STOP for Survival: TIP

I teach a lot of survival classes. I have been running a web site for over 10 years and have had over 12 million visitors to

I get asked all the time, what is the most important survival tip I could give? I answer,”STOP.”

Whether you are lost, confused, dealing with children or dealing with work. When you need to take action, “Stop.”

I learned this from the time I was 5 in military schools all the way through West Point. It works.

STOP stands for, STOP, THINK, OBSERVE, PLAN and then ACT.

When I was diagnosed with Lymphatic Cancer last year and I was told I only had a couple of months to live, I did not react. I STOP. The doctor aske if I was alright? I said I was just calming myself and listning to what he had to say. I asked if I became upset, would that help my situation?

The answer was ,”No.”

I listened and formulated a plan. It was aggressive.

The result was and is I am still alive and kicking. I am in full remission.

In a survival situation, you need to do the same thing.

Calm yourself. Think and access the situation. What do you have? Do people know you are missing? Have you told anyone your were gone and where you were going.

Inventory your resources. Do you have shelter? Do you have water? Can you make fire? What do you need to survive? What do you need to do to be found. Stay where you are!! It is easier to find a stationary target then a moving one.

Observe your surroindings? Are you protected from exposure? Do you have water? Can you signal for help? Can you leave clues for searchers to find you?

Now Plan and act. Build that fire. Make that shelter. Make your site large to be found by searchers.

Stop: or settle. Calm yourself. Worry never solved anything.

You mental attitude is the most importnt survival tool you have. It has helped me get through West Point, Mountain Survival School, own two casinos and survive terminal cancer.

When you are in a stressful situation, remember to STOP! It will save your iife.


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