Since the BYOB seminar is primarily a self-defence course, the theory is based on your body's response to a threat where self-defence is an inevitable consequence. However this theory can be applied to any sequence of events that the mind processes when faced with a threat, fear or doubt.
The Cycle of Behaviour Theory
Tony Blauer explains our responses to fear by using the Cycle of Behaviour (See image below - cited at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEZaRF2fbFc)
My understanding of this cycle is that when faced with a scenario we must be motivated and confident to fight back. To many of us that sounds obvious, but when broken down into a sequence of events (expectations/visualisations/beliefs etc.), it is not always as easy as it sounds.
To have the motivation to fight back, takes a lot of positive mind processing and is personal to each individual. For all of us however, our motivation depends on our expectations, and our expectations are based upon our visualisations and beliefs in our own ability to succeed.
Tony Blauer explained that applying this cycle to challenging situations we may encounter every day, can also help us succeed. For example when we're fatiguing in the last mile of a run, completing a challenging task or even having an important meeting. Although many of us know about 'positive thinking' this Cycle of Behaviour highlights that if you lack motivation or assume you will fail a task, you immediately set yourself up for failure.
Tony Bauer went on to ask...
“If you had to choose between having a strong mind and a weak body, or a strong body and a weak mind, which would you choose?”
To which he answered...
“You will always need a strong mindset to fight back.”
So why is it that so many of us have pessimistic thoughts and lack motivation when faced with challenges? I'm sure if you were in a dangerous scenario you would be motivated to fight back.
Therefore next time when you're faced with a challenging situation, think about your Cycle of Behaviour: Be confident, believe you can succeed and you will be motivated to make the outcome positive.
...Well I know after this course I will!
If you're interested in learning more about the Cycle of Behaviour check out his Seminar video below YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEZaRF2fbFc
Or visit Tony Blauer's website at www.tonyblauer.com