To paraphrase Ed Lovette, in the face of any confrontation a legally armed citizen’s priority is to avoid, evade or escape. Occasionally, practical considerations render these options impossible. In anticipation of such an occasion the armed individual needs to assess his mental resources i.e. his mindset. The mindset of an armed citizen can be defined as the upper limit of the personal resources (mental, physical, financial, etc.)  he is willing to expend in order to win against an unavoidable assault. The key elements of a self-defense mindset include your goal, strategy, tactics, skills, physical conditioning and equipment.