[January 12, 2021] The world is unimaginably complex, dangerous, and unpredictable. Events happen quickly, unexpectedly. It can kill you. While we want to feel we are in control, and we are in some ways, we are often not in control. This is why we must face the danger that inevitably appears.
“He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” – Confucius
To face danger requires a bit of luck and skill. Luck is for amateurs, but skill is something else that matters a great deal and says something about us. As leaders, we must learn and adapt to danger. We must also coach, teach, and mentor others as well.
Here are some methods (or strategies) that can help us face danger:
- Adopt the Right Attitude: Knowing we have both the responsibility and skill to succeed in the face of danger is what having the right attitude is about.
- Anticipate: “See” what is going on around you. Pay attention. Keep your eyes and ears open.
- Focus: Don’t get distracted by the small things. Get to know your surroundings and look out for change.
- Preparation: Stay informed. Learn important information. Map out various scenarios and figure out what you would do in each.
- Plan: Make specific plans and back them up with the right resources. Be active, not passive.
- Assess: Review how any danger could affect you, your family, or the community. Draw up a list and study it closely. Ask, “What you would do in a particular scenario.”
- Visualize: Imagine yourself in a dangerous situation. See yourself as in charge of others. What would you do?
- Be Flexible: Be ready to make changes in your daily life instantly. It is not the strong or smart that survive; it’s those that are most flexible.
- Get Support: Speak with friends and neighbors. Get to know people who work and live near you. What are their strengths, and what resources can they bring to the table.
- Don’t be a Victim: Victim culture puts you at an immediate disadvantage because it’s a mindset that you have no control. We all can fight to win, no matter the odds.
- Stay in Shape: Take care of your health. Don’t do those things that harm your body.
- Make Changes: Start with small changes that you are comfortable with the little things in your life. A journey begins with one step.
Not every change in the world is dangerous. Learn the difference. For every change, there is an opportunity. This applies to dangerous events as well.
Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist. Avoiding danger is no safer than direct, conscious exposure to it. Life is either boldness in action, or nothing.