What does it really take to survive?
When it comes to surviving a life-threatening disaster, it’s usually not the gear a person has with them that determines their ability to survive. In fact, when studying real-life survival situations, there is one thing that is found in just about every instance that cannot be overlooked — the will to survive.
By far, willpower is often the single trait that will determine whether a person survives and thrives, or withers away into oblivion. But what other traits make a person a good survivalist? Are their things we can do to cultivate that personality and help ensure our success?
Are there certain traits that make one person more likely to endure hardships than the next? The following list looks at what it takes cultivate a survival mindset:
A True Survivalist Never Stops Learning
He is always asking questions, always looking for another way to prepare, and is always ready at a moment’s notice. The minute you think you know everything, is the moment you’ve become a danger to yourself and a danger to everyone around you.
- Embrace the mind of a child. Children are always asking why; they always want to know how things work. Don’t lose that childlike curiosity, and don’t ever become rigid and complacent in your thinking.
- Find a good teacher! Actors, athletes, and business leaders all have coaches and advisers. If these experts and industry leaders have coaches, then why shouldn’t you?
- Pick up a book and read! If you can’t find a mentor, pick up a book! In one good book you have the ability to absorb the author’s entire life’s work. Want to get started, check out my book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide.
A Survivalist knows that Practice Makes Perfect
Survivalists are always prepared, because they never stop testing themselves. They not only take the time to learn how to use their gear, but they also practice, practice and then practice some more.
- Having a basic understanding of survival, and knowing the techniques, is not enough; the key to survival is training with repetition.
- Preparedness is not a single event. Unfortunately, that’s how most people deal with it – that is if they deal with it at all.
- Conducting Routine Emergency Drills & Disaster Training
A Survivalist Knows the Importance of a Healthy Mind
The survivalist loves life; he knows the importance of cultivating a positive mental attitude. During a survival situation, your will to survive, is often what determines your final outcome. Those who really love life, are usually the ones who will fight the hardest to survive.
- Survival, really being prepared to survive; means being able to control your fears, manage your emotions, and put your ego in check. Check out our article on the Psychology of Survival
- Emergencies can cause extreme amounts of physical and emotional stress. Understanding how to deal with this stress will help to reduce its impact, and can greatly increase your chances of survival during a disaster.
- Surviving Traumatic Events starts with Developing the Right Mindset. Find out how to battle-proof your mind!
A Survivalist Knows he needs to Maintain a Healthy Body
Gear is great, but a healthy body is even better.
I often hear survivalists talking about all the gear they have; but what good is that gear if your body can’t even handle carrying it during an emergency? To be a true survivalist, you have to take care of your body. Hike, run, lift weights; do whatever you can to stay physically fit. You’re the best piece of gear you have; you need to take care of your body!
What traits do you think is takes to survive any situation?