The “Watch Your Six Podcast” is the weekly podcast hosted by Jonathan Parker that equips YOU, the law enforcement and first responder family, to "watch your six" by protecting the six vulnerable areas of life often left exposed to danger. Those six areas of health and well-being are (1) Mental, (2) Marital - relationships, to include parenting, (3) Muscle - physical, (4) Money, (5) Missional - leadership, current events, and (6) Ministry - spiritual.
Living with Integrity and the End of a Season
Does our integrity as a cop extend to our personal lives? Are we truly keeping our oath of office and maintaining our integrity if we don't lie, cheat, or steal...on the job? In this episode, Jonathan discusses integrity and suggests that it extends to - or rather begins with - our personal lives. He also explains the reasons that this episode is the final episode of the Watch Your Six Podcast...at least for now.
The Lifestyle Change You Should Consider Making for Good Health
Behavior change starts with motivation from the heart. Oftentimes, "we know" that we should take action to improve our health, but that information doesn't translate into lifestyle changes. In this episode, Jonathan discusses his personal health journey and motivation for transitioning to a whole foods plant based lifestyle. He provides personal testimonies, health benefits, and offers resources for you to explore further.
Marty McFly is Calling You Back to the Future with a Healthy Emotional Cup
In Back to the Future II, time slips into an unfavorable alternate reality after Marty McFly's sports almanac slips into the hands of his arch-nemesis Biff. Like that point in time, the trajectory of our lives hinges on whether or not personal relational needs are met or unmet. When unmet, we spiral into unhealthy thought patterns, unproductive behaviors, and possible painful outcomes. In this episode, Jonathan explains the potential and pain of relational needs and discusses how to empty the "emotional cup" of negative emotions that can free us to live more healthy and productive lives.
Do You Have the Heart to Be a Thriving Cop?
We all have needs. That truth is easy to grasp. Understanding what those needs are, how they are met, and the impact of unmet needs on our lives, families, and profession is not as easy. In this episode, Jonathan explains that the driving force behind behavior is the condition of the heart and whether 10 key relational needs are being met. While positive psychology and mindfulness can be beneficial to our overall well-being, they do not truly address the heart. Do you have the heart to be a thriving cop?
The HALT Principle for Decision-Making and Self-Awareness as a Leader, Spouse, and Parent
We are created with a capacity for experiencing emotion, and that capacity for experiencing emotion has been called the emotional cup. In order to make good decisions as leaders, officers, spouses, and parents, we must understand what is filling our emotional cup - the principle of self-awareness. In this episode, Jonathan lays the groundwork for becoming more self-aware and making good decisions by introducing the HALT principle for recognizing unmet needs and the influence those unmet needs have on our decision-making process.
The Secret Service Report on Assessing and Preventing School Violence Explained in One Essential Truth
What is the reason for all the mass school shootings, and how do we stop them? The United States Secret Service recently released (July 2018) their 32-page report "Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model," which reveals the results of their extensive research and interviews with school shooters. In this episode, Jonathan summarizes the report with one essential truth and explores the heart of the matter more deeply.
Find more information and resources, including show notes at www.JonathanOParker.com/podcast.
As a Police Explorer I’m always seeking more information and help from anyone In the law enforcement profession. Your podcast has helped me see a clearer path and has given me the right steps to move forward with the profession! Thank you very much and as always, watch your six!
I need more time in the day!
Can get enough of this podcast! Johnathan has an amazing perspective on Law Enforcement and how to help LEOs off duty and their family members not only survive a career in law enforcement, but to thrive in their careers. Keep up the great work!
As a police officer it’s easy to become the darkness that we gaze into day in and day out. This pod casts is a great tool to combat that unwanted change. Thank you for your faith and courage brother!