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Monday, June 16, 2014

No Matter Where in the World You Are or What You Are Facing: 10 Key Steps That You Can Take to Increase Your Odds of Survival

Emergencies, catastrophes, financial hardships and instability are abound. No matter where in the world you are and no matter what your current situation, there are things that you can do to increase your odds of survival. Although it's always better to prepare for any emergency before it occurs, there are a few mental things that you can do to overcome any odds and spin them into your favor.

Some of you reading this may have been through traumatic events. Some of you may live in an area that is dangerous either geographically or politically. Some of you may live in fear of economic instability, illnesses, terrorists, or mother nature.

No matter what you are currently facing or afraid could occur, there are things that you can do to better equip yourself. Mental strength and a survivor mindset are two of the most important factors in whether or not you will endure. There are other things that you can do as well. I have included the ten most important steps in the following list.

Here is my list of 10 vital steps that you can take to give yourself and your loved ones a fighting chance no matter the situation:

1. Make the decision to plan and to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, physically and tangibly to survive.
2. Do what you need to do in order to work toward being self-reliant. Part of this equation is the mental energy that you will begin to dedicate toward relying on yourself to get yourself through. The other part of this equation is included in other steps.
3.Educate yourself, read, study, practice and equip yourself to be able to face any and all types of survival situations in a prepared manner.
3. Be purposeful in your decisions. Plan and implement your plans.
4. Always actively do something! Doing something will not only help increase your odds, but it gives your mind something to focus on so that you do not begin to feel overwhelmed or stressed in a manner that cripples your capacity to survive.
5. In the event of catastrophe, make the decision of whether it is better to hunker down or bug out and then plan and implement your plans. Do not bug out without ample supplies.
6. Improvise and practice being able to think quickly and decisively to alter your course or mission as needed.
7. Be adaptable and be able to adapt to changing circumstances. Change is frightening, but you will have better survivability odds if you are adaptable to that change.
8. Plan and envision yourself overcoming the situation. Do not think otherwise. Do not allow yourself to ponder not making it through.
9. Do not give up. Keep moving forward and keep doing something toward your goal.
10. Are the odds stacked against you? Many have survived horrific situations before you and many will survive after you. You can too. Never doubt your abilities to overcome anything. Stay focused on your mission whatever your mission is. Remember that the body won't quit until the brain tells it to. Be mentally and physically tough.

Most of these steps can be worked and practiced before a catastrophe or emergency. But, even if the situation is bad now and you hadn't prepared, you can adopt the survivor mindset now. You can practice these steps of mental and emotional readiness now. The mind wills the body. It is vital to strengthen both your body and your mind to carry you through the storms.

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