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I guess it doesn't just apply to survival, but life in general. I first heard of the 6 P's in the Navy, and again recently while watching a rerun of The Legend of Mick Dodge. This goes perfectly with my philosophy on survival, which basically stresses being prepared.
The 6 P's are:
Also be aware of the environment you are heading into. Another example is if I'm going up to The Grand Mesa where it is basically a rain forest, I bring my own tinder in the form of dryer lint and hand sanitizer because I know finding dry tinder up there is near impossible.
What sort of examples do you have of being prepared to prevent piss poor performance? Let us know in the comments!