in today’s world, situational awareness has become a lost skill – but one that is just as much needed today as ever before in history. Cell phones primarily, have made most of us oblivious to what is going on around us everyday. Assuming, that nothing will happen to me….a lot of individuals put themselves into dangerous circumstances.
it’s also a skill that can and should be developed for reasons outside of personal defense and safety. Situational awareness is really just another word for mindfulness, and developing mine has made me more cognizant of what’s going on around me and much more present in my daily activities, which in turn has helped me make better decisions in all aspects of my life.
* pay attention to what is going on around you. Scan your environment whether it be at the park, restaurant, parking lot, or movie theatre for example.
* sit where you can see exits. know how many exits there are and where they are located.
* Action beats reaction every time. Have an action plan.
* You are responsible for you and your families safety.
* remember that situational awareness is a skill, and needs practice.
John Boyd, a U.S. fighter pilot developed a learning and decision making process called the OODA Loop. Observe – Orient – Decide – Act. This link to an article about John Boyd’s system is very informative: https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/ooda-loop/
please pay attention – be aware – be prepared.
it all boils down to keeping yourself and your family safe by observing and being prepared.