Setting Your Survival Mindset -
The subject of survival mindset is often misrepresented lately. Some people think that a survival mindset is to simply have the will to survive in an adverse situation. While this is true, it is also a very incomplete statement. Many people fail to understand that a mindset is a constant.
It is with you when things are not so adverse as well, but this type of mindset has to be developed constantly. Now I am not talking about survival skills here. The skills certainly play a huge part in your success during a wilderness crisis but your mindset may be able to get you through a situation that you do not necessarily have the skills for. I am going to list a few of the daily habits that help, in my opinion, a person to develop these skills and keep them tuned up and essentially "setting the mindset."
LEARN PEOPLE HABITS: This may not seem like a survival skill but it is amazing how much more clear the world is when you understand the people that surround you. As a species we are all individuals but time and nature have conditioned the race of humans to respond a certain way to certain stimuli. If you can pick up and read these patterns you are ahead of almost everyone around you. My kids like it when we are driving in town and I go through a series of predictions about the vehicle in front of me. By reading the patterns and measuring them against what I know to be true and a few educated assumptions I can predict what the driver ahead of me is going to do. Because of this and a keen awareness I have never been in a car or motorcycle accident when I was behind the wheel. Granted I have a lot of life left in me but I have avoided more accidents than I care to remember. Last year I was out for a motorcycle ride with some friends and we were stopped at a gas station. This old pickup truck pulled in just loaded down with firewood and I looked at my brothers and said "we don't want to be behind that guy, that load is all wrong." So we waited a while after he left. Eventually we caught up to him on the highway and I signaled the others to pass him quickly. Just as we got beside him a couple rounds fell off and exploded on the highway. That fool didn't even notice. Had we not paid attention and been prepared that would have downed at least three of us at 70 mph on the highway. Now rather than a funeral, we have a good close call story to laugh at.