In Stephen Covey’s groundbreaking book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change he explains that the balance of your personal and professional life comes by adopting 7 principles that move your life from one of dependance to independence…and then onward to interdependence. I would like to do a spin of that outline and apply it to the survivalist mindset by offering the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Survivalists below:
Habit 1: Take charge of your life.
You are responsible for your own life and well-being. Take charge of yourself and don’t rely on external circumstances that you don’t control. The government can’t possibly save everyone during a major disaster.
Habit 2: Prioritize.
Some things that you need to do are going to be more important for your short and long term survival goals than others. Learning how to prioritize is one of the most important skills you can learn. Prioritizing will turbo-charge your survivalist and prepping efforts by making your activities more effective.
Habit 3: Plan, practice, and adapt.
You need to create your survival plan in your head before you can ever hope to implement it. Don’t forget to write the plan down. Practice the plan and then adjust and modify it accordingly. The same goes for your survival kits. Your BOB, EDC gear, vehicle kit, and home kit should always be a work in progress. There is always room for improvement.
Habit 4: Have a Survival Team
Have the character, maturity, integrity, and positive outlook that will help your fellow man instead of hindering him. The stingy, self-absorbed survivalist is a pitiful creature. Develop a survival team with your family and others in your area. The pack is much stronger than the lone wolf.
Habit 5: Operate in a state of relaxed awareness.
Relaxed awareness is a state of mind rather than a skill, much like defensive driving. It is the state of awareness just above tuned out and can be maintained more easily and much longer than the higher levels of awareness; focused awareness and high alert. Operating in a state of relaxed awareness when you are out and about will quicken your reaction times. It will also help lessen the chances of you panicking and diving into the worst possible awareness level for surviving an emergency: comatose.
Habit 6: Communicate and coordinate with your family and others on your survival team.
Communication with your family and other survivalists/preppers is essential to long term survivability. Many of your fellow survivalists/preppers will have knowledge and skills that you don’t and vice versa. It is vitally important that every member of your family knows what to do in an emergency. Also, the more coordinated your groups are, the better they will perform in an emergency. Everyone should have a role in the groups survival.
Habit 7: Sharpen your survival skills.
Of course you need to continually learn new skills that will be helpful during a survival situation. It is also important to learn skills that will help you transition from survival to sustainability, and learn trade skills that you can barter with. Heck, knowing how to barter in itself is a very important skill. Knowledge and skills are among your most valuable personal assets.
Well, that’s my take on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Survivalists. What do you think? What would you change?