The 5 Stages Of Prepping – Where Are You?
Did you ever read an article and say, “Wow! That’s me to a T”! That’s how I felt after reading Homestead Dreamers article on the 5 stages preppers go through. I went through each of these stages exactly as they describe them. Thankfully, I’m in stage 5 now. No matter where you are in your prepping, I urge you to read the entire article. Don’t be smug like I was and make a lot of rookie mistakes.
Stage 1 – Eyes Opened
Having grown up on a farm, been a boy scout and spending 20 years in the Navy, I was used to the idea of looking after myself. I didn’t think of it as prepping, but more as self-reliance.
My “trigger”, as they put it, was a nearby flood. It was a small one but did affect a few homes. That made me take a closer look at how prepared I was. I wasn’t. Their trigger wasn’t even a disaster. As they put it “This wasn’t even a disaster of any kind and yet people freaked out.” The herd mentality sparked a run on toilet paper.
Sadly, it does seem to take some “trigger” to wake people up.
Stage 2 – Overwhelmed
Boy, this next bit hit home hard:
“You notice a definite shift in the way you think and view the world around you. It is almost bursting inside of you to help others wake up, too but having read so much at this point; You know they will think you are weird or an extremist.”
This is why I started this website. Fortunately, I progressed though these 5 stages and I’m now in stage 5. But when I was in stage 2, I wanted to grab people, shake them and say “Wake the hell up”! You can’t do that. The best you can do is lead by example, use real life disasters in the news to broach the subject with friends and family, and hope some wake up. I’m not having much luck with friends, but thankfully, the wife is on board – well at least she agrees with stockpiling supplies. Sadly, I can’t get anyone I know interested in learning skills. I only hope I’m reaching some via my website.
Stage 3 – Information Gathering
Obviously this should be stage 1 because it would save you so much time and money, but it just doesn’t work that way – you have to progress through the stages one at a time. Here again, this is why I started my website. I wanted to try to give readers some “news they could use” and save them from making the same mistakes I did. There is just no way around it, it takes time and effort to prepare intelligently and this is where research comes in. Hopefully, I can save you time by doing the research for you and providing it here in a useful format.
Stage 4 – Planning and Implementation
Here they talk about how you’re progressing into better planning and implementation thanks to all the research, but you realize how much time and money all this prepping is taking. Now you have to watch for burn out. I too felt a tinge of this and dealt with it by taking a calm look and prioritizing the threats I might face. For me, the number one threat is a flood and after assessing my preparedness for that, I feel very confident we’re ready. The next threat is a financial disaster and so I tackled that next. After one year, we are in far, far better shape financially. And I went on down the list. I think this was the key for me; prioritizing the threats and tackling them one by one in order. That way, I didn’t feel overwhelmed or burnt out.
I’m not done yet, but I’ve progressed to stage 5 and I now realize, this is my new way of life and I love it! By embracing this is as my new life style, I don’t feel burnt out at all and in fact, I feel energized by it! The more progress I make, the more self-reliant I feel and the more powerful I feel.
Stage 5 – Comfortable Spot of Maintenance
I could not have put this stage any better:
“The last stage a newbie prepper gets to is a place of confidence, contentment, and control. You have changed so much in your lifestyle that when you look back at how you were before, you shake your head and maybe chuckle at how blind or ignorant or wasteful you were. You understand and are grateful to yourself for the changes you (and hopefully your family) have made. There is a peace that (I hope) you feel, knowing that you can handle pretty much anything that gets tossed at you, at least natural disaster-wise. Gone are the days when you obsessed over the news and gear and details. You still pay attention, no doubt about that! The difference is now there is a balance. Now you have remembered to LIVE your life while still being prepared.”
This website is dedicated to help others reach Stage 5.
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