For those not aware I am an avid Krav Maga practitioner.
I have been training in this self defense system for over 3 years and love it.
This 8 hour seminar was a high speed review of basic Krav Maga principles and techniques that were put to the test in various home invasion scenarios.
During the course we focused on learning to apply the principles John taught in the event of a home invasion.
These training concepts were developed to defend yourself against one or multiple attackers.
For those who have never done this, it will certainly get your adrenalin pumping and will cause “butterflies” in your stomach.
This is especially evident when you are the one “defending your home” in the scenario.
Needless to say, 8 hours of high level stimulation and intense exercise will leave you exhausted both mentally and physically.
Although soreness began to find it’s way into muscles I never knew existed (and the adrenalin rush was diminishing), my mind continued to go over the principles we covered during my drive home.
This is when I realized that some of the same ideas taught in home invasion defense (and Krav Maga in general) can be applied to my business.
Here are 3 that I want to share with you.
1) Have a plan
One of the overall points made during the home invasion seminar was proper planning.
When John surveyed the group only about 50% of us had a plan in response to a home invasion/home emergency.
He described two occasions where he and his wife had to implement their plan (fortunately not for an actual home invasion but for false alarm).
John also explained that the plan does not have to be elaborate.
Basically, he recommended everyone in the house have a plan on where to go and what to do.
If you own a personal weapon know where it is and how to use it.
This applies to your practice as well.
The old adage “fail to plan and plan to fail” holds true.
This plan can be short or long term.
In business we construct these plans in order to achieve goals.
The goals we set use the S.M.A.R.T. principle.
Specific. Measurable. Achievable/attainable. Realistic. Time Bound.
For example, a short term goal would be starting a practice blog.
Using this goal you could…
Start a practice blog for patient wellness (specific), post at least once per week (measurable/achievable), hire someone to set the blog up or create one yourself (realistic), do this by July 1, 2014 (time bound).
This serves as you plan on how to accomplish the goal of starting a practice blog.
This could also be a long term goal (examples, start a satellite offcie or hire an associate).
Once you determine your goal develop the plan to make it happen.
A goal without a plan is just “wishful thinking.”
Also, keep in mind a plan may not work out perfectly, especially when put under stress, but it will be much better than no plan at all.
2) Do not be afraid to call for help
Another focal point of our seminar was to make lots of noise if a home invasion were to occur.
In short, call for help…loudly and constantly.
You may think this would be a normal reaction to being attacked but John tested this theory and the first three groups fought their attackers without making any noise or call for assistance.
One person was being attacked in an adjoining room while another was completely oblivious of what was happening to their “roommate.”
The third group failed to respond with calls for help even when the concept was pointed out as a probelm in the first two groups.
With your practice do not be to arrogant to ask for help.
Set aside your ego and get counsel from your sales representatives, local specialists, other small business owners, and dental mentors.
As John pointed out. “Don’t try to be a silent hero and die doing it. Call for help. It is not a sign of weakness.”
I might add.
It is a sign of wisdom to learn from the mistakes of others in order to avoid them yourself.
3) Keep moving forward
The final Krav Maga principle I would like to mention is the concept of “keep moving forward.”
In our training we are taught to move into the attacker aggressively and only disengage when the threat is neutralized.
Of course we are also very happy to avoid a conflict in the first place but that is a topic for a different discussion.
How do you use this principle in your practice?
It is simple.
Don’t give up.
Do something to move toward your goals each day.
If things are not going as planned, assess the problem, make adjustments, and continue to move forward.
Krav Maga’s founder had a concept that he promoted.
Work hard and be disciplined in your training “so that one may walk in peace.”
This applies to our practice life too.
Have a plan, ask for help when you need it, and keep moving forward “so that you may practice in peace.”