Okay, this Focus Area is indeed self-explanatory. In an emergency or in deep fear, it can be super helpful not to panic.
Happens to all of us, though. In an emergency, we may default to a fight, flight, or freeze response… in large part because we evolved that way to survive. Those things are not always helpful in the modern world – although there are definitely times they are. If your gut says to fight, flight, or freeze, you can check in with yourself in the moment in time and see what feels right. Remembering to not panic might help to think more clearly in those split seconds.
Remembering to not panic is a key, here, because panic is super easy in many situations. Almost by definition, though, it rarely helps. To navigate disruption, we need to be able to think clearly. Not panicking, breathing, taking a moment – these are all things that can help us when the unexpected happens. Or, when fear strikes.
There is a science fiction / comedy series by Douglas Adams that starts with the book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” which is about exactly that: a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The fictional Guide has, per the story, become wildly popular in part because “it has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.” I learned this concept as a kid, and it’s been useful.
The idea here with these Focus Areas is to help counter fear and navigate disruption - or to create or amplify it. For starters, here's a blog post tool on Not Panicking... When You're the Fire Department. Check out the "Don't Panic" blog posts and resources linked below for more.