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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Preparedness - Focusing Your Efforts

At some point in time there will be basically two kinds of people, those who will say “I’m glad I was prepared!” and those who will say “I wished I had prepared!” Now is a good time to make sure you are focusing your preparedness efforts. The situation you will be in will basically be determined by your efforts during a crisis.

The very first thing to remember is that panic is not a very effective survival strategy. During any type of crisis people are always bombarded with a seemingly endless stream of bad news. Your survival will depend on your ability to stay calm during a crisis and focus your efforts on those things which you can control. You can’t control the weather, the number of bank failures, the politicians in Washington or the direction the economy is taking during a crisis. You may influence it to some degree through your actions, how you vote, and how you spend or save your money but it is more than likely not going to have a major impact.

One of the most important things you can do is to control your emotions. Don’t let your frustration with the way things are going put you in the precarious position of letting your emotions force you into a state of panic. Panic may cause you to react irrationally or make extremely bad choices at a time when rational thought and common sense should prevail in order to give you the best chances for survival. Panic is not a survival strategy!

Focus on controlling your emotions. Focus on your preps and make sure they are in order. Focus on the goals you have set for yourself. Focus on your own personal level of preparedness. Concentrate your efforts on the things which you can control. Always prepare for the worst, but continue to hope for the best!

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.”

Mark Twain

Staying above the water line!



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