Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Survival Mindset - Positive Thinking

When faced with the adversity of a disaster or a crisis, one of the best tools you can use for your survival is positive thinking. The right frame of mind will take you a lot further along the path to survival. Your chances for survival will only increase if you learn to use positive thinking in a survival situation. Positive thinking will not only allow you to overcome obstacles to your survival more easily but will also allow you to return your life to a state of normal faster.

There are a couple of things that you should avoid in a survival situation. These things won’t help your survival mindset or your ability to think in a positive manner during a crisis.

Make every effort possible to avoid wishful thinking. It’s not very realistic. Wishful thinking may make you feel better about your situation but it won’t help your chances for survival. You should learn to recognize every life-threatening situation and act accordingly to overcome it. Don’t develop a tendency to see things with a false sense of reality and you will be better able to handle a crisis if it occurs.

You will also do well to avoid negative thinking. Negative thinking will only allow your emotions to take control of your thought processes and hinder your ability to deal with a crisis or a survival situation. You will need to maintain a “can do” attitude at all times.

If you think positively, you will avoid being discouraged by the obstacles and challenges you may be facing in a survival situation. You will also be less susceptible to irrational behavior caused by emotions which can cloud your thinking. Keeping a clear head will help you to avoid mistakes which could be costly.

Treat every challenge to your survival in a positive manner.

Staying above the water line!



Shreela said...

As a kid, visiting Grandparents, our cousins called in the middle of the night to say a tornado was headed our way. Grandma told me to tell my father, who had to share the bigger bed with my little brother.

I told my father (ex-marine) about the tornado, and I kid you not, he put his pants on both legs at the same time and was dragging little brother out of bed at the same time!

The three of us rush into the living room where Grandma had just got Granddaddy out of bed, he was kinda mumbling about God's will, if he wanted us dead, we couldn't stop it, but if he wanted us to live, then he'd spare us.

My syrupy sweet Southern Grandma almost went mother-bear on him!

"Don't you be quoting scripture to me when we have grandchildren to protect! God helps those that help themselves, now GIT MOVIN!"

He did too, right away LOL - we all got in the car to go down the street to the basement.

We still laugh when we remember how Grandma changed his outlook real fast ^_^

Anonymous said...

Whenever this issue comes up I cannot avoid the obvious fact that those people who recognize early on that something is wrong have a better chance of survival. When that night club in Rhode Island caught fire and killed dozens of people there were also dozens of people who recognized the danger and escaped. Those who delayed the decision died. Generally speaking you don't hear about this much, it doesn't usually make as good a news story as dead bodies or torn limbs do. Often people who react quickly and survive are called "lucky". Make your own luck; keep your head, pay attention, trust your instincts and don't get into the mindset that "it" can't happen here. Don't allow yourself to be paralyzed by fear or indecision simply because what you see happening "cannot happen". It can and when it does "luck" will favor the prepared mind.

John said...

I'm glad you wrote what you did about avoiding wishful thinking. So much of what passes for positive thinking is delusional.

riverwalker said...

To: Shreela

Obviously, grandma was a very positive influence on grandpa and help him "Git his mind right!"



riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 11:17

The premise that it can't happen to me or it won't happen here is really just another form of wishful thinking.

Good advice anonymous. Thanks.


riverwalker said...

To: John

Wishing it weren't true or not happening isn't going to make a bad situation any better.

Better to keep your head and pay attention to what's happening.

Thanks John.


HermitJim said...

Good advice, my friend! Let's hope enough folks pay attention to this!

Anonymous said...

For those of you who don't have a lot of "roughing it" experience do yourselves a favor and get some experience. Overnight hikes (not car camping) preferably in inclimate weather. Why, you say? Because your fears will be calmed with confidence and your confidence will come from doing it. Get out and start a campfire on a rainy evening. Sleep in your tent or under your tarp in a thunderstorm. Be out in the woods when night falls and see just how dark and quiet it can get. Each of these things will get your pulse up the first time it happens to you but will seem to be no big deal once you've conquered them. Don't wait and let yourself get caught facing multiple crisis without any knowledge or skill at solving any of them.

riverwalker said...

To: Hermit Jim

Hopefully, there are few people who will wake up and smell the "coffee"!



riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 5:04

Experience is a great teacher but reality can leave you wondering just what is happening if you haven't "been there and done that".

Great advice anon!



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