The decision to learn emergency thinking skills and use self defense when necessary requires a mindset few are taught. Changing to a survival mindset isn’t easy.
First, people must come out of denial and never assume everything is safe or that today will just be like yesterday.
You must own your reality.
Second, people must make their body and mind ready to deal with danger or disaster.
You must own your preparedness.
Third, people must take responsibility for their lives and the lives they protect.
You must own your survival.
This type of ownership of ourselves is rare. Complacency, denial, and assuming others will take care of us is more the norm.
How do we move from wearing blinders to awareness and fully embracing our own personal safety?
1) Buy into it
Some of you will think:
“Well, Lori, the statistics say it’s unlikely anything will happen to me or my kids. I can’t think there’s a predator on every block, that’s just too paranoid. Besides, I live in Wyoming and nothing bad happens here except a blizzard now and again.”
It’s not about paranoia or self defense overkill. It’s taking wise, reasonable precautions. Hope for the best but prepare for the worse.
2) See the world with new eyes
Most problems can be avoided if we see them coming. We do this by being aware, honoring our intuition, and thinking with a self defense mindset. Just as the extra senses we use when driving in busy traffic become a habit, we can learn to keep an extra eye on our surroundings and pay more attention to patterns of behavior.
3) Self assessment
When you are training or teaching self defense everyday, your skill level operates at its peak. If people are not at this level, they may need reminders or cues to keep up awareness. Here are a few:
Car check — when going to or leaving your car, take 360-degree survey of your surroundings (without looking like that’s what you are doing).
What if — when you hear about a break-in, active shooter, or missing person, ask yourself what you would do if you had been the target.
Key up — each time you touch your car and house keys, use that moment to think about awareness, instead of habitually and blindly going through the motions of your day.
Do work on your awareness skills?
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