Travis Haley of Haley Strategic Partners, LLC, presented a thought provoking interview during the 2014 Survival Summit about training your mind to think clearly during a life or death scenario. These are some of his comments. If you plan to be in the 1% who are prepared during an emergency, you will need to be able to pull the trigger on another person. You can pick up the pieces of most mistakes, but not when you take another life. In his business Travis trains people to become a better tactical shooter, but there is more to survival than just pulling a trigger.
The best warrior is one who cares so strongly that his fight comes from deep within.
He is adaptive and agile, builds his confidence, controls impulses and learns to recover. There are three parts of the mind: cognitive, affective, and conative. The cognitive part of the brain measures intelligence, the affective deals with emotions and the conative drives how someone acts upon his thoughts and feelings.1 The first step in becoming the best warrior is to learn who you are. One way to do this it to take the Kolbe Index test. We each have a unique set of innate strengths and talents that remain unchanged from birth. We have equal amounts of conative energy for engaging the thinking (cognitive) and the feeling (affective) parts of the mind to produce purposeful actions. For all test-phobic readers, there are no wrong answers. This test measures behaviors driven by your instinct, not your personality or IQ. Once you know yourself, you will be able to see what you’re really good at. That’s the tactical.
The next step is understanding kinesthetic awareness.
How do you perceive movement? The best warrior develops a keen awareness of his/her environment. Practice seeing things before they happen. Here’s a good way to practice this: open doors for someone in need. Millions of repetitions built in your mind will help you make a better decision under stressful situations.
In stressful situations, the warrior asks: “What has happened that I don’t know about?” It’s a good idea to set up situations that require decision making under stress. You will soon learn that there are no absolutes, things will change quickly and you will need to become adaptive and illusive.There are seven levels of warrior training:
- Why are you choosing what you do? Tactically – technically – work on mental focus drills.
- Learn about bio-mechanical movements through other sporting activities.
- Focus on achieving excellence in one thing at a time; figure out the processes to achieve this.
- You must learn as much as possible about everything; need to be a quick starter and find out what you’re good at doing; in group situations, tasks will be assigned accordingly.
- Always have accountability for your actions – did you manifest this reality?
- Remember the law of attraction; make a bad situation your new normal; think about solutions to the existing situation.
Are you interested in conative thinking practice ? There’s a card game for this: ConflictedTheGame.com
1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conation Reproduced with Permission
Billie Nicholson, Editor