#1 – You Lack The Support of Your Spouse.
We’ve covered this here and here and it is a big deal. Without support from your spouse and family it’s difficult to stay focused on what needs to be done and to make matters worse some will be down right hostile toward the idea of prepping. Preppers who fail to get family support, usually give up on the idea of prepping altogether.
#2 – You don’t really believe a collapse will happen.
Surprisingly, many calling themselves preppers or survivalist’s don’t think that a collapse will really ever happen. They look at survivalism as a “hobby” or as an excuse to buy more guns or build that super-duper bug out vehicle with camo paint job, run-flat tires and machine-gun port in back and armor plating.
They prep because they think it is cool but will ultimately fail, because of a lack of motivation, usable skills, planning or means of sustainable self-reliance.
#3 – You fail to execute.
OK, this sounds obvious. Surely we all know that we have to take action to get somewhere or get anything done… You can read all the survival blogs and prepping books seeking advice and knowledge, but Knowing is not enough. Having ability is not enough. You have to take action with what you learn.
Thinking about it doesn’t get it done, you have to execute, even when it is uncomfortable.
#4 – You have no plan.
Without a well thought out plan (just don’t plan so much that you never take action) you get nothing done. You run around, like a chicken with its head cut off, you make a lot of noise and stir up dust but accomplish nothing for your effort.
First you need to look at your location, skills, current supplies and threats then mind map solutions. Make a list of thing you need and things you need to do and do it.
#5 – You try to do it all at once.
When you actually sit down and start making a list of the things that you need to get done, you’ll probably end up with a long list.
Decide what is most important to your survival and move these items to the top of your list. These are the goals to start working on first. Keep your list of the remaining goals on a separate ”to get back to later” list. Trying to do too much at the same time can be discouraging and self-defeating.
What do you think?
What did I miss? Agree, disagree? Have something to add…Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments …