09 Jun


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“Sometimes you need a little crisis to get your adrenaline flowing and help you realize your potential.” — Jeanette Walls

This a true story however all names have been changed to protect the identities.

The year was 1970.

Almost fifty years ago on October 10, 1970, we were all kids and attending college in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

It was a Saturday afternoon, the sun was shining, and the five of us were gallivanting around the city.

We just completed our mid-term exams and were ready for some fun.

As we were cruising around the city, we noticed that a police cruiser was following us from a slight distance.

Immediately, Cam the driver of the car blurted, “You guys better not have any beer or booze under the seat, or we’re all dead.”

“Stop sweating it,” retorted Jeff.

Alex was in the back seat of the car and said, ”They’re just cruising like us.”

This went on for some time, as we were all laughing and joking while the police continued to follow.

We went from one fast food outlet to another along the strip as if we were playing some kind of cat and mouse game with the police.

Then all hell broke loose.

As our car approached the next fast food parking lot, five police squad cars and a swat team in full gear ready to engage immediately surrounded us.

We were scared to death and unbeknownst to us, an APB was issued for the exact car, make, color, and model that we were driving that day.

On October 10, 1970, known as the October crisis in Canada, Pierre Laporte provincial deputy premier was kidnapped from his home while playing in the front yard with his nephew. Seven days later he died at the hands of the kidnappers who were members of the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ)

We did not know this at the time but we all were definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The swat team took over and told us to lay on the concrete with arms and legs outstretched.

They searched everyone for their identification and then realized that we were not the criminals that they were seeking.

We were young, naïve and sported long hair and beards that resembled the image of the criminals that was posted on the APB.

They asked us to face the wall of the fast food outlet and later we turned around facing the police and the swat team.

The swat team’s commander said this before we were released.

“One wrong move and you would have all been dead.”

Why this story?

This experience taught us to embrace awareness more than ever.

When you are aware, you no longer just count on your sensory factors.

You develop your sixth sense that is awareness.

Let me explain.

Nelson Mandela’s sixth sense allowed him to stay in faith and crush any possibility of his own X factor from influencing his present circumstances.

Your X factor is that controlling, dictatorial, manipulative and scheming psychological mechanism in everyone’s personality that prevents you from nurturing what you really need to do in times of crisis.

You need to nurture this seed, as awareness is your only defense.

Awareness provides you with that sixth sense that leads and guides you towards intelligent and proactive decisions when you need them most.

Carpe Momentum

Coach Franco Cianflone


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