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How can preppers maintain their motivation?

A hurricane is one example of a disaster that requires preparation.
A hurricane is one example of a disaster that requires preparation.
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After events such as the most recent snowstorm, it is easier for preppers and their family members to be motivated to prepare for emergencies and disasters. Memories are short, however, and, in time, preppers and their family members can lose their motivation to prep. This article will discuss how preppers can maintain their motivation and the cooperation of their family members.

Because of sensationalistic, end-of-the-world TV shows such as Doomsday Preppers, people who allocate a reasonable amount of time, effort, and money to prepare for the frequent, local, types of emergencies or disasters, often are stereotyped as being pessimistic, or even paranoid. When preppers are stereotyped like this, it can be easy for them to lose their motivation to prepare for emergencies and disasters such as:

  1. Power blackouts.
  2. Floods.
  3. Blizzards.
  4. Hurricanes.
  5. Fires.

It can be tempting, at times, for preppers to avoid being stereotyped by embracing the denial of most people that these disasters will occur in the near future. Also, it seems to be much easier to:

  1. Depend upon the government.
  2. Abandon prepping.
  3. Switch totally to less demanding activities.

During times of low motivation, preppers could concentrate exclusively on the types of preparations that they most like to do, even if their preps temporarily lack balance. For example, preppers who like family activities and activities with neighbors could spend more time bonding with their families and neighbors for a while. Doing this is a prepping activity in itself.

Preppers also could concentrate upon what is easy to accomplish. They could establish good habits, for example, such as keeping their gas tanks half full.

Finally, preppers could do those activities that will help them immediately, even if they do not experience an emergency or disaster for many years. Examples of such activities are:

  1. Getting physically fit.
  2. Teaching family members who drive how to jump start a car battery.
  3. Teaching family members who drive how to fix a flat tire.

After disasters, preppers will be more motivated again and should take on some of their less favorite prepping activities. In doing so, preppers will again bring balance to their preparations.

How do you maintain your motivation and inspire your family members to prep? Please comment below.

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