Are You Prepared For Violence?

Aug 25, 2018Latest, Stronghold


Let’s get to it. Ask yourself are you ready? Or as Goggins, would say… look yourself in the accountability mirror. You can’t lie to yourself. I believe it’s fair to say that the majority of Americans don’t expect violence to happen to them or their loved ones. This mentality has led to a watering down/weakening of not only our society, but our national security.

Sure I could sit around pontificating about how screwed up our government is, how biasd our media is, how the masses are like sheep, however that really isn’t going to fix the problems we face. We few, as good men, have five privileges we need to step up and own. These five privileges are the five responsibilities all men are called to fulfill on their journey to become better men. They are the roles of Prince (Authority), Priest (Spirituality), Prophet (Good vs Evil) Provider (Material Resources) and Protector (Defense of the Sacred, Valuable and Innocent). For those of you that are interested in learning more, I encourage you to drill down into all of this by starting here:

I’m going to dive deeper into this right now.

Leaders, doers, and elite performers all have different relationships and approaches to the work than amateurs do. *(Check out Michael Gervais –

They understand that they’ve got to roll up their sleeves and they’ve got to get to it. To grind it out. They also understand that the joy is in the work, that the real beauty in all of this is in the deep work that we do. The way I define deep work is any action you take to work on your mind, your body, your spirit, or your craft that makes you a better man, husband, dad, son, friend, teammate, leader, etc. That makes you the most relevant person in the room, that makes you the person who people want to follow because they choose to and not because they have to, the person who goes after problems bigger than themselves and leads people to action.

Everything we do to help ourselves improve is, what I consider, deep work. I continually do deep work on my craft. By that I mean working on my field craft and skillsets that translate to my work/mission within the Military, Intelligence Community, etc. I’m working on new skillsets that I need to be relevant today and tomorrow both on and off the battlefield of life. What I’m asking you is to be thinking about what the deep work is that really pertains to the legacy/path you want to leave on this world.

Now, how do you accomplish that deep work? What is your WHY? You need to take your clearly defined WHY and turn it into fuel that drives you. At the end of the day, you could have the best plan in the world, you could have a great outline/business plan of what you’re going to do, but that commitment has to translate. The work you have done and continue to do to define your why, your vision, your purpose… it’s got to translate into fuel. The WHY should drive your action.

As you begin to take on these big things that are bigger than you, you’ve got to believe you can punch above your weight class. The belief/confidence that you can fight outside your weight class, that you can do something bigger than you are, you have to believe that. You may not know the answers. You may not know what it looks like, but in your head, you need to believe it. When you train, when we do your physical training, when you get up in the morning, when you meditate and pursue mindfulness, when you pray, when you write, I need you believing that you can punch above your weight.

I first saw this in the Marine Corps and later in the CIA and SOF community. This willingness to punch above your weight, and it works. Get there. Get in that place mentally. Embrace the mentality. This will all be fuel for the journey. Remember, when you’re doing this kind of work, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. It’s not an overnight success. It’s not going to be episodic. Success is incremental, and success is found in the grind. It’s found in the deep work.

Okay enough said on that front. With that said please note I’m going to focus more on handguns, mindset and training in this piece. However, do not ignore the importance of hand-to-hand combat to include edged weapons. Remember, “One Mind Any Weapon.” Let’s get back into it. When you finally realize you need to take your personal safety more seriously forgive me if I don’t jump for joy. I don’t want to be negative or glass half full here. However, I do want to be matter of fact. The sky is blue and water is wet. What would the majority of those who already know we are at war gain value from, what really matters to not just their survival but to help ensure victory?

I believe in the old saying, the survival of the fittest. It’s biology 101. In my view it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Why are men attracted to certain women and why are women attracted to certain types of men? Let’s eliminate the touchy feely stuff and it comes down to procreation, the continuation of mankind. Breaking it down even further, survival has a lot to do with mindset. In this day and age, the majority of grass eaters have forgotten or have no idea the importance of survival and how to ensure their own, much less their family’s survival. It’s honestly very sad, but in the end your survival depends on your mindset, skillset and the tools at your disposal.

Are you mentally prepared to face violence? I’m talking about a surprise attack or an unforeseen violent act towards you or your family. The first step simply requires you to acknowledge this fact and get the ball rolling in a proactive manner. If at a fundamental level, you can acknowledge there is the possibility of unplanned violence it makes a BIG difference mentally. You need to be able to look this animal in the eye with confidence, it frees you up to prepare to win the fight. Just know you must be willing to acknowledge evil/violence is out there. Preparation is key to your safety, survival and securing the high ground for not only yourself but your family. What have you done to prepare for that moment or other similar situations? Mental preparation motivates you to then physically prepare in the form of training. TRAIN-FIGHT-WIN

“Be polite, be professional. But have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” -Gen. James Mattis

This is where the rubber meets the road. All your mental preparation will be for naught if you don’t have the physical training to back it up. Unless you’re a Jedi Knight you will have to fend like the rest of us. In this day and age with the rise of terrorist threats the two most important training areas you can obtain are combat marksmanship and mastering concealed carry methods/TTPs. Your skill with a firearm must be at the highest level you can reach, then go one level higher. As the saying goes… You don’t rise to the occasion you fall to your level of training. This is one of the reasons why our standards are so high and tough is because nothing we do can mimic the stress of combat. Bottom line if you have bad technique based off of a poor program with low standards don’t be surprised by your poor performance. Once your marksmanship skills are honed to a razor’s edge next comes having a handgun on you as often as possible; daily concealed carry. The art of concealing has evolved from looking like you’re on an African safari taking pictures for National Geographic in a photographer’s vest, so get with the times. Adapt or die. It’s time to perfect your concealment game. When violence comes knocking at your front door, will you answer with good intention or with surgical precision and violence of action? Once you nail down this part it will motivate you to start selecting your gear/EDC kit.

Now before you start investing in your gear you first need to define your mission. Until then, you could be easily swayed by marketing and propaganda rather than meeting your gear and mission requirements. You’d also be wise to ask yourself if you are fully prepared, could you use this or that or whatever new shiny object hits the market that you think you need. At some point you have to recognize it is a come as you are war/fight. Whatever you bring is all you have so select your gear wisely. Keep in mind that whatever it is should either help you end the fight, get off the “X”, allow you to get to a stronghold, secure area or exit. The situation and environment will often dictate. In other words, do you have enough ammo to put down the threat fast and furious? If not, will you have enough ammo to keep them at bay while you maneuver to a stronghold position? If not, will you have enough ammo to effectively maneuver to cover or an exit? All of the above is implied if your combat shooting skills are legit. So if you’re wondering, yes it is a good idea to create your go bag or E&E bag whatever you want to call it. However, realize you likely will not have it when it counts. You will have to win the fight, and survive with your daily EDC that’s on your body. Think back to when we discussed first line gear. Your go bag will have second and third line gear in it to sustain the fight and increase survivability.

At the end of the day, the world is not complicated. It is filled with evil, that evil must be confronted by good men with strength, courage and honor. I’ll paraphrase a quote by Gen. Mattis. “That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”

Let me leave you with several other quotes by Gen. James Mattis.

“The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”

“There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”

“No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it’s over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”

“You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.”

“I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”

“Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.”

“Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit”

Prepare to win the fight.

Spiritus Invictus

Your Friend,

Travis Nelson

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