Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) is a key element of survival and perhaps the only aspect of a survival situation that you have total control over. As opposed to survival elements that are out of your control: weather, availability of food and water, or even whether searchers are looking for you in the right area, you can however, control your frame of mind during your ordeal.
Maintaining a survivalist mindset won’t necessarily a simple task, but without it all the gear in the world won’t save you. If you give up in your mind, you won’t use your gear, you will take unnecessary risks, and you will not eat, drink, or take care of yourself. You can go for days without water and weeks without food… but you need the will to live!
Picture this: You have been on your own for 3 days. You are soaked through, cold, hungry, lonely, tired, scared… None of these things are easy to overcome on their own, let alone all at once. So, how exactly are you supposed to capture that positive attitude?
The best way to this is to use your training. Knowledge is king. The more you know, the higher your confidence, the less you will panic and the better outlook you will have on the situation.
S.T.O.P. (Stop, Think, Observe, Plan) Sit down and clear your mind. Take in your surroundings. Use what you have been taught to better your circumstances. Believe in yourself, your training and abilities. You can do this! You will live!
While you can’t control the weather, you can build yourself a shelter to get out of the elements. You can build a fire for warmth and to help keep the creepies at bay. These small successes will build on each other and help you to take as much control over your situation as possible. As you gain that control and confidence, your outlook will only improve.
Realistically speaking, most people will never be in a true wilderness survival situation, but it does happen (especially for people who don’t take extra precautions). If you do find yourself in any emergency situation, even if you don’t have all the right equipment, a prepared mind can overcome.
A positive mental attitude is not limited to surviving in the woods. Take every opportunity to learn something new. Have confidence in the things you do. Surround yourself with people who challenge and support you. Keep a positive mental attitude. After all, isn’t life really just one big survival situation?