Random Thoughts: A Mindful Miscellany

from Marcus Wynne

Neural Based Training, Situational Awareness, and Personal Resilience

with 5 comments

Three of my favorite topics in one sentence! I’m working on several things simultaneously, as I often do, and a question came up from some friends about how to integrate all their learning to solve certain problems in their lives.

One of the basic principles of neural-based training is the brain likes to answer questions. We are hard-wired to seek answers and solutions. The brain is a hunter-gatherer of information (one of the reasons we’re all addicted to the internet and electronic communication — never before have so many had access to so much information at the touch of a finger). So one technique in neural-based training is formulating questions that stimulate the brain to solve specific problems.

In no particular order, here are some questions I like to ask in certain training situations. The people I facilitate have found it useful to mind-map their answers while exploring the process.

  • If you were a street mugger sizing you up, what would you observe about yourself that would indicate you’re a good target? Or a bad target?
  • Do you know what an attacker would look for, or are you looking for what you would look for?
  • If you were a burglar looking at your house, what would you see that would make you a nice juicy target? Or not?
  • If you were a stalker following a loved one, what would make that loved one (of yours) a vulnerable target?
  • If you needed to borrow $100 in cash, right now, how many people within a day’s walk of where you’re standing would a) have it and b) be willing to lend it?
  • If you were sick and you needed someone to take you to the hospital or to come to your home and care for you, how many people within a day’s walk of where you’re standing would a) be willing to do so and b) have the time or the willingness to take the time to care for you? And for how long?
  • If you have children or pets, how many people within a day’s walk of where you’re standing would you turn to if you needed someone to take care of those children or pets at 2 a.m.? How many would you a) trust to care for them and b) be able to care for them and c) for how long?
  • How far can you walk in one day?
  • How far can you walk carrying 25 pounds, in one day?
  • Could you carry an adult or child up or down a flight of stairs?
  • How far can you drag 150 pounds before you have to stop to catch your breath?

Those are enough questions. Feel free to share your answers below (or not) and perhaps we’ll discuss the implications of these particular questions.

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Written by marcuswynne

September 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm

5 Responses

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  1. Well Marcus such good questions that it leaves me to wonder why we are not asking ourselves these questions all the time? I know one answer, of course, is that the average person simply cannot or does not operate in this manner most of the time. I didn’t know the answer to some, some I do know but cannot change, and some I have already thought of and dealt with and some I seem to have no answer to.

    Nancy Parris

    September 2, 2012 at 1:10 am

    • Hey Nancy! Well, the purpose of good questions is to get you thinking about things; that starts the process rolling. When I use these questions with people, I find that it really helps them get to examining their own process and along the way, illuminate what they don’t know…and find ways to learn that.

      marcuswynne

      September 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm

  2. If you were a street mugger sizing you up, what would you observe about yourself that would indicate you’re a good target? Or a bad target? –My assailant says “This guy has no idea what’s going on around him”. “It’s my lucky day!”

    Do you know what an attacker would look for, or are you looking for what you would look for? — Talking/texting on a cell phone, shopping bags and an empty parking lot.

    If you were a burglar looking at your house, what would you see that would make you a nice juicy target? Or not? — Nobody seems to be home.

    If you were a stalker following a loved one, what would make that loved one (of yours) a vulnerable target? Size.

    If you needed to borrow $100 in cash, right now, how many people within a day’s walk of where you’re standing would a) have it and b) be willing to lend it? — 2 maybe

    If you were sick and you needed someone to take you to the hospital or to come to your home and care for you, how many people within a day’s walk of where you’re standing would a) be willing to do so and b) have the time or the willingness to take the time to care for you? And for how long? –0/0

    If you have children or pets, how many people within a day’s walk of where you’re standing would you turn to if you needed someone to take care of those children or pets at 2 a.m.? –no children/no pets

    How many would you a) trust to care for them and b) be able to care for them and c) for how long? –see answer above

    How far can you walk in one day? –40/50 Miles I reckon

    How far can you walk carrying 25 pounds, in one day? –40/50 Miles? Maybe.

    Could you carry an adult or child up or down a flight of stairs? Most likely.

    How far can you drag 150 pounds before you have to stop to catch your breath? At least a mile I’d hope…

    Did I pass?

    snydley

    November 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

  3. If you were a street mugger sizing you up, what would you observe about yourself that would indicate you’re a good target? Or a bad target? Heads on a swivel but can get caught up in phone.

    Do you know what an attacker would look for, or are you looking for what you would look for? paying attention, how big of a score, athletic or not.

    If you were a burglar looking at your house, what would you see that would make you a nice juicy target? Or not? no outside motion lights. easy exits, Garage is easily visible from public street to establish pattern.

    If you were a stalker following a loved one, what would make that loved one (of yours) a vulnerable target? I’ll look.

    If you needed to borrow $100 in cash, right now, how many people within a day’s walk of where you’re standing would a) have it and b) be willing to lend it? 4

    If you were sick and you needed someone to take you to the hospital or to come to your home and care for you, how many people within a day’s walk of where you’re standing would a) be willing to do so and b) have the time or the willingness to take the time to care for you? And for how long? 2 for a week or so.

    If you have children or pets, how many people within a day’s walk of where you’re standing would you turn to if you needed someone to take care of those children or pets at 2 a.m.? How many would you a) trust to care for them and b) be able to care for them and c) for how long?

    How far can you walk in one day? no pack 20 miles,

    How far can you walk carrying 25 pounds, in one day? 12-15

    Could you carry an adult or child up or down a flight of stairs? yes

    How far can you drag 150 pounds before you have to stop to catch your breath? 20 yds

    Joel Hawkins

    December 12, 2013 at 3:32 am


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