As a hunter, I remember the first time someone told me to “look for deer tracks, scat, and other sign.”
That was great, but I missed all but the most obvious signs. I didn’t know what to look for.
It wasn’t until someone took the time to teach me how to read tracks & scat and what other signs looked like (like broken branches, rubs, scents, scratches, etc.) that I was able to “see” them and what they were doing.
The signs were there the whole time. My mind just didn’t know that they were important until I programmed in the profile and my subconscious mind knew what to look for.
Once I knew what I was looking for, it was obvious. I could read my environment like the deer had left me notes with a big marker.
But with situational awareness, the triggers for “possible threats” are too general to be effective.
The more general threat profile you give it, the more general (and low quality) feedback it will provide.
“Look for bad guys”, “Look for concealed weapons”, and “Listen to your gut” are examples of general, low quality threat profiles.
Those are the equivalent of telling a new kid driver to “look out for bad drivers” without telling them what actions to look for to signal that someone’s a bad driver.
And, with the hunting example, it’s like telling your brain to “look for tracks and sign” rather than telling it exactly what threat profile to look for.
Looking for people with knives and guns is an example of a general, low quality threat profile. I’m one of 12+ million people in the US who legally carry knives and guns and I’m completely harmless to anyone who’s not threatening me or my family.
These false positives act like an immunization—every time you identify a potential threat that ends up being harmless, you desensitize yourself and make it less likely that you’ll spot future threats.
The key is giving the mind high quality threat profiles to look for.
And that’s exactly what the Avoid, Deter, Defend Situational Awareness course will do…
It’ll give you a simple, proven, process for quickly and accurately scanning and categorizing everyone in your environment at a subconscious level.
Your unconscious mind is an amazing machine, but it’s kind of like a computer and it operates on a Garbage-In-Garbage-Out principal.
Give it general, low quality threat profiles to look out for, and it will miss threats and give you a lot of random false alarms.
But, with the Avoid, Deter, Defend threat classification system, your mind will have specific queues to passively scan for as you go about your day.
And high quality threat profiles means more awareness, more peace of mind, and a safer you.
If it sounds familiar, that’s because we talked about some of this in the Real World Safety SEAL Threat Detection course…the situational course that we created to help protect non-tactical loved ones.
And even though I watched it with my 5 & 8 year olds and it’s mandatory curriculum for middle schoolers in multiple school districts, it’s also proven incredibly effective for tactically minded people of all ability and experience levels.
Avoid, Deter, Defend is the next level of situational awareness training. It’s designed to stand on it’s own or as a next step for people who have completed the Real World Safety SEAL Threat Detection training.