Dealing often with people who may run into a "survival situation" the question of "Survival Mentality" often comes up. And while it is important to have a positive attitude in far-out situations, I believe that this mentality also comes into play in our everyday lives. In homesteading, sustainability, and self reliance this outlook can mean the difference between success and failure, and in a critical situation it could even mean life or death! We all face severities in our everyday life, and the ability to overcome these difficulties will determine the outcome. So what exactly is a "Survival Mentality?"
Simply put, a survival mentality is the inward knowing that you can do what needs to be done to overcome whatever adversity you might be facing. This could be as simple as building a new addition, or as severe as a strong storm or drought wiping out your entire crop for the year. How would you be able to handle these things if they occurred in your life? The only way to be able to face such hardship with a positive attitude is by adhering to the old adage...
"Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance."
In order to face things that may come our way tomorrow, we need to begin planning today. With the proper tools and knowledge we can do anything that we put our minds to. In fact, we can often improvise even without the right tools for the job if we have the knowledge and inspiration to do so. It's all about preparedness and a good attitude. If we believe that we can overcome whatever it is that comes our way, we will be able to do so. This is what we are talking about when we use the term "Survival Mentality".
It may be possible that this preparation will cost us something ... time, money, or whatever else is necessary. But if we are willing to deny ourselves today for the possibility to survive tomorrow then the price will be small in comparison to the latter rewards. The important question that we must each ask ourselves is "Are we willing to make those sacrifices?" The choice is ours and ours alone, and the final result is dependant upon our answer.
If you will prepare now it will pay off in the long run, even if you never have to face a survival situation. No matter what comes your way, no matter the adversity, you will have the assuredness that you will make it! The military adeptly puts it this way, "Improvise, Adapt, And Overcome." Begin planning today so that you can conquer tomorrow!