How to prepare your family to survive and thrive in todays uncertain world

Get Your Mind Right

We’ve all done it.  We hear about some disaster that’s coming down the pipe, or a potential weather event just over the horizon, or maybe the neighbor told us that the Cthulhu is on his way, and that’s what the Mayan Apocalypse is all about.  And so we freak out.  Maybe a little, maybe alot, but we freak out.

Bringing it a little closer to home right now, we look at what’s going on in the financial system, and we freak out.  We look at the chaos in the world and the bells of war that are tolling, and we freak out.  We look at the economy, and freak out.  We look at gas prices, and freak out.

It’s in our nature as humans. And honestly, it’s something we need to try to control.  Because the Freak Out doesn’t help us any.  It doesn’t help at all.

It prevents us from thinking straight.  It prevents us from making good decisions.  It makes us make hasty decisions without planning. It prevents us from executing on plans and decisions we’ve already made.

The Freak Out is what makes you read about a polar shift and immediately go and sell everything you own to build a new hideout somewhere you think might be safe, without thinking it through.

The Freak Out is what causes people to buy a couple pallets full of Mountain House without knowing if they even LIKE eating it.

So when you hear that new disaster scenario, or see headlines that make you worry, don’t be surprised if you freak out just a little.  But don’t let it grow beyond that.

Push down the panic, and do your best to think things through rationally.  Exactly how could what you just read about affect you?  Is there anything you need to add to your standing prepping plans to accomodate this?

Is there anything you need to do NOW to account for the new potential?

Unless the tornado sirens are going off or something along those lines, chances are that you’ve got time to think things through better, and that you’re sitting much better than you initially think.

Just don’t let the Freak Out grab ahold of you.  Or you might find yourself sitting at the top of a mountain with a couple pallets of Mountain House and not much else and wonder what the heck you were thinking…

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3 Responses to Get Your Mind Right

  1. The secret is in abandoning the normalcy bias, the little voice that tells most people that it’s always been this way so it’ll always be this way. Accept that everything is changing, that a new reality is replacing the old and act upon it. Change the way we live to accommodate this new reality. No “freak out”, just subtle changes. Store a little food, think about ways to earn money apart form the employer/employee model most live with. Focus on the local and sustainable. Forget the 40 years of working, a nice retirement and a watch. Those days are gone now. Plan to work ’til death. Maybe not as an employee but as a man that heads a family. Your job might be tilling the garden to put the food on the table your grown kids need so they can spend their time earning some money for the family. We’re returning to a more traditional way of life. Families will live together across generational lines. Just like they used to here and still do in other parts of the world.

    But we need to make the changes while we have the time. And that’s a commodity that’s quickly being exhausted. If we don’t then the “freak out” that’s going to overrun the rest of the world will get us, too.

    • Encouraging words, Rudy–and excellent points, Tom! I agree that times are changing and we can change our ways and expectations to accommodate. We too are looking at multiple smaller income streams rather than the traditional single paycheck. While many of our peers are retiring to golf courses and condos, my husband and I are working together with our adult kids to provide a safe haven, an enjoyable lifestyle, and a sustainable food system for our extended family. I’ll take this life over a gold watch any day!

  2. My main strategy for dealing with freak out is to think through the question, “What is one thing I could do right now that would make me more comfortable if X happens?” Getting my mind thinking in those terms calms me down because I realize that not everything is outside my control.

    I live on the 3rd story in an earthquake/wildfire zone. Besides keeping shoes by the bed, I was getting freaked out about only having one way out of my place. What if it’s blocked? By asking my question, I was able to start up the thinking part of my brain, and I bought an emergency ladder that will get me all the way to the ground. My BOB and cat carrier live under that same window.

    It’s the little things that help clear the panic.