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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.

Prepping for Man’s Best Friend

Prepping for Man’s Best Friend

You’re prepared for the apocalypse, but is your dog?

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’m going to be discussing survivalism for pets. Do you have a SHTF plan in place for your dog? If you don’t, it’s time to start putting one together and investing in supplies. Your dog is going to need gear and training in a post-apocalyptic situation, or it might not survive. Make sure your best friend is ready for anything that might come your way before it’s too late.

A 2017 study in the Swedish Journal of Scientific Reports associated dog ownership with a 33% decrease in the risk of cardiovascular disease and a lowered risk of death. That is incredible news for dog owners, but in a SHTF situation, your risk of death will change—and fast. After the collapse of society, your dog may end up more significantly and immediately connected to your survival.

There are myriad benefits to pet ownership, including support and companionship. Dogs lower your stress and increase your mood, but more than that, they’ll defend you. It is your dog’s natural instinct to warn you of danger because they see you as a part of their pack. During TEOTWAWKI, your dog will literally lay its life on the line for you when the people who didn’t bother to prepare before the grid collapsed will be scrambling to take what you have.

Don’t lose your beloved pet to the elements, the terrain, or the enemy. When TEOTWAWKI is upon us, don’t leave your friend behind. Do what it takes today to make sure your whole family has what they need to survive, including the dog.

Steps You Can Take NOW to Help Your Pet Survive

Although disaster is not imminent, there are steps you can take today that will give you peace of mind if the worst should ever happen. Make sure you have a pet first aid kit handy, invest in any protective gear your dog may need to brave the elements where you are or where you’ll be going. Get a tactical dog training harness that holds gear. You’ll be glad you did!

Your dog’s ability to act in your best interests is a matter of life or death for both of you. Is your dog trained? Be honest…how well are they trained? Can you reliably count on them to follow your commands? If not, begin intensive training or hire a trainer now. Most communities have some form of affordable or even free group training classes.

Another thing you’re going to want to do ahead of time is educate yourself about safe ways to store your pet’s food, because a food and treats stockpile isn’t going to do your dog any good if it makes them sick. Make sure you have enough dry food, canned food, and treats to weather out the storm. Whatever you’ve stockpiled for you and your family, make sure you have the same for your pets.

A well-trained dog may know enough not to stray from its owner, but anything can happen. If your dog is separated from you, you’ll want it to have an ID collar. Put any identifying information someone else could use without a power grid in place to potentially return your animal to you. Your dog may be chipped, but with no electricity, who is going to be able to read it?

Last but not least, make sure to take your dog to the vet regularly, while you still can. It’s important to keep current on your pet’s shots and to stay on top of any potential problems that may arise. A crisis situation is not when you want to learn your dog has a health issue.

Your Dog’s Bug-Out Bag

You have a bug-out bag ready and on-hand just in case you need to get out in a hurry, right? Well have you ever considered that your dog needs one, too? Make sure your dog’s emergency survival kit contains the following items:

  • · Water and purification tablets
  • · Dog food packets
  • · Leash
  • · Lightsticks
  • · Thermal blankets
  • · Travel bowl
  • · First aid kit
  • · Rope

· Any protective gear that is appropriate for your area’s climate

As you do for yourself, you’ll want to keep one doggie bug-out bag in the house, and one in your car. Because you just never know, and that’s why it’s crucial to BE PREPARED.

If you don’t already have a dog you can count on, or you don’t have a dog at all, remember, when it comes to survival not all dogs are created equally. Researchers determined certain breeds offered more health benefits than others. The breeds you want to look for are scent hounds, terriers, and retrievers.

When the SHTF, where will your pets fit in? Find out with VP Prepping & Survival.

AlaskaGranny shows you how to safely stockpile food for your pet.

So You’re Planning to Leave the Country

It’s almost election time again, and we all know what that means: Many of us will once again vow to leave the country if the results don’t go the way we’d hoped. As elections continue to become more polarized and party differences grow more extreme, more Americans are electing to leave the US. While the number of Americans who renounce their citizenship is still quite small, the figure is steadily climbing, and in 2015 over 3,000 people gave up their US citizenship and left the country ostensibly for good. In the past the majority of people who left did so for financial reasons, but today more people than ever before cite political reasons.

 

Expat or Immigrant: What’s the Difference?

Many people are confused about the difference between being an immigrant and an expat is. According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of an expatriate is “to leave one’s native country to live elsewhere or  to renounce allegiance to one’s native country,” while the definition of an immigrant is “a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.” In other words, when you leave your country of origin, you will be an expat from that country and an immigrant in your new country at the same time. The difference is in intent: while the intention of immigrants is likely to be to remain in their new country, expats are motivated by a desire to leave a country, so they may not end up settling in their new country permanently.

 

Which Countries are Best for Americans?

If you are seeking a high standard of living in a country that welcomes US expats and that has easy immigration policies, you will definitely want to look toward Latin America, but there are many other places around the globe that are also desirable for Americans. The latest lists of the most ex-pat friendly destinations include Mexico, Uruguay, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The United Arab Emirates, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Norway , and Svalbard, which is a collection of self-governed islands off the coast of Norway. So as you can see, there are countries on many different continents that would make excellent choices.

 

What if I Change My Mind?

While there are many struggles associated with repatriation, in most cases the people who choose to leave the US will be free to return to the country if they so choose. In the first quarter of 2015 alone, there were an all-time high number of reunifications. You do not have to renounce your US citizenship in order to live abroad, however, and in fact many Americans choose to retain their citizenship, their passports, and their voting rights here in this country even if they choose to reside elsewhere.  Whether or not you are able to do so will depend on many factors, including which country you end up calling home and for how long.

 

The Bottom Line

It is said that the trend of threatening to leave the country was originally started during the 2000 election, when the late director Robert Altman (Short Cuts, Cookie’s Fortune) threatened to leave the United States if George W. Bush won the election, but like most of these threats his was an idle one, and he was very much still a US citizen and resident at the time of his death six years into Bush’s presidency. The truth is the vast majority of people who say they will leave will never actually do so, but if you are one who actually does, this blog post should give you an idea of some of the countries you may want to look into first if you want to live a high-quality lifestyle abroad.