There are many ways you can prep, from gathering skills to building shelters to hunting down resources. Most of the time, us preppers do all three to various degrees, as well as more things we think of!
However, do we really know if that'll do the trick? I mean, the collapse hasn't happened yet! That's why we need to start testing ourselves and double-checking our strategies: it's the only way we actually know if we're able to handle what's to come.
So, to find out if you've got what it takes to handle a SHTF scenario, check out this guide from our friends at Survival Sullivan.
Possessing a high pain tolerance and being able to lift heavy things repeatedly without tiring is an essential part of prepping, but your mind must be equally tough if you want to survive. Your mind must be able to adapt and overcome witnessing (and fearing) the most inhumane and dire circumstances that will be looming around every corner after the SHTF.
If you cannot stave off panic and continue to function with a clear mind, all the ammo in the world is not going to save your life. A decline in mental capacity during a TEOTWAWKI situation should be anticipated now in order to prevent the being reduced to a quivering ball of mush in the corner when disaster strikes.
Dehydration, hypothermia, fatigue, and emotional stress can creep up on even the most seasoned preppers – regardless of their training or professional background. Realistic weekend or week-long training drills should focus not just on all the common prepper training scenarios, i.e. going without electricity, tracking, cooking over an open fire, and hunting, but on mental alertness and toughness as well.
During such training sessions, try to push the buttons of your loved ones and attack the most vulnerable aspects of their personalities – especially when they are utterly exhausted. Sure, they will hate you for a few days after the mentally and emotionally draining survival drill, but what both you and they learn from the experience could save lives during an apocalyptic event.
Pessimism will breed failure and perhaps even mutiny when only intense unity will increase the chances of survival. Typically, folks who are or were athletes will have a less difficult time when it comes to keeping a positive attitude and mental toughness.
This has far less to do with any past of current level of physical fitness and more to do with mental/emotional “muscle memory.” Athletes, even at the high school level, are pushed to the brink of exhaustion during conditioning, practice, and during games – often with a coach pushing them with forward with demanding and unkind words. Athletes learn quitting is not an option – and your loved ones must embrace this concept as well, if they want to survive after the SHTF.
Having a positive or determine attitude may be an inherent part of a person’s character naturally, but these attributes can be taught as well – although it won’t be easy. The family or mutual assistance group must function like a true tribe, all for one and one for all. That may be a cliché concept, but when things get bad, really, really bad, the genuine love for others and their dependence upon you to survive, just might be the only thing that motivates you to take one more step, throw one more punch, or lift one more heavy sand bag. Everyone, regardless of age, must learn how to “suck it up” and more forward – standing still will not be an option – not if survival is the ultimate goal.
This one is so very hard to teach. If you were not raised with a work ethic, or other members of your family are missing this attribute, the uphill battle for survival just became steeper. Lazy folks, especially pampered millennials, can develop a work ethic… over time, but it will take A LOT of time, determination, and even patience, to get the job done.
Preppers must have a “there is only me” mindset to getting a job done, or an “there is only you” mantra when trying to teach a work ethic to others. If you or those you are attempting to instruct, do not get the job done right this time and in an expeditious manner, there probably won’t be a next time to try and get it right during a SHTF disaster.
There is no excuse for laziness ever – especially not when your life and the lives of everyone you love are on the line. The ONLY time anyone in the family or tribe should be sitting or in a prone position is at dark after all the chores are done and it is not the individual’s turn to be on guard duty.
Factor work ethic training into your survival drills. Be harsh – the world is often that way now and will be even more so during the apocalypse. Give a nearly insurmountable task to a person, partners, or small group of tribe members that if not accomplished properly and on time, will cause the entire group to suffer.
Learning how to adapt and overcome is not only a superb Marine motto, it is a guiding survival skill. Being too stubborn of rigid to adapt to an ever-changing situation will get you killed during a long-term disaster. Being able to decide when it is time to abandon a plan, give up on a tool which is not working and finding another way to accomplish the task, could one day mean the difference between life and death.
Being stubborn is not always a bad thing, not at all. Stubbornness is part of mental toughness and helps to develop a strong work ethic. But never allow stubbornness to rule the day and prevent you from adapting or changing your plan or path.
When attempting to teach flexibility and adaptability to members of our family or survival group, remove one essential tool or item needed to accomplish a task, or place a virtual barrier along the planned escape route – forcing those involved with the drill to draw upon both their mental and physical survival skillset to accomplish an essential goal.
Becoming depressed or feeling hopeless is understandable during a SHTF disaster, but those emotions cannot be allowed to trump common sense and zap your motivation for survival. What motivates one person to keep going might be far less important to another – keep this in mind when engaging in preparedness training with your tribe.
Everyone should be able to rally around the concept of group preservation. Keeping the lives of your loved ones on the forefront of your mind will help keep feelings of depression in check. All of the emotional and mental survival skills work in conjunction with one another – like a chain that will weaken if not properly reinforced.
During prepping drills, motivate those who are struggling by reminding them (or yourself) what is most important to them, how they are essential to making that happen, and reminding them in brutally honest terms how bad things will get for those they love if they give up or shut down.
So, those 5 major aspects of prepping are a great way to measure the true preparedness of an individual. If you're well-versed in those areas, then you've got much better chances of surviving.
Additionally, either to help others or improve yourself, remember to teach and practice these aspects to other people. You'll all need these aspects to be rather strong if you wish to survive any kind of SHTF or disaster scenario.
To learn more about training in these areas, and other helpful prepping info, please visit Survival Sullivan.
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