You might not realize this, but if you change your mindset everything else will follow suit. If you start looking at your circumstances, relationships and other things going on in your life now from a different view, a positive view, then your life will change personally and professionally for the better.
How, you might ask?
Law of Attraction. Now before you dismiss this, let me explain.
The fact is what you put out there (The Universe), you will get in return. Have you ever had a crappy day (Yes, I know you have) and you hold onto anger, skepticism, and other negative emotions for the rest of the day? I know I have.
What happened to the rest of your day? Did you feel good? Did you have a great rest of your day? Nope; because You were sending out the wrong energy during your day.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. The power is in YOUR HANDS.
Now, learning how to change your mindset takes some practice but you can do it. You are a first responder. You can do anything. It always amazing me when I talk to a police officer, or other first responder, how little most of them believe they can accomplish.
The Law enforcement profession is going through tremendous change as we speak. Like it or hate it change happens. Change never stops and it is part of your life, personally and professionally. We can either go with it or go kicking and screaming because it going to happen anyway. But remember this,
Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react – Charles R Swindoll
What he was referring to was – you guess it, MINDSET.
So may officers I speak with are looking for a way out of law enforcement for a variety of reasons, and I get it. I have been there.
However, you still can stay in and change your mindset to improve your career. I am not trying to change your mind if you want out of the profession. That is obviously up to you. The only thing I am trying to impart is that if you are on the fence of staying or leaving, a mindset shift might be what you need.
And you probably need to stop hanging around the people are complaining all the time. After all, misery loves company.
I get encouraged when I see and hear young men and women pursuing law enforcement and other criminal justice careers. If you are one of those individuals, first thank you. Thank you for choosing an honorable and fulfilling career. But remember this – your career is in your hands and it’s up to you to maintain a healthy body and mind.
Don’t leave that up to your agency. It’s your responsibility to keep improving.
Remember that your mental foundation (mindset) you build now and keep building on will sustain you through difficult times you will face personally and professionally.
Get your mind going in the right direction and you’ll get your life going in the right direction – Joel Osteen.
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We have all seen the news. We have seen the riots and calls to defund, and in some instances, abolish the police. I never thought I would see the law enforcement profession come under such fierce attacks and our brave men and women who protect us so demoralized, as they are today.
Law enforcement has always been, and will always be, a very tough profession and most cops are used to criticism and being under the microscope. We all knew that when we entered the profession.
But times have obviously changed.
It used to be that the profession was protected and guarded by politicians on both sides of the isle. Now some politicians openly attack law enforcement and call for the profession to be abolished and defunded.
The same politicians who have private security details and live in posh neighborhoods where a riot is not tolerated and where if it did occur would be immediately squashed. Nancy Pelosi’s expensive and exotic ice cream collection must be protected at all costs.
The realty is no matter how much idiotic politicians and so called “community leaders” call for the law enforcement profession to go away, they are not living in the real world. They are pandering, and it appears there are plenty of people who are drinking that cool aid.
The same people who dial 911 when something in their life go wrong. Plenty of examples of that.
Does the profession need to be improved? Absolutely! But, contrary to some people, law enforcement is constantly training and improving. These are mandatory hourly training requirements for law enforcement agencies set forth by state governments and many departments go above and beyond those requirements.
Gone are the days of “Serpico” where corruption ran rampant within the profession. I very much doubt police officers go to work every day intentionally wanting to end someone’s life.
But this is what certain media outlets, certain celebrities and certain athletes are trying to sell to the American People.
The realty shows a different picture.
Remember the final scene from “A Few Good Men” where Colonel Jessup (Jack Nicholson) educates the young JAG Officer Lawyer (Tom Cruise) about the world we live in and how it needs to be guarded by men with guns? Colonel Jessup went on to insinuate that while he (Cruise) might not like the way he handles things people with guns and people who are willing to protect at all costs are here to stay.
A powerful interaction in the last moments of the move which is very applicable to the state of law enforcement today.
Some people might hate the police. They might call for the abolishment of the police, but the realty is the police are here to stay. Law enforcement isn’t going anywhere, because deep down people realize that with all the problems the profession has, and we do have problems, the community needs us as much as we need them.
This will probably upset the delicate psyche of some snowflakes out there, but you know what? The truth hurts sometimes.
Is the law enforcement profession dying? I don’t think so. I think the profession is adjusting to the times and the current environment. We are evolving and we will continue to do so. We will emerge stronger and more resilient.
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Remember you are honored, cherished and above all are loved.
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