Ideas from Travis Haley

What we call this is “Institutional Inertia” This is exactly the problem with all communities: military, LE, Govt Agencies, training companies, Instructors, etc… they get sucked in to their own drama/ego/training.

In-sti-tu-tion:
an organization, establishment, foundation, society, or the like, devoted to the promotion of a particular cause or program, esp. one of a public, educational, or charitable character.

In-er-tia
The property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity along a straight line so long as it is not acted upon by an external force.

This is why we live the words “Absolutely-not” We should never become absolute to one technique, one tactic, one curriculum, instructor, unit, agency, etc…There is no one way to train. Dynamic environments are never absolute. They are living; breathing, responsive entities that are shaped by our interactions and experiences with THEM, not shaped around some made up training regimen of training curriculum or because your Cpl, Sgt, Gunny, or training manual told you so.

Failure points
The other very big problem is our society is so messed up when it comes to our egos: Being too proud to admit a mistake or that we have anything to learn is not just vanity. It’s life threatening.

It’s not enough to identify failure. Failure points must be broken down, scrutinized and critically studied without ego so that every nuance, mechanic and intent is understood. It’s not only essential to fail sometimes but it is critical to an individual’s growth and maturity, on the range or off.
On the range, it’s time to push till we fail. Shoot as fast as we can till we miss. Move as hard as we can till we drop. When a student isn’t pushing to their failure point, they are not training.
This is the ladder to excellence.

Ladder of excellence
Pushing to failure points and riding their threshold until they become “easy” is not a comfortable process. Truly learning something new never is. No matter how gifted someone is at a particular task, talent doesn’t equal mastery and everyone has something to learn. Putting aside one’s ego and understanding when to reach for that next failure point is the only way to climb the rungs on the ladder of excellence.

One Percent
For those of us that carry, protect and serve or defend our nation; only one percent of our lives may involve actually pulling a trigger on another human being. The other 99 percent could be everything from taking your family out to dinner and all the way up to almost pulling the trigger on a battlefield in a far away country…

Why do we care about training for that one percent so much? That is one percent you cannot get wrong. You can pick up the pieces from almost any other mistake in your life, except the one that ends yours or a loved ones. That’s why we have dedicated our lives as instructors to prepare people for that one percent, that moment that determines life or death.

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