In addition to sharing success principles of the warrior lifestyle with you, I also want to share practical things you can actually do to become more of a warrior in your daily life. Today I am going to give you 3 quick and easy tips that you can implement right now in order to decrease your chances of being victimized by violence. These 3 tips are particularly relevant for those of you who live in dense urban areas, where contact with people is constant and your senses are constantly bombarded with stimuli. However, these tips apply universally but with particular emphasis for large cities. Without further adieu, here are the 3 tips:
1) Lift your eyes up; save texting for later. This might be perhaps the biggest one. Burying your head in your phone while walking or driving is to immediately make yourself a target for violence (and also other crimes like pick-pocketing and car-jacking). Lifting your eyes up and scanning your environment is perhaps more important now than ever in these times a due to a new "game" teenagers are playing called "the knockout game." The game consists of teenagers finding some unsuspecting victim to attempt to knockout with one punch. Many of these hooligans film the action and post it to social media. If only for this reason alone, get your eyes up and your face out of your phone. By doing so, you will join the minority and thus remove yourself from the larger selection pool of face-buried, unaware potential victims.
2) Don't hug the corners. This tip is fairly common sense though not as well known as getting your face out of your phone. Especially at night, when rounding building corners, do not hug the wall of the building. If someone is waiting to attack you just around the corner and you hug it, the time you have to see them, assess their intent, and/or evade their punch/grab/stab, etc. will be extremely minute. Go wide on the corners (far enough away so that someone cannot reach you with their arms fully extended from the wall of the building). At that distance, the attacker will at least have to take a step or two towards you giving you much more time to protect yourself. Again, this tip is particularly relevant at night when vision is limited but this is a good habit to form during the day too. Again, the knockout game is being perpetrated on people IN BROAD DAYLIGHT so do not assume that just because it is "light outside" that you cannot be a victim of violence.
3) Practice accessing 911 on your phone. This is not something most people think about. Imagine that you are sitting at a table and placed before you is your cell phone. I am standing behind you with a razor sharp sword and say "You must access 911 within 5 seconds or I will cut your head off with this sword. Go! Thousand 1, thousand 2, thousand 3, thousand 4, thousand 5. *CUT*". Adrenaline going yet? Think about it though: can you access and call 911 in 5 seconds or less? This is not something we tend to think about but if you do get into an altercation, you don't want to fight it out alone and you surely don't want to rely on a random passer-by to call for help. And you won't necessarily have much time to call. As an attacker, I would have a goal of making sure you COULDN'T call for help. So practice this. Place your phone wherever you normally carry it (front pocket, back pocket, hip-case, etc.) and practice grabbing it and dialing 911 as quickly as you can. The beauty of smart phones is that in these situations, 911 can trace your call. So even if you get on the line and cannot speak to them because you are busy fighting for your life, 911 can trace the location and send help. They also record all calls which means audio of the event may be available to use in criminal prosecutions if necessary (this can either help or hurt you depending on what you say, they say, etc. I am not a lawyer, I just want you to be aware this coin is dual sided).
To recap, 3 things: Eyes up, Wide corners, 911 practice. Implement these three things to start living more aware and to begin forging yourself into a warrior. You owe it to yourself to do this. Think about it: how long and hard have you worked to arrive where you are in life right now? Probably pretty hard. One act by one person can take all that away. A choice someone else makes can completely alter the course of your life. One man who was a victim of the knockout game needed 19 stitches and got a concussion. Other's who are victims of more sinister violence lose their lives. Don't make yourself a target. Be aware and live like a warrior. You owe it to yourself and your family.
Live in the battleground,
NOTE: I am not a lawyer and can give no legal advice whatsoever. Consult your attorney for any legal questions. I can also provide no guarantee that implementing these tips will prevent all violence or keep you safe from harm. In violence, there are no guarantees. You must use your own judgement when it comes to your safety. My task is simply to make you aware of options; nothing more.
The Warrior Speaker Blog is a collection of warrior lessons Alexander has learned in addition to practical information about protecting yourself and all that you deem most personal.