survival attitudeSurvival Attitude and Presence of Mind

Presence of mind and a positive attitude are critical in any survival situation. Imagine you’ve just survived a plane crash, emerged from the rubble of a massive earthquake, or just outrun the fifty-foot wall of water from a giant tsunami! A positive survival attitude will give you a distinct advantage in almost any case.  It’s your first and best shot at living through the aftermath of the disaster.

Strong, able-bodied people may be staring off into “la-la-land” while the world is caving in around them. It’s often the strong-minded that survive rather than the former. John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman states, ” . . . initially it may take great physical effort to escape a dangerous situation, [but] survival is above all a mental exercise.”

Fear is the number one enemy in any survival scenario whether you are at your retreat or outdoors after bugging out. Overcoming fear will greatly increase your chance of survival! Fear is a normal reaction that can be useful if you are able to recognize it and keep it under control. Uncontrolled fear is panic. Panic will inevitably lead to lapses in judgment that can quickly make bad situations worse.

How to Deal with Fear to Maintain a Positive Attitude:

  1. Count to ten. Remove yourself from immediate danger. Take stock of what is going on around you. Be thankful you survived. Accept the situation for what it is. Prepare to do what is necessary to survive.
  2. Be resourceful. Separate your “wants” from your needs. There is almost no place on earth where humans are unable to find resources needed to survive, even if only for short periods of time.
  3. Take action. Stay active to ward off fear and discomfort. Start crafting a survival plan.
  4. Live in the moment. Face each challenge as it comes.  If you think you don’t have a chance in hell of surviving, you probably won’t.  Survivors overcome  challenges through positive attitude. They don’t focus on how dire a situation may be. They remain focused on what is going to keep them alive RIGHT NOW.

You can have all of the know-how and gear in the world but; in the end, your attitude is what will keep you alive. If you want to live, you will have to dig deep to find the motivation to survive.