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Take a Breath

Take a Breath

To prevent taking shallow breaths in stressful situations, make sure you practice and refresh your tactical breathing skills.

February 8, 2018

Make Your Own Luck

Make Your Own Luck

I know a lot of crime fighters who begin to wax philosophical after their fifth beer and one of the common axioms I hear is: "I would rather be lucky than good."

October 11, 2013

Fire Nobody!

Fire Nobody!

Here is the conundrum: When bad things happen it appears Officer Nobody has failed again to do what needs to be done, and when things turn out good, Dep. Somebody is taking all the credit. Something needs to be done.

August 4, 2013

Raise Your Honor High

Raise Your Honor High

Ah, but the healing is a wonderful thing to see. Daily, each of you earn more and more and more honor for us all. Your courage, your actions, your compassion, is an hourly ratcheting up of our honor.

July 11, 2013

Cops and Psychology

Cops and Psychology

Cops should be most concerned about flaws in studies involving PTSD. Post-traumatic stress wasn't even recognized as a disorder until 1980, and then suddenly it was everywhere, caused by everything and happening to everyone.

June 12, 2013

The P-Word

The P-Word

Panic has little place in the modern world, and for a crime fighter it can be a killer; action is our mantra, and preparation is our antidote.

May 14, 2013

Knowing the Ending

Knowing the Ending

While in fiction Sherlock Holmes' magnificent intuitive leaps lead to remarkable arrests, we would make a huge number of mental errors if we tried the same tricks. Worse, we might make assumptions that would get us or someone else hurt.

October 16, 2012

Realistic Optimism

Realistic Optimism

Real optimism isn't just expecting good things to happen; it is how you internally explain to yourself the bad things that happen and what you do about them. Everyone is going to suffer bad events.

July 10, 2012

Trapped on an Escalator

Trapped on an Escalator

Your "locus of control" is your sense of controlling your own future, your own happiness, your own life. Too often people blame the commander, the sergeant, the department, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a husband, a wife, or a partner, maybe even all eight of them for their unhappiness or unfilled dreams.

May 8, 2012

Weighing Risks

Weighing Risks

The problem we have as humans is we aren't real good at evaluating risk, and if we don't evaluate it properly we can't compensate for it.

April 10, 2012

Your Just Deserts

Your Just Deserts

As a student of human performance I am always amazed at the way we pay lip service to the winning mindset. It seems we think that if we just say this or that to ourselves, or visualize ourselves doing this or that, we will become winners. Simple, right? Wrong.

December 6, 2011

Can You Show Feelings and Stay Strong?

Can You Show Feelings and Stay Strong?

I have always been touched by certain images, sounds, and words, and the older I get the more things trigger my emotional reflexes. At the same time I find I am less and less embarrassed by my tears. Now I know the tears are not from weakness but from respect, from the heart.

July 21, 2011

Illusion of Confidence

Illusion of Confidence

The scary part is when we ourselves are confidently wrong we're completely oblivious to it.

October 31, 2010

The Bureaucratic Touch

The Bureaucratic Touch

We put high sensation-seeking folks like you in a highly structured bureaucracy and are shocked when it stresses the heck out of you.

August 10, 2010

Deadly Routine

Deadly Routine

Routine doesn't just make us comfortable, it actually "detrains" us, robs us of our edge, and can even steal our lives.

April 22, 2010