It’s true that many of us sometimes wonder if we’re crazy. Our friends accuse us of wasting money on our freeze-dried food, and sometimes spouses get downright angry at the purchase of a new firearm or more ammo. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to learn that some preppers suffer from occasional self-doubts.
A friend pointed out an article to me, “The Seven Differences Between Winners and Losers,” and I started feeling rather good about myself and my Survival Mom activities. You can read the whole article at the link, but take a look at these statements and see if it doesn’t give a nice boost to your confidence.
1. Winners do things losers won’t do.
Yep. We dehydrate and can massive amounts of tomatoes, herbs, and just about anything else that sits in one place for very long. We build and then stock root cellars. We put up with cackling chickens who poop way too much just so that we can have a supply of fresh eggs, and sometimes, fresh chicken. We move to homesteads at the ripe old age of 40 or 50 and learn all the ropes of living out in the country, nowhere near a Starbucks or a Cheesecake Factory.
2. Winners fail more often than losers.
Have I told you about that entire 30 pound box of peppers that I let rot because I was afraid of getting a chemical burn? Or the massive amount of peaches I dutifully sliced and froze, just to watch them turn a disgusting brown color in the freezer? I don’t know how many loaves of bread I tried to bake in my Sun Oven before I realized I was using the wrong type of pan. Loaf after loaf, they collapsed long before turning that nice golden brown. I’m embarrassed to say that it took more than a month for me to figure out what I was doing wrong. Probably the only thing worse was the time I made Mother Earth’s “Five Minutes a Day Fresh-Baked Bread” and forgot to add the yeast. Yeah, as a Survival Mom I’ve experienced more than my fair share of failures.
3. Winners are optimistic while losers are pessimistic.
When it comes to preparing and surviving, most people mistakenly believe that we are the pessimists, while those who still live in Fantasyland are the true optimists. However, the exact opposite is true. Preparing for calamity and believing you can survive and continue to thrive is the ultimate, optimistic point of view. We believe that life is still worth living and that everything we hold dear is worth fighting for and preserving. You’ll never hear one of us say, “If things go really bad, I just want to die!”
4. Winners know what they’re trying to do while losers go with the flow.
Bottom line: we are working toward maintaining a stable life for our families, no matter what happens. If we were content to go with the flow, we’d spend our spare time playing solitaire on the computer, buying things we couldn’t afford, and watching reality TV. Preppers have a focus that gives us energy and purpose, and ultimately, peace of mind.
5. Winners take responsibility for their own lives while losers point the finger elsewhere.
Isn’t this characteristic the main reason you started prepping? Like me, you couldn’t stand the notion of standing in line waiting to be processed into a FEMA shelter or putting out your hand for a few groceries. Preppers tend to be stubborn when it comes to taking care of themselves and shunning the sometimes heavy hand of government.
6. Winners work harder than losers.
I’m not going to malign every non-prepper as a loser because I don’t believe that’s true. However, having a preparedness mindset and being proactive takes additional time, energy, money, focus, and sometimes, hard work. It’s not easy to get a vegetable garden started in a patch of barren earth or can 30 quarts of tomatoes on a hot summer day. And, it’s not easy learning new skills as an adult who is already stretched thin between family and work responsibilities. What keeps us going is the desire to establish supplies, skills, knowledge, and security now, on this side of a major crisis rather than waiting in hopes that life always remains on an even keel.
7. Winners act. Losers wait
Preppers know that time waits for no man. A hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or job loss is highly likely, depending on where you live. A government that is trillions of dollars in debt will eventually beget a country in turmoil. Why wait for the other shoe to drop when being proactive will reap huge dividends?
8. Winners are patient. Losers give up easily.
Being prepared for an uncertain future takes time, and there is no set date for the S hitting the fan. It’s tempting to give up and say, “So-and-so’s prediction of _____ didn’t come true, so I’m going to stop all this prepper stuff.” Prognosticators, such as Gerald Celente, Peter Schiff, and others give their best guess as to what might happen, but there are so many elements coming together in a perfect storm that its exact course is impossible for anyone to predict. Winners do what they can, when they can, and focus on long-term goals.
I’ll bet you had no idea what an amazing winner you really are!
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