The Self-Initiative Project
Weather Safety

Weather Safety

July 31, 2022

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 52, Weather Safety

In this episode, we talk about safety for:

  • Heat
  • Thunderstorms
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Snow storms

Specifically, we walk through some of the commonalities shared across some of these weather situations and related safety considerations, including:

  • High winds
  • Lightening
  • Flooding

In addition to safety tips and general advise, we talk about the differences between a watch and a warning, things you can do to help reduce stress and anxiety in emergency situations, as well as the importance of prepping ahead of time, planning, an some ideas for gear.

Thanks for listening.

 

Other related podcasts:

Podcast 7: How to Make Your Trauma Kit(s)

Podcast 11: Safety In and Around Your Vehicle

Podcast 22: How to Build Your Get Home Bag (GHB)

A Briefing With The Grayman

A Briefing With The Grayman

June 29, 2022

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 51, A Briefing With The Grayman

Wesley, of Grayman Briefing and Superesse Straps, joins us to talk about being better prepared and your personal safety.

Wesley is former U.S. Army and law enforcement and now spends his time sharing intel to the public to help folks stay better informed and selling gear that can help them be better prepared should a life altering event occur (or SHTF).

We talk a lot about home security measures you can take as well as a few about vehicles as well.

Do you know the purpose of purple paint or a flashing blue light on your mailbox? Listen to learn about these unusual items.

Have you ever thought leaving your car in your driveway might be a good thing? Listen to Wesley explain why it may be the better option.

There is definitely a lot here to consider and determine if they are right for for you and your family.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

 

Other related podcasts:

Podcast 6: How to Make Your Home More Secure

Podcast 11: Safety In and Around Your Vehicle

Podcast 26: What if... ? The Importance of Thinking Through Scenarios

Be a Sharp(er) Woman with Kelly Sayre

Be a Sharp(er) Woman with Kelly Sayre

April 27, 2022

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 49, Be a Sharp(er) Woman with Kelly Sayre

Kelly, from The Diamond Arrow Group, joins us again. This time to talk through her new book, Sharp Women, a book women (and men, alike) can take something away from.

We talk about the importance of listening to our intuition, paying attention to our surroundings, how our upbringing impacts the way we view and respond to the world around us, and how hard it is to uphold boundaries with those we know. All of this and much, much more.

While mostly written for women, this book is a great read for men as well as it helps us maybe better understand their perspectives, especially when it comes to their safety and security. It is a long listen but well worth it.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

 

Other related podcast:

Podcast 25 - Situational Awareness and More (w/ Kelly)

Podcast 26 - What if... ? The Importance of Thinking Through Scenarios

 

Carjacking

Carjacking

March 30, 2022

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 48, Carjacking

What's the difference between car theft and carjacking? We discuss it.

We also talk about some legal concepts that may come into play with either car theft or carjacking, though we give no legal advise.

We talk about some things you can do to help make you less likely to be a victim of a carjacking. Ultimately, we have to take responsibility for our own personal safety.

And lastly, we chat through what you may consider doing should you ever find yourself a victim of a carjacking and some scenarios you will want to consider and think through.

Thanks for listening.

 

Other podcasts:

Podcast 11 - Safety In and Around Your Vehicle

Podcast 26 - What if.. ? The Importance of Thinking Through Scenarios

How Physical Fitness Fits Into Your Personal Safety and Preparedness Plan

How Physical Fitness Fits Into Your Personal Safety and Preparedness Plan

November 30, 2021

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 44, How Physical Fitness Fits Into Your Personal Safety and Preparedness Plan

How important is physical fitness during a self-defense encounter? Very.

This episode we talk about the differences between aerobic and anaerobic exercise and how anaerobic is key in self-defense scenarios.

We discuss the benefits of exercise and go well beyond the usual points of losing weight and building muscle; and we give some tips and points on how you can get started or re-started if it has been a while for you.

Additionally, we try to make this episode a little interactive by giving you homework assignments including an exercise challenge to help jump things off for you.

If you take the initiative, you will also learn more about things like:

  • Organs for managing glucose
  • VO2 Max
  • EPOC
  • ATP energy
  • Where endorphins come from
  • What the Autonomic Nervous System is responsible for
  • And much, much more

If you have any interest in your own personal safety, this is an episode you will not want to miss.

And remember, push to progress...

Thanks for listening.

De-escalation: A Key to Conflict Management

De-escalation: A Key to Conflict Management

July 28, 2021

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 40, De-escalation: A Key to Conflict Management

Randy King from 80:20 Conflict Management Strategies and Randy King Live joins us again. This time we talk about de-escalation. Arguably, de-escalation is one of the most important pieces to your self-defense and personal safety strategies.

De-escalation skills not only have a place in the context of personal safety; but they can be very important in our personal relationships as well. Additionally, we talk about how being able to de-escalate oneself is the first step in being able to successfully de-escalate any situation at hand.

We talk about what a great movie Road House (think: Patrick Swayze) is, how our monkey brains can adversely affect our decision making abilities and therefore our ability to de-escalate, and how the art of de-escalation is similar to delivering good customer service.

There is so much fantastic content in this episode, we cannot possibly lay it all out here. You will just have to listen. I promise you will have a lot of takeaways from our chat here with Randy.

While you are at it, go back and listen to our Podcast 29 where Randy and I discuss his Realities of Violence content too.

Thanks for listening.

A Chat With Tammy Yard-McCracken.

A Chat With Tammy Yard-McCracken.

May 26, 2021

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 38, A Chat With Tammy Yard-McCraken, PsyD, LPC

Tammy Yard-McCraken of Kore Self Defense and Krav Maga and 500Rising takes time out to chat with us about all things self defense and more. Tammy's a psycho-therapist turned self defense badass and instructor.

We talk about the effectiveness of Krav as a self defense system overall, the need to disseminate more information in addition to all the physical aspects of self defense, and much, much more.

Hear what Tammy's takeaways were from this podcast too.

Apologize for the few cell phone connection issues experienced in this episode.

Thanks for listening.

Guns Are Not The Answer To Your Personal Safety

Guns Are Not The Answer To Your Personal Safety

February 28, 2021

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 35, Guns Are Not The Answer To Your Personal Safety

Think a gun or some tool is going to make you safe?

We take a few minutes to discuss these honest facts and more:

  • If guns went away tomorrow, you would still have the right and the ability to defend yourself.
  • If you have a gun, you are not just magically safe, even if you feel safer with it.
  • And owning a gun does not absolve your of all your other personal safety responsibilities.

Join us as we talk about some of the fallacies out there about owning guns; and how to be better prepared with or without a tool, like a firearm.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

How to Better Avoid, Respond, and Recover If It Does Happen

How to Better Avoid, Respond, and Recover If It Does Happen

January 27, 2021

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 34, How to Better Avoid, Respond, and Recover If It Does Happen

If you go back and listen to Podcast 33, It Will Never Happen to Me, you will be better prepared for this episode.

We revisit to stories told in 33 and talk about somethings that could have helped the individuals better avoid, respond, and recover from the events we talked about

We cover a lot of tips and pointers in this episode and leave you with 3 main pieces of advise.

Thanks for listening.

 

Originating podcast:

Podcast 33 - It Will Never Happen to Me

It Will Never Happen to Me

It Will Never Happen to Me

December 21, 2020

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 33, It Will NEVER Happen to Me

Think so? Apathy or optimism bias may have some people under their spells. No matter the cause, here are six stories to the contrary in this episode including:

  • An active-duty Marine robbed at gun point
  • A 16 year old babysitter dealing with a drunk neighbor with a shotgun
  • A personal vehicle broken into and items taken even though parked under street light and with doors locked
  • And more...

Learn if they saw it coming, would they have ever expected something like it to have happened to them, what they might have done differently, and how has it effected how they go about their personal safety.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

 

Follow up:

Podcast 34 - How to Better Avoid, Respond, and Recover If It Does Happen

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