Armed and unarmed self-defense are both perishable skills: They don’t keep well if they aren’t regularly practiced, and often, practice, without instruction, can ingrain less than optimal habits. Try resolving to sign up for and attend a class in a relevant self-defense skill like handguns, martial arts, etc. to help you perform at your best when it matters most.
The most obvious, but least discussed, possible ways support self-defense skills are entirely separate from violent encounters. Being physically fit is an important one. It’s more challenging to handle an aggressive assailant if you have difficulty with physical exertion.
Real life vs. ideal life
The most important thing to do when considering self-defense or any other resolution is how to go about it in the most productive manner. Setting goals can be fun, but it should also be realistic. Know your limitations, understand how those relate to your expectations and manage them accordingly.
It won’t do you much good to resolve to attend a jiu-jitsu class five times a week when you work full time, have kids and other familial obligations that would make such a resolution difficult or impossible to stick with. Similarly, resolving to attend a bunch of handgun classes you can’t afford without stressing won’t do you much good. Be sure you’re setting achievable goals within the framework of your existing obligations and finances, and you should increase your chances of meeting them.
Lastly, have fun with your resolutions. Self-defense is a serious topic, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable. Going to the range or a gym with friends or signing up for a class and learning a new skill can make the process a lot more fun. That enjoyment might be the difference between success and making the same resolution next year. Even if you don’t succeed 100%, making the effort and setting the goal is the first step in changing. Acknowledge the effort you’ve put in rather than focusing on the results you might not have seen, and keep trying. Nobody changes overnight, and every effort means progress.
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