The Color Code of Mental Awareness


This is by far the most important information that we can give you. The reason why it’s the most important information is because you can be the most accurate shooter on the range. You can be the fastest out of the holster. You can know all of the high-speed, low-drag tactics that there are to know … but if you’re not aware enough of your environment to see the fight coming, a common street punk can have your car keys, your wallet or your life before you even know what’s happening.

This information is also the most important information we can share with you because if you adopt this as your own, you’re less likely to ever have to use the deadly skills because criminals will see that you’re aware of your environment and they’ll let you walk right on by and attack someone else—who’s less aware.

This is also the most important information we can give you because the decision to shoot another human being, even when your life is on the line, is a difficult decision to make. It takes a definite mental “ramping up” to do that. If you don’t follow this Color Code System of Awareness and mentally ramp up to press that trigger when you should be pressing it, you may be talking to yourself and saying, “I can’t believe this is happening to me.” instead of shooting to save your life or the lives of your loved ones.

So for all of these reasons, this is the most important information that we can share with you.The Color Code of Mental Awareness has Five Levels: Condition White; Condition Yellow; Condition Orange; Condition Red; and Condition Black.

Condition White is that level of mental awareness that we’d all like to live in if this were a perfect world. That is: unaware and unprepared. In Condition White you’re an easy victim. An easy mark. Criminals look for people in Condition White because they can catch them by surprise. They can overwhelm them.

Examples of people in Condition White:
A person walking down the street, hands in his pockets, head in the clouds, whistling the last song he heard on the radio. Completely oblivious to everything going on around him.

A person sitting on a park bench on a beautiful spring day engrossed in a good novel or immersed in the newspaper, completely oblivious to everything going on around him.A person driving to work—mentally already at work—completely oblivious to everything going on around him.

We’ve all been in Condition White. If you’re caught in Condition White, you’re an easy victim. It doesn’t matter who you are. You can be a Four Weapons Combat Master. You can be a 7th Degree Black Belt. You can be a cop who’s been on the street for 25 years and won 5 gunfights. If you’re caught in Condition White, you’re an easy victim. Why? Because you’re caught by surprise! And when caught by surprise it is very difficult to react quickly enough to prevent injury or death in a lethal attack.

Here is what I mean by that: How many times have you walked around the corner and somebody that you know—a friend or family member—is going to pull a little joke, a little trick on you by hiding behind the corner to scare you? As you walk around the corner they jump out and yell, “Boo!” Has that happened to any of you? Sure it’s happened to all of us. At that moment when they jump out and catch you by surprise, what do you feel? A little shock? A little fear?

How long does it take you to recognize that this is your friend or your family member and then how long does it take for your brain to tell your hand to push them away and then how long does it take for you to say, “Don’t ever do that again!” How long does that all take? What do you think? A second, a couple of seconds, a few seconds? That amount of time in a lethal encounter is an eternity. Remember the “average gunfight” we talked about yesterday? Most gunfights are over in 3 seconds.

So it took you a second or two or longer to recover from your initial shock and fear when you recognized this person who scared you as a friend. You see, that initial feeling that you felt was a kind of a shrinking, withdraw fear that occurs because you’re caught by surprise. You must mentally ramp back up into a higher level of emotion, usually a bit annoyed at this point or even angry. Right? Then and only then are you able to react and tell them, “Hey don’t do that again!”

What if it’s someone you don’t know? What if instead of someone saying, “Boo!” as you step around the corner, it’s the knife that’s coming down into your chest. Or the hands around your throat as they drive you backwards and try to knock you to the ground?

In that situation, many times the initial feeling of fear, is driven deeper into apathy or surrender. And you’ve all heard victims of crime say this, “I wanted to scream but … nothing would come out. I wanted to run but … I couldn’t move.” Criminals rely on this. They try to catch you by surprise, overwhelm you and drive you down into that emotional band of apathy or surrender where you simply submit and don’t fight back.

So don’t get caught in Condition White because there will be a moment in time, no matter who you are, that you will not be able to respond. And it’s during that time that your life is in the hands of your opponent. And that’s why we say the only reason you’ll survive a lethal attack if caught in Condition White is if your opponent was sloppy. Meaning he didn’t finish you immediately. He gave you enough time, and it’s a lot of time that he has to give you, so you could mentally ramp up, counter and take the fight to him. Don’t count on that. Stay out of Condition White.

Condition Yellow is where you want to be. Condition Yellow is best described as relaxed and alert. You’re aware of your environment. You are walking down the street with you hands at your sides—your head is up—you’re looking around. You’re using all of your senses.

This is not a state of paranoia. You are simply relaxed and alert.You walk by a plate glass window—you see a reflection. You look behind you. There’s someone walking about 15 paces behind you. You note their features and their pace.

You see a couple approaching from the opposite side of the street. They’re holding hands. You’re simply aware of what’s going on around you.

You’re driving to work. You know that there’s a late model Ford truck with two 20-year-old males to the right—a late model sedan with a woman and two children to the left— a sports car is behind you and you’re looking 2 or 3 car lengths ahead driving defensively.You walk out of your home on a Sunday morning to pick up the newspaper. Before you walk out, you take a look out the window. What’s happening in my neighborhood today? You walk out of the house. You look up and down the street. Is there anything that’s out of the ordinary? You pick up the newspaper. You carry it into the house before you open it up and you read the newspaper in the security and comfort of your home.

If you’re in Condition Yellow, you’re less likely to ever be picked to be a victim because criminals don’t want to deal with you. You’re aware of your surroundings! You see what’s going on! They would rather look for everyone else who are in Condition White and are unaware and easy victims.

In Condition Yellow the amount of time it takes for you to mount a response is literally the amount of time it takes you to present your weapon or better yet, evade the problem entirely. Why so quick to act? Because you see the problem coming. You are not caught by surprise.

Here’s an example: Let’s take a high-powered business executive. The profile on this guy is he’s graduated from an Ivy League college at the top of his class, was the captain of the water polo team and the lacrosse team. He gets accepted into a major law school, and graduates at the top of his class. He is picked up by a major law firm. By the 5th year he’s offered a partnership. You get the idea? He commands 200 attorneys and a support staff underneath him and everybody does exactly what he says. He is in total control of his destiny … or so he thinks.

As he walks down the street in the financial district…has his Presidential Rolex watch on, and he is holding his $1000 briefcase…he’s glancing at the stock report in the Wall Street Journal. Down the street in a dark alley there is a criminal, a drug addict who needs a fix real bad.

This drug addict has a knife and he’s waiting for someone to walk by who he can rob. How easy is it for this criminal to slither out of his hole as this businessman walks by with his head in the Journal, and his mind on his stock values? How easy is it for this criminal to slither out of his hole, walk up behind that businessman, cup his mouth to prevent the scream, put a knife to his neck and say in the foulest language with the foulest breath, “Drop that briefcase, give me that watch or I’ll cut your f—ing throat.” How easy is it for this criminal to make this high powered business executive fear for his life? Very easy, isn’t it?

And what is that high-powered executive, who’s been in control of his life do at this moment? What is he going to feel besides that warm liquid running down his leg? Can he resist at this point? Yes, but he will get cut or killed and he knows it. He’s going to drop that briefcase. He’s going to give up the watch and he’s going to beg this criminal—this drug addict, “Just don’t hurt me. Take whatever you want. Just don’t hurt me.” And that criminal may cut his throat anyway because he despises the wealthy, or he hates attorneys or whatever reason that criminal needs to justify slitting another throat.

Now this same businessman AFTER receiving this lecture is a different person. He’s walking down the same street. He’s got the Wall Street Journal in the briefcase or rolled up under his arm. He’s got the briefcase in his support hand to keep his firing hand free. And as he walks by the corner, he remembers from our tactical lecture “Keep away from corners. Distance is your friend.” He takes a couple of steps to avoid the corner and he just takes a quick look down the alley way as he walks by. And he sees the criminal standing in the shadows. He doesn’t stop and confront this criminal, he simply continues on but he’s going to take another look over his shoulder and maybe another one after that to make sure that the drug addict stayed put. Is that criminal going to attack him? No way.

In fact, what normally happens is the criminal is waiting for an easy victim but as the businessman moves by that corner and takes a look, the criminal is going to dive further back into the shadows and hope that he wasn’t seen. He’s not going to take the chance of further exposing himself. And he may then leave, find another place to hide because the business man may call the police!

So you being in Condition Yellow will actually save a number of people that are in Condition White who follow in your footsteps!Condition Yellow, is where you want to be. It’s not difficult. It’s not a state of paranoia. You don’t think everyone is out to get you. You’re simply aware of what’s going on and you’re ready to respond at a moment’s notice because you see things happen that others do not.

I hope you will begin adopting Condition Yellow as your own level of mental awareness so criminals will see that you are aware of your environment and will leave you alone.


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