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Are You Tough, Mentally?

I used to hang with a nice married couple.  They are good friends, but they moved away.  Fortunately, this was after they became my shooting students, and went on to become teachers, themselves.

I remember them telling me back-in-the-day that years before we became acquainted, they’d gone to a gun show.  And some vendor therein had a sales technique predicting an apocalypse.  His sales spiel was:

When the s*** comes down, you will need ‘X’!

Tactical Intelligence addresses something that most who read this and similar blogs already know:

“The more you sweat in times of peace, the less you’ll bleed in times of war.”


If there’s one thing though that we rarely hear about in the prepper circles that I feel is equally as important, it’s building up our mental toughness.

Self-defense oriented folks already are familiar with such precepts:  Jeff Cooper’s Principles of Personal Defense is all about our attitude.

So what are some things that you can do to build mental toughness?

  • If you have a flight of stairs in your home, any time you walk down them, go on all fours (great shoulder and chest workout). Or when going up, hop up each step.

  • Do a number of pushups or pullups (install a pull-up bar in the doorway) before entering or leaving certain rooms of the house.

  • Go without food or water for 24 hours

  • When on errands, park your car further out so you have to walk farther.

  • When showering, finish the last portion of it with a blast of cold water.

  • When watching TV, do pushups/situps during the commercial breaks.

  • Try to do as many activities as possible with your non-dominant hand.

  • If you’re on the shy side, go out of your way to talk to 3 new people a day and learn something about each of them, or…

  • …try singing at the top of your lungs when someone is pulled up next to you at a stop light.

  • Wake up an hour earlier than you’re used to.

  • When getting your mail in the middle of winter, go out in some shorts and a t-shirt.

  • On those nights when you’re exhausted and just want to go to bed, force yourself to clean or do the dishes for 10 minutes.

Practicing a snap kick for 1000 repetitions, or a pistol presentation 1000 times may help you with you physical self – your muscle memory.  But, readiness is not just about the physical.

You should go and read the whole article at the link above, and remember, prepping isn’t just how many guns or rounds-of-ammo or bandages or water filters you have.  What you do with those tools is entirely dependent on your attitude.

For when the s*** comes down…

h/t Karmann & Stan


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


9 thoughts on “Are You Tough, Mentally?

  1. Most of that list has to do with “physical” strength and fitness, not mental. An awful lot of folks would find most of that list impossible to do at any time, for any reason. And the physical has little or nothing to do with “mental toughness.”

    My mental “toughness” is being willing and able to pull the trigger and hit what I aim at when/if my other barriers and preparations fail. Attitude does not always rely on physical strength.

    It is unfortunate when ordinary people are told that they need to become body builders and amazons before they can defend themselves.


    Posted by MamaLiberty | February 27, 2013, 9:07 am
  2. MamaLiberty beat me to it, although you each have a point. Being physically toughened is very important to maintaining mental toughness … but not the same thing. Mental toughness could be described as refusal to lay down and die, refusal to surrender, or simply a refusal to give up. My body has taken a beating lately, and I’m not the ‘horse’ I was a few years ago, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to lay down for anybody.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | February 27, 2013, 10:56 am
  3. Being tough mentally would require that I possess a mental….

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | February 27, 2013, 1:28 pm
  4. +1 on Mama and Rev….

    Posted by Old NFO | February 27, 2013, 11:17 pm

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