Being a creature of habit could get you killed when it all goes south.

Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post, we are going to look at how dangerous being creatures of habit can be in a SHTF situation. Grab a cup of coffee, my friend, and have a seat while we visit.

As Humans, we are all creatures of habit, we continue to do things a certain way without even thinking about it. For example, if you drive a car, then you will have a strong urge to walk with the traffic rather than against it, or walk on the same path that you always take when visiting your neighbor’s house.

Why is that? To tell you the truth, I honestly don’t know, but what I do know is that it affects everyone on earth.  We find a way that works and we just keep doing it until it no longer works, then we find another way.  Rinse, wash, repeat!

Normally, most habits are good. They allow you to perform task without having to reinvent the wheel each time.  They make us more efficient, so we can accomplish more in a smaller amount of time.

OK, so why is that a bad thing when things go bad? That’s because those who will be preying on others, like gangs, will use that against you in a post SHTF world.   If you walk a particular path to get water, or gather eggs at a particular time of day, then they know just where you will be and can jump you as you stroll along on your merry way.

It’s kind of like when a hunter is tracking his prey and looks for a game trail, because animals are also creatures of habit. They trend to travel the same path going back and forth to the water hole each day.  You wear a path in the grass that anyone can see and follow.

Chances are that you probably don’t even realize that you’re doing it, and this makes you vulnerable to attack from those who want to harm you and take what you have. Don’t let this happen to you.

The ways to prevent this from being used against you are simple. Never take the same path through the forest.  Never walk your fence line by going in the same direction or at the same time of day.    Never walk in the same direction as the as you would in traffic.

Rotate your defenses at irregular times, and keep the rotation constantly changing.  You want them to have to try to guess when and where you will be at any given time.  If you’re travelling, change-up the time you break camp and take different ways to get where you’re going by taking unexpected paths when available.  You don’t ever want anyone to be able to know where you are ahead of time. Keep them guessing if you want to stay safe.

Well today’s post is a short one I know, but I need to be somewhere in a bit.  I hope you have enjoyed today’s post and until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared.  God Bless America!

The Sgt.

Prepper, Patriot, and Proud U.S. ARMY Veteran.

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2 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    Short, but an eye opener for many!

  2. Ben Leucking says:

    There are many other aspects of habit that can get you in trouble if the SHTF and you are in bug out mode. For example, the first thing campers tend to do is make a fire (even if they don’t need one). The predictable smoke and light is inconsequential under normal circumstances, but are dead giveaways to your location. Likewise, the pleasant odors of food cooking on a grill or camp stove will carry with the wind. If you are making an effort to avoid or evade others, avoid these predictable trail habits.

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