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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!



Photography by Johannes Lundberg


  • The Hunting Cave

    Great post! I can relate to some here in the lists of the post. I am prepper but yeah it’s hard to think of a strategic plan.

  • Bolofia

    All of your points are accurate and well stated excuses for not having a “strategic” plan. Obviously, one person’s strategy will differ from someone else’s based on physical condition, circumstances, locale, etc. But, the absence of a real strategy (a plan to achieve long term survival) commits a person, and their family, down a continuously declining path of potentially fatal choices. The more I think about your article, I doubt the capacity of people to think about their survival in a strategic sense.

    • That is a good point. What would you recommend instead?

      • Bolofia

        A fair question!
        Considering that most people can’t describe concrete personal goals for next year, have no financial plan, no realistic budget, no savings, (but a huge credit card bill), my guess is that very few can even give an accurate definition of the word. After all, getting off the couch to find a dictionary really does take a lot of effort.
        My view is that most people don’t become motivated about anything until they become victims of their own complacency. You can subdivide their motivation into two general classes: Those who seek to avoid accountability for their failures, and those who become determined to never let it happen again. I would submit that the second category is vastly outnumbered by the former.

        In all seriousness, a proper answer to your question deserves a lot of thought and probably rates a book length response. If I were writing that book, my first chapter would challenge the reader to honestly assess whether they give a damn about their future well being. I would sell two versions of the book: Most readers would opt for the edition that has only one chapter.

        • Great insight bud! I tried to talk about some of that in The Strategic Prepper. But I like how you subdivide motivations.

          • Bolofia

            Your guidelines in The Strategic Prepper are right on target and you should be on the NYT Best Seller list. That you are not more or less underscores my point, but don’t give up!
            Without realizing it, I’m afraid that most folks (especially those with an entitlement mentality) do have a strategy. That is, “The government will take care of me.” Of course, this is another example of avoiding personal accountability for one’s own outcome and it is justifiably doomed to failure. As a country, we crossed the Rubicon for accountability a few decades ago when “feel-good” social legislation became the order of the day in Washington. Just my opinion…

          • Bolofia

            One more thought, in closing. There is an old saying that “Dreams are what get you started; discipline is what keeps you going.” That is a nice sentiment and it is true, as far as it goes. But, it is missing something critical in between those two thoughts. If you don’t have a plan/strategy, no amount of dreaming or discipline will suffice. Dreams, hopes and objectives have to be translated into action. Action without a plan is the equivalent of chasing your tail. A plan/strategy without discipline (that is, tenacity/commitment) ultimately leads you right back to the dream. In the world of survival, the absence of a well conceived strategy could turn your dream into a nightmare.

          • Hey Bud!

            Thank you so much for the feedback about The Strategic Prepper. That really shocked me to hear you say that. Would you mind leaving an honest review on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Strategic-Prepper-Bugout-Prepping-Budget-ebook/dp/B073C78L6R/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499995376&sr=8-1&keywords=the+strategic+prepper This will help me to serve more preppers with this book. I hope that it has been helpful to you.

            Also, I totally agree with what you are saying. A lot of us lack personal accountability. I do believe that this nation is doomed and all we can do it prepare for the worst.

            I thank you for your great feedback as always. You always provide great insights for the community to learn from.