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Episode-548- Help – I am Overwhelmed and/or Stuck

I get a lot of emails that are in one form or another a version of today’s show title.  They go one of two main ways

1.  Jack, We are new to this and are having trouble getting started.  This is all so overwhelming we want to store food, learn to use firearms, plant a garden………………………..but just can’t seem to prioritize where to start.

or

2.  Jack, We have at this a long time, we have food stored, a garden going, evac plans, taken some training, etc.  But we know we are still not really prepared for anything more than the most basic disasters, we are trying to decide between ………………………………. as a next step, help, how can we move forward.

While the person in scenario one might wish to have the “problems” of the person in scenario two, the reality is the fix is the same for both of them.  Just like a NFL wide receiver may have caught 5,000,000 balls in his life if he starts to drop passes, the coaches do basic receiving drills with him, some he did back in high school.

When an offensive line starts allowing to many opponents to get to the quarterback the line coach goes “back to fundementals” and works on timing the snap, blocking, deflection, play memorization, etc.  Again things the players have done perhaps since they played Pop Warner.

Why?  -  Why do players making millions of dollars go back often to the same drills and training they used when they played JV in High School?  Because the game is the game is the game and it all comes back to fundamentals.    My Drill Sergeant told me on the firing line one day, “the day you think you don’t need to focus on fundamentals any more is the day your shooting reaches its peak and begins to decline”.   He was correct of course!

So join me today as we revisit the fundamentals of prepping, organizing, getting started, planning, moving forward and making prepping a positive part of your lifestyle.

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-251- Prepper Mentality vs. Self Sufficient Mentality

I have a simple question for you in today’s very brief show notes, are you mostly a prepper in mind set or are you more concerned with self sufficiency and simply see being a prepper as a part of becoming more independent?

The answer is neither right nor wrong it only matters to you. My question today is are you preparing in case you have to deal without systems of support if you have to or do you wish to minimize your need for those very systems even if they remain available? My goal today is not to tell you how to think or how to act but to get you to ask yourself if you are really living to your own moral and ethical standards. I don’t expect you to adopt my standards and I don’t want you to try to make me adopt yours but I do know one very important fact. That fact is simply that if you live a life where you are not able to abide by your own standards you will have a very hard time getting to where you want to go.

So that brings up my next question, where do you want to go? Not geographically but with your life, how self sufficient do you want to become? Are you getting closer to that or are you just taking some actions in case you have to be self sufficient? Which one fits your life today and where you want to be tomorrow? Remember there is not wrong answer other then the ones you know are wrong for your life.

~ Jack

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I left up these videos on Safe Deposit Boxes from Yesterday,  You Really Should View Them Both

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Episode-47- Why We Prepare – The Lesson of the Grasshopper and the Ant

Today we discuss why survivalists are “preparing” in the first place.  Starting out with an old fable we tell the original version of The Lesson of the Grasshopper and the Ant and move on to seven threats and how the prepping for them all is quite similar.

Tune in today to hear…

  • How we have changed the classic tale of the Ant and the Grasshopper and how it has impacted America
  • The real threat of depression or recession
  • The reality of a true eventual economic collapse
  • The impact of “climate change” independent of man’s part in it
  • The fact that “normal climate” is a myth and the little “perfect bubble” we have had for two centuries
  • The impact potential of pandemic flu or some other form of pandemic
  • The impact of regional weather disasters
  • The threat of a Tsunami on both our east and west coasts
  • The eventuality of “peak oil”
  • How “Preppers” are not crazy and why what we do makes sense
  • The contributions of the “tin foil hat brigade” and how even they are not totally crazy
  • The reality that preparing for all the above threats is very similar

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