Nothing comes for free. That includes good habits like discipline. The more disciplined we are now the better off we will be when the next emergency situation comes along. But wouldn’t it be better to learn to do without now as opposed to later when you are struggling to deal with a new reality?
Unfortunately our country in no way, shape, or form promotes discipline. An old sage piece of advice goes something like this—the best thing you can do for yourself is to tell yourself ‘no’. Doing so takes real discipline, especially in our society where we are told to go easy on ourselves and that we deserve even those things we cannot afford. Our society is controlled by those that want us to hand over our hard earned resources and essentially enrich them by enslaving ourselves through debt.
That is a hard pill to swallow, but it is true. Many have unwisely fallen victim to this train of thought and the results have been devastating, as we experienced with the Great Recession. Even now as we work ourselves out of that dark time, many haven’t learned the lesson. The average American still owes an average of over $7,000 in credit card debt. And with the hint of economic improvement on the horizon that amount is sure to grow. No wonder there are still a proliferation of payday loan stores and plenty of debt relief companies.
Preppers can’t afford to blindly follow that sort of herd mentality. Without resisting the urge to have our wants met now how can we expect to fare when we have no choice but to scrape by on short or dwindling resources? The fact is if we can learn to regularly tell ourselves ‘no’ to all the consumerism we now face we will be in a much better place when SHTF comes along. Following are some strategies for developing that proper mindset that we can work on now.
Buying for Convenience
What are Americans going to do when they don’t have access to fast food restaurants? If our overwhelming dependence on others to make our meals for us is any indication, then the majority of people will suffer horribly during an extended crisis. No wonder the average home has less than three days of food on hand.
Eating out is not a bad thing in and of itself, but it should be done in moderation. It should be a treat instead of a habit. Such dependence on others for such a basic need is in direct opposition to the prepper’s ideal of attaining self-sufficiency. If you are guilty of this, perhaps you should consider a more disciplined view of making your own meals. This may seem insignificant, but the implications are huge. If for no other reason, forego eating out and put the savings towards prepping supplies.
We have all given in to impulse buying. But how often does it win over us? Our consumer society has turned the science of human psychology into a means of profit. We no longer buy just what we need. We have been conditioned to buy what we want the minute we want it. This is a very dangerous practice for a prepper. Not only does it waste precious resources but it undermines the very discipline we will rely on during SHTF.
Instead of giving in to these sort of desires, a prepper must start exercising discipline in the current state of affairs. The effort expended now to ingrain discipline and self-sufficiency will pay off many times over in the future. During that impending time of chaos and strife, if we don’t have the mental discipline developed in the present it won’t matter how many preps we have then. We will fall victim to our own impulsiveness.