New Mexico Urban Homesteader

Hello, I am A 50 Something, Prepper ;-}; former 60's Flower Child, don't believe in taxpayer subsidized special interest groups (political parties), DO believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1st 10). Long time Independent & Informed Voter. Lover of the outdoors and firm believer that History Teaches - if only we will listen!

(No longer Urban or in NM. Now Rural in the mountains of Maine.)

This blog was started at the request of some dear friends that wish to become Preppers.

“No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.”

Demosthenes (384–322 BC, Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Top Show Stoppers to Preparedness

I have been the self-reliant, independent Prepper type since the 70’s. For the last 10 years I have been helping friends and acquaintances get prepared and for the last year I have been helping strangers get prepared through my blog, documents and in public talks, etc. When I was recently asked “What are the top reasons why people fail to prepare or fail in succeeding to prepare?” I had to stop and think for a minute before I answered. This is what I came up with and although these are not ranked, they are the biggies in my book.

  • The “rose colored glasses” attitude: You know the “that will never happen here or to me, etc.” or “people are too inventive and ingenious to have or let that happen” type of people.
  • The “you’re just a doomsayer, no one can prepare for everything” mentality. Are the Boy Scouts doomsayers?
  • The “I just don’t have the time and or money to do this” attitude.
  • The “that is what such-n-such (S & R, the government, fire & rescue, law enforcement and the like) are for” attitude.
  • The “it’s just a gimmick by (corporate or individual) entities to rob us and make money” or “this is just the governments way of keeping us scared” mentality.

All of the above have a few things in common:

  • Lack of thought
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Lack of formal planning
  • Fear of change and the unknown
  • A general lack of self and confidence

My mantra to fighting all of the above is “Don’t let the bastard win” and bastard can be anything or anyone.

  • An exercised brain (thought) collects knowledge.
  • Knowledge is gained through thought and research.
  • Planning is accomplished via thought, research and then written down for formalization and continuity.
  • Fear is conquered through knowledge and planning.
  • Change cannot be stopped, only altered and adjusted to and is an opportunity to learn something new.
  • The unknown is something to think and learn about so it becomes less threatening and often familiar or known.
  • Confidence comes from knowledge and skill, coupled with an “I can do” attitude.

For more detail and tips see Top Show Stoppers to Preparedness @

Keep on Preppin ;-}


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