Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy


Confidence is essential to success in combat, unless you just happen to get lucky. If you don’t have confidence in your abilities you won’t perform well under stress, no matter how much you train and practice. When faced with a confrontation you say, with confidence, “I knew this could happen, and I am prepared to deal with the situation.” Without this belief in yourself, you’ll probably go into the “Ohmygosh I can’t believe this is happening” mode. All you’ll be doing is reacting to what’s being done to you. This makes it difficult to win the fight.

You must have confidence in your weapons and the skills to operate them properly. This includes marksmanship – if you can’t hit ’em you ain’t stopping ’em – manipulations – when your weapon runs empty or malfunctions you have to know how to reload or clear the weapon at a subconscious level – and the tactics to employ your weapons to their full potential.

Having confidence allows your conscious mind to focus on winning the fight. You remain calm while all hell is breaking loose around you and someone is trying to kill you, a partner, or member of your family. With confidence you take control of the situation, and use your skills determine the outcome.

This belief should be present regardless of your skill level. No matter where you are in your ability level you focus on what you can do, not what you don’t know or can’t do. But, at the same time it’s important to know your limitations. By recognizing your limits you don’t make mistakes, which create opportunities for the threat to counter attack.

Having confidence also projects an image to would be predators that you will not be an easy victim. The majority of our communication is non-verbal; it’s our physical presence and actions that tell people the most about us. People are attacked because they look like a victim. Bad guys are looking for easy prey they can take with the least amount of resistance. You volunteer to be a victim by staring at the ground while walking, talking on the cell phone, or daydreaming. A person who is assured walks with their head up, shoulders back, and eyes constantly scanning.

Verbal communication is also important. When verbally engaging a potential problem I use the loud voice of authority. There is no doubt that I am in control, I’m issuing commands, and they should comply immediately. You cannot afford to show any signs of weakness.

In a confrontation you can never be sure what will happen. But you can never be in doubt about what you are doing, how and why you’re doing it, and what you will do next. Apply your skills with confidence. This is true in every aspect of life.


September 19, 2010 - Posted by | Defensive Mindset, General Training

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