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There is nothing better than a good reality check. It’s very easy for you to believe your B.S and many Americans do.
The person you believe yourself to be and things you believe yourself capable of might be very different than the reality. The good news is we have metrics now that help measure our true capabilities.
When it comes to prepping and survival you cannot afford to overstate or overestimate your abilities. So how do you identify your weaknesses or understand where you need improvement when your mind and pride are in control?
Cracking the Ego
The ego is the king of overstating your abilities. The ego is there to protect you in the short term but it will kill you in the long term. Your mind knows your weaknesses and it hides them from you because getting better usually hurts.
One of the best ways to crack the ego and think clearly is to crush is through rigorous workouts. A long run in the heat, a nightmare of a workout breaks you down and allows you to suffer for a while and think without ego.
Testing your Might
What are the skills and abilities that you believe you excel at? Do you claim yourself to be a good bushcrafter, marksman, hunter, builder, gardener well, no matter what it is, test it outside of your comfort zone.
Go do some cheap competition shooting, head out in the woods with a knife and some water. Put yourself to the test in new environments and you will quickly see weakness and areas to improve.
Adding up Survival
Another great reality check is to count up your preps. You an easily understand how much food you have on hand to survive a disaster. You can count how many stored gallons of gas you have and what that will get you. Water, ammo and everything else you have can be added up to give you a map of just how prepared you are.