A Simple Chart for Situational Awareness

The late Col. Jeff Cooper’s observational “Color Code” has been taught for many years. He simplified situational awareness into four levels of escalating degrees of preparation for readiness to overcome any threat. This system is a mental process, not a physical one, and should be used at all times.

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Col. Jeff Cooper's Situational Awareness Chart

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Balancing Courage and Fear

After being diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that deteriorates muscle, Cara E. Yar Khan was told she’d have to limit her career ambitions and dial down her dreams. She ignored that advice and instead continued to pursue her biggest ambitions. In the following TED presentation, she shares her philosophy for living life letting courage and fear coexist, even while dangerously descending Grand Canyon.


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3 Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions

We spend an inordinate amount of time, and a tremendous amount of energy, making choices between equally attractive options in everyday situations. How can we handle decisions of all kinds more efficiently? Here are 3 ways:

  • The first method is to use habits as a way to reduce routine decision fatigue.
  • The second method is to use if/then thinking to routinize unpredictable choices.
  • The third method is to use a timer.

Try it now. Pick a decision you have been postponing, give yourself three minutes, and just make it. If you are overwhelmed with too many decisions, take a piece of paper and write a list of the decisions. Give yourself a set amount of time and then, one by one, make the best decision you can make in the moment. Making the decision — any decision — will reduce your anxiety and let you move forward. The best antidote to feeling overwhelmed is forward momentum.

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How to Be Prepared for Anything in Life

Here are a few strategic ways to achieve the balance between living in the moment and being ready for anything that can go wrong. They are different things you can try, skills you can build, or mindset shifts you can make. But the combination of these all will mean being able to deal with anything life throws at you. While living fully in the present moment.

  • Let go of uncertainty.
  • Have your finances in order.
  • Learn how to survive.
  • Know what to do in case of an accident.
  • Have rough plans in mind.

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