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by Matt Tamas on April 7th, 2015

Guarding the personal safety and security of you and your family does not have to be difficult. Most people endanger themselves by a reckless avoidance of learning about the risks posed by the world around them.  Whether they are traveling, at work or at home, the wealthy in particular often have a general feeling of invincibility when it comes to acknowledging the dangers they face.

There are a wide range of situations that offer unique risks to the personal security of wealthy people and their families. There are daily travels to and from work, longer distance travel dangers, family and office vulnerabilities, digital electronic communication and security issues, residential access issues, and more.

Maximizing personal security means you must be aware of what happens around you, you have to recognize threats and pay attention to body language. Knowledge is useless, unless you take action upon it. Here are some important recommendations.

1. Pay More Attention – Increase Your Situational Awareness Everywhere.
Keep your vision broad and external for people, places or things that may cause concern for your safety. Don’t be paranoid that someone is going to jump out of the bushes everywhere you go. Just be aware of your surroundings. Don’t be so focused on your cell phone, book, Tablet, IPod, that a potential assailant can sneak up without you knowing. Paying attention to your surroundings creates confident body language which tells potential attackers that you are aware of where you are and are constantly assessing the risks posed by the people around you. It signals you are ready to act if the necessity arises.

2. Hire Pros to Prepare Your Mind and Your Body
Hire the right professional to help you prepare your body and your mind. 90 percent of self protection is mental. So make sure your instructor educates you about the mental aspects of coping with impact, pressure and stress. The best self-protection is avoiding or escaping a situation.  You must first try to verbally defuse a social situation and as a last resort, attack your attacker before he attacks or injures you.  If your instructor emphasizes physical techniques, seek out a new instructor. 

Your attitude and beliefs system determine the outcome. Learn how to protect yourself and family and prepare to face physical conflict situations. They may never happen but if they do you will have the training to deal with them confidently. Prepare to fight and survive.  Practice so thoroughly you will innately take the right actions quickly to prevail and survive.

3. Focus on Your Reason for Life
Define your purpose. Identify what you are most passionate about. Define and clarify the reason you must prevail and win at all costs. It might be your wife or your children. It might be your employees and business. Identify and acknowledge whatever it is that is so dear to you that a potential threat causes you to switch from the prey to the predator in a split second.  Let your caring and fear fill you with power. Channel this energy in to your life and motivate you to fight to protect those who depend on you from harm.

4. Train to Recognize Threats.
Know how to identify things that could cause potential harm to you physically or mentally. Pay attention to a change in the demeanor or behavior of people close to you. Quickly focus on movements that do not fit into the normal pattern of activity.

When you spot a potential problem ahead of time – take action to avoid the threat and escape. Place distance between you and the threat right away. Walk fast, run, get into a location with people, contact a policeman or public authority, or get in a cab and leave the location. Avoid or escape situations that pose a potential risk to your safety

5.  Pay attention to your intuition.
If you get a queasy feeling in your stomach, pay attention to that inner voice that keeps telling you something isn’t right. Look for and focus on those signals carefully: uncertainty, hesitation, nagging feelings, curiosity, doubt, gut feelings, suspicion and the most powerful one of all; fear.

Acknowledge the signals your subconscious is telling you by paying even more attention to the possibility that a threat is indeed occurring and you should take the appropriate action immediately.  Pay attention to your intuition the best way to protect yourself and your family.

6.  Keep your personal security system simple.
Create and install personal security systems for your home and use them when you are away or are traveling. Don’t make your self-protection plan complicated. Make sure you can go over the critical actions needed easily and readily. Make sure you know how to use it.

Know how to relax if something happens. Don’t let your heart rate increase so high out of fear and stress that you lose your ability to function quickly and effectively. Practice your self –protection techniques so that you are relaxed and comfortable in a fight situation. Build your experience and confidence so that you will have the deck stacked in your favor to help you prevail against violence.

7.  Don’t rely on weapons and pepper sprays.
The odds of you being able to use a weapon or pepper spray in close fight or threat situation are slim to none. Don’t bet your life on any device except your own mind and body. Train with a professional who will focus your mind on staying centered and teaching you how to deal with attacker threats up close and personal. Practice every week on realistic high stress threat scenarios until you can respond to threats without a second thought. Learn how to use weapons and devices effectively only after proper stress inoculation training. Your best weapon is your brain and your mind to body connection. Rely on your mind to keep you safe along with learning the proper tools and targets.

8.  Safeguard Your Online Security at Home and at Work
Learn how to identify threats, viruses, and dangers to your computers and cell phone and train your family to deal with them. Keep your computer security updated and fully operational at all times. Turn off computer devices and cell phones so they are not connected to the Internet when they are not in use, especially at night and when you are gone on travel.

Be careful what personal information you post online on social media platforms. Create and use strong passwords that are different for every account, even update these periodically if you can. If a system gets attacked, invaded or hacked, sever it from all your other systems immediately. Change passwords and credit card accounts immediately. Notify your system administrator and the authorities if necessary.

9. Change Your Habits on Social Media
Disable the GPS function on your smartphone so as not to let people know your location. Set your social media privacy settings so that you only allow people you know to see what you post. Don’t use the check in status function.  Don't post where you will be or where you're going on specific dates or times, and don’t post while you are on travel or vacation. Don't post personal phone numbers, addresses or e-mails on social media. Take active control what people see.

10. Cultivate Good Personal Security Habits
Change your routines frequently to avoid the same patterns and routines making you a reliable target. Change up your routine, be aware of your surroundings, and most importantly, pay attention to anything the out of the ordinary or unusual!  Stay aware, stay informed and stay vigilant.

Executives and wealthy individuals are facing an ever increasing number of personal risks. If you are going to enjoy your lifestyle, the best thing you can do is get trained and be better prepared to deal with personal protection in every reasonable way. Learn and embrace the best personal security practices. Include your family, staff, management team and your shareholders.

About Matt Tamas

Matt Tamas is President of Infuze360 Consulting, a Mobile Personal Security Consulting Firm in Boston, Massachusetts that specializes in teaching Personal Safety and Self Protection for Celebrities, CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, Pro Athletes, Public Figures, Government Officials, High Net Worth Individuals & Families.

For more information visit www.infuze360consulting.com

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