Survival Mindset Part Two:

Stay at home dads are always on the go. We know that as good as anyone else does. Teaching are children is always a part of it all. Sometimes though, you can’t get into the woods and teach your children with hands on training. Another option is to start their learning with acronyms and stories. Here is a acronym that I think originates from our friends across the ocean. “I think we need to STOP and make a cup of tea.”

Having a survival mindset is as important as any other part of a survival situation. The human mind has a naturally ingrained flight or fight instincts. This stems from the millions of years of human evolution. These instincts can help you out a lot in a dangerous and lethal situation.

In an adverse situation these, same instincts can also lead you to panic. Panic is your worst enemy in these same situations. Memorizing a simple  acronym can help you forestall panic and clear your mind. After you have a clear head, you can more clearly assess your situation and decide your next course of action.

S.T.O.P.

 Stop and Think about your situation.

This is the easiest one to do yet, it is usually one of the hardest ones to get people to do. All you have to do is do nothing. You can simply have a rest. If you are in the woods and find that you are lost do not run around and make matters worse. Sit down and take a rest. Our friends from across the pond have a saying “Stop and make a cup of tea.” I think that this is one of the best pieces of advice that you could get.

When you stop and have a rest, you can clear your mind and maybe see where you went wrong. You might even find that you are closer to being found then you think you are.

This does not work only when you are lost. If you have a tragedy in life, if you face some sort of adverse situation, or if you are just having a bad day stopping to think about what has happened and what needs to happen is often times better for you then to act rashly.

Observe the area and Plan your actions.

Moving around when you have no clue what to do or where to go can get you hurt or killed. Gathering intelligence about where you are at and at your situation is.

You can start by assessing what you have on your person. Then you can move to what you have around you in your immediate area. Sometimes it has been known that simply by doing this you might find that you are not lost. Either you might find that you remember where you got lost at, and you can retrace your steps and reach safety. On the other hand, If you are lost you can take stock on what you have that can be used for your own survival.

By stopping what you are doing and thinking about where you are and where you got lost at you can observe what you have and where you are at and lastly you can plan your next course of action.

Stop

Think.

Observe.

Plan

I love this acronym more then some others because it does not go solely with a survival situation. Decisions you make in your everyday life can be applied to this acronym. You are in the market for a new car. Stopping and thinking about it can help. Observing and planning ties into checking your finances and seeing how much you can afford.

    Almost any decision that you could make can benefit by doing these simple easy steps. I know we do not have a lot of free time on our hands but, sometimes just a few minutes here and there to make an informed decision can mean a big difference.

    There is the basic information you decided the outcome.

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