Prepare Yourself – Use your Intuition

160_F_515305_0U9IbPLmatg8n5tBdRNo7QDeSPq9xFIt seems so far away now, but just a few short weeks ago three American servicemen on  a French train in Europe stopped a terrorist just seconds after they heard the sound of his rifle as he cocked it to shoot.

One of the three servicemen, Alex Skarlatos reportedly described the incident;   he didn’t have time to think or realize what was going on.  He  felt as if the whole event were a dream.

This  could have happened to any of us.  If you don’t want to be caught unprepared,   there are  things you can do.  In addition to getting a self defense coach,  you can do all the housekeeping things:

carry pepper spray or mace

have a remote car starter

keep your house locked

never go out alone after dark

know  what goes into your drink at parties

keep your phone beside you at all times.

And, finally,  exercise your intuition.

While  you stand in line at the bank, supermarket,  or when you wait at the doctor’s office ask yourself this:  What would I do if this place were robbed now…this very moment?  What would I do if someone decided to come in and shoot up the place?

Banks, supermarkets and doctor’s offices are very different environments.  The answer to these two questions will be different for each location.

When you begin to use your intuition, include all of your senses…especially your eyes.  Your eyes see  much,  much more than you consciously remember.  You see everything.  Actually, your eyes focus on what is seen by the brain because it’s the brain which sees, not the eyes.

Don’t overlook your other senses.  Your senses of  smell, sound, touch,  reveal much to you.  This information is all stored for you to use if you need it in the future.   Your senses develop your intuition because they support the “unspoken word” which is many times information which can mean the difference between life and death.

As you stand in grocery lines, bank lines, customer service lines, and sit in traffic, play  mental games.  Ask yourself to remember small details about the bank lobby you were in yesterday or the supermarket you shopped at last week.  Use this time to develop your senses and exercise your intuition.  They’ll be a great aid to you in future problem solving.

Plan as many escape scenarios as possible.  Know what you’ll do.  Notice the exits so you’ll know how to escape.  Know where you’ll go.  Know where your phone is at all times.  Where are your car keys?

When you play “mental games” you’re keeping yourself alert to whatever may happen in the future.  This isn’t something  you’ll do in fear.  It’s   mental preparation for an event which may or may not happen,

As you go through your day, you’ll prepare yourself for the best possible outcome of a worst case scenario.  If you “have your head in the sand” and refuse to play this game, you may find yourself wasting valuable seconds,  minutes, trying to figure out what to do if an attacker is in your midst.

If you’re unprepared,  you won’t know that much about an escape route.  You may not know where your phone is.  You won’t know where help can come from.

When you are prepared, you’ll be ready to do whatever is necessary to escape and save yourself.  Without wasting even one second of valuable time, you’ll be up and running with defense techniques you’ve thought about in advance.  You won’t  wonder what your attacker is going to do and what you are going to do.

And, where does your intuition come in here?  If you’ve spent time in the bank line   seeing, smelling, hearing  what’s happening in the space, you can ponder what you’ll do.  You’ll  know the minute something isn’t “right” in the bank.  You’ll be a fast-acting responder the instant  your intuition tells you  something is different.

After all, you’ve spent time seeing, hearing, smelling everything when things were okay.  Your gut can  take over for you.

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As always, thanks to Paul LaCroix and Barry Greco

Thurman Greco