Today in the show Lisa and I talked about the preparedness mindset, and how prepping goes a lot deeper than making sure we have food stored and a way to start a fire. At the end of the show we talked about what this world would look like if we didn’t have the police that we seem to take for granted these days.
Prepping is about how you look at it, and how we live our daily lives. To some people it’s a passing fad (like y2k), to some people it’s somewhat of a hobby, which is not necessarily bad. When I started it was basically a hobby, I focused on the aspects of prepping and survivalism that I enjoyed. What started as a hobby, turned into a “preparedness lifestyle”
To be truly prepared it needs to be a lifestyle. Now by lifestyle I don’t mean wearing cammo and eating MRE’s every day, I mean that it should be something you think about with everything you do, and even something “we just do” without thinking about it.
SPP158 The Prepping Mindset & The World Without Cops
Practicing situational awareness is preparedness, getting out of debt is preparedness, and even getting healthy and physically fit is preparedness. While all these prepping supplies are important, they only delay the inevitable if we don’t have the right mindset and knowledge.
Situational Awareness & OPSEC
Practicing situational awareness is not that hard, yet millions of people are so consumed with their daily lives they forget all about it. All it really takes is lifting your head up from the heard and paying attention.
Paying attention to what’s going on around you and being situationally aware also includes any events, or possible events that could cause problems in your area…or the country. The more early warning we can give ourselves, gives us a better chance to get through any disaster or hardship.
OPSEC (Operational Security) includes taking a look at how you do things, how you look to others and what could be making you a target. Some examples include…
- How does your home look when others drive by?
- Don’t brag about your new toys.
- Posting too much information online.
- OPSEC for SHTF travel planning.
You can read more about operational security here.
Sharing Your Preparedness Knowledge
Another important aspect of the preparedness mindset is the need to share our knowledge whenever possible. Unfortunately, there is a fine line between being too open about preparedness, and not being open enough.
People need people, because no one person can be good at everything. No one person can be in 3 different places. Like it or not, some of these friends are going to be around if everything goes bad, and if we can get them more aware of preparedness, they might actually help our situation instead of becoming a burden.
I used to be pretty reluctant because of the “doomsday prepper” perception that everyone seemed to have. I thought that everyone looked at preppers as crazy and overreacting. The more I opened up about preparedness, the more I found that people were more receptive than I thought.
I think this is because people see the writing on the wall, and understand how important being prepared is. When I talk about preparedness I talk about events natural disasters and terrorism, not preparing for a nuclear bomb dropping.
Sharing your preparedness knowledge doesn’t mean telling everyone what supplies you have stored, as a matter of fact you should never do this until you are comfortable sharing, and even then I would be careful how much information I give out.
The Tools in Your Head
Another important aspect of preparing is you mind; your mind is your primary weapon. I’m not talking about Jedi mind tricks here, I’m talking about the ability to think critically, and having the knowledge to make educated decisions.
You might have heard this before but “knowledge does weigh nothing” If we find ourselves without these tools, we need to figure out how to get through that situation by using the tools in out head.
The Will to Live
Possibly the most important part of the preparedness mindset is the will to survive, and the will to live. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here about the Survival Mindset, But here is a link to this post that I wrote a while back about the acronym S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L.
The sheer will to survive and the never give up attitude can get us through more tough situations than we think. When we are faced with a tough situation and we know that failure is not an option, we can solve that problem as long as we have the knowledge to do so.
Repetition Habits and Goals
Alright, let’s talk about repetition, habits and goals. The more we do something, the more it just becomes habit. Anyone can learn to tie a bowline knot, but if you don’t practice that knot you won’t remember how to tie it later on.
In last weeks show we talked about long term goals, stretch goals and even small attainable goals. You can read that post here.
Avoiding Prepper Burnout
In the show we talked about this article titled 10 ways to avoid prepper burn out. Make sure you are not doing too much all at once (or for too long) and try and do things you enjoy, not just things you feel are important.
While some of these things we don’t enjoy might be important, if we get burnt out, we will end up getting nothing done.
What is Self-Reliant & Self Sufficiency
The basic explanation is learning to look after ourselves, and being responsible for what happens to us. The definition of a prepper is “An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances, without substantial resources from outside sources” Like the Government, police etc.
As preppers we strive to be as self-reliant as possible, but in today’s world it is impossible to be 100% self-sufficient. We can plant a garden, but we need someone to get the seeds from. We can cook that food, but we need a pan to cook it in…you get my point right?
Prepping is not about having supplies, it’s about being able to use these supplies to our advantage. It’s not about stuff, it’s a mindset, knowledge and skill set. People 100 years ago had to figure out how to make do without, and as preppers, we should be trying to do the same thing just in case.
So remember, preparedness is an ongoing journey, not a checklist of supplies. Spending $1,000 dollars on supplies won’t make you prepared, learning skills (and applying them) practicing operational security and having the will to live will get us through more tough times than all those supplies.
A World Without Police
“The sheep hate the sheepdog until the wolves come.”
In the show this week we also talked about what this world (the United States) would look like if we had no police force, and how because of the current administration and political correctness it seems like we are reverting back to the 60’s.
I personally want to say thank you to anyone who is reading this and is a police officer! People these days just don’t seem to understand what it must be like to go to work every day knowing that there is a possibility that you won’t make it home.
Make sure an listen to the show, because we talked for about 20 minutes on this subject towards the end.