A friend had her phone swiped right out of her hands as she was walking in San Francisco today. She was walking down the street, texting on her phone. She didn’t see the guy approach from the opposite direction, right in front of her. He grabbed her phone and ran off. She was so surprised by the event, that she couldn’t even provide a description of the man. And guess what – she has trained for this very thing!
She called me to tell me how disappointed she was in herself that she did not have the Awareness to see it coming. We’ve discussed this topic a lot. It often comes up in conversation while we’re hanging out and she also attended the Sayoc NorCal Family Safety Seminar. She is bought in, takes responsibility for protecting herself, and trains. She just let herself slip and her Awareness was “not on.” (Remember: Awareness, Preparedness, & Willingness are the three components of READINESS).
It takes a long time and constant practice to develop Awareness. It is really a discipline that must be applied and it is a protocol that must be followed. But don’t beat yourself up over mistakes – learn from them! How else can you learn the discipline of Awareness and develop your personal Awareness protocols unless you have learning experiences? This is not to say all of your learning should be done by getting into undesirable situations. Training with knowledgeable professionals should be the preferred method for learning! 🙂
Luckily, it was only a phone. But it does happen that people lose more than just a phone due to the fact that they are unaware of their surroundings. This is why we place such an emphasis on Awareness when we train. If you don’t even know something is about to happen, your options are very limited when that something happens. In fact, you may have no options at all.
What do you do when you walk down the street? Are you talking on your phone? Texting? Searching for your car keys in your purse? Playing Angry Birds? Or are you paying attention, observing, and analyzing your surroundings? Practicing, in your mind, what you would do in certain situations? That is what you should be doing.