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Self Defense Tip: Trust Your Intuition

Years ago, I was invited to a house party for a co-workers birthday. I had an unsettling feeling about going, but not wanting to be rude to my friends, I went anyway. Lo and behold a big fight broke out at the party. While I was trying to help break up the fight, someone hit me pretty good. I remember thinking to myself, "why didn't I just trust my intuition and stay home?"

Have you ever sensed you shouldn't do something, but did it anyway, only for it to end poorly?

Many people sign up for self-defense classes AFTER they've been attacked. When they talk about what happened, they often say the same thing: "I had a bad feeling about doing (some thing), but ignored that feeling, and did it anyway," or, "I knew I shouldn't have gone there, but I went anyway." Time and again things ended poorly for these folks.

This also happens in areas of safety. For example, as a kid I was a pretty good skateboarder. One day I tried to perform a trick that I'd done before, but had a weird feeling beforehand telling me not to try it that day. I ignored that feeling and did it anyway. The end result was I slipped off and broke my wrist. I remember thinking to myself, "I knew I shouldn't try that trick today!"

Our intuition also called our instincts, operates from the right side of our brains, the hippocampus, and our gut (digestive system). It is found in all animals, and acts as a sort of early warning safety system. So, it is not to be ignored.

If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't safe — that's the bottom line. Many people have been conditioned to ignore the little voice that tells them trouble is coming. Your intuition/instincts are the best detector of danger. The next time you hear that little voice in your head, trust it, and listen to what it's telling you. Better to be safe than sorry.

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Lawrence Castanon,

Author, The Short Fight

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