Starting in all 2012 open, custom, and private classes, I will be giving a mindset talk during the class. There have been a few recent events that have led me to decide to do this even though I normally only delve into the subject heavily with my military classes.
The first is a LE officer that last week told me of something I said during his last training session with me last year. I remember the conversation but really was just responding to a question another student asked. The short of it is that this officer was involved in his first gunfight and performed very well. He says because of me, but I have been doing this long enough to know that if I contributed at all it was a small amount. Nevertheless, I think any small help is good for those that go in harm's way.
The second is another student that was involved in a rather high profile shooting in the last year, who again, prevailed, and performed superbly. He called to give me credit for something I taught him, and said to him during a class. Both of these learning points I made were very informal but, were in fact, part of a mindset brief I give to certain folks.
The last is the current crop of new books that highlight some things that I was involved in in my military career (sorry, but I refuse to elaborate, as self gratification or promotion is not my deal) . Although most have been documented already in other publications, the newer ones detail things that I have never discussed in the past as far as lessons learned goes, even to co-workers. After consideration and consulting some old salts, I think that it's better to share the info when it applies rather than die with it. Hopefully, it will provide the needed edge for someone, anyone.