Prepare Unspectacularly

December 10, 2012 in Crisis Readiness, Education Readiness, Financial Readiness, Opportunity Readiness, Organizing Readiness, Planning

Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.”

-Robert H Schuller

Being prepared or getting ready to achieve something is really the unsung hero.  It seems we all want the result that preparation brings, but preparation is work…necessary work that we may not want to do.

I don’t know of much that occurs without taking steps to learn,  improve oneself, or to take action before one can achieve.  Whether you want to win a spelling bee, bake an apple pie, put together a dinner party, start a business, or prepare for emergencies, etc., the steps you take towards that end are not as glamorous as the end itself i.e., winning the bee; receiving accolades for a great pie; being known as a good host/hostess or businessman; having a plan and resources in place that allows your family to survive an emergency situation and etc.

If you truly want the glamour…if you truly want to be the hero…if you truly want to achieve some end,

discover the steps involved and do the unglamorous work.  You know it will be worth it.

When Something Happens…

July 6, 2012 in Crisis Readiness, Education Readiness, Financial Readiness, Get Organized, Planning

We have recorded the result of some recent brainstorming aimed at developing a sort of checklist of items to consider when something happens in life.  It’s a work in progress, but you might use it to jog your own thoughts as you prepare. The diagram below consists of three main nodes, Current Capabilities, Something Happened, and Assess the Capabilities You Have.

Current Capabilities is a list of probably core capabilities an individual, family, or business may have.  They extend from one’s current capabilities in terms of  shelter, utilities, communications, transportation, financials, education/experience, and inspiration/motivation.  These capabilities can be impacted when “Something Happens.”

Something Happens is simply a quick list of possible events in life.  By no means is this complete, but is intended to help you consider the myriad of “storms” in life, some good, some not so good and some tragic.  This list is meant to connect you with the Assess the Capabilities You Have node.

Assessing the Capabilities You Have is a starting point for assessing the impact of an event on the current capabilities.  The goal is use this as a sort of checklist to help assess that impact either before an event (planning or preparing for an adverse impact) or as an event unfolds.

Again, this is a work in progress, but we hope it can be of use to you and your family.

Get Educated

March 8, 2012 in All-Time, Education Readiness, Financial Readiness, General Readiness, Organizing Readiness, Preparation

“Persons, especially salaried people who schedule their spare time, to provide for home study, seldom remain at the bottom very long.  Their action opens the way for the upward climb, removes many obstacles from their path, and gains the friendly interest of those who have the power to put them in the way of opportunity.”

–Think And Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill

With all the news I read and hear these days concerning the economy, the future of food prices, the viability of the US dollar remaining as the global currency, or what the President or Congress promise they’ll do that will fix everything, it’s more important than ever that I learn enough about these issues, especially what they mean for my family, so my family can be best prepared for what lies ahead.  It’s time for me to actively learn so I can separate the real from others’ self-interest.  This takes time, but it’s time that I control and I can prioritize what I do with it.

Of course, I could sit in front of the TV and have the news broadcasters tell me “what’s important to know.”  That is certainly easy, but may only be information some producer wants me to understand about the situation.  I can’t account for what I’m not told or shown concerning the issue.  In addition, it can be a pretty passive way of learning, in fact it isn’t learning at all, it’s simply being on the receiving end of the information presented.  From that I can decide if I need to take action to learn more.  If so I arm myself with a goal to learn about the issues to which I feel  most vulnerable.

For example, when you hear about the declining dollar and you want to know what you can do about it regarding your family’s finances, you may need to brush up on alternative ways to protect or otherwise use your money.   Make a plan to read from different sources,  so you don’t act as if you got a good stock tip and go off taking action without learning about the ins and outs of applying the new knowledge.

Again, if you’re concerned whether the economy will cause further layoffs at your place of work, arm yourself with a goal to learn a new marketable task or allow yourself to consider other income alternatives that may be part-time work or work from home ideas.  Make a plan to get the necessary education and proceed.

In doing this you may turn crisis into opportunity.  Do a Google search to get a sense of the information out there on the topic, talk to informed people, and investigate.  There are some resources on this site that I’m affiliated with that you could check out.  As an education source, I’ve found the folks at give me “the rest of the story” when it comes to news on the US dollar, Gold and Silver, and what impacts the dollar.

Wherever you go to seek answers and solutions, make the plan, set the priorities, and take action.


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