When first getting involved with prepping there is a sense of excitement and urgency. Skills that need to be attained and the gear that could be helpful are continually running through your mind. Many will search the internet for hours looking for informational resources and supplies.
As time goes by many preppers begin to slow their pace down. The sense of excitement and urgency slowly weans. As a result, many people stop being focused on preparedness.
I can attest that recently I have noticed my focus on preparedness has slowly been shifted to the back of my mind. Luckily there are behaviors that I’ve developed and have become a habit that continuously reminds me of how far I have fallen. On top of that, friends and family members will periodically check on my progress with my preparedness. Thankfully these reminders have kept me not too far from a preparedness mindset.
However, in the light of many events, the preparedness community has witnessed a sharp decline in activity. Experts in the preparedness community believe that after the election of President Donald Trump, many have lost their focus on preparedness. Along with that, the economy has shown positive signs of growth recently. This again takes away from the urgency that many had to be preparedness focused.
Lastly, there are many that have lost their preparedness focus due to other reasons. This is sad to see. Ultimately, no matter what you are preparing for there is a strong likelihood that what you have learned and attained will become valuable when needed the most. So in this post, I’m going to share some of the awful reasons that I have noticed why others have stopped prepping. Hopefully, by debunking or refuted some of these reasons it will encourage you to become focused again and keep it.
7 Awful Reasons Why Preppers Give Up
As I mentioned before, the preparedness community has witnessed a sharp decline in activity including industry wise. Some preparedness stores and companies have recently seen a decline in their customer base. Many experts allude to the election of Donald Trump as president for a possible reason.
A lot of preppers tend to be affiliated with the Republican Party or at least claim to be conservative in their political beliefs. The preparedness community saw a huge influx of followers during the years of the Obama administration. Of course, the preparedness community maintained a decent size before those times but there was exponential growth during his presidency.
The Preparedness Movement During the Obama Administration
There were fear-mongering tactics that were used by companies that promoted preparedness and survival gear by implying danger was imminent during the Obama administration. Such tactics included claims that President Obama was on the verge of enacting martial law. One big supposed conspiracy theory involved Obama rounding up opposition during the Jade Helm training and placing them in camps.
Now, I’m not saying that these accusations were true or false. I have no expert inside source that many “prepper” websites claimed to have during this time. However, we can now look back after his presidency and say that those conspiracy theories never came to pass. Don’t get me wrong, I was highly skeptical of Obama and his potential to cause great harm to many.
The Preparedness Movement Post Trump Election
After the election of Donald Trump, the preparedness and survival industry took a big hit. It is my belief that many thought a politician would save Americans and there was no longer any reason to fear. It is shocking that many see a politician as a savior or some sort of idol that would protect them from everything.
It is astounding to think that “preppers” would feel relieved that a politician would save them from the government. Most of the problems that we have in the United States is caused by politics. So believing a politician would save many from the problems that are caused by politicians seems ridiculous. This shouldn’t be the case.
Don’t get me wrong, I agree with some of the measures that Trump has put into place. However, our motivation for prepping shouldn’t depend so greatly on the political climate. The government cannot save us from pending man-made and natural disasters. They may be able to hinder these disasters but never prevent them.
Cares of life
Losing focus on preparedness due to cares of life is something that I have recently experienced. There come seasons in our life where we can get so caught up with what is going on that it takes our focus away. Examples of such circumstances can include family problems. This is most especially true if you are experiencing a divorce or the loss of a loved one.
Those types of circumstances can be emotionally and mentally stressing. It takes our focus off of the future and places it on the present instead. By taking our focus off of the future it then takes away from our mindset of having hope.
Hope is one of the crucial elements of survival. There is a saying with the rule of 3’s that without hope you can only survive 3 seconds after SHTF. I’m not sure if this can be scientifically proven but the principal is true.
If your mindset is without hope then that can drive you into depression and despair. This ultimately affects the way that we think when looking for resolutions because we can be so stuck on the negative. Having hope helps us to keep our mind clear which will be essential after SHTF.
Feeling completely prepared
Once you have had a preparedness mindset for a certain amount of time there is the temptation to feel completely confident in your ability to survive should SHTF. Many of us spend thousands of dollars on gear and supplies thinking that equates to being prepared. Our shelves can be fully stocked and have all the highest quality gear on the market but still not have a long survivability rate.
This is because many believe that “things” will ensure their survival. However, the true test of survival is being able to survive without gear and supplies. In many SHTF scenarios, you will be forced to survive with what you have at the time.
Ultimately, at that point, you will have to rely on the knowledge, skills, and preparations that you have acquired. For example, what is the point of having a full artillery of weapons but don’t have the training to properly use them? Having a gun in itself is not going to ensure that you live if you are ever the victim of a home invasion. What will increase of your odds of survival in that situation is having the knowledge and skills to properly defend yourself.
Of course, I am not advocating that preppers shouldn’t have gear and supplies. These items definitely help aid in the fight for survival. But ultimately, we should have the know how to survive without those items.
Opinions of others
When I started to develop a preparedness mindset, some of my family and friends began to think that I lost it. They gradually began to remove themselves from me thinking that I’ve gone nuts. (Joke was on them because I have been nuts). A big reason for this is because of how vocal I became about the importance of being prepared.
With this type of pressure from your support group or social circle, it is easier to just give up. However, after some of these people encountering natural disasters and becoming more aware of potential threats they then began to understand my lifestyle. In fact, many of those same people today will ask me advice regarding preparedness.
Now a lot of my family and friends have taken steps to become more prepared by stocking up on emergency items. I wouldn’t say that they are now preppers but their mindset is slowly changing.
Pushing Others Away with Preparedness Evangelism
Many of us get excited when first getting involved with preparedness and tend to evangelize our new belief or way of life. We hope that others will convert into our way of thinking. However, this tends to push people away as it seems weird to them. They’ve begin programmed to think one way their whole life so what you are now doing seems foreign to them.
So we shouldn’t seek to proselytize our social circle. Instead, we should let our lifestyle speak for itself. Eventually, it will have an effect on them causing them to become more prepared.
Find Like-minded People Instead
It can become lonely when you are the only one in your social circle that has a preparedness mindset. This is why it is important to build a social circle with others that are like minded. Many times, you can find like-minded individuals in the groups or activities that preppers typically get involved with.
For example, you can practice at a local gun range or join a rifle club. Other people that frequent these locations may not necessarily label themselves a prepper. However, a lot of gun owners have the mindset of preparedness of defending themselves should the time come.
They may not go to the lengths of building a large emergency food and water supply. At least they have a certain aspect of the preparedness mindset. This makes it easier to relate to them.
So I encourage preppers to find local groups and activities where you can build relationships with others who share an aspect of the mindset. Relationships are another important aspect to survival. Despite popular belief, the lone wolf never survives long.
As humans, we were designed to be satisfied through social interaction. There is a saying that “iron sharpens iron.” This is so true when you are interacting with someone that has the same mindset. Typically after you have spent some time with someone who shares the same mindset you tend to feel refreshed and energized.
Lack of financial resources
Being prepared does not come cheap! This is why the preparedness and survival industry continues to thrive especially in hard economic times. On top of that, you have fear mongers who shamelessly plug their products instead of encouraging strategic purchases based on rationale.
This has shaped a belief that if you don’t spend money to be prepared then you have a small chance of survival. This causes many to be discouraged and give up when they don’t have the financial resources they believe that they need. However, as I mentioned earlier, you can have thousands of dollars invested in gear and supplies but still die quickly when SHTF.
Without the knowledge and skills to survive the gear and supplies become useless. So in my opinion, having a preparedness mindset with limited financial resources is ideal. This teaches you how to survive without certain gear and supplies.
Loss of interest
There are many reasons why people get involved with the preparedness movement. A lot of people experience a hardship or life threatening situation that opens their eyes to the ever looming threats that we face on a daily basis. Typically it takes situations like this to motivate people to make a change.
For example, I got involved with preparedness in 2009 after experiencing a job loss. Not only did it suck losing a job it just so happened during one of the worst economic recessions that our country has ever faced.
This resulted in me being unemployed for 2 and a half years. Unfortunately, I had to resort to depending on the government for financial resources. On top of that, I had to walk and catch city transit. So I lost the little bit of the self-reliance that I believed that I had.
During that time I began to see the frailty of relying on a fiat currency. I began to see how that we as Americans are brainwashed to depend on the government and infrastructure/grid. I slowly began to take steps to recover and prevent that situation from ever happening again.
It All Starts From the Beginning
However, others get involved with preparedness because it seems like a cool fad to them. It may be that family and friends open their eyes to the world of preparedness. They are enticed by the tacticool gear and intriguing bunkers that they see through other preppers. Mainstream radio stations and shows entertain them with thoughts of living and surviving in a dystopian society.
Sadly, a true conviction for being prepared is never cultivated in their mindsets. Sadly after a few months or years, they begin to get bored and search for another eye appealing lifestyle that they can fall into.
For those types of people, preparedness was never a mindset. It was just a cool thing to do and call themselves at the time. This is why it is important for people to develop a mindset of preparedness and cultivate that into a lifestyle.
The Importance of Cultivating a Preparedness Mindset
Many people are excited about the idea of building a bug out bag, resisting martial law with their bad ass guns and hiding in secret locations. This is until they realize that those fantasies are not likely to occur.
Preparedness is more than jug bug out bags, beans, and bullion. It is more of a way of life and thinking. In my book, The Strategic Prepper, I talk about the importance of prepping strategically and not based on the fear-mongering lies that TV and radio moguls get rich from.
Preparedness is a lifelong journey of developing a mindset of building knowledge and skills that will increase survivability. We shouldn’t just be prepping for the extreme scenarios like a nuclear fallout. Though there is a possibility of such an event could happen. But we should focus first on the more likely scenarios like being mugged, natural disasters, the grid being down, etc.
Lack of goals
There is the tendency for many new preppers to max out their credit cards on bug out bags and guns when first coming into preparedness. They are under the impression that we are under impending doom of a nuclear fallout or a globalist takeover. Then a few weeks later they are regretting their decision and now struggling to pay the bills. As a result, many just give up.
The underlying reason for this is that new preppers lack the knowledge and strategy of being prepared. This is why in The Strategic Prepper I encourage strategic prepping. There should be an aim and purpose.
This should all start by conducting a threat assessment. We should really write down relevant threats that we are likely to face. Then depending on the likelihood and frequency of those threats a strategic plan should be developed.
You are not going to become fully prepared overnight. As I mentioned before, this is a lifelong journey. However, by practicing strategic preparedness we can become effectively prepared for those most likely threats within a matter of a few months.
Now I’m not saying that you will be fully prepared. It is a process. However, it is more important to be fully prepared in the more relevant areas instead of partially prepared in many other areas.
These are some of the reasons why I see people leave the preparedness movement. We will likely see another influx of new “converts” within the next election season or other major crisis that may occur. Regardless of your reason for becoming a prepper, I hope that this post will help encourage you to stay focused and on the course.