Not to ruin the story, but he went on to lose the weight and graduate Navy SEAL training, on the third attempt, with two broken legs. This would be the accomplishment of a lifetime for most people, but not him. He went on to complete Ranger school and compete in highly strenuous ultra races, even after his first race sent him into kidney failure. Eventually, his overtraining finally caught up to him and he thought he was on his death bed. While reflecting on his life and accomplishments he remembered a stretching class from years ago and began to stretch routinely. Because of this, his health returned and today at 43 he is running faster and stronger than when he was in peak condition.
In hopes this story did not overwhelm the point of this article, security is like David’s story in regards to there is not a final destination to be reached. This means that no person, business or facility will ever reach a point of set it and forget security. As the threats evolve, so should security. The good news is that you do not have to match David Goggins’ intensity (great for you if you already do or if his story inspired you.) to have good security. By creating a foundation through setting goals and priorities for a security program and periodically improving security systems and procedures can provide proper confidence and effectiveness. David Goggins tells that how at 297 lbs he was only able to run a quarter of a mile on his first attempt, but now runs 250 miles within 36 hours. This translates into, if you are just starting a security program, it does not have to rival Fort Knox.
Security is not just security. It is piece of mind, safety and efficiency among other things for people, facilities and businesses. Assuming what threats you face can be detrimental to security. It will most likely create a false sense of security that will cause present dangers to be overlooked. Observing, adapting and improvising is a much more efficient approach for strong security systems and processes. Most situations do not require armed guards, guard dogs and foxholes, and the likelihood of something like an active shooter happening is low. However, situations require consistent enhancements and implementations to stay a step ahead of the threats that could disrupt life and business as usual.