Do you ever ask yourself: How can I be “all that I can be” at what I want to do?
Do you want to excel at something … possibly even personal safety and self-defense?
If your answers were a resounding, “YES, YES, YES,” then I’d like to introduce you to a very powerful secret of success.
This super-learning secret is a potent social-engineering technique that I have used countless times in the field and in business.
It’s called “Tactical Imaging.” And here’s how it works.
|Mimicking a role model through ‘Tactical Imaging.’|
We all “present” ourselves in a certain manner. We have a special way of standing, speaking, gesturing, holding our hands and our head.
In imaging, you mimic how someone else presents himself or herself while the person performs a skill that you want to learn. You copy how the person stands, speaks, gestures and – most importantly – executes every detail of the coveted skill.
If you do this with intense focus, your brain will imprint the actions your body takes to achieve the skill. To do this, the brain will absorb information from your nerves, muscles and other parts of your body.
If you image long enough and often enough, you will eventually find yourself learning the skill faster than you ever imagined possible. You may even become as good as your role model.
In the counter-terrorism, tactical and security world, we use Tactical Imaging to gain critical skill sets more rapidly. We set up drills where one operative can image another more experienced operative.
But this method isn’t just for warriors. Anyone who understands the principles of imaging can benefit immensely from it.
|“Anyone who understands the principles of imaging can benefit immensely from it.”|
The principles of Tactical Imaging teach us that you can master a skill by watching an expert in that skill, and by copying exactly what the expert does to execute that skill.
If you play tennis, you can observe a superior opponent and attempt to emulate the player’s footwork, form and even how the player breathes while hitting the ball.
If you’re a fledgling trial attorney, you can use imaging whenever you’re called upon to help a more experienced lawyer in court. First, watch your unsuspecting mentor like a hawk. Then, when it’s your turn to present part of the case, copy everything you can about the senior attorney, including body language, voice patterns, gestures, and eye-contact with the judge or jury.
In my Black Ops Leadership Training seminars and workshops, I talk about a leader’s “presence,” or how they convey themselves to others. And I teach how to use imaging to cultivate this presence.
When you use imaging, you’re doing much the same thing a “method actor” does to prepare for a role in a movie or a play. Method actors study every detail about their characters and then they rehearse every detail over and over until they “become” their characters.
Great leaders use imaging to learn how they can improve their “performance” and therefore their presence. And just as great actors engage audiences, great leaders can use imaging to intimidate their competitors or to captivate, inspire and empower their teams and their workforces.
How do I choose the correct person to image?
You must seek a role model who closely resembles what you want achieve, learn or aspire to become. The role model must have the necessary critical thinking skills, physical characteristics, and/or social savvy.
For example, many years ago, I wanted to improve my proficiency at close-quarters combat. So I sought out two individuals who had the background and expertise that I wanted to emulate.
Then I arranged to study them with Tactical Imaging. I knew that if I closely observed their movements, their thinking, their execution, and how they handled weapons, that I would become as good or nearly as good as they were at close-quarters combat.
When you observe a role model – whether it’s someone you just met or the person who represents your iconic, target model – don’t just watch how they do it, see what they do to achieve outstanding results.
Understand how your role model’s presence. Image your role model’s movements, breathing, timing, and techniques until you can produce the same or similar results.
Again it’s like “rehearsing” a part as an actor. But here “acting” is simply a means to an end. The process allows you to cultivate capabilities beyond what you presently possess through study and rehearsal…something every political leader has done since the beginning of organized politics!
You are rehearsing to be better than you are by employing a “targeted model” that has already achieved the same or similar results that you desire.
Still, if you live in a small town in Alaska, you can’t image Warren Buffett or Bill Gates. But you can start with a local role model and keep working your way up.
Some of the greatest martial arts masters learned through imaging and they still use it to teach their students.
When I was a very young boy I had a deep desire to study martial arts. I was drawn to it on a physical and psychological level.
So my father took me to a local martial arts school, where I witnessed something I thought was weird, unconventional and “different” from what other martial art masters were doing at that time.
At the front of the room, the Master performed a series of movements that seemed to combine combative blocks and strikes with the grace and balance of dance moves. At the same time, all his students attempted to mimic his every movement and breath.
Each and every time the Master moved part of his body and breathed, the students did the same. They studied the Master day in and day out so that they could “present” just as he did. And it worked!
During those moments, I did not know this was image training. I later came to learn that that Master’s students had been “winning” all the tournaments in the region thus validating their understanding and application of this social-engineering miracle known as imaging.
The Science of Tactical Imaging
Change your presentation and change your actions and produce greater results. Pick someone who has the body you want, someone who has the personal-defense training you need, or someone who has the experience, career, success, wealth or whatever else you desire … and image this person.
To use Tactical Imaging effectively, you must:
1. Pick a person whom you want to image.
2. Study their presentation including breathing, movement, skills, gestures, and how they specifically accomplish what it is they do.
3. Practice and rehearse exactly what they do and how they do it.
4. Live that presentation every day until you reach the results you desire.
Until next time, stay alert, check your six, put your back against the wall and stay safe!
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New British Prime Minister Theresa May visited Scotland in her first official event as she bids to keep the United Kingdom together after the pro-Brexit vote in the referendum. A majority of Scottish voters opposed the move to leave the European Union.
May is in talks with the Scottish leader, Nicola Sturgeon. She said she will stress how she wants the Scottish government to have a central role in the Brexit process. Sturgeon has insisted that from her perspective “Remain means Remain” and has explored various options to keep Scotland in the EU no matter what the rest of the U.K. does.
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A San Jose resident said she was walking with her husband and their 16-month-old son when the robot collided with the child, knocking him down. Instead of stopping, the robot rolled over the young boy’s foot, leaving swelling and a scrape, the woman said. The robot has been put on the shelf pending an investigation, mall officials said.
The Money and Markets team