I was recently asked what some tangible steps are that people can take to start building the "Survival Mindset". It is easy to go online and buy awesome gear, but when it comes to a real survival situation your gear is not the most important factor. Your mindset and attitude are, and they will determine whether you live or die. That is why we push Living The Creed, it is more important than the products that we sell.
The core to cultivating the survival mindset is to be mentally strong. Now how do you do that?
I believe that the best way for people to grow mentally strong is through working out. I know that may sound a little strange but working out is not only a physical challenge but a mental one.
It pushes your body to its physical limits and you have to use your mind to push through and not quit. Working out hard and consistently forges a strong mind and a strong healthy body. This is the foundation to survival.
I believe in functional fitness and would advise a beginner to start with Crossfit to learn the basic Olympic lifts. From that point there is a multitude of programs and workout styles that you can choose from and customize to work for you and your body.
Become situationally aware. This is as simple as making the conscious choice in your head to pay attention to your surroundings. It's easy to get distracted in a conversation or have your face in your phone. Having the ability to see a threat before it manifests is key to survival. Check out this article from SOFREP on how to enhance your situational awareness.
If you have that down the next thing you have to do is accept the fact that it could happen to you. This should make you think of scenarios that you may find yourself in which will help you to prepare for them. What will you do if you come across a terrible accident on the highway? The Power goes down for 72 hours? Try to get specific to your circumstances, are you in a city prone to floods? Tornadoes? Hurricanes? Do you hunt or go hiking way out in the mountains? The point is not to make you scared, but prepared.
Now that you have accepted that you might find yourself or your family in a survival situation and have thought of some possibilities it is time to invest in the gear/tools necessary to help you survive in those situations. This phase can take some serious research as different situations can call for different gear and loadouts. This is where companies like ours can come in to help. We can save you time and money by putting together a pre-built solution so you don't have to find all the pieces yourself.
So now you have a bunch of awesome survival gear, but do you know how to use any of it? Gear familiarization is an important part to building the survival mindset. You need to be confident in your gear and your ability to use it. Get out in the field and become familiar with your gear.
The last thing I am going to recommend seems elementary but it happens all the time. Carry your gear. It does you absolutely no good to have a great wilderness medical kit that you leave in your car at the trailhead every time you go hiking because you think it's only a 3 mile hike and everything should be fine.
In my opinion those are the main steps to building the survival mindset and getting home alive.
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