#280 False Summits

Survival Tip #280

False Summits

A false summit in the hiking and climbing world is when the area you perceived to be the top of the mountain turns out not to be, meaning you have farther to go. They aren’t the end of the world but they can be crippling to morale and make the hike significantly harder if you were mentally prepared to have reached the top. You want to avoid ever thinking you have reached the top of something. This will keep you mentally and physically prepared to keep climbing. You never want to reach a summit in your life but continually be climbing. If you think you’ve reached the top, odds are you are just standing on a false summit while someone else is still climbing.

 

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#279 Minimize Unnecessary Output

Survival Tip #279

Minimize Unnecessary Output

Think of your body as a machine that runs on calories and water. You don’t want to burn through your fuel for unnecessary reasons. If you don’t need to be moving around, stay sedentary. A calorie saved is a calorie earned.

#278 Value is not set

Survival Tip #278

Value is not Set

The value of any object or person is directly affected by the situation. A glass of water to a man dying of thirst would give anything for it, but a glass of water to a drowning man would be utterly useless. If your group happens to have a great stock pile of ammunition, but not enough food to see next week, your ammo will seem worthless to you. On the other hand if you have a great farm, but nothing to defend yourself with, food won’t be the concern on your mind. So remember value is a created construct between the buyer and the seller(or traders). If you find yourself attempting to do business in the Primal Age, do not let on the things that you are scare of or abundant in or you will immediately drop your own trade value while raising that of the goods which you are trying to procure.

#277 Forward Progress

Survival Tip #277

Forward Progress

Forward progress is key to moving forward(duh). Sometimes you will have an easy mile, other times you will have to fight for an inch. Always keep in mind though forward progress doesn’t always have to be in the same direction. Sometimes a new avenue will open up that will take you in an entirely different direction than you had planned on heading. As long as you are moving forward and not backward this is a good thing.

#276 Gather No Moss

Survival Tip #276

Gather No Moss

I don’t mean this one literally since some moss is tasty, others can make a great pillow, so fell free to gather literal moss. Figuratively though, “A rolling stone gathers no moss”. This isn’t to say you need to constantly be in motion, but you must be continually looking for move forward as a person. What new skill are you developing? What are you learning? What are you teaching? All of these things will help you roll into the Primal Age.

#274 Snowball

Survival Tip #274

Snowball

Mistakes are often like a snowball rolling down hill. One becomes two, two becomes three, before you know it you’ve created an avalanche. We all make mistakes. We all will keep making mistakes. The trick is to minimize the amount of damage the snowball can do by catching your mistake and keeping it from compounding into more. Don’t let one mistake become two.

#273 Quote Day

Survival Tip #273

Quote Day

“You’re playing and you think everything is going fine. Then one thing goes wrong. And then another. And another. You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink. Until you can’t move… you can’t breathe… because you’re in over your head. Like quicksand.” Shane Falco, The Replacements

#272 Ten Count

Survival Tip #272

Ten Count

Maybe you are so awesome life can never knock you down. For the rest of us though sooner or later life will get a good hit in and we’ll find ourselves on our backs staring up at some cartoon birds chirping around our heads. There is no shame in being knocked down. It will happen. Some of us it will happen to more often than others. The only shame comes when you don’t get up again, when you don’t get back in the fight. Always remember, while you are lying there on your pack, that you have a ten count to get back on your feet. Your brain, your body, everything will be telling you to just stay down this time, but you must get up again. Stay in the fight.

 

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#271 You can only do what you can do

Survival Tip #271

You Can Only Do What You Can Do

In life or the Primal Age, you can only do what you can do. There is only so much you can do for people before they have to do for themselves. You are only capable of doing what you know how to do, so take the time to do something you can do which is learn new things. At the end of the day though, remember you can only do what you can do.