The Guardian Broadcast
"Providing Concealed Carry & Armed Self-Defense Wisdom."
A podcast by Patrick Kilchermann, founder of the Concealed Carry University.
"Off Topic – Motivation, Life, and Stamina"
This world is brutal and confusing, and it wears on us. A survivor is a person who can continue on and live with vigor and intentionality even after the scars of life accumulate. This broadcast is a motivational message from Pat about focus and discipline.
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Hello and welcome to the Guardian Broadcast. I’m your host and founder of the Concealed Carry University, Patrick Kilchermann.
One of the greatest goals of this weekly audio commentary, when I first began recording them almost three years ago, was motivation. I wanted to provide my growing audience of wise, armed citizens with motivation in case it waned. Sure: motivation to keep slugging that gun around as often as possible. But moreso to help motivate us to simply set the time aside that’s necessary to be a good Guardian. And in this sense, I’ve been talking to myself as much as I’ve been talking to anyone else. Because I’m no different – I’m human as well. And I need motivation as well.
So, this week I want to take a break from my “Explaining INTENSITY” series and talk about apathy and stamina.
The guardian lifestyle really boils down to what? It boils down to being the best version of ourselves as possible. It’s not about the gun, or the carry position, or the shooting drill. It’s about life and bringing into parity and symmetry our actions and our plans. It’s about waking up every day and being the kind of person we each want to be.
And that’s not easy. None of us asked to be born. We weren’t given direction on how to live or what to do. We were just born and then directed by good and bad examples of parents, conscience, religious law, spiritual direction, observation of other people we see as successful, our 5 senses, and our emotional and material needs and wants.
Like big blue whales swimming the ocean for 80 years, we begin smooth and clean and pure. And when I hold my newest little daughter, I see that. She’s perfect. Life is happy when you’re holding her and when her belly is full, and life is confusing and sad when you put her down, or when she feels her stomach growl. But then life happens. We grow up. We enter the world. And after half a lifetime or more, we’re no longer the smooth and perfect blue whales we once were. You look at an 80-year-old whale, and what do you see? Scars.
We are scarred, inside and out. And each scar tells a story. Every sensitivity we have to criticism tells a story. Every flash of anger touches a nerve that is drilled into a lifetime of stories. The kind of vehicle we drive. The kind of house we live in. The relationships we have with our children or siblings. Everywhere, there are scars and stories.
But here’s the other thing about you and me.
Because we’re here, that means we’re survivors. If you have a gun, that means you’ve got things to live for. Without getting any literal direction in life, you’ve made a life. Your head is above the rain and roses and you’re still here.
To a winner, as I suspect most of you are, survival is expected. Economic and physical survival is just what happens. But survival is hard, and I’m impressed to see it anywhere. Because the enemy here is what: it is apathy and recklessness.
Apathy is when you stop swimming. And when you stop swimming, the gravity of our earth pulls you down, and if it pulls far enough, there’s no coming back.
Recklessness is when you voluntarily swim downward. Now it’s usually not intentional, but the fact is, this world is full of potholes and swindlers. Big, empty promises or mirages that fool us and steal our time, talent, and treasure. And for every one path that leads to survival, there are a hundred thousand that lead down into the murky depths of despair.
And yet: here you are. Here I am. We’re still alive.
By being here and willingly subjecting yourself to me and my Concealed Carry University, you’ve let me into your life, and you’ve placed trust in me to help guide you in this one, small part of your life: being an effective Guardian. That is a very big honor to me, and I’ll politely maintain this presence in your life for as long as you’ll have me. And in addition to saying ‘thank you very much’ for that, I also want to reiterate this point about apathy and recklessness.
As a guardian, you know as well as I do that there are a thousand paths that amount to reckless behavior while going armed. Insignificantly seeming bad habits such as carrying a gun without a round chambered up to bigger, nastier reckless pitfalls such as the “I’ll just shoot him; I don’t need practice” mentality of most people who carry concealed. My CCU course material is designed to be an antidote to these well-meaning but destructive pathways.
But that course material’s greatest enemy is apathy. I don’t mind getting students who are charging down the wrong pathway, because that is at least energy. That is momentum. Like an airplane zooming toward the ground, all you have to do is pull back on the yoke and suddenly that aircraft is climbing. But if that aircraft is falling like a stone in a stall, my job as an instructor is much more difficult. Because now I first need to energize, and only if I’m able to do that will I have the opportunity to try to build someone capable of saving innocent human life. Someone who can withstand violent pressure rather than crumble in the moment. And someone who can remain composed throughout, and act with clarity and decisiveness in the face of the unimaginable and unthinkable.
And so in the spirit of fighting apathy, let me please recommend you to my 3 SECONDS FROM NOW series. I designed this program with the understanding that you and I aren’t running a guardian-race, we’re running a guardian-marathon. We’re in this for life. A one-time education isn’t enough, any more than it’s enough to wind a watch once – or sharpen a knife once – or change your engine oil once – or shovel your driveway once.
To combat apathy and to ingrain prudent and correct and fierce and wise decisions and actions under fire, we must integrate regular actions where iron sharpens iron. Continued education; continued but controlled and guided immersion into the world of violence. If we don’t get this continued education, the results can be pitiful and disastrous. For evidence, watch any use of force video on the internet. If you don’t come up with 10 critical issues that could have or did get the good guy killed, you’re usually not paying close enough attention.
And this is exactly the problem that my 3 SECONDS FROM NOW series aims to solve. I believe these programs will make you razor-sharp, and that they’ll keep you there. It’s 3 hours of education every 6 months, and I believe it’s some of the best you’ll find. Remember what Lt Col Grossman said about this series: “I do not know anyone who is doing anything like this in the training community. This is an approach that will save lives.”
If you’re here, you’ve decided to trust me as something of a coach and guide in this area of your life. And in that sense, please give this program a shot – either Volume 1 or 2, whichever you haven’t yet viewed. If it’s not an investment that’s worth your time or money, just send it back for a refund. But I know you’ll get a lot out of it.
Okay. Let’s stay motivated and energized together. Let’s continue to survive and grow. Let’s stay sharp. Thank you so much for your time and attention, and for your devotion to our shared cause.