Bootstrapping business Survival

If you want to survive, what do you need to do?

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales officially distilled these observations down 12  points the seemed to stand out concerning how survivors think and behave in the clutch of mortal danger. Some of the same steps for staying out of trouble. Here’s what survivors do:

    1. Perceived, Believe: Even the initial crisis, survivors perceptions and cognitive functions keep working. They notice the details and may even find some humorous or beautiful. If there’s any denial, is counterbalanced by a solid belief in the clear evidence of their senses. They immediately begin to recognize, acknowledge, and even accept the reality of their situation. They may initially blamed forces outside themselves, to; but very quickly they dismiss that tactic and recognize that everything, good and bad, emanates from within.
    2. Stay calm: In the initial crisis, survivors are making use of fear, not being ruled by it. They understand at a deep level about being cool and never ever on guard against the mutiny of too much emotion.
    3. Think/analyze/plan: Survivors quickly organize, teams, and institute discipline. In successful group survival situations, a leader emerges often the least likely candidate. irrational voice emerges and is often actually heard , which take control of the situation. Survivors perceive that experience as been split into two people and they obey the rational one.
    4. Take correct, decisive action: Survivors are able to transform thought into action. They’re willing to take risk to save themselves and others. They are able breakdown very large jobs into small manageable tasks. They set attainable goals and develop short-term plans to reach them. They are meticulous about doing their task well.
    5. Celebrate your successes: Survivors take great joy from even their smallest successes. That is an important step in creating ongoing feeling of motivation and preventing the descent into hopelessness.
    6. Count your blessings: This is how survivors become rescuers instead of victims. There is always someone else they are helping more than themselves even if that someone is not present.
    7. Play: Since the brain and its wiring appear to be the determining factor in survival, this is an argument for expanding and refining it. Just as survivors use patterns in rhythm to move forward in the survival voyage, they use the deeper activities of the intellect to stimulate, call and entertain the mind. Careful, careful, they say. But they act joyfully and decisively. Playing also leads to invention, an invention may lead to a new technique, strategy, or piece of equipment that can save you.
    8. See the beauty: Survivors are attuned to the wonder of the world. The appreciation of beauty, the feeling of awe, opens the senses.
    9. Believe that you will succeed: All the practices just describe lead to this point: survivors consolidate their personalities and fix their determination. Survivors admonish themselves to make no more mistakes, to be very careful, and to do their very best. They become convinced that they will prevail if they do those things.
    10. Surrender: Survivors manage pain well. Resignation without giving up, it is survival by surrender.
    11. Do whatever is necessary: They know their abilities and do not over or underestimate them. They believe that anything is possible and act accordingly. Survivors don’t expect or even hope to be rescued. They are coldly rational values in the world, obtaining what they need, doing what they have to.
    12. Never give up: There’s always one more thing that they can do. They are not easily frustrated. They are not discouraged by setbacks. They accept that the environment is constantly changing. They pick themselves up and start the entire process over again, breaking it down into manageable bits. They come to embrace the world in which they find themselves and see opportunity in adversity.

If you are in tough times, I recommend pinning these 12 points up and reviewing them several times a day.

P.S. Buy the book, Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

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