Free Survival Course…

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Gratitude and survival…

If you read enough survival stories, it becomes pretty evident that the people that fare the best when facing dire circumstances managed to cultivate and maintain a positive mental attitude. Like any other skill, PMA can be trained and programmed into your daily life anytime a situation turns sour.

One of the best ways my family has found to apply this daily is to start the day out with gratitude by saying three things that make us thankful. I cannot overemphasize how applying this daily changes your outlook and allows you to quickly put a positive spin on a not-so positive situation.

Take Thursday evening for example…

Seven hours in to our road trip with a screaming four month old, our Isuzu Trooper threw a rod and our trip came to a grinding halt. After the excitement of crossing three lanes of traffic died down, I found myself standing with my wife and screaming child on the side of a dark interstate, hours from our destination and home. Time to break out STOP-A

More and more, I have been observing how gratitude fosters PMA, so somewhere in the “Think” stage, I broke some out..

  1. I was thankful that we didn’t have a wreck and we are all uninjured and healthy
  2. I was thankful for my LE training and experience that drilled in the danger of being hit on roadside contacts. My wife has not watched the countless videos of officers being struck by passing motorists, but trusts my judgement, even though the car is tempting her back
  3. I was thankful that we had headlamp, lanterns, cellphones, my glock, blankets, cash for emergencies, and a stockpile of emergency gear if needed. Fortunately, we only needed the flashlights, the blanket, some cash, and the cellphone to resolve the situation, but knowing that stuff was on hand was comforting to my family.

Positive thinking now on board, I could move through the “Observe-Plan-Act” stages with a better attitude, allowing the experience to become positive instead of negative, meeting people I might never have met, and fostering more gratitude for the blessings we have.

The next day, we made it to our destination, with our soon to be scrapped rig. even making it in time to take my step-daughter to see the new Hobbit movie, which she has been looking forward to with enthusiasm for months!!


So in the wee hours of this Tuesday morning, somewhere between the state of admiration for my wife’s maternal skills and gratitude for safe travels, it came to me that it was time for BigPig Outdoors to give back.

Seeing a family reunited with their lost loved ones has been the most rewarding experience in my career, so BigPig Outdoors is offering a free Survival 101 course to someone that meets the following criteria:

  1. They must be a parent that has a child or children living at home that is dependent on their safe return. The 30 year old gamer in the basement doesn’t count.
  2. The course must have relevance to their life, whether they are an outdoor professional, military, Boy Scout Leader, or someone that frequently hits the woods. If they never leave the couch or the pavement, don’t nominate them.

That’s it. You can nominate yourself, a family member, or a friend. I will need a short paragraph about how they meet the above criteria and why you nominated them.

My family and I will read through the responses and pick someone Christmas eve. You will then be able to deliver the news on Christmas day or I can let them know myself.

I know this is last minute, but it just hit me this morning. Please share via email or social media if you don’t have someone in mind.

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays from BigPig Outdoors!!

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2 thoughts on “Free Survival Course…

  1. Gerald Young

    Just wanted to thank you for the great information you put out there. Your most recent post about naming 3 things to be thankful for really hit home with me and has helped and will continue to.

    Thanks and Happy Holidays!
    Jerry Young

    1. bigpigoutdoors Post author

      Your welcome Jerry! Great way to start my day and like hitting a reset button if I start to slip into a negative mindset.

      Happy holidays to you and your family as well – Andrew


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