To get involved with emergency preparedness, it is imperative that you set goals, and not just set them, but that you have the tenacity to see them through. If you currently set goals that you continuously fail to see through to fruition, becoming better prepared is going to be an exercise in futility. Nothing will cause a complete and total collapse of your emergency preparedness plan like failing to meet the goals you have set.
Motivation is Key:
Motivation is the driving force that will ensure the goals you set are attained. Without the proper motivation, your chances of achieving goals is drastically reduced. Motivation can come from a number of sources; competition, the urge to be better, or do better than someone else; fear/worry/concern, the sense that something must be done to ensure the fear has been addressed in the best possible fashion; sense of duty, the feeling that you are obligated to achieve the goal for the benefit of you, as well as others in your life. These are but a few of the sources that motivation can come from. You might be motivated to carry on a traditional family lifestyle, ensuring that the lessons you learned are taught to future generations. Whatever the case may be, you need to determine what your motivation is before going any further.
Is there something you fear? Write it down! Did you watch your prepared neighbors withstand the last natural disaster to strike your area, without a single expression of concern? Do you want to be just like them when the next storm hits? Write that down! In fact, write down everything that would serve as a motivating factor to achieving the goals you intend to set, regardless of what they are.
Establish Small Scale Goals:
Another key factor to preventing procrastination is setting reasonably attainable goals for yourself to achieve. Buying land and building an underground safe haven should not be a goal set by someone with less than a week’s worth of interest in prepping. Be honest with yourself, about your capabilities, your finances, and the time you have to tackle goals/projects.
Start out with a few small goals, the first of which should be research. You should not set goals you know nothing about achieving. For instance, I am not a mechanic, therefore I would never set the goal of building a kit car unless I first set a series of much smaller goals to accomplish first, such as taking an auto mechanics class, buying the necessary tools, and taking an internship at an automotive repair center. You either must have prior experience, or the ability to obtain relevant knowledge, before you can set a “reasonable” goal.
Make a Schedule of Goals:
Using a calendar, schedule out the goals you want to achieve, and in what order. This will help you stay on track. Announcing your goals is great, but unless you write them down and place them on a schedule, they will get pushed off to the back burner where they will likely sit for years, unfinished and unattended. Unfinished goals are money pits for most people; they have invested time and/or money to leave something incomplete. That is a wasteful practice that has no place in emergency preparedness plans.
Make a Commitment to the Schedule:
This is one of the greatest factors to achieving the goals you set. If you go through the steps of determining your motivation for reaching the goals, setting small scale reasonable goals, and placing them on a schedule, then you have already invested a significant amount of time to the process; not making a commitment to keep on schedule is the very anti-thesis of achieving those goals.
There will be days on the schedule that you cannot fulfill your commitment to; this is going to happen, life gets in the way all the time. Do not give up, or give in! Move the missed goal, as well as those scheduled after it, further down the calendar, keeping them set in the order they were originally. Do not allow the schedule to remain stagnant for long, as this will also be the death knoll of your emergency preparedness plan.
An interruption in the schedule needs to be addressed immediately. If there is a family emergency, a business emergency, or something of that nature, it cannot be helped and must be addressed before returning to the schedule. However, if the interruption in schedule derives from a personal interest in another area, such as going fishing with the fellas, or going shopping with the girls, then you have failed to make the necessary commitment to the schedule and achieving those goals; you will more than likely continue to find “excuses” to avoid progress with the schedule of goals, and ultimately your plan to prepare will collapse.
Getting to the Goal:
If you have trouble achieving goals, or meeting expectations in your current career, then you need to retrain your brain. Before you attempt to put together an emergency preparedness plan, let’s start on a scale so small it is almost impossible not to achieve. You already have activities and duties that you are doing on a regular basis; getting out of bed in the morning, making breakfast, performing personal hygiene techniques, applying make-up, etc., so let’s start there.
Beginning tomorrow morning, set your alarm clock five minutes early and make the commitment to get out of bed when it goes off, rather than hitting the “snooze” button. If you cannot accomplish this small goal, how much effort are you going to put into bigger goals? If your normal routine consists of grabbing coffee and breakfast “on the fly,” then maybe you start getting up five minutes earlier each week until you’ve accumulated an additional half hour of time in the morning, then start making your own breakfast. Continue doing these until each small goal you set is being achieved with resounding success, then start setting bigger goals for yourself and you will have much better success at achieving them.