Not all preps are those which require ‘money’ to buy things. While money certainly helps, preparedness involves other additional (and very important) aspects too. What’s that you say? The preparedness mindset.
Preps are not necessarily ‘just’ physically tangible things (as in having a lots of survival gear and deep storage foods). There’s also that which is located ‘between your ears’. Your noggin. Your brain. Mindset.
“One of the most important pieces in your preps doesn’t go in your BOB, and it doesn’t cost a thing…your brain! If it’s not the right attitude, all the other costly preps are for not. You need a survival mentality, then all your preps you spent cash on, make it easier. Survival without preps/supplies would be difficult, but survival without the right survival mentality will be impossible.” said a reader here on the blog.
Your attitude and skills.
Here’s what I mean:
The Right Attitude To Compliment The Preparedness Mindset
Attitude requires no gear whatsoever. Having the right attitude is huge, and may make the difference between success or failure in many survival situations. Here are a few attitudes that come to mind which I consider to be beneficial to preparedness in general…
- Adaptable – adaptability
- Aware – situational awareness
- Open minded
- Skeptical – a ‘healthy’ skepticism
- Critical thinking
- Confident in one’s self
- Optimism – optimist
Attitudes are ingrained in us over time, and they attribute to ‘who we are’ and ‘who we’ve become’.
The right attitude can help tremendously while dealing with other people or situations. Attitudes can make huge differences while under stress, or dealing with atypical situations.
You might have all the survival and preparedness gear in the world, but a wrong attitude may stop your progress during a critical time of survivability.
Skills To Implement Actionable Success
A skill is a sort of ‘prep’. Skills will compliment a related group of tangibles, such as specific tools, gear, or other such ‘things’.
Skills enable you to IMPLEMENT ACTION (in a successful manner). In fact, if you have the skills (to do something specific) you don’t necessarily need to physically posses the associated tools or gear, because you might be able to borrow from others or fashion them yourself, or adapt another way to go about the task…
Skills develop from knowledge and experience. Often they are related to one’s job or career, however one’s hobbies and interests may also hone specific skill sets outside of one’s career. With regards to survival preparedness, many of these skills are only learned by one’s own doing. Practice, practice, practice.
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