Whenever any disaster or emergency happens, one of the first things that needs to happen is finding someone that is calm, level-headed, knowledgeable, capable and able to take charge of the situation and be the leader. …[lots of good stuff snipped only for brevity]… A calm and honest mind will be like gold. A frazzled and fearful anxious mind will be like a lead balloon. Self-control is the secret weapon. Cheers, Anne.
That was quite succinct in covering such important points. In toto, your post triggered [pun intended] a few aphorisms."The mind is the weapon, not the gun."
"Beware the man with one gun; he knows how to use it."
There is also "the lucky shot" phenomenon. An anecdote: Way back in the 20th century there was an annual international shooting competition held in Las Vegas limited to about 300 competitors. The night before the match there was always a shooters' meeting at which the rules and safety procedure were laid out in no uncertain terms. Afterwards we all went our ways. In the morning one of the shooters did not show. Later we found out that, after the shooters' meeting, he went downtown, got in beef over a hooker, and got shot dead by a pimp. Even the worst shooter at the match was more proficient than any 10,000 typical cops (seriously, even the SWAT guys didn't usually place as well as you'd expect for guys who get free ammo and plenty of paid time to practice—except the Dept of Energy's SWAT guys, the ones who guard nuclear reactors and weapons. Delta and HRT never competed as a team as far as I know) and that very proficient guy got himself permanently plugged and planted by the proverbial "lucky shot" of some clown."Never under-estimate ‘the other guy.'"
There are some folks here that I dearly wish were my neighbors. Sadly, one of my friends here recently returned to MN. Oh well. MN's gain.
Back to "the mind," I have been impressed by the analytics of this group: https://forwardobserver.com/
I recommend their Early Warning Report. They'll email you a sample if you are interested.