As the year began, I wanted to bring back “mindset”. It all begins there; how we approach things, how we plan, and how we react. It’s all about the way you approach things. Experience, visualization, and practice.

We’ve chatted about mindset several times, for example in Consider The Environment, but it’s always good to revisit the basics and the fundamentals.

Let me start with part of the opening speech from the movie The Killer:

“It occurs to me that "the moment," when it's time to act, is not when my risk is greatest.

The real problems arise in the days, hours and minutes leading up to the task, and the minutes, hours and days after. Eliminating risk comes down to preparation, attention to detail, redundancies... redundancies... and redundancies.

Leave nothing for the elves, with their tweezers, forensic baggies, and DNA kits. And avoid being seen. Which is impossible in the 21st Century... so at least avoid being memorable. Keep calm. Keep moving.

The camo I'm wearing is based on a German tourist I saw in London, a while back. No one really wants to interact with a German tourist. Parisians avoid them like the rest of the world avoids street mimes.”

I wanted to bring this part of the speech because, if you read carefully, it describes how we should approach urban commuting, and what our mindset should be. Brian Green has the whole opening speech, it’s a good one. And it’s a fun movie.

Yes, it’s a movie. Yes, it’s fake. But, check it out: “when it's time to act, is not when my risk is greatest.” Right there. The whole idea of the Urban Commuting blog is to minimize risk.

Or: “...so at least avoid being memorable. Keep calm. Keep moving.” What’s the philosophy? It is “to have a better, easier, and safer commute you have to remain light, be comfortable, blend in with your environment, and remain aware.”

So, to quote again The Killer: “Stick to your plan. Anticipate, don't improvise. Trust no one. Never yield an advantage.”

Start the year with thinking right, approach dealing with unexpected stuff and emergencies in a more practiced way, and focus on learning.

Stay safe.