Survival of the Mind
The reasons that people manage to survive one emergency or another varies widely. Some folks are just in the wrong place at the wrong time and never had a chance, regardless of their survival skills. Many of the most seasoned survivalists could be brought to their knees in some situations, especially in events where the elements are extremely brutal.
One man, a member of the US Military Special Forces, and has been in situations of survival, put it as plain as day. He explained that his training did not give him some delusions of being indestructible, but taught him to know his limitations and compensate for them using some simple survival of the mind.
It is vital that everyone understands that, rarely, do things go as planned. You cannot assume you have some enchanted power that will carry you through an emergency situation. Sure there are miraculous stories of people living through insanely intense situations, but you can’t count on that type of luck saving you.
Very few people live to tell their stories of extreme survival, and the ones that do get movie and book deals.
How many movies and books have you seen about those type of situations? Not to many. Sheer luck isn’t something you want to hang your survival on.
Psychology explains that your brain is the master of your wants and desires. This is where your motivations come from. Think of your brain as a muscle that needs exercising. You must prepare your brain to respond to emergency survival situations.
These three tips are things you can do to increase your odds of survival.
- Prepare and practice skills that will keep you alive. You will never practice enough.
- Admit your shortcomings and seek out trained professionals to help you further your survival education.
- Set goals for your survival preparedness. In a emergency set a short term goal like getting water, while setting a long term goal like making it back to your home and family.
- Don’t give up
- Don’t count on luck!
Visualization is another survival of the mind trick. When things are cold and bleak, imagine sitting safely at home in front of a comfy fire. Calm your mind by telling it how you want to feel. Don’t let panic set in. If you do panic, you will start to mentally spiral out of control and things can only go wrong at that point.
Do not wait and hope for the best. Do not assume you will be one of the lucky ones. Give yourself an added edge and mentally prepare for anything.