Book Review: If I Knew Then 2: Warrior Reflections


I just finished reading a very powerful book published by retired Calgary police officer and nationally recognized trainer Brian Willis and Warrior Spirit Books. Brian is an internationally recognized thought leader, speaker, author and  trainer and the President of Winning Mind Training. His focus is on helping law enforcement officers, trainers and leaders achieve personal excellence and create a Legacy of Excellence by understanding Life's Most Powerful Question - What's Important Now? (W.I.N.) Brian is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution and commitment to Officer Safety in Canada and in 2011 Brian was named as the Law Officer Trainer of the Year.

The book, If I Knew Then 2 Warrior Reflections is a compilation of essays from veteran cops on the lessons they have learned during their law enforcement careers. If I Knew Then 2 Warrior Reflections not only discusses tactics, mindset and strategies, and the Boyd Cycle (I happened to notice) which all cops will find useful in their quest to be safer and more effective on the street . The book also covers the all important attributes of self awareness, social skills, integrity, ethics and implicit and explicit decision making. These attributes and others they discus in the book cops need to be successful on the street and in their lives.

Brian ends the book with a chapter titled ‘Your Life is Your Legacy”  where he focuses on the all important roles we cops play in our lives yet often times forget or lose sight of as we clock in and out of shift work:

  • Mother/father
  • Son/daughter
  • Sister/brother
  • Husband/wife
  • Warrior
  • Professional
  • Partner
  • Leader
  • Coach
  • Mentor
  • Learner
  • Teacher

Brian goes on to say; “In each of these roles, we interact with a variety of people, creating powerful and lasting legacies everyday. These legacies are the result of our day to day interactions, our daily actions or inaction, and how we respond to difficulty and tragedy.”

I highly recommend this book written by cops for cops.

Stay Oriented!