In the frenzy associated with preparing ourselves for prepping, it’s easy to forget one of the most important aspects of survival—that of having the right mindset. If you don’t have the right mindset, you won’t get very far; you won’t be properly prepared to take on the challenges that are thrown at you.
Therefore, it’s obvious that—if you plan on surviving in the wild—you’ll need to change your mindset. There are several different ways you need to employ to correctly change your mindset; survival entails more than just believing you can survive. That being said, believing you can survive is one of the most important things you can do. If you don’t, you might find yourself stopping at comparatively easy stumbling blocks because you’re depressed, and you might even be so depressed that you can’t focus properly on surviving. You might even be so depressed that your body refuses to stop fighting—that it won’t run as far, travel as long, or carry as many burdens, both emotional and physical. To put all of this more succinctly: “If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,” to quote an old poem.
If, on the contrary, you believe that you can survive, then you’re better off. Survival, however, doesn’t end there; there are other things you’ll have to add to your mindset. For example, you’ll need to learn to control your fear. Although life in a survival situation, such as the wilderness, is permeated by fear, you can’t let it get the best of you. If you do, then your struggle is already over. If you don’t have a grip on your fear, then you’ll either not act, or you’ll act in such a negative way that you’ll make things worse. To deal with this, learn to get your emotions in check—to think rationally despite the challenges life throws at you. Panicking just makes everything worse.
A third way you can change your mindset is by not taking anything for granted. Don’t assume that bad things won’t happen to; they most certainly will (and especially so if you have that kind of mindset). You’re not invincible; you’re human, just like the rest of us, and bad things can and will happen to you.
Fourth, develop situational awareness. Always be aware of what’s going on in all directions; keep your eyes moving, watching out for any potential dangers. Be prepared for what might happen; have your weapons at the ready. Keep an eye out for anything that seems out of the ordinary; it might be nothing, in the end, but it doesn’t hurt to be safe. Always make a note of where exits and entrances are when you’re entering buildings or public spaces. You never know when you might need to make a run for it.
Ultimately, these are just some of the things you can do to ensure that your mindset is well-suited to survival. In end-of-the-world scenarios, you’ve gotta be prepared for the worst…because if you’re not, then you might not survive a few more days, let alone the rest of your life.