Your instincts can save your life; listen to them!
If you read only one book, this is the book to read: The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker. An online friend recommended it to me. She had purchased several copies of it herself, to give to her friends and family members.
Some people dismiss fear as paranoia. We Christians tend to frown upon acknowledging fear, seeing it as not trusting in God for our protection. In fact, healthy fear is something that could save your life.
According to Gavin De Becker, victims of violent crime have often experienced fleeting moments of fear or suspicion, thinking that something is not right, etc. before being attacked. Unfortunately, these feelings were suppressed, ignored, or dismissed as being silly or foolish…to great harm. Trust your instincts!
In this book, De Becker teaches us to listen to our fears – maybe some would prefer the word instinct or discernment – to be alert to the signals that danger is near. Trust your instincts!
An excellent example of this “fear factor” in action can be found in this fantastic blog about personal safety and instinct by Phyllis Pafumi. When I read Phyllis’ account, I immediately thought she must have read the book! She did exactly what Gavin De Becker urges us to do: she sensed that something was NOT right, and she LISTENED to her instincts and more than likely prevented a horrible tragedy from occurring, even though the store manager probably thought she was nuts.
As real estate agents, as “just” people, male or female, we must take personal safety seriously. Please, if you have not read this book, get a copy as soon as you can. Your life could depend on it….