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Mindset: a fixed frame of reference

Mindset, the source of survival preparedness by: Jeremiah

Mindset: a fixed frame of reference, the minds orientation or perspective. The mental grid a person uses to filter data from their environment.

In preparedness, your mindset is everything. No amount of preparation will do you any good if you are unwilling to act. A preparedness mindset is an aspect of your worldview. It defines how you interpret data and how you respond to situations. For some people, increased difficulty provides increased challenge, spurring them on to victory. For others, difficulty is to be avoided at any cost. These are both choices, one to a strenuous life, the other to easier choices, and (perceived) comfort.

You have already selected your worldview, I am hoping that if you are not yet clear on your preparedness mindset, this brief article will give you some ideas and get you thinking.

The first thing to do is to make sure you understand your own priorities. Make a list of your priorities right now. Many entries may be a little general. Once you have a list, organize it with the most important at the top. This step is very important, as we will see later.

Hitting the target

Hitting the target

Now on to a preparedness mindset. The most important factor in preparedness is the decisions you make. Deciding you are going to survive or succeed is critical. You will never hit a target at which you are not aiming. So aim to succeed and then do what it takes to make it happen. More about this later, first though I need to digress for a moment.



Remember that priorities list? Well, here is where it comes into play. If your list is anything like mine, personal survival in an emergency is not at the top. It probably isn't even in the top three, so obviously there are things that are more important. For me, multi-generational family is one of my most important priorities. So I will make decisions to protect other family members, even if it infringes on a lower priority on the list (such as personal safety). Thus my decision to survive is not Ďat any cost' but rather any cost that does not violate a higher priority.

OK - back to working on mindset. Once you have decided you are going to survive you need to have an action plan to help you get there, a strategy. You will need a series of general plans covering basic emergency scenarios. Then when you are faced with an emergency, you don't have to panic or wonder what you are going to do. You just pick the plan that fits best and modify it to fit the situation. For example, whenever I drive, I run the risk of my car breaking down. If it does, I know what I will do. My plan says the first thing I do is contact my Dad, so I don't have to worry about what to do (just how to do it). In many cases that plan will have to be modified, but I already have a foundation. I have also made the decision that such an occurrence will not bring an end my day, I will keep on with my day to the best of my ability. Now most of you probably have a plan like this in place for this particular situation. What I want you to do is to review the plans you have and look for places where you need to add a new plan. What if you lose electricity for a day? What about water? Then go through your plans and find ways that you can improve them.

Field Marshall Helmuth Carl Bernard von Moltke

Field Marshall Helmuth Carl Bernard von Moltke

Your plan should be general, providing an outline or framework, while maintaining enough flexibility that it can be applied to many emergencies. Once you have your basic plans in place, you may want to add a contingency plan, "what if my plan does not work - then what?" "No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy - Field Marshall Helmuth Carl Bernard von Moltke".

Now if you have not already, go take a look at your priorities and then take a look at those emergency plans.

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