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The Tracker Magazine - Vol 2 No. 2&3, Spring-Summer 1983

Mental Attitude
Tom Brown Jr.

As I have said many times, the most important thing in a survival situation is your mental attitude. No matter I how much you condition your body, if your attitude is wrong, you will have a miserable survival situation. I also sincerely do not believe that a person can condition his body. Given any two days, a person can work out in the cold with very little clothing on when his mental attitude is high and strong, but the next day, having the same circumstances, he may need a lot more clothing and never be able to fully warm up. Thus, the mental attitude was all wrong. Many times, I have two people that are in the same survival situation, same physical makeup, yet one will do very well ,and the other will want to quit. The only difference is that person's mental attitude. I see it in myself also, and my performance in the woods. Some days I can handle physical/mental stress easily and other days I can't.

Every day I do heavy workouts and many times push my body and mind to their limits, yet the mental attitude will make or break the situation. I believe that most everyone has the same limits and it is only the mental attitude that will see a person through a given situation. I know many survival situations where huge hulking guys have crumbled while frail, weaker people have succeeded. This is why it is so important to live in harmony and balance during a survival situation instead of trying to fight nature. If we fight, we will never win.

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