Maintaining Situational Awareness Doesn’t Mean Living Your Life in Fear; It Means Living Your Life Prepared.
I don’t want people to think I’m paranoid.”
In many cases, that is how my conversation with some of my students starts when I bring up the subject of situational awareness. This comes after I have given several examples and asked how many of my students exhibit certain behaviors.
From using their phones while walking to texting at stop signs or lights (or worse—while driving) to sitting in any booth or table at their favorite restaurant, they all show signs of the lowest level of awareness of their surroundings.
These behaviors also make you a target for someone who might wish to do you harm. However, maintaining situational awareness doesn’t mean living your life in fear; it means living your life prepared.
A NIGHT ON THE TOWN
While most people would think that going to dinner at a nice restaurant is a routine thing, there are many things to think about during your night out. Where you sit and the type of table you sit at are things to consider. You should be able to see the entry and/or exit. It’s optimal to have a direct line out if you need to get yourself and your loved ones to safety.
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