Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Preparation and Visualization

By Dave Dargo

In our classes we talk about the importance of preparation and visualization.  The importance of visualizing and planning out how you would react to a critical situation can help make you more successful when dealing with that situation.

One of the points we make is that this visualization can occur while you are performing mundane, ordinary and routine tasks.  For example, while pumping gas into your car, waiting at a traffic light or just sitting in a restaurant waiting for your order to arrive.

Here's a video of the kind of thing that can happen that anyone would find terrifying:

The person driving that car didn't have enough room to escape quickly and had to improvise an action plan.  When you pull up behind someone at the light do you leave enough room to escape?  It's easier to do if you can see their rear tires touching the ground.  Now that you've seen that video, will you think about it the next time you're stopped at a light?  If you do think about it then you will be much more likely to stop in a place where you can readily escape such an incident.

The more scenarios you think about then the more prepared you'll be in case you're ever faced with such a situation.

I thought about this video when I was driving through Mississippi last week and listened to an interview with Steven Maida on Fox News.  Steven is one of the individuals who helped subdue Dylan Quick, the Lone Star College student who stabbed a number of his fellow students.

You can listen to the interview here: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/04/09/interview-lone-star-college-student-steven-maida-describes-tackling-stabbing-suspect/

The most interesting part of the interview, to me, occurs at about six minutes.  Here, Steven describes how he had been thinking lately about how something bad could happen at his school and if it did he wondered what he would do.  Steven essentially began visualizing what he would do and, therefore, he had a plan that may have never been necessary to implement.  But because he had already visualized a plan he was able to execute it on the fly and help subdue and stop an attacker from harming others.

You don't have to be a hero.  You don't have to intervene.  But, if you have already visualized and prepared a plan for that critical moment then you are much more likely to be able to execute that plan.  You will have already created an emergency preparedness plan with no more effort than it takes to daydream.  You will be prepared.

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