The Self-Initiative Project
What is Asphalt Anthropology?

What is Asphalt Anthropology?

June 30, 2020

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 27, What is Asphalt Anthropology?

This episode we talk to Beverly Baker of Metropolitan Finishing School to talk about her program, Asphalt Anthropology. One thing is for sure, Beverly's finishing school has nothing to do with holding your tea cup...

We talk about there being more to personal safety and self-defense than just the physical aspects. We talk about the importance of understanding how criminals think and what they look for. We mention the importance of de-escalation and setting boundaries as well as where de-escalation may not be appropriate; and we also talk about how it is OK to be rude when you need to be.

It is mentioned again how important listening to your intuition is and how carrying yourself in the right way can help you avoid many potentially bad situations. Beverly makes the point that paying attention to your surroundings has nothing to do with being paranoid or being fearful. It has to do with improving one's situational awareness; and you can do that by simply engaging with your environment and being more curious.

We talk about how compassion can have a place the self-defense world. Discerning between the need to defend yourself or getting away and potentially listening to your gut when you see someone that may need help in a difficult situation.

We learn it is important to recognize that in self-defense there is not one solution that works for everyone and that you need to find the classes and the training you feel solves the issues you believe are relevant to you. Beverly also reminds us it is pretty easy to avoid becoming a victim just by taking some really easy steps, i.e. avoiding that argument someone was trying to start with you or locking your doors.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

 

Situational Awareness and More

Situational Awareness and More

May 1, 2020

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 25, Situational Awareness and More

I sit down with Kelly Sayre, of The Diamond Arrow Group, to talk about situational awareness.

We talk about what situational awareness is and what it takes to notice things that may be out of place or may just be not quite right. Kelly and I discuss the importance listening to your intuition, your gut, your sixth sense, so you can better be able to respond if something bad is happening. And we talk about your willingness to set AND enforce boundaries.

We discuss the main reason why some folks feel they cannot dedicate more energies to their personal safety and some really easy ways to get started.

Women and men alike will want to listen to this episode.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

Why be Invested in Your Personal Safety

Why be Invested in Your Personal Safety

February 26, 2020

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 23, Why be Invested in Your Personal Safety

It is more like: Why are you not invested in your own personal safety?

The Secure Dad joins us as we talk about how to get people interested in their own personal safety. Andy and I discuss the things that caused us to first become more invested in our personal safety and how that changed our thinking overall.

We indirectly talk on the subject of why folks should be invested in their own personal safety and that of their loved ones. We even discuss why some feel it is unnecessary to be concerned with it. Most importantly, we talk about ways to begin thinking about it and incorporating ideas and practices into your life.

No one is there to save you; and 911 may or may not get to you on time. What are you going to do? Do you at least have a plan?

Ultimately, we are all responsible for our own personal safety and preparedness.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

How to Build Your Get Home Bag (GHB)

How to Build Your Get Home Bag (GHB)

January 29, 2020

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 22, How to Build Your Get Home Bag (GHB)

Do you have the gear to help you make it home should a catastrophe of some type occur?

This episode we talk about what you need in order to build an effective Get Home Bag or "GHB." 

First-aid/trauma gear, clothing, food, shelter, and water are all the basics needed in such a bag. We discuss specifically what is in my bag and what the intentions are behind having those items, plus more. And you will want to be sure to have one, or at least food and water, for anyone with you should something go sideways.

If you have never thought through scenarios that may force you to get home on your own, within 24 hours, you will want to listen to this episode.

Thanks for listening.

The Importance of Mindset

The Importance of Mindset

April 30, 2019

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 13, The Importance of Mindset

Likely the shortest podcast we will ever do, it is still an important concept to talk about and for you to think about.

Grit. Wherewithal. Perseverance. Indomitable spirit. Never give up.

Your attitude and mindset can make the difference between success and failure. Get it in your head that you will not give up and that you will succeed and you will. Picture success and you'll succeed. Picture failure and you will fail.

In self-defense, mindset can mean the difference between going home safe or getting hurt or even worse.

This episode we discuss the importance of having a no quit, never give up mindset and how that will impact the outcome of anything you take on. Your success and even your life will depend on it.

Short and sweet.

Sit back. Relax. Listen.

Krav Maga and What to Expect

Krav Maga and What to Expect

March 31, 2019

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 12, Krav Maga and What to Expect

This episode has been a long time coming. We talk about the self-defense system of Krav Maga ("contact combat").

I give you a little of my history with Krav; and then we talk about the things you need to know and take into consideration. Meant to be more of a primer, we give a basic overview of what Krav Maga is, the things you can expect as you move through the system, what classes can be like, gear you are going to need along your journey, and more.

I also make mention of and thank those individuals and some of the instructors that have made a difference to me in my journey in self-defense.

Thanks for listening.

Safety In and Around Your Vehicle

Safety In and Around Your Vehicle

February 26, 2019

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 11, Safety In and Around Your Vehicle

We talk about safety in and around the vehicle.

We start by talking about things to check on the outside of the vehicle, moving to under the hood, and then we talk about what gear and the items you should look to keep in your vehicles whether in the cabin or in the trunk. We wrap up with some general safety tactics to follow for yourself in order to make you and those in your vehicle safer along with the others on the road with you.

By the time you get through this podcast you'll be better prepared for any trip, errand, vacation, or commute you make.

Sit back. Relax. Listen.