I talk about preparedness goals and creating preparedness habits on a fairly regular basis. I think one of the biggest roadblocks that people have with anything in their life is simply getting started.
Getting started is the hardest part of anything new to our lives. Whether it’s a new fitness routine, a new diet or creating any new habit or introducing anything new to our lives; getting started is the hardest part.
If we’re really excited about the new thing entering our lives, we can sometimes go a little overboard at first, get burned out and then forget about it.
Don’t let this happen with your preparedness!
Getting prepared is definitely exciting. You’re entering a new journey in your life where you’re finally going to start being a little more self-reliant and not have to rely on other people when an emergency or disaster strikes.
But getting prepared doesn’t happen overnight (unless you have a few thousand dollars lying around to devote strictly to prepping, which not many of us do).
Here’s how to make prepping a habit and maintain your preparedness goals:
Write everything down – Write down your goals, make them as clear and visible as possible. Goals can be anything from ‘I want to finish my bug out bag’ to ‘I want 2 years worth of food and water storage’. No goals are too out of reach.
Make those goals realistic – Now that you have all of your goals written down, break them down even further to make them doable and realistic. For instance, if you want 2 years worth of food and water storage, how are you going to accomplish that? It depends on your available time and budget. If you have enough money to only spend a few dollars a week, you could buy a couple cans of food along with a gallon of water and be done with it. That’s a realistic goal for your particular budget. You know your available time and budget best, so be realistic. You don’t want to set yourself up for failure.
Start slow – Say you want to finish your bug out bag, what all do you need? Write out the entire contents of your dream bug out bag and then re-write it to show what items can be realistically purchased and when depending on time and budget. Over time, you’ll have that bug out bag completed and it’s OKAY to take it slow in building it.
Get a planner, reminder app, calendar – In order to keep yourself accountable for your goals on a regular basis and maintain your goals, get yourself a planner, a reminder app for your phone or a physical calendar (or all three) to remind yourself to do certain tasks. For instance, if you want to make sure that you get those 2 cans of food and 1 gallon of water each week, write down on a particular day and time that you can accomplish the task and stick to it! I use a combination of a reminder app, planner and calendar to keep myself in check about what needs to get done.
Don’t beat yourself up – Remember, we all have to start somewhere. It doesn’t matter if you just started getting prepared last week or maybe you started a year ago and just lost track. You can get started at ANY time. There will ALWAYS be someone who is more prepared than you are and instead of getting down on yourself; get motivated! Do your best based on your available time and budget. In time, you’ll be shocked to realize how quickly you can get prepared by taking it slow and steady.
In conclusion, be realistic about your time, money and goals and try not to overwhelm yourself. Be sure you can be consistent with accomplishing your goals without over extending yourself. If you feel like you’re overwhelmed, maybe take it down a notch or try to mange your time differently. Just try not to stop completely, keep some form of preparedness habit going so that you don’t lose sight of your overall preparedness goals.
If you’re dedicated to getting prepared, you’ll not only find the time, but you’ll also enjoy the whole journey; not just the end goal.
Remember, the best thing to do is just pick a place and start!
To help you get started with your goals, I have this FREE downloadable Preparedness Goals sheet that you can download here.
Conquer tomorrow, by preparing today!