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October 2, 2023

Episode #19: Leaning Into Uncertainty and Tapping into your Intuition with Bryan Niederhelm 

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How do we keep up in a world in which the speed we receive information far surpasses the rate at which we can process and integrate it into our daily lives? Kelly and Doug tackle this question head on in this week’s episode of Thrive Unafraid with Bryan Niederhelm; a Threat Assessment expert who has worked with foreign government agencies and the U.S. Secret Service. Together, the three of them discuss tools you can use to challenge your own beliefs and biases amidst the constant influx of information in society to achieve wisdom. They also dive deep into how leaning into uncertainty, and using natural instincts, like intuition, can help you navigate any situation you encounter.


Other topics we covered:

  • What is intuition and actionable ways to tap into it to strengthen your self-defense, decision-making, and conflict resolution skills
  • How you can prevent the thinking that precedes the instinct that violent ideation should be your first measure of safety
  • How to get started on “the path” to wisdom in personal safety
  • How to challenge your personal expertise and biases so you don’t become a victim of yourself
  • The role that social media and technology, like AI, plays in our current society of information overload 
  • The importance of leaning into the discomfort of uncertainty as a self-defense tool to reduce anxiety
  • What is a Low Information Diet and why you need one


Bryan Niederhelm directs threat assessment practitioners who are responsible for the assessment and management of thousands of cases of inappropriate pursuit, threats, and harassment, including situations involving mentally ill stalkers, disgruntled current and former employees, stalkers who pursue their victims at the workplace, interpersonal stalking, and domestic violence.  He provides consultation on safety and privacy for at-risk individuals, and he has managed some of the Nation’s most sensitive investigations for public figures. Bryan also directs a staff of intelligence analysts on behalf of at-risk individuals and public figures traveling internationally. He oversees GDBA’s Advanced Threat Assessment Academy and MOSAIC Threat Assessment Systems. He has worked with the U.S. Secret Service and foreign government agencies during the planning and implementation of security operations involving public figures, U.S. Presidents, and foreign heads of state. Bryan served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the elite Embassy Security Battalion, responsible for the safety of U.S. diplomats in Kyrgyzstan (Ker-gy-stan) and Israel.


Connect with Bryan:

Medium Articles: https://medium.com/@niederhelm

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryanniederhelm/

Books referenced in this episode: 

Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker 

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss 

Sharp Women by Kelly Sayre


Connect with Doug and Kelly: 

Follow The Diamond Arrow Group on Instagram and Facebook, and Kelly Sayre on LinkedIn and Twitter.

You can find Doug at @texasspydad, or on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Check Kelly’s new book Sharp Women that guides you through embracing your best self-defense weapon – your intuition.    

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