Like the self reliance skills we discussed earlier this week, it takes more than physical preparation to truly be prepared. Those who are great at preparing tend to have certain attitudes and traits.
Here are some of the attitudes and behaviors every true prepper has.
It's tempting to watch shows like The Walking Dead and think, “If there's ever a societal collapse, I want to be the hero!” Sometimes, being a hero means knowing when to be careful.
For example, if you have to patrol your neighborhood or meet someone for a trade, don't go alone. Being overly cautious will protect you from potential problems (or even tempting others to take advantage of you).
Keeping a Cool Head
Another essential trait is being able to think clearly and keep cool in tense scenarios. When the disaster initially strikes, don't panic. Don't give reason for others to panic, either, by blowing events out of proportion before you know what’s really going on (a simple power outage doesn’t mean the US has been invaded by Russia). Staying calm and viewing everything appropriately will allow you to make smart decisions and stay safe.
If you're reading this blog, you understand the value of planning.
But can you plan if you're all on your own?
Learning how to plan effectively and quickly – and sometimes without being able to get ideas from anyone else – is a crucial skill. Practice planning now, and it will come up naturally later.
(Need some ideas on how to plan? Read these posts: Starting Seeds, Living Without Electricity, Building Your Safety Net, and many other posts on our blog.)
Understanding What You Can Control – And What You Can’t
While you can be responsibly prepared,the truth is you can't control everything. But that's okay. Instead of getting frustrated and shutting down, great preppers acknowledge not everything is in their control and work with those limitations. (Some people are even driven by seeing how much they can accomplish within limits!)
The power may be out. The water may stop running. And there may be very little you can do about it. But that doesn't mean all hope is lost.
Finally, the most essential skill for preppers is the ability to work as a team. Whether that team is your neighborhood, congregation, or simply your family, those who can work together effectively will make it.
They'll be able to negotiate trades in a way that means everyone wins
They'll divide supplies and rations in a way that ensures everyone has a fair share
They'll prepare now so necessary supplies are available when they're needed
Do you have any prepper attitudes or traits we haven't covered here? Leave a comment!
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