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PREPAREDNESS: Make A List And Check It Twice

We don’t often think of old Saint Nick as someone who practices preparedness, but consider this: He’s “making a list and checking it twice” and he’s “gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.” These are the elements of preparedness and situational awareness. We can all take a lesson from the jolly old elf. Bearing glad tidings may be your intent, but not everyone has quite the same spirit.

As a gift to yourself, check off this list and plan to enter the New Year by taking at least four new steps toward preparedness:

1. Mental Preparation. It’s been said that success is 10 percent physical and 90 percent mental. Santa surely has every chimney navigation pre-planned down to the millionth of a second, similar to how athletes train, as they envision scenarios they may encounter. A gymnast, for example, plays a mental movie of each step, each hand-hold, and each tuck and roll in the process of completing his or her routine. A clear mental picture emerges that can be played forward and backward, seamlessly planning each moment. This is done to reduce anxiety, to consider surprising events that might occur, and to plan for success.

3. Legal Protection. In the movies there are good guys and bad guys, characters who are obviously naughty or nice, and the police seem to magically know who is who before they even arrive on the scene of an incident. In those films, the good guys pick up their guns and head home to resume their life uninterrupted. This is a wholly false portrayal of what happens in real life. When a citizen discharges his or her firearm in self-defense the police will process the scene, secure all suspects, and sort out the details later. For the protection of themselves and others, the police may handcuffe you, place you prone on the ground, lock you in the back of a cruiser, or even put you in jail. Furthermore, even if you aren’t formally charged with any wrongdoing, you may be sued in civil court by anyone else involved in the incident. You may be held financially liable for destruction of property, loss of life, pain and suffering…the list goes on.

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