Also, thanks to my friends at Crimson Trace for their email blast promoting the CT "Laser's Edge" video:
After you get the great "Laser's Edge" video, you can learn more from my Panteao "Make Ready with Michael Bane — Concealed Carry" video.
Couple of good reads for you today. Once again, my friend Ron Larimer at WHEN THE BALLOON GOES UP has been doing a series of posts on why competition is good for you. You all know I'm a big proponent of competition for a number of reasons, first and foremost the concept of "stress inoculation." Yes, a competition is false stress...you aren't going to die if you drop points. But repeated exposure to lower levels of stress "inoculates" you against higher stress, such as when your actual ass is on the line. Stress inoculation was a critical learning point when I was training for high-risk "adventures." My trainers repeatedly used false stress (and taught me how to integrate it into my own training) while I was getting ready to do something with a high consequence from failure.
There is actually a lot of learning theory suggesting that a level of stress/fear helps in learning (here's one of many...little bit different spin here). When I first started reading about enhanced learning when stress/fear chemicals were present, it made perfectly good sense to me from a evolutionary standpoint. What are the lessons you — or your very ancient ancestors — needed to learn 100%? I submit the lessons that have a direct effect on your ability to go on living...saber-toothed tiger scary...must avoid! Or kill.
On a slightly similar note, Kathy Jackson over at CORNERED CAT has a great piece on "Dying of Embarrassment:"
Criminals, especially predatory criminals, make a living by reading people. In order to stay alive and stay out of jail, they learn to watch the signals other people send. They literally gamble their lives and their freedom on choosing the “right” people to attack—people who will be good victims and follow the script the criminal has prepared. One important part of that script includes you, the good person, following little social rules even when those rules narrow your choices and finally trap you in a dangerous situation you could easily have escaped otherwise. Don’t fall for it!
Read the whole thing!
Gotta go disassemble old computers to "sanitize" the hard drives with a sledge hammer!