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As you begin your preparedness journey it’s important to take an in-depth look at your situation, and figure out just where you stand. While prepping can be pretty daunting at first, the odds are, you’re more prepared than you think you are.

Most people become interested in preparedness because of something that happened to them personally, or current events. Fear and uncertainty are what lead us into preparedness, but preparedness is about removing the uncertainty and becoming more confident about your future.

Your goal shouldn’t be to rid yourself of negative thoughts and feelings, that’s impossible. Your goal should be to change your response to them. By working on becoming better prepared and taking action, we become more confident in the outcome.


When you start reading about preparedness, and reading these different websites, it can seem like you are completely unprepared. The truth is, you’re probably not as unprepared as you think you are. All of us have different skills, different strengths, and different weaknesses, but none of us are completely prepared.

Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have. You may not call it “food storage” yet, but the odds are you already have a couple days’ worth of food stored. You may not think being an auto mechanic, an electrician, or a construction worker have anything to do with preparedness, but they will play a key role later.

In short, don’t underestimate yourself, and don’t focus on how “unprepared” you are. Preparedness is about the journey, and in no time at all you will be better off than you ever thought possible. Make a list of what you bring to the table, and then start planning on how you can add to that list.


Prepping seems to go hand in hand with conspiracy theory, political corruption, and disaster scenarios. While it’s important to pay attention to these, it does no good to become consumed with them. Our long-term survival isn’t dependent on who shot JFK, or if 911 was an inside job, it’s dependent on our actions and their consequences…both good and bad.

We can’t control what may happen in the future, or who may cause it, but we can control how we live through it. While it’s important to stay up to date on current events, it’s more important that we focus on our personal situation, and not be consumed by things we have no control over.

As the saying goes “it is what it is”. Your job is to be prepared for it, and the events following. A good example is a car accident. You can’t spend the entire time driving around thinking someone is going to hit you. But you can have the skills to avoid those situation, and the supplies available if someone does.


When you first begin preparing it can seem like everyone his so far ahead of you, or can do things you can’t do. The truth is, there is no reason to try and “keep up with the joneses” because each one of us is different, and we each have different skills, abilities, and needs.

Preparedness is about following your own path, and not being one of the sheep. These days everyone seems to need the newest iPhone or shiniest car on the block to be happy. All this leads to is credit card debt, and the happiness is short lived.

Preparedness is no different. Just because someone else has a fantastic generator or a huge battery bank doesn’t mean you need to go into debt to get one. We need to be comfortable with our situation, and know we can only do what we can do.


For every 1 area of preparedness we feel good about, there are probably 10 we need to work on. It’s important not to focus our attention on 1 or 2 things at a time because when you try to learn about everything all at once, you become a master of none.

Just in time learning means deciding what you want to learn about, and focusing on that, and learning as much as you can before moving on. This can be easier said than done at times because there is so much information on the internet, and so many distractions.

This is especially hard to do when you first begin prepping because there are some many areas that you may be lacking in. Every time we read something about an area we are lacking in, our sense of urgency rises, and our attention switches. What I do is add it to my list, and refer to it later when the time is right.

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time”


Just like your first day of high school, it can be intimidating to join the conversation. Were unsure about where we stand, and were unsure about what to expect from others. You quickly find out that preppers are nothing like what you see on TV, and are just like you.

There are a number of places online to join the conversation. We have our Facebook group, there are forums, and prepper groups if you would like to meet in person. While there is no shortage of information online, you can, learn quite a bit from other preppers that have been in your shoes, or have experience in a certain subject.

In short, take a deep breath and relax, it’s all going to come together in no time at all. Just make sure you have a focused plan, and take action every day. Pretty soon you won’t be the one asking question, you will be the one answering them.