A critical-thinking brain. The ability to think, to analyze, and to make good decisions.

Without knowing what to do, or what you should do in an emergency, a disaster, or a SHTF situation, tangible preps aren’t quite as important as your noggin.

And I’m not just talking about the simple stuff. Here’s what I mean…

The other day a comment here on Modern Survival Blog read as follows: “Probably the most important ‘prep’ thing I’ve done all week is to THINK long and hard about my present situation, juxtaposed against the world situation. An action plan might not be far off.”

I have self-imposed similar exercises countless times over the years whereby I spend some time just ‘thinking’. Running scenarios in my mind and thinking about the variables and outcomes as they portray to my own present situation or state of readiness.

In other words, I take some time to look at ‘the bigger picture’ in my mind’s eye, or even just a part of the big picture, before implementing specific action plans.

Today’s world can be ridiculously ‘busy’, and we as individuals let it become that way. Many people don’t even realize that they are in control of their own ‘busy’. We are constantly bombarded by incoming entertainment, messaging, ‘input’, and perceived (and real) demands – such that it’s easy to let all of our time be consumed being ‘busy’. No time to think.

The thing is… it’s important to stop once in awhile and just ‘think’. You’ve heard the expression, “Think before you speak” (I used to hear it alot from my dad when I was young ;) ), and there’s good reason for it!

How many of you know people who constantly spout verbal diarrhea (whatever comes to their mind comes out their mouth)? That’s probably because they are not thinking about what they are about to say – it just comes out…

How many of you know people who go about a task or project without formulating a plan first? They just go head-strong into it, and often run into snags and pitfalls because they’ve not thought it through first… “A bull in a china shop”.

When it comes to preparedness, there is certainly LOTS to think about (because there are so many scenarios and magnitudes thereof). It does one good to think about one’s own specific situation as it relates to a hypothesized emergency, disaster, or SHTF. I mean really think it through. Explore the what-if’s. Use logic to rationalize likelihoods, risks, the potential twists and turns. Reason your way through, and don’t fool yourself or ignore potentially harsh or difficult realities. Set aside some time to think.

By the way, thinking isn’t always easy. In fact it can be just like ‘real work’.

Hint: Use the time during mundane tasks to think.
Hint: Shut off the radio in the car and think instead.
Hint: Pencil and paper. You might take notes while you think. It helps.

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