Awareness in a Nutshell

by Keith Pascal

What if I told you that over 70% of self-defense encounters (in other words, attacks) could be avoided?

Is this percentage based on hard fact, empirically tested data?

No. No, not at all.

Then how can I make such a claim?

Well, for one, over 70% of our population go through the day in a mental fog. These people don’t notice what’s going on around them.

They don’t interact with their environment the way that alert people do.


Are You Walking Around in a Fog, Or Are You Aware?

They are the ones who don’t see the pedestrian crossing the street as they make a right turn in their cars, while talking on their cell phones.

These mental zombies are the ones who don’t notice other people in the store as they cross in front of them, bump into them, and inconvenience those around them.

They are the ones who continue on in the righthand lane, not realizing that everyone else has already merged left, and then expecting someone to “let them in.”

Face it. People are unaware.

I firmly feel that if we could elevate the level of awareness in our population, that many situations requiring self-defense could be avoided.

Why is this so?

All you have to do is notice the potential for trouble early and you can avoid it. You can get out of there. Flee. Escape. Skedaddle.


Identify Dangers Early

He or she who sees the trouble earliest has the best chance to avoid said trouble.


So, how do you become more aware?

It’s easy. Simply wake up and notice your surroundings.

To that end:

Try to notice both pedestrians and drivers when you are out and about. Recognize acquaintances before they notice you.

Scan the area when entering a new situation. Whether it’s a movie theater or a pet store, make a quick visual scan when you arrive.

Notice with your ears, too. Often you can hear a commotion being made the next isle over, long before anything would ever come into view.

Finally, develop habits that lead to awareness. Practice noticing motions.

Try to remember details about the people in the restaurant. Careful … don’t stare.

Of course there are ways to develop super awareness, but the above tips should do for a start. Oh, and if you want to read about someone who has the awareness habit, try Tiptoeing to Tranquility. The awareness tips in this story are important ones.

And of course, for more awareness tips, sign up to the Safety Newsletter. (The free ebooklet that you get on bus stop safety will definitely add to your awareness arsenal.)


You Are Super Vulnerable at Bus Stops … It’s Time to Do Something About It!

Apply these bus-stop safety tips to other areas of your life. Stay Safe …

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