Developing a Survival Mindset

You might believe that your water or food supply is the most important part of your emergency preparedness kit. Others may think it is their tools and gadgets. Still, another person might believe that a first-aid kit and portable shelter are more important than other supplies. All of these are very useful during a disaster or emergency. However, your most important piece of survival gear is likely not physical gear at all... it's likely your survival mindset.

What is a survival mindset?

A survival mindset is mental stability under pressure, handling situations with intelligence and strength, and making good tactical decisions. When you are adequately trained, you can adapt to almost any circumstance.

You may have everything that you need in an emergency, but if you do not have the survival mindset of “I can”, all the other items in your arsenal may not help at all. You can approach difficult circumstances in a more productively way by adjusting your attitude when difficulties arise.

A negative mindset will hold you back from effectively addressing an emergency or disaster scenario. It does not mean that you dismiss the gravity of the situation. Having an “I can” mindset is so powerful and can help you engage in trouble-shooting, solution-finding, and possibility-making. Leave fatalism and despair at the door.

Having a survival mindset can make the literal difference between life and death. Thinking “I can’t” is the Achilles heel of survival.

How can you develop a positive emergency preparedness mindset?

During the current Covid-19 pandemic, people are suffering from intense anxiety and fear. If you allow yourself to become overwhelmed by fear, your metabolic processes and motor skills will be negatively affected. If you are prepared, confident, and mindful, you will be ready for the most significant challenges.

Essential tips for having the mindset needed to overcome a crisis or disaster

  • Be a positive role model - inspire courage in others and include family members in preparing for an emergency to develop their confidence

  • Think positively - believe with complete faith that you and your family will get through it.

  • Remain calm and confident