A few weeks ago I was listening to a Green Beret Special Forces Soldier talk about the theory of being a sheepdog in life.
If you are not aware what a “sheepdog” is then let me explain briefly.
According to this theory, there are three types of people in this world.
Firstly there are the sheep.
The sheep go about their business every day unaware of what is going on in the world around them and the dangers that lurk around the corner.
Sheep typically walk around surfing the net on their smartphones, they are mostly physically weak, unprepared for any danger that might come their way and basically just a soft target for any predator.
About 90 percent of the world fall into this category.
Secondly, there are the wolfs.
The wolfs are predators that like to eat sheep.
They prey on the weak and know how easy it is to pick off sheep and their friends.
They have no remorse or compassion.Killing a sheep is just another day in the world of the wolf.
Lastly, there are Sheepdogs.
Sheepdogs are genetically similar to Wolfs but slightly different.
The Sheepdogs don't want sheep to die and are the only barriers between the wolf and the sheep.
Sheepdogs are men that are aware of their surroundings and know the wolf very well.
He knows he has to be physically and mentally prepared for wolf attacks.
The Sheepdog does weekly physical training, is proficient in firearms, does some kind of martial art and disciplines himself to always be aware of what is going on around him.
He knows the sheep and the wolf better than they know themselves.The sheepdog is the animal that keeps the balance in the world.
The question you have to ask yourself is whether you are a sheep or sheepdog.
The good news is if you are not a sheepdog then you can become one.
The first thing you need to realize is that you are vulnerable and by being vulnerable in this world means you are making the people around you vulnerable.
It's your responsibility because most sheep won't even read this article, they are not aware.Being aware is your job.So you made a choice to become a sheepdog.So what do you need to do to become a sheepdog?
Let's look at some basics:
(1)Become Conscious of your surroundings.
Don't become paranoid, but aware of where there are exits in rooms and listen to your gut when something feels wrong.
If you sense a situation is about to get violent, then communicate with the people in your group or family and take appropriate action.
Most of the time it means to get out of the dangerous situation and find a way to leave safely.
If you are cornered and have no choice to defend yourself, then act with extreme violence.Remeber the wolf will do the same.
(2)Become Hard To Kill
Walk around with a strong and confident body language.
Make sure you are fit and strong by going to the gym and getting your cardio up to a decent level.
Start training in one of the big four martial arts.Those are Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, wrestling or Mui Thai.
If you want to supplement with something like Krav Maga, then go for it.
Make sure you know how to use firearms.You want to be a nightmare for any wolf that comes across your path.
(3)Visualize Being in Violent Situations and Coming Out on Top
The mind is a very powerful tool if you choose to use it.
Visualization has been proven as a very effective tool by professional sportsman and Special Operations.
For example, see yourself choking or kicking an aggressor and coming out on top.
(4)Know your Traveling route and Environment
In today's world of terrorist attacks and lone wolf attacks, it's a good idea to know your surroundings.
For example, if you are driving somewhere know the route and check your car to make sure the wheels and gas are good.
Another good idea is always to sit or stand with your back to the wall or bar so you can I have a view of the whole venue and make a quick exit if you need to.
(5)Have an emergency bag ready to go
At your home always have a small backpack that serves as your emergency bag.
This is a bag with the most important tools for you to escape any situation and have the tools to survive.
Some basic things to put your bag are a small first aid kit, a knife, some cash, a multi-tool, energy bars, flashlight, an old cell phone and charger, credit card,water,torniquet.
The reality of the modern world makes these measures, not something that is ridiculous, but just common sense.
The sheepdog is always prepared for any situation.He is hard to kill and knows the sheep are easy targets.
It's your responsibility to make sure your girlfriend, wife, loved ones, family and other sheep can survive when things go bad.
If you want to learn more about how to become a sheepdog and become hard to kill the read the awesome book by a retired Delta Force Operator called “Sentinel: Become the Agent in Charge of Your Own Protection Detail”, by Patrick McNamara.”
Another Great book about violence and the topics in this blog post is “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society”, by retired Army Ranger Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.