Survival Mindset

survival-mindsetWhen preparing for the worst case scenario, most  people focus on storing food, water, medicine, fire starters, and other survival  gear. They prepare themselves in every way imaginable, but they never stop long  enough to prepare themselves mentally. You might have a year’s supply of food  and water along with all kinds of solar powered technology, but if you are not  prepared to face the end of the world as we know it, if you are not ready to see  the system you’ve always relied upon crumble around you, if you are not strong  enough to both witness and endure incredible sadness and suffering, you are  liable to crack up and will not last in a long-term urban survival  situation.

Consider that for thousands of years mankind has  survived and thrived on this planet without modern conveniences such as  electricity, air conditioning, cheap food, water treatment plants and other  niceties. How did they make it without cars and microwaves and showers? They  made it by focusing their minds. They knew how to face reality, concentrate and  find solutions.

Now consider that throughout history, probably  more than 99% of people who ever lived had to work from sunup to sundown just so  they would be able to eat the next day. They had little time for fun and  hobbies. If the worst happens you, too, might have very little leisure time, and  of course things like television and video games will be unavailable. If  spending the majority of your time just trying to live sounds rough, remember  that your ancestors did it. How? Determination.

This is where the good news comes in: Every  single one of us is a descendant of people who had enough focus and  determination to get through the worst of circumstances, otherwise we wouldn’t  be here. These qualities might be dormant in you, but they are there and have  been since you were born. You don’t have to be afraid because you are already  more capable than you can imagine. When the time comes, you will be able to tap  into your inner survivor and stay focused and strong, no matter what.

But it will be much easier if you prepare  yourself ahead of time. And the sooner you start training your mind, the better  it will respond when the time comes. Here are a couple things you can do:

  1. Accept that life is going to be tough. Envision what a  long-term urban survival situation might be like in your area. There could be  sick and hungry people, rioters and looters, pain and suffering. Your life could  be turned upside down, and you will have to face that. However, there’s a  difference between accepting this and dwelling on it. You must also…
  2. Choose to have a positive attitude. At any moment in your  waking existence, you can choose what to think about it. If your thoughts become  despondent, you have the ability to stop them in their tracks and turn your mind  elsewhere. If the negative thoughts return, do the same thing. Start practicing  this now. This doesn’t mean you should be delusional. In fact, sometimes people  who are overly positive don’t last as long because they are repeatedly crushed  by disappointment. Instead, you have to accept your situation but maintain hope  at the same time, no matter what.
  3. Have something to live for. If  society has collapsed and you’re barely surviving, what’s to stop you from  giving up? You need to have a purpose greater than yourself. It could be your  family and friends, but that’s not enough. If you lost them, why would you keep  going? Maybe it’s because they would want you to. Maybe it’s because you want to  live long enough to help rebuild your country. Maybe it’s because God must have  a purpose for you. Whatever your reasons, they have to be bigger than yourself.  If you haven’t started thinking about those reasons, now is the time.



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