If you, like me, have read and listened to much of what is published online about Prepping, you might think that only individuals who wear tin foil hats or are in a bubba-militia group can be preppers. You might even be extremely hesitant to tell friends and family that you are interested in Prepping because you don't want to seem like a whack job who doesn't belong in society. It is unfortunate that many in society only know of Prepping through the spectacle of shows like Doomsday Preppers that only highlight the most extreme and radical members of the Prepping community. The truth is that anyone can immensely improve his or her life for the better by taking up prepping. Prepping destroys the victim mindset that most of society suffers from. And once your victim mindset is gone, you will begin truly be free.
The Victim Mindset
Most people go through life settling for what their circumstances dictate their outcomes should be. It is easy to spot these people because they always blame something else or someone else for their problems. "I was late because rush hour traffic was bad," "I didn't get promoted because my boss hates me," and "I don't have electricity because the storm knocked down the power lines," are just a few examples of what people with a victim mindset say. Individuals possessing a victim mindset do not take responsibility for their outcomes and therefore settle for the outcomes their environments dictate.
The Prepper Mindset
The prepper, on the other hand, takes full responsibility for the outcomes in his or her life and thereby claims the power to dictate the outcomes regardless of the circumstances. A prepper seeks to anticipate future obstacles and problems and solve them before they occur. A prepper who wants to be on time will leave earlier than he or she has to so that even if traffic is bad, they will still have plenty of time to get there; a prepper who wants to earn more will either work to become more valuable to the company or will transfer to where his or her services are better appreciated; a prepper who wants to keep electricity even when the grid goes down will have their own power source like a gas generator or solar panels. Everyone knows that as humans, we will experience obstacles and problems in this earthly life. Victims are defeated by the obstacle and problems. Preppers choose to make plans to overcome and master life's obstacles and problems.
Prepping is based on the desire to survive and thrive through any obstacle. The paradigm prepping scenario involves surviving a grave disaster like a hurricane. Failing to survive is not an option, and therefore failure is not an option. A prepper will therefore set his or her mind to the problem solving task of planning to succeed no matter what the obstacles presented are. A prepper opens his or mind to possibilities while a victim's mind is stuck on negatives of the situation. Instead of settling for a default outcome, a prepper strives to find solutions to the problem at hand and to create a better outcome.
Creating Better Outcomes Equals Creating a Better Life
Every time a better outcome is created, one's life becomes that much better. One will survive a tornado because a shelter was prepared; one will stay hydrated even through weeks of no running water because stored water has been prepared; one will get a promotion at work because one has prepared to be qualified ahead of time. While the mindset of victims hold them in negative outcomes by failing to act, preppers overcome the potential negative outcomes by solving the problem ahead of time. Even when an unforeseen difficulty arises, a prepper's mind is already predisposed to solving the problem instead of settling to be defeated by it. Having a prepper mindset will allow you to live a better life and will stop you from being a victim of circumstance.
The Bigger Picture
Imagine if everyone in this world lived with the mindset that focused on solving problems instead of focusing on suffering from problems. The quality of life would be tremendous because people would be focused on filling their lives with things that they want in life instead of with things that just happen to come into life. This is why prepping should not be viewed as a fringe activity of extremist behavior. The prepping lifestyle can positively impact anyone's life who takes it up. Prepping should therefore be something that is encouraged and admired.