That’s the average number of seconds it takes for a police response to arrive at the site of a crime as of the last report I came across.

300. Three-hundred seconds.

That’s how many seconds you may have to last until you get help, assuming they take immediate action and don’t pause to evaluate the situation first.

Three. Hundred. Seconds.

Sit in a chair with a timer. Do nothing for three hundred seconds. Better yet, assume a plank position and hold it strictly for that amount of time. Or shadow-box. Or go to the range, set up some targets and barriers and obstacles, and move and shoot, point-to-point-to-point, for five uninterrupted minutes.

Gets to be a long time even if you don’t have somebody trying to kill you, I bet.

Now tell me: Do you think you have everything you need and want–every weapon, every skill-set, every blade, every bullet, every technique–you need to go at least five minutes without help?

Sure, it’s likely to be over, one way or another, much more quickly than that. (Which makes it all the more important that you be able to do as much as you can by yourself because help won’t be there before it’s over, will it?)

But just in case it did go that long: Could you last? Physically? Mentally? Emotionally?

Honestly, I don’t think I can the way I am with what I have right now.

Which brings up another question: Can I get to where I can? What would it take to do that?

It might be worth setting as a goal.

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