising Kids Who Can Protect Themselves” (McGraw Hill) “Most” people totally connect to and are immediately inspired by this word adjustment .
Please check out our future blog entries for further, empowering explanations of FAMILY-Defense … and the reason we always type “L”ove with “L”…