A crisis is separates people into two distinct groups: those that rise to the occasion and those that freak out. Oftentimes, people freak out when a crisis hits because they immediately revert to their instincts, which causes them to make bad decisions. Therefore, it is important to have a set of rules to abide by WTSHTF. Remember this: the key to a successful crisis management is calm and confidence.
Step back for a moment, take a few deep breaths, and assess the situation. This is the point where you fight every instinct to react or overreact. After you’ve collected yourself, do the following:
- Get the facts of the situation;
- Consult a wise person (if possible); and
- Develop a clear picture of the situation.
Immediately think of everyone who would be affected by the situation. Single out those who you trust and get them involved. Doing so makes your decision-making and response all the better. Moreover, when a crisis hits, people that are close to you don’t want to feel like they were kept out of the loop. This could come back to bite you, especially if these people panic. Involve them if possible.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably a prepper or survivalist; therefore, you know that WTSHTF, planning empowers you to act quickly, decisively, and effectively. Once you’ve gathered the facts and secured advice from trusted people, come up with a list of best, typical, and worst case scenarios of the situation. Then develop plans for each one. In other words, if x happens, then you do y.
As the saying goes, be proactive, not reactive. Obviously this is harder than it seems in the event of a crisis, because telling the difference between the two is not easy. Follow the above steps of ASSESS, ENGAGE & PLAN. By doing so, you’ll know when and how to take action — that is, executing.
In order to execute, you must grasp the reality of the situation and act on it. Don’t view your response to the crisis as putting out fires; instead, your response should be the execution of your plan (#3). Get your facts and data, organize your priorities, and go.