It’s that time of year again when everyone starts making new years resolutions, only to be forgotten about before January even ends. I stopped making resolutions years ago, but I do set a few prepping goals each year, and look back at the goals I had the year before.
I always try to set a few preparedness goals each year because it helps me stay focused on the things that matter to me. Over the course of a year, it can be easy to get caught in the quagmire of different prepping topics and new prepping gear, leading us to lose sight of the big picture.
Setting a few prepping goals each year helps me stay focused on what’s important, and keep my prepping priorities straight. Some of these are easy to attain goals, and some are long term goals where I asses my progress throughout the year.
SPP234 Our Prepping Goals for This Year
This week Lisa and I decided to share with everyone our preparedness goals for the upcoming year. The thought behind this show was to give everyone some ideas, or even a little motivation to become better prepared in 2018.
These may change a little throughout the year, but here are some of my goals that we talked about in the show…
Hands on Learning
Take 3 Classes: My goal this year is to do some more “hands-on”. I want to take a few actual classes instead of watching YouTube videos, and practicing in the back year. Here are the 3 classes that top my list this year.
Tactical Shooting: At some point thins year I want to take a shooting class (or a few) that isn’t just stationary targets. I think quite a few of us overstate our shooting ability, and hitting a moving target is much more difficult than hitting a stationary one.
CERT Training: I’m not sure how deep I want to go with this, but I at least want to get the training. As their website says: “The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.”
Prepper Camp: We’ve already purchased tickets for Prepper Camp this year, so this should be an easy to attain goal. The great thing about Prepper Camp is that it is a weekend full of preparedness classes, and an opportunity to meet others in the preparedness community.
My 3 Priorities This Year
Ham Radio: This year I plan on getting more involved with ham radio. Almost every year, I say the same thing only to work with it for a month and then slowly lose interest. My solution for this (hopefully) is to join a ham radio club in my area.
Solar Power: This year I want to set up a battery bank for Lisa’s barn. The reason I want to set it up in the barn is because right now we run electric cords out to power the lights, water heater and electric fence. This seems like a perfect opportunity to actually use it, rather than having it sit in the garage.
Canning: I recently purchased the Carey Pressure Canner, and I’m basically playing around with canning. This year I want to incorporate canning into our food storage and prepping diet. I also want to get an outdoor burner and an All American Pressure Canner.
A Few More Goals
Bug Out Vehicle: When I say bug out vehicle I don’t mean the biggest baddest truck I can find, because I can’t afford that. What I want to do is purchase an old beat up truck, fix it up, and basically do whatever I want to it. If I want to add a plow that can bulldoze a concrete building I can! And Lisa can’t say a damn thing about it.
More Outdoor Activities: This is a goal I have every year, and there isn’t a set number. Every year I say I want to go camping and hiking more often. Sometimes it happens, and sometimes it doesn’t. Outdoor activities are a great way to hone your preparedness skills, spend time with the family, and learn what it’s like to live without the conveniences at home.
Get Healthier: This is another one that is a goal each and every year, but most of the time I fail. As we get older, the things we think we can do (or used to be able to do) and the things we can do change. Being healthy means being able to to those things for a little bit longer.
Organization: Each year it seems like I am great at being organized for a while, and then I let off the gas pedal. The longer you prepare, the more supplies you are bound to have, and being organized become more important.
Survival Garden: Lisa has plans on putting together a small version of a Survival Garden this year. Some of her goals involve composting (Back yard, garden beds), planting a couple of fruit trees, and planting a few companion plants.
Fence Entire Property: She wants to fence off the entire property because right now we just have the back yard fenced. This sounds more like she has a goal for ME to fence the property. but hey, happy wife, happy life.
Driveway Gate: Lisa has wanted to put in a driveway gate for some time now to add a little more security, and to make it a little harder for anyone to get to the front door. This is another one that sounds like Dale is getting put to work.
Outdoor Activities: Along the same lines as my goal for more camping and hiking, which sounds like a great goal to me.
Walking: Lisa wants to try and go on longer walks at least twice a week. In the show I asked her what “longer” meant, and she said a mile at the very least.
More Range Time: Lisa wants to start going to the gun range a couple of times a month. This is another one that is just fine with me, because when she goes, I usually get invited.
Skills: Lisa wants to focus on 1 skill per month and either expand on an existing skill, or learn a new skill. This is what we call “just in time learning” meaning not getting distracted by everything else, and focusing on the task at hand.
What are Your Goals?
If you have anything to add, let us know in the comments below. I think it’s important to set preparedness goals for ourselves because even it we don’t reach them, at least were trying. If your not taking steps forward, you’re never going to get anywhere.