SPG 015: 4 Reasons Why Preppers Don’t Have a Strategic Plan


Preppers first move when getting into preparedness is generally stocking up a bunch of food and building a bug out bag.  Beyond that, there is typically confusion on where to get started and what to work on next. This is because most preppers lack a strategic plan.  As result, most preppers are partially prepared in many areas instead of being fully prepared in the important areas.   In this episode, we are going to talk about the common reasons why preppers don’t plan and how to overcome them.

4 Reasons Why Preppers Don’t Have a Strategic Plan

Don’t take prepping seriously

  • some get involved in preparedness half-heartedly
  • I call them part time preppers
  • they like to call themselves preppers because it seems cool but don’t really take it seriously
  • these types of preppers are typically caught up in the fad that mainstream shows like Doomsday Preppers have portrayed
  • they like to show their guns and bug out bags in online forums but don’t do much more prepping than that
  • the reason that they don’t take it seriously is that they don’t fully understand all the threats that we face
  • they’ve never conducted a threat assessment to truly identify all of the potential threats that they could be facing
  • these preppers only listen to what they hear on radio shows and read on websites
  • they get caught up in the fear mongering

Fear of rejection:

  • Many preppers don’t put a plan into place because they fear rejection
  • they value the opinion of their friends and family that don’t practice preparedness
  • they being viewed as weird or cut off in their relationships
  • as a result, they just half-heartedly prep but not enough to be noticeable
  • so they feel ashamed to set goals according to a lifestyle of preparedness
  • they fear being called crazy to have a plan to one day live off-grid and self-sufficient
  • non-preppers don’t understand why anyone would ever consider being self-sufficient because they value the convenience of quick and easy
  • they are comfortable stuffing their faces with cheeseburgers and french fries that are cooked in microwaves to even consider gathering and hunting
  • so as a result, these preppers don’t ever set a preparedness goal for their lives
  • they keep it on the low and as a result, will never be fully prepared
  • they survivability in a collapse scenario is extremely low
  • however, if you are this type of prepper you need to have some confidence in what you believe
  • you are not going to win all of your friends and family
  • you will possibly even lose some friends
  • however, if these people are willing to walk out your life because you are truly concerned about a disaster and your well being then they weren’t your friends, to begin with
  • we came into this world alone and we will leave the same way
  • I would recommend finding like minded preppers to build relationships who can encourage you to live a life of preparedness
  • If you can’t find a local prepper group then you can find like-minded people at gun ranges or rifle clubs, amateur radio clubs, CERT groups, etc.

Fear of failure:

  • some preppers fail to put into practice a strategic plan because they fear failure
  • people fear failure because of external factors like being embarrassed or ridiculed
  • internal factors include feeling a sense of shame or worthlessness
  • as a response people just choose not to even try
  • there is a misconception that if you fail then that makes you a failure
  • so they neglect to put together a preparedness goal or even have aspirations
  • However, the truth is that the most successful people in this world have failed many times before becoming great or achieving their goals
  • For example, Thomas Edison is known for saying “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work.”
  • He has literally failed thousands of times working on inventions and patents
  • Eventually, he would go on to be an inventor that changed modern day technology
  • He invented something called the lightbulb plus many more well-known inventions
  • So we need to view failure as not defeat but ways that don’t work
  • failure shouldn’t prevent you from setting goals and having dreams
  • Failures should be stepping stones from your success
  • The truth is that if you are not failing then you are not doing anything
  • So people the ridicule you are doing that because they are doing nothing with their lives

They don’t know how:

  • another big reason why preppers don’t have strategic plans is that they simply don’t know how
  • We all have dreams and aspirations for our lives
  • However, for the most part, those dreams and goals are inside of our head
  • So we are never able to conceptualize and monitor our progress towards goals
  • Many of us have never been taught how to plan our lives out
  • we spend our first 18 years in school learning how to make other people rich but we are never taught how to make a plan and goal for our own lives
  • as a result, we spend most of our lives working to help rich people achieve their goals
  • In The Strategic Prepper, I talk about how to write out your life dream and set goals for your life including strategic prepper goals
  • First, I recommend considering at the end of your life where do you want to be?
  • Do you want to be living off grid self-sufficiently in a remote location?
  • Once you have your dream then work backward from there.
  • On a piece of paper write out goals that you want to have achieved 25 years from now that help you reach your dream
  • Then break it down by 10 years, 5 and finally one
  • Then at least twice a year review your goals to see how much you have achieved
  • This will not only give you an idea of where you are at but will also build up your motivation
  • This will better help you to achieve your goals

Thank you for listening!



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