At its core, the word simply means that we’re relying on ourselves – but that brings up a natural question. How are we relying on ourselves?
The psychology of survival is a complicated thing and there are many aspects to a survivor’s mentality. Attitude can control morale. Mental toughness can influence work ethic. And creativity can affect our resourcefulness. That last word (resourcefulness) is closer to the heart of self-reliance than anything else. Resourcefulness is all about creativity, adaptability and the ability to improvise. It’s also about recognizing our resources and using them to their fullest potential. For a great example of resourcefulness, let’s look at the American colonists and pioneers.
The people who were successful at the game of “living off the land” were able to make what they needed and live within their means. Not everyone could do this (then or now). Plenty of people gave up, or didn’t survive the pioneer life. But the ones who made it were able to be resourceful. This meant using what you had, recognizing the things that were out of reach, doing without, and being thrifty. That’s how we can put resourcefulness to work for us (in an emergency or our daily lives). Be resourceful, and you’ll be a survivor!
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