Are you a creature of habit? Do you have regular, set routines that you do not deviate from? Do you take the train to work, sit in the same carriage, stop at the same coffee shop to collect your morning coffee? Maybe you walk with your headphones in, occupied looking at your mobile phone or head towards the ground?
Have you ever been driving and thinking about the solution to a problem and suddenly find yourself at your destination with no recollection of how you got there?
Every day, people seem to ‘float’ about, without a care in the world, without being aware of their surroundings. People have habits that bring them enjoyment and peace, though quite often, they don’t even think about them. They are behaviours that make their lives comfortable and give them meaning.
The brain is designed to automate repetitive behaviour. Psychologists estimate that as much as 90% of our day-to-day behaviour goes on without conscious or deliberate thought.
Complacency is not the result of apathy, carelessness, or a flaw in your personality; it is the way the brain functions.
When we think about complacency we look at it as an undesirable trait; like it is a flaw in our character, like ignorance or laziness. The truth is that we all become complacent and let our guard down.
The World is a dangerous place, and when people become too complacent, the risk to their own Personal Security increases until it is too late. Denial can leave you totally vulnerable and out of control.
Have you ever stopped to analyse how regular and predictable your pattern of behaviour might be because of those habits? So, what if we can change our behaviour to become more security mindful?
I am not suggesting that you abandon your habits entirely, what I am suggesting is for you to think about and vary them so you are less vulnerable.
Remember, the time that you are at greatest risk is when you least expect something bad is about to happen.
I believe people should develop personal security habits, understand risks and take proactive measures to ensure the safety of themselves and their families.
Can you vary your route to work, even by just a little? It could be something as simple as taking an earlier or later train, walking a different way to work or entering the building by a different entrance to the one you normally use.
Buy your morning coffee from a different coffee shop, pay attention when walking down the street or in a shopping centre, avoid staring at your book, phone or tablet.
If your presence in a certain time or place is predictable, it is also avoidable. By varying your routine, you instantly convey unpredictability about your behaviour.