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“When/Then” Perspective

Consider the opportunities a criminal might have for shooting at you and the ways in which you might prevent or respond to an attack. In other words, you make a habit of figuring, “When A happens, then I’m going to do B,” adjusting for new developments as you go. Consider the totality of the situation—the context, the environment.

It’s a habit you need to practice faithfully. Note that we don’t say, IF but rather WHEN. If leaves a doubt in your mind that such a thing may not happen. When institutes a belief of inevitability thus creating urgency to prepare and establish the skill of awareness.

However crude, you should discuss your planned movements with your family and rehearse them mentally, having a back-up plan in mind in case the first fails. Once the action starts, you won’t have time to think things out rationally. You must be able to initiate your plan instinctively, with a minimum of hesitation, also known as lag time. By doing this mental rehearsal repeatedly, this cautious approach will become automatic.

Whenever possible, you want to cultivate tactics that are unexpected, thereby becoming systematically unsystematic. Often criminals count on people responding in predictable, routine ways and if you are able to depart from stereotypical victim, you may be able to thwart an assailant’s plan while strengthening your own position. In the Art of War, Sun Tzu called this tactical advantage “creating shapes that confuse and delude.”

Never, ever ignore that funny feeling that something is not right. Pay attention to that “little voice.”

Purchase the Sun Tzu Art of War here: The Art Of War Its as relevant today as the day it was written.

Keep your head down and keep The faith,


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