A Few Simple Things You Need To Know That Just Might Save Your Life

March 29, 2017
by Jaclyn Henderson

Part 1

You have accepted the fact that you want to learn how to protect yourself in any situation and be more aware of possible threats lurking in your surroundings. We call this concept, “situational awareness”, which is constantly staying alert for changes in the immediate vicinity. Becoming more situationally aware is not complicated, so don’t overthink it.

I’ve always believed that the less moving parts, the less complicated anything could be. As humans, we are flawed with indecision; over-analyzing delays our decision-making process.

Everything I learned in the Marine Corps was basic-oriented. I’m not saying it was all easy — there were some advanced routines — but the main focus was honing in on core principles and the fundamentals of simplicity, without going down too many rabbit holes that could negatively influence choice. Everyone is always searching for the perfect answers before they make a decision, but the “keep it simple student” (K.I.S.S.) acronym requires a “just good enough” resolution to any circumstance.

“K.I.S.S.” is a philosophy we used in the Marine Corps to understand that tasks are performed best when they have simple designs rather than complex ones.  With this in mind, I always ask myself three questions when faced with any decision: What is the goal?  What are the core principles and fundamentals?  Am I physically, mentally and emotionally prepared to accomplish the mission?

When I think of situational awareness, the “K.I.S.S” rule allowed me to create a solid foundation based on physical, mental and character disciplines. Any deviation from a very simple course of action could delay the process of whether you’re going to respond accordingly or not.

Over the next few weeks, I will be writing about having a proper mindset, core principles and fundamentals of situational awareness, and how you can implement them in your everyday life.


Be sure to check back in next week as I focus on having the proper “mindset”.



Note: If you would like to learn more about our individual or group situational awareness training at BLACK TREE click here.