Psychology Mindset

April 6, 2012 7:42 pm

Perspective: Inspiration and Perspiration

Think about the threats we face in this chaotic world. Realize it is just a matter of time! You just don’t know when you need to be ready.

Mental preparation is the first and most important aspect of survival preparedness. Your mental commitment, determination and attitude will determine your future. Your perspective in dealing with preparations requires the inspiration to succeed and the effort to prepare beforehand; when the going gets tough ….

Aw Shit! The power is out!

It’s Saturday afternoon, no cable, no Internet, the phone is out too? You start the car to turn on the radio but there is only static.

You go outside and run into a few of the neighbors, same issues. So everybody just hangs out and you all exchange stories. No big deal. A few hours later it’s starting to get dark, colder too. I wonder what we’re going to do for dinner. How about a BBQ? And so it begins.

Burlington, Colorado – East of Denver

Burlington is a small quiet town where everybody gets along. After dinner there are dirty dishes and it is time to go inside and make a fire? It gets cold this time of year. After 6 hours it’s really dark outside. Without the lights there is no light pollution in the night sky. The stars are really bright and the sky is dark except for the glow far off to the west. You live 180 miles east of Denver and it just seems strange. Still no power, Interstate 70 is quiet, just a few cars. Not too bad, it’s just a power outage.

In the morning, it’s colder, the frost is on the grass and no one is outside. How about a cup of coffee? No power. The first 24 hours are just a pain and the discomforts mount as the hours pass. Meals on the BBQ, fire inside to keep warm; just the basics. I guess that’s how the pioneers lived in Kit Carson territory. They didn’t have cable or the internet either.

The neighbors are all getting a little restless. No one knows what’s going on. Somebody just came back from a ride west toward the city and said the roads are closed; now backed up with abandoned vehicles. The car radio still isn’t working so he just turned around and came home. What’s up? This is becoming disturbing. What the hell is going on? I need to go to work tomorrow but I need gas. The gas stations are not working, no power, no fuel pumps, no gas today.

So now what do we do? After three cold cloudy days, the food is running low and the freezer is defrosting. No power, no information; this is getting to be a problem. Could there be fallout? Life is getting uncomfortable.

Fast forward 2 weeks

Imagine your home, your neighborhood, your town! Things are really complicated after 2 weeks. People are getting irritable, hungry. There are thousands of ‘new people’ in town who arrived by car and on foot from the Denver, ran out of gas near Burlington. They tell stories about a nuclear bomb blast in Denver; no one knows what really happened. These folks have no gas, no food, no water. Your town just tripled in population and these new folks are not happy campers. In fact, they are a real problem. No one can help them without sacrificing what few supplies they have left.  The new folks are getting restless and dangerous just walking the streets of Burlington looking for help or more. You hear gun shots in the distance, the shots seem to be more frequent and getting closer.

Would you be prepared to deal with these issues and survive another 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years?

There is no fresh water, the market is empty. Your town is overrun with desperate refugees. There has not been a delivery for a while. No gas, the bank is closed and nobody is going to work. There are rumors about what happened in Denver but no one knows what really happened and what is going on in what was a city of 3 million people. Fast forward 2 months!


Psychologically, dealing with these issues, the potential threats and the consequential risks are a matter of mindset and preparation. Had you evaluated the potential threats and planned to deal with the consequential issues you would be prepared. You and your family would be ‘concerned’ but not overwhelmed. You could deal with it.

The impact of ‘no power’ and the throngs of thousands of restless ‘new people’ have consequences that impact your life and those around you. Your wife is strong but she is really concerned about what you are going to do when all the food runs out. The kids are really bored and now understand from their friends something is really wrong. You can’t fool them. Mental toughness is an attitude and coupled with good planning you have an advantage. You have a chance to survive and minimize the consequences on your family.

It is your responsibility to get IT together. You have scoped the neighborhood and have teamed up with a few friends and families. You have prepared a defensive position, you remain inconspicuous but you are prepared to deal with potential conflicts. Now you must display your leadership and confidence and influence others.

‘SHIT HAPPENS!’ – Now What?

Think about the threats you face. Realize THEY ARE GOING TO HAPPEN! You just don’t know when.

Mental preparation is the first and most important aspect of survival preparedness.
1.    Mental commitment, determination, attitude
2.    Confidence in your preparation
3.    Evaluate the potential risks you may face and have a well thought out plan
4.    Keep your mind at ease and focus on issues and responses, your SOP preparations
5.    Don’t let anyone influence you contrary to your well thought out plans
6.    Don’t get discouraged by the effort required
7.    Keep your team focused and positive
8.    Be calm knowing you are prepared, others are not – the strong survive
9.    Reflect upon your principles before making decisions
10.    Be prepared, be ready, be smart – survive

Mental preparation begins with awareness and commitment to focus and to be prepared for anything. Just the fact that you are reading these words reflects upon your focus and intentions – now think and be committed.

We have noted some reflective quotes by motivational speakers, champion sportsmen and distinguished leaders to provoke you to ‘be all that you can be!’ – US Army slogan.

The only limits on your success are self imposed

It is not the situation that makes the man, it the man’s reaction to the situation

Lou Holtz
Ability is what you are capable of doing
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it

Sir Winston Churchill
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty

William Shakespeare
This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night of the day, thou canst not then be false to any man

Mahatma Gandhi
As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – as in being able to remake ourselves.

True toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles

If you are not prepared you will have chaos. If you are prepared you will survive

What is your mindset and how do you ‘get it right’ – start now!

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