As I walk along my safety journey, I have taught myself to look for inspiration and knowledge in almost every aspect of life. I am especially drawn to the US NAVY SEALS, an elite military special operations unit. Not solely because of all of their success, but because of their processes and how well they break things down to easy-to-understand practices, and how they communicate with everyone. Obviously, I am oversimplifying this very intense and complicated process, but their successes can’t be overstated. The way they shift paradigms with simple communication: as an example; “We never lose, we either win, or we learn!” While most would take losses as failures, they shift their mindset from dwelling on failure to seeing what they can do better to be successful next time. As mentioned in the last blog, the great UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, once said, “Don’t Be Afraid of Failure, But Learn From It”. What Coach Wooden is saying is essentially the same; be willing to fail and learn from those failures. Capitalize on every failure as an opportunity to learn and get better. Another saying that is infused into everything the NAVY SEALS do is, “Make all of your weaknesses, your strengths!” Identify your weaknesses on a regular basis and turn them into your strengths.
Now you might be asking yourself how do we do that? Glad you asked. I am self-admittedly a process guy. Whenever I get stuck, rather than getting mired down in my situation, I turn to a process to get me moving again. My go-to processes are:
Let’s take a little deeper dive into these processes so we can understand how we use them to take those first steps into our Journey of 1000 Miles: School Safety.
As we continue down the path of exploration and learning for the purpose of keeping our schools, campuses, and all who visit safe, we must acknowledge there will be times of frustration and “failures” (opportunities to learn). Don’t squander those opportunities, but embrace them, grow from them, and save lives in the process. As always, we encourage comments and suggestions. Take time to listen to our podcast: Coffee with Kelly: A Discussion on School Safety. Please be safe and take an active role in your own safety.