This famous quote from Buddha sums up this principle best: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
The past is an illusion. The future hasn’t arrived. The only real thing is what’s happening right now.
Think about it. How much time do you spend thinking / worrying about what happened in the past and what might happen in the future? I know I am guilty of frequently revisiting the past and looking into the future, but I am getting better! So how does this apply to First Responders and can it make them more effective?
Although I am focusing on the police application, the same premise would apply to other First Responders.
- How important is focusing on 1 call at a time?
- Quality of communication (victim, witness, and/or suspect)
- Quality of action
- Driving to the scene
- Getting all info available, prior to arrival
- Visualizing various scenarios based on the information available
- Writing a thorough report
- Processing / Searching suspect – How many officers have missed an item they should have found? Where was their focus at the time of the search?
- Selecting the best course of action (warning, arrest, de-escalation, use force, etc.)
- Situational Awareness
- What’s Important Now (W.I.N.)? This simple question helps with prioritizing what needs to be done and in what order.