Pat McNamara spent 22 years in the United States Army working in the premier special missions unit building a reputation as an impeccable marksman. His experience quickly taught him that there is more to tactical marksmanship than merely squeezing the trigger. A great show to close season 6, Pat covers how we can all habitually become the Agent in Charge of our own personal protection detail and take charge of our own lives.
How does Pat like to describe what he does? Pat wrote a book about the philosophies of a Sentinel. What's it means to be a true Sentinel? Be the Agent in Charge of your own personal protection detail. What's the biggest concern with our distraction/addiction to the screen on the street? The 45-degree syndrome. Pat explains complacent adaptation. Does Pat still plan around his whiteboard each day? Pat always has a plan for what's going to happen that day. Is he very ritualised? That moment after 22 years in Special Operations when he said: "I'm out." What was it like the next day looking in the mirror and no longer being in special ops? He said to his son "I don't love you, I am in love with you" he cried, and Pat said, "this thing is defeating me." How does he feel today when he hears that story? Does Pat carry regret? Pat met a new partner who was the catalyst to his new persona. What did his partner do that gave him the fresh start? 48-year-old Pat was in a bad place, family, booze, lost his gig, he started a blaze. What did he do? Three words Pat uses a lot "attitude, aptitude and desire." How does that show up in his day? What's his self talk in extreme situations when it's all going down? When in a military situation, looking to calm himself, what's Pat's self talk? What's a flat range mindset or mentality? Pat had to learn tact as a leader. What lesson helped? How Pat is a walking contradiction, loving life, and getting after it. Pat's parents supported his creative endeavours. How specifically did they do that? What song could we play that lyrically best represents Pat as a man or best tells his story. "To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated." - James P Carse Make it habitual