I read my share of survival manuals and survivalism in general.The one prime thing they always repeat is "Never Give up no matter how hopeless it seems!!!" and "Keep it in your mind you WILL SURVIVE and you will!!!". Now just a few days ago I was falling asleep on bed.However just before I fell sleep I felt the need to drink some water. I was already at least near the edge of falling asleep but my conscious was enough to think of waking up to drink water. However despite my conscious being alert, IT TOOK ALL MY ******* WILLPOWER just to prevent myself from falling asleep and it wasn't until after exceeding the most effort I could force upon an action that I finally was able to wake up and then get out of the bed to drink water. Indeed I was so mentally exhausted from this struggle that I quickly went back to sleep. But this seems to make me wonder. If it took all my mental effort and concentration to just keep myself awake and if I was forced to exceed what I thought was possible of my willpower, how ******* hard would it be to keep your mind optimistic and in the "I WILL SURVIVE!!!!" mentality?Especially if you're already near-death (like just suffered from days of starvation and dehydration while traveling in the wilderness)? I mean Survival Manuals make it sound so easy to have this "I will SURVIVE" mentality. I have to wonder about this. If it took all my might just to prevent myself from falling asleep, what more for the average Joe in the Western World who require all his mental effort and discipline just to do a basic unpleasant habit like exercising 30 minutes a day to stay fit or watching what you eat? I mean for the average Joe such simple tasks are incredibly hard enough and often require all of their willpower! What more if they're put into survival situations?How will they be able to get that Survival Mentality that Survivalists and the Survival Manuals they write espouse if they can't even get basic healthy habits right?