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The Survivalist Mindset: Do You Have It?

Survival isn’t always about the gear you carry…

Hello everyone, this is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, and this week I’d like to talk to you about what it takes to be mentally prepared to survive a disaster. We’ve all heard stories of people who went into the wild with a lot of planning and equipment and then perished. We’ve also heard unbelievable stories about people who found themselves in life-threatening circumstances with no preparation and made it out alive. What’s the difference between those who make it and those who do not?

Your most powerful and reliable survival tool isn’t something you can buy: It’s your mind. Even when you have no gear, no supplies, and it seems like you have no chance, as long as you are mentally tough you have what it takes to get through it. Often, to get others through it with you as well. Conversely, even with the most high-tech, sophisticated gear and weapons, if you’re mentally weak and you can’t handle pressure, you may very well be doomed.

Traits a True Survivalist Must Have
Here at CATS2010, I have shared an ongoing series of riveting survival stories that have captivated my attention. Despite harrowing odds, these individuals survived because they shared the following traits.

• The ability to embrace learning – A true survivalist reads, researches, practices, seeks out mentors, and looks for new ways to do everything. If you’re never satisfied the first time because you know you can do it better, this describes you.

• A positive mental attitude – A true survivalist knows a defeatist attitude is the first step in…well, defeat. You are going to make it because your mind is sharp and you know how to stay focused, without letting ego, fear, stress, and emotions get in the way.

• A commitment to self-care – How are you going to survive if you aren’t strong enough to endure? The simple answer is, you aren’t. A true survivalist stays in shape by running, lifting, hiking, climbing, swimming, and doing whatever they can to keep strong and active.

• A community they are a part of – Your chances of survival are greatly increased if you don’t go it alone. When the SHTF, you’ll want a trained team behind you, each of whom brings a skill to the table. A true survivalist knows how to build, nurture, and maintain these alliances.

• The motivation to push through the worst of it – A true survivalist will persevere after others have thrown in the towel. Your mental toughness and refusal to give up will not only keep you alive—it will help the people around you to survive.

• Natural leadership ability – A born survivalist is a born leader. You know how to cut through the BS and get straight to the heart of the matter so you can do what needs to be done. People look to you for guidance because they know you can be counted on.

• The ability to be adaptable – Throughout the history of the planet, organisms that could not adapt and evolve have died out. This will include you if you can’t identify what is worth keeping and what you need to let go of if you want to stay alive.

If you see these traits in yourself, you’re off to a great start and likely to survive the worst. If not, it’s not too late to develop these traits now, but someday soon it may be. Time to get started!

How to Develop the Survival Mindset
One of the best ways to develop the strong, positive survival mindset you’ll need is to practice endurance techniques. Push your body and your mind beyond anything you’ve previously expected of yourself. Workout harder. Run farther. See how long you can tolerate immersion in cold water. Use visualization and meditation to focus and picture yourself overcoming obstacles. Step outside of your comfort zone and do something you always said you would not.

One exercise you may find helpful is to picture various disaster scenarios and imagine how you would react. What would you do if there was a terrorist attack wherever you are right now, using whatever is at your immediate disposal? Would you be able to defend yourself? Would you be able to help others? Do you know where the escape routes are? Do you know which rooms can be locked? Once you consider the possibilities, it becomes obvious there is a lot to mentally prepare for.

On top of the possibility of terror attacks, Americans today face social unrest, EMP strikes, natural disasters like flash floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes, and more. Once you have trained your mind to think and react like a survivor, you will have a significant advantage over those who weren’t prepared.

The late Colonel Jeff Cooper discusses mental conditioning for combat.

You can cultivate a survival mindset.

Preparing for Civil Unrest: What You Can Do Now

There is nothing to joke about when it comes to the topic of protecting our families and freedom. These are very uneasy times, with global threats of terrorism and a variety of disturbances right here in our domestic backyard. Middle-class families are still in the everyday struggle to make it, and corruption within government, Wall Street, and the general corporate world seems like it is at an all-time high. Right now seems like a very opportune time to discuss our personal security and the steps we can all take to make sure we are well protected in the midst of a civil unrest.

The threat of any civil disturbance is a very serious one, for those who don’t have their blinders on. Mass fear and panic, an unexpected lack of resource, widespread disease or any type of terror can always be right around the corner. Fortunately there are a few ways we can all work through a civil unrest in our neighborhoods and survive. With preparation, what could be the apocalypse for some could simply be a minor convenience for the rest of us.

The first step in making sure that you are ready for any unnatural occurrence is to make certain that your basic and backup supplies are fully stocked in order. Water, food, sanitation materials and prescription medication can most likely me very scarce in a situation when there is widespread panic.

Second, take great inventory of your home’s security measures and decide if anything needs an upgrade. Are your weapons in a safe place that is accessible in the event that your home is breached? Considering the worst case scenario and planning for the best, is the best strategy to think of when preparing your home. Being able to shield what is going on outside in your neighborhood by simply setting your home up to be a safe haven can prove beneficial in the long run.

Third, keeping good stock of personal firearms and defenses is a great idea. Now might be the time to start hitting the gun range and shoring up your weapon accuracy as well. In the event of an emergency, the ability to react comes very fast. The more prepared you are, the longer your livelihood will remain unscathed.

Next you will want to stockpile a bit of cash in your home, preferably in a safe. In the event of mass chaos or a riot (for example), most banks and ATM’s are likely to be out of operation or inaccessible.

Last, your ability to survive any emergency solely depends on how prepared you are. Remember the famous adage, if you “fail to plan; you plan to fail!”