"There's an enormous opportunity for us here. With the right amount of finesse, leveraging our diverse experiences in business & utilizing our hustle; we are sitting in a prime spot to build a great relationship." Ever been a part of this promising conversation, only to get “crickets” in return? Then consider it a favor & take the hint; its time to cut sling and move off in a different direction.
You can’t swim very long with cinder blocks around your feet. Some relationships aren't meant to be kept forever, but to serve as a warning sign to the potential detriment that may lie ahead of you. Sometimes in life we have to realize that the ones around us don't always have the best intentions in mind, and the efforts being made in certain relationships are not valued or reciprocated.
Whether professionally or personally, the context is irrelevant. At that point in time, it’s appropriate to make some hard decisions. In order to preserve your own sanity and ensure your progressive evolution, you must solidify the bonds that are true to what you believe.
Focus on the "amazing" in your life, and be strong enough to ignore the garbage and eliminate it. There is nothing wrong with taking a “social inventory” once in a while and purging the dead weight that may sporadically gravitate towards you from time to time.
I believe the term is “addition by subtraction” & it plays a large part in understanding how time, loyalty & trust determines how we correlate our relationships throughout our lives.
By coming to the realization that people either grow apart, or strengthen, their bonds throughout life, we can begin to hit the “refresh button” emotionally & mentally to ensure we are siphoning the most “good” into our life, and hitting the release valve on the negativity & the bullshit.
Only you… When that day comes it will be up to you to save yourself, your client and those around you by Gods grace. This has been given to you so It's always only ever up to you. You may have teammates around you but they will be depending on you just as they do every other day.
The truth is simply that it all counts, every thought, every decision, every action, every day. Training your heart, body, spirit, soul and mind is up to you. Perfecting your technique, thought processes and emotional posture is up to you. This is why it is said that greatness is not an action but a philosophy a way of life. In EP you must be great in many different areas such as proper planning, social dynamics, soft and hard combatives/tactics, sometimes even politics just to name a few.
The true dichotomy of executive protection and what I find most interesting is simply that a good agent is 100% a gentleman and 100% tactician which equals 100% Security Professional. Doing it right is actually a very tall order that requires a life of daily evolution through deliberate and consistent individual action... Only the price of admission to live by the warrior code as we well know.
The point is that at the end of the day all we ever eat is the fruit of our own labor so be a good steward. Build yourself and your character well on a daily basis so that you will hold up in the furnaces of life no matter what comes. And by Gods grace if you still should fall on that day even though you have been faithful it is probable that you will still fall well which can be the highest honor I think. #ExecutiveProtection#ExecutiveProtectionLife#ExecutiveProtectionLifeStyle#TrainLikeYouFight#ByronRodgers#TheWayOfTheWarrior#ChurchProtection#PewPewLife#PewPewTactical
Potential clients should be asking themselves these questions to determine if a protection detail is warranted, or even an appropriate fit at that time.
There are many others to be asking; we just ran out of room to post them all here so our post in Medium will have the rest for you.
Do you truly understand the threats and the likelihood that they may impact your life, family & business?
Are you concerned about residual affects or collateral damage to others, such as family members or key staff who may inadvertently exposed to a direct threat or share your risks when they are with you?
If you already have a personal security protective program do you share a clear and agreed understanding of its value proposition, the short term goals, and what your big picture profile looks like moving forward?
Does that understanding include the acknowledgement of secondary program benefits; such as financial & logistical efficiency, peace of mind, avoiding embarrassment, discretion, confidentiality, detecting, deterring, & mitigating threats?
Is the perceived need for a protective program temporary and can it scale if the need arises?
Does the program address the tangible "feel" of being a protected person, whether you're in public or at your residence; and does it address the benefits as well as the drawbacks?
Does it explain and reinforce the notion that despite every attempt to minimize its impact, there will still be some level of invasive nature associated with establishing a protection detail?
Is everyone that is affiliated with the client understanding & on board with having a protective detail introduced into their current level of operations?
Does the protection detail work to safeguard others and consider them secondary clients; such as family members, senior executives & associates; and if so, was it originally designed to do this?
📝 I don't practice for perfection, I practiced for permanence. I know that as I improve upon the foundations of my ability I improve on my ability to execute subconsciously. We've heard it said that most people practice until they get it right but the best practice until they cannot get it wrong. Out of that same paradigm comes the saying that if you cannot do it correctly at least 10 times then you have not mastered it.
I think what's most important is that we remember that in combat as well as in life it is going to be our ability to consistently take actions that produce high quality results in a timely manner, that will make all the difference. I think our aim then should be to master the proper and efficient application of doing what's necessary and best when it really counts... but realistically in such an accumulatively oriented reality, everything counts.
Until a movement, philosophy or way of thinking gets inside of us and becomes reflexive, it is not truly something one can afford to rely on. This philosophy applies just as much for ones inner-psychic world as it does ones physical abilities I think. At the end of the day I just want my natural responses to be those that have been recalibrated and refined through deliberation, forethought/strategy, purposefulness, wisdom and efficiency... To this end I believe much consistency is needed. - written By @byron_rodgers "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." – Aristotle
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Great Leaders understand that "Well Done" is better than "Well Said." ~ SRF
Dr. John Maxwell says, in his book The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader's Day, "I believe people tend to think of leadership only in terms of action. But leadership is so much more than just that. Leadership is not just something you do; it's something you are. And that's one of the reasons good leaders have such strong magnetism. People are attracted to who they are.
All leaders desire results, but being must precede doing. To achieve higher goals, you must be a more effective leader. To attract better people, you must be a better person yourself. To achieve greater results, you must be a person of great character. A common problem occurs when a leader's real identity and the desired results don't match up. But when leaders display consistency of character, competence, and purpose, it makes a powerful statement to the people around them - and it draws those people to them.
If you desire to do great things with your life, then seek to become a better person and a better leader. Nothing great can be achieved alone. Any task worth doing requires the help of others. And if you want to attract good people, you've got to become a better person yourself." Have a great day. You've got this!