Why Your Mind is the Ultimate Survivalist Tool

According to novelist Ayn Rand, “man’s mind is his basic tool of survival.”

What does she mean by that?

The mind is mighty. For a survivalist, it can be their greatest aid, even more so than the right supplies and physical strength.


If your mind is prepped, you can create a solution to nearly any disaster situation. That can sometimes be the difference between life and death.

Want to know how? Read on to discover some ways to train your mind as a survivalist.

Think Positively

Have you ever heard of the self-fulfilling prophecy?

It’s a psychological concept that suggests that if you think something is going to happen, it often does.

But how? We’re not mind readers.

If you have an idea entrenched in your head, you’re going to subconsciously work to make that idea a reality. In the case of a bad self-fulfilling prophecy, you are sabotaging yourself without even knowing it.

As a survivalist, you can’t afford to make a bad self-fulfilling prophecy come true. If you believe you can get out of any situation, you’ll work and think harder to come up with a solution.

Banish Anxiety and Fear

Of course, thinking positively starts with ridding your mind of anxiety and fear.

This is far easier said than done.

After all, if you’re faced with a dangerous situation, you’re going to react like most people would. You’re going to be afraid.

You’re no longer thinking straight. Your fight or flight responses take over.

If you can’t think clearly, you can’t come up with a viable solution. You’re too busy thinking of the worst to figure out a way out.

Relaxation techniques can help you reduce anxiety in some situations. By controlling your breathing, you may be able to calm your mind.

You can also try another tactic…

Another Great Tip for Any Survivalist: Learn Anticipate-Identify-Manage

Sometimes used in the military, anticipate-identify-manage or AIM is a three-step process used to mitigate anxiety and fear. If you can master AIM, you should be able to calm your mind, reduce your fears, and tackle your problems head-on.

Here are the three parts of the AIM process.

  • Anticipate: In many dangerous situations, you may feel afraid. Your anxiety levels may rise. That’s all okay. When you anticipate that you’ll have those feelings, you’re not overpowered by them. You can transcend the fear and still think on your feet.
  • Identify: What scares you? As a survivalist, are you afraid of being stranded? Running out of food? Falling in a body of water? Whatever triggers your fears, identify it.
  • Manage: Lastly, pretend you’re in that situation. What would you do? How would you tell yourself it’s alright? With positive self-talk and slow breathing, you can calm yourself enough to come up with a solution.

The AIM process helps you prepare for dangerous situations that scare you the most. The more you practice handling those situations, the faster you can react if ever faced with actual danger.

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