In an armed encounter, what is your primary weapon? A Glock 19, a Smith and Wesson M&P, how about a Springfield XD-S 9 or a Ruger SR9c? All fine weapons and all suitable for everyday concealed carry, but none of them are your primary weapon during an armed encounter. Your primary weapon is that gray matter between your ears better known as your brain.
Unless you walk around with your gun in your hand, when bad shit happens, you will first have to mentally process what has just happened and what your best response to the bad shit that has just happened should be. Should I run, should I engage verbally or physically with the bad guy, should I draw my weapon and go to work, or is my best option to stand down and give the bad guy what he wants? Each scenario will be different and each scenario will require a unique response which begins with you sorting out what is happening and what is the best course of action to take to survive and thrive.
You hear it in sports all the time whether its golf, or baseball or football, all the experts will tell you that it’s a mental game. One of the things that has made a guy like Tiger Woods so dominate on the PGA tour is his mental approach to the game. Tiger gets into the heads of the other golfers before they even hit their first shot and when the going gets tough on Sunday, Tiger usually finds a way to be mentally tougher than the rest of the field and more times than not prevail in the end. I would submit that life itself is a mental game with those who a thoughtless usually ending pulling the short straw. Armed encounters are certainly no different.
It is critical to your survival that you mentally prepare for the day when bad shit comes knocking on your door. It can be an armed encounter, a car accident, a natural disaster or a terrorist attack, all require a certain mindset to prevail in the end. And I’m not necessarily talking about specific actions you will take because how you respond to an armed robber will be different than how you respond should you find yourself caught in a natural disaster. The details will be different, but your mental attitude and your commitment to surviving and thriving will be the same. Decide now what your optimal outcome will be and commit to achieving that outcome from the moment you realize that “it” has just happened. Make sure your primary weapon is in good working order and you will come out on top in the end, not matter what the situation you find yourself in.
Dont’ just survive, thrive!