When you want to get better at curling your hair, you straighten and curl 50 times until you get that perfect spiral. Or when you want to perfect your jump shot, you shoot hundreds from different angles of the court until you can do it with your eyes closed. Or when you want to learn to cook your mom’s favorite recipe, you watch and listen and then you try it yourself. But no matter what the situation is, when you have your mind set on learning something, you practice it and you are very intentional about it because it’s important to you. Well, your life and your safety are even more important than all those things, right? So, you must put the same energy toward your personal safety.
Carrying yourself as a hard target, using and carrying your pepper spray correctly, or just putting yourself in the safety mindset only becomes second nature once you have practiced and made a conscious decision that you will live a safer life. You must feel as strongly about protecting yourself and your loved ones as you do about learning to curl your hair, perfecting your jump shot, or learning your mother’s favorite recipe. You must implement and practice various safety tactics to take responsibility for your life.
Here are some steps you can take to enhance and prioritize your personal safety:
- Carry your pepper spray everywhere you go. Think of it as an accessory that makes you feel incomplete when you do not have it.
- Invest in SABRE Practice Spray. Learn how to deploy Pepper Spray by practicing with water filled inert canisters that have the same spray pattern and distance as pepper.
- Model your hard target walk always. Always walk with your head up and shoulders back while simultaneously scanning the area.
- Maintain a safe distance between yourself and strangers when walking. And when you are on the road, never tailgate or sandwich yourself between other cars.
- Leave your IPOD earplugs out of your ears when walking alone during the day or at night.
- Avoid walking places alone. Have a buddy with you.
- Keep your windows rolled up and watch what and who is around you when you are at a stop light or in a traffic jam.
- Know your drinking limits. You do not have to drink until you are drunk!
- If a situation feels weird, remove yourself and alert someone.
These are only SOME of the lifestyle changes you can make to be more aware and to better protect yourself, but they must permeate your thinking through constant practice. Be PREPARED, NOT SCARED!
- When walking into your home or up to your car, have your keys ready. No fumbling!