Last month I realized why my efforts at losing weight had detoured into the land of brownies and grilled cheese sandwiches. My goal was too vague. “I want to lose some weight.” How much is “some”? If I only want to lose, “some”, and I’ve already lost twenty pounds, isn’t that, “some”? I decided what I needed what a number to shoot for. I’m not sure what it is about the human brain, but it seems wired to focus on a specific number, an amount, a measurement.
When a SurvivalMom has a goal of preparedness and self-reliance, that goal is too generalized and overwhelming. That’s why setting a goal with a number may help. Here are some examples to get you started.
Store 14 2-liter bottles filled with clean water. This is enough water for one person for one week. Continue adding water storage as needed for additional family members.
Set aside $10 each week to go toward buying junk silver. “Junk silver” is the term used for dimes and quarters dated prior to 1965. These coins don’t have any value for collectors but do contain enough silver to give them intrinsic value.
List four simple dinners your family enjoys eating. Stock up on the ingredients you need to make those four dinners, and you’ll be ready to make that meal one night per month for one month.
Becoming better informed is one of the most important steps you can take toward preparedness and self-reliance. Spend 30 minutes each day researching topics that are highest on your list of priorities, such as gardening, raising livestock, storing fuel, etc. Your priorities will change as you become better informed and better prepared.
Take one training class that will help you become better prepared. Check out CERT classes, first aid, wilderness first aid, sewing, master gardening, and CPR. Stocking up on food and supplies is all well and good, but education and knowledge are priceless.
If two cans of tuna equals one lunch in your family, stock up on 20 cans of tuna. Those, along with some mayo, pickle relish, and bread will make ten lunches.
Schedule a monthly 15-minute fire drill with your family. Explain the procedure before-hand, practice, and then once a month, without any warning, sound the alarm. You can find tips here.
If you have a number, you have a goal, and if you have a goal, you can create an action plan to reach it.