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What & If...

Updated: May 22, 2019

I was talking to a coworker the other day, both of us are well aware of what it means to stay safe in unsafe areas. That’s what we do for a living after all. He was telling me about his wife and his brother in law’s wife taking self defense classes from another one of our coworkers.  He said he was explaining to his wife, that he wanted her to be the one around to be able to fill out the police report instead of being the one the report was filled out about.   As I thought about that, we were talking about how to instill that same mindset we use daily that keeps us ahead of the power curve. It’s second nature for me to keep track of my surroundings, to watch and take notice of everything and everyone within striking distance of me and my partners. With so called “smartphones” and other technology most people seem to be in their own little world.  That’s what makes it easy for someone that wants to harm you or take something that belongs to you. They are looking for you to drop your guard down. It’s easier for them to do their job if you're always looking down at your smartphone or not paying attention. If you start thinking like the “Bad Guy” you’ll start to see just how easy it would be to find someone not aware of their surroundings. Try it sometime...see just how close you can get to someone, or their bag, purse, computer, cellphone, wallet or anything else of value. You’d be amazed how easy the technology age has made it.  If you pull just one thing out of these short lessons, it should be to just stop and think.  What & if are two words in the English language that mean nothing apart, but if you put them together...


“What if”: - I’m walking to my car and three big guys come running up to me...? - I’m in class and someone comes into the school and starts shooting randomly...? - I’m coming home from a party late at night and I get stopped by the police...? - I’m driving along minding my own business and someone pulls a gun on me at a stoplight..? You see just by “what if”-ing a situation you have to come up with an answer. In training we always say, “The body can’t go where the mind has never been.” That is true with any situation. We train and try to put ourselves in every conceivable situation to cut down the time it takes to formulate a plan of action. If I’ve already thought about it, I’ve most likely come up with a course of action to deal with it. If not, I have to go through my mental database of ideas and try and choose the best option for what I’m dealing with at the time. 

Hick’s Law

Hick's law, or the Hick–Hyman law, named after British and American psychologists William Edmund Hick and Ray Hyman, describes the time it takes for a person to make a decision as a result of the possible choices he or she has: increasing the number of choices will increase the decision time mathematically.

Time is what we want to gain, time to get away, time to get help, time to gain space to avoid getting caught in a bad situation...


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