Saturday, August 20, 2011

Survival Solutions - Learning to Solve Problems

Survival is sometimes a matter of being able to solve numerous problems that may happen when you are the least prepared or when they aren’t expected. No one expects or plans to end up in a situation where their survival is at stake. The main problem of survival is finding a solution to these problems. Murphy’s Law always seems to come into play and when something happens it will almost always be at the worst possible time.

The problems that can occur in a survival situation will seem like a dark cloud hanging over you. This is where your best survival tool will be of the most value. Don’t let that dark cloud throw a shadow on your thinking or your actions.

Our main advantage in a survival situation is our brain. We can improvise, innovate and adapt to most any survival situation and utilize any and all resources and our skills and abilities by looking for solutions to our problems. Given a positive mindset and some clear thinking on our part, there is almost always a solution to the problem, whatever it may be.

The process of solving any problem requires several actions on your part. The first and main part is the ability to recognize the most immediate threat to your survival that you are facing. The very nature of the threat may require clear and concise thinking on your part to avoid a crisis that could affect your ability to survive. You may find yourself having to make a very quick decision. It is always important to deal with the most critical and immediate threat to your survival in the most efficient manner possible.

Another important part of problem solving is being able to analyze it in order to find a solution. This is where your ability to innovate and adapt will come into play. In a survival situation, you will always need to view everything as a resource with multiple uses. Your mind should be kept open to any and all possibilities when it comes to using your resources. Your brain is an amazing tool and if you don’t impose arbitrary limits, your thinking will quite often surprise you. It will quite often show you a new and different way to use something as a resource in an innovative manner to solve your problem. Just because something has never been used in a particular manner doesn't mean it can't be done. It simply indicates that no one has thought about using it in that way.

Quite often when we are looking for a solution to a problem, we find ourselves seeing only the big picture. There is an old saying that can help steer you in the right direction. They say the devil is in the details and the details of any problem can be a big obstacle. With a little clear thinking, the details can be worked out and a solution can be found. In a survival situation, it is important to remember that cooler heads will always prevail.

If you suddenly find yourself between a rock and a hard place, you may view that hiking stick in a whole new light.

Staying above the water line!


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