A life ambush is what retired Navy SEAL, leadership expert, and bestselling author L.T. Jason Redman calls an unexpected catastrophic event that leaves a permanent impact on your life or career. It leaves physical, mental, emotional, or financial scars. Think job loss, divorce, loss of a loved one, (dare we say) a pandemic.
As a SEAL, Jason learned that to survive an enemy ambush, you first had to get out of the point of attack ASAP. The problem is that people outside of combat zones (and in the “real world”) struggle to react effectively and keep getting hit by the elements of grief, shame, guilt, anger, anxiety, and so many more. There’s no rush to get out of the point of attack. Instead, there’s analysis paralysis and indecisiveness.
Based on his experiences, Jason developed the REACT methodology to help you survive your personal life ambushes.
It goes like this…
- R: Recognize your reality. By admitting the severity of your circumstances, you can begin to move forward. Recognition brings clarity to the situation and allows you to stop focusing on your pain and misery. And keep in mind that SEALs don’t wear rose-colored glasses.
- E: Evaluate your assets and position. Evaluating your situation includes taking account of your resources and obstacles and that of those around you. Communicate, ask questions, and gather information to create a big picture. Be honest with yourself and others.
- A: Assess your options and outcomes. Once you know your reality and have perspective on your position, assess your potential actions and opportunities. Use the information you have available to you in the best way possible and know that course corrections might be necessary.
- C: Choose a direction and communicate it. Choosing the best option forward gets you out of the ambush zone. The smallest step forward (or left or right) is a victory to staying in the line of fire. A critical battle philosophy is to move, shoot, and communicate. If you’re working with others, make sure they know what direction your headed in and why.
- T: Take action. You’ve gathered information, identified your course, and now it’s time to move! Actually acting might be the most important part. The perfect moment won’t come, so don’t wait around for it.