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The Link Between Wilderness Survival Skills Training & Business Success

The Link Between Wilderness Survival Skills Training & Business Success

Sometimes the business world can feel like life or death when you’ve got to close that deal, appease that client, or get that project in under a tight deadline. The pressure can be overwhelming.

While business is hardly ever as high stakes as physical survival, there are principles from wilderness survival skills training—true life or death situations—that you can apply to your business life to help you cope and achieve greater success.

PRO TIP: Business Success via Wilderness Survival Skills

The best way to cope with business stress—and a wilderness adventure—is to have a good attitude when something goes wrong (and let’s face it: something always goes wrong). So, stay positive and don’t panic.

The best way to keep panic at bay? SPEAR—and no, we don’t mean fashioning a weapon with a wooden stick. SPEAR stands for: Stop, Plan, Execute, Assess, Reassess.

Here’s How Basic Wilderness Survival Skills Training Works in the Business World:

Stop: You’ve just received a phone call from your biggest client. They’re unhappy with your new project and are thinking of taking their business elsewhere. Your heart is beating fast, your palms are sweaty, and your cortisone levels are high. What do you do? Stop. You’re not going to keep your biggest client by panicking. Take a deep breath and move on to the next step.

Plan: Don’t worry about how upset your client is or how upset your boss will be when they find out. Think about how you’re going to fix it: who do you have to call? What do you need to say? How can you make your client happy? And don’t forget to let all stakeholders know how you’re going to handle it so they see you’ve got it covered.

Execute: Let the client know the steps you’ve taken to rectify their problem, and get started on a new draft of that project. Whatever your plan is now you need to put it into practice.

Assess: Now is the time to check yourself—how’s that positive attitude? Are you still panicking? Take another few deep breaths and look at the outcomes of the execution of your plan.

Reassess: Is there anything you’ve forgotten? Look at the situation from all angles to make sure you’re taking a step in the right direction.


When situations get stressful in business or in the wilderness, systematically following these five steps ensures your survival. Your brain and body stay engaged in the situation and won’t wander into self-destructive, negative thoughts, like panic.

Whether you need to take a step back from the high stakes of corporate life or you want to try out some survival skills training that is more wilderness-oriented, consider planning a corporate retreat to Haliburton Forest. And don’t worry. The activities and adventure you undertake at Haliburton Forest are safe and often led by professional guides. You won’t have to put those survival skills into practice.

Don’t Panic, Haliburton Forest Can Take Care of Everything

Planning a corporate retreat can feel like a survival situation, too! If trying to accommodate everyone’s preferences and needs while impressing the team makes you want to use SPEAR, download this free ebook to learn:

  • How to please everyone in your group
  • What to do and see on a corporate retreat
  • Where to eat and sleep and what to pack

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References: https://www.wildernesscollege.com/basic-survival-skills.html 


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