Developing a survival mindset is the most crucial aspect of preparedness regardless of the type of incident you are facing. The belief that you are going to protect yourself, your family or others and survive the encounter is something you can control no matter what type of situation you encounter. We can’t control what the attacker is bringing to an incident, but we can control our mindset.
"…experience shows that up to 90% of successful performance is attributed to psychological skills. Rarely is that number reported to be less than 40%. This comes from talking to military personnel, police officers, including SWAT tactical team members, and other emergency responders who engage in life and death situations." Michael Askin, Warrior Mindset