What Are Your Prepping and Survival Goals for the New Year?

Setting prepping and survival goals sounds noble and good, doesn’t it? Perhaps you’ve resolved to set some.

But new year’s resolutions have become a laughing matter. Many of us say vague things like we’ll eat less and lose weight.

The problem is we make generalized statements and don’t set definable, reachable goals. It’s easier to do than you might think.

But the holidays always throw off our normal routine, so we’re not always thinking as clearly as we might. And if you carry that mindset through the year, you’ll be caught off guard by events that could develop unnecessarily into crisis situations.

Start today and take 15 minutes to dream and plan your prepping goals for the coming year. Keep them small and reachable. Start with just three things, and you may find yourself adding a couple more when you begin to think about it.

Do you need more than 15 minutes? Perhaps you’ll want to take 15 minutes each day for a week to figure out your goals.

Suppose you decide to add a month’s worth of storage food to your survival pantry. How much is a month’s supply for your family? Do you want to buy it from the supermarket, long term food storage companies, or a combination of those?

Take the 15 minutes mentioned above to write your answers down and follow a plan. Will you add X number of canned items when you go grocery shopping? Will you set aside X dollars each month for long term food storage purchases?

This may seem complicated or overwhelming at first, but you’ll think of practical questions and ways to work things out once you put your mind to it.

Before long you will have achieved your goal. It may surprise you to find you’ve accomplished it sooner in the year than you expected. Can you do it again? If it’s April, you’ve got until the end of December to start adding another month’s supply of storage food.

If finances are a problem, there are plenty of books and Web sites to give you guidance, such as those at Living On A Dime. But the simplest way to start digging out of a debt hole is to pay down small bills first. When you knock each one out of the way, you can go to the next one and chip away at it, and keep moving forward.

You’ve heard the old sayings. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Or a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

But then something comes along and scuttles your plans. Life happens. Still, where would you be if you didn’t have goals to start with? Can you get back on track?

The ironic thing is prepping itself means planning for disruption. If you and I didn’t anticipate trouble, why would we bother prepping for survival in the first place?

But what if The Big One comes along? What if you have to leave home for several days or weeks to get out of the path of a hurricane? What if you want to escape days of erupting violence where you live?

Why not take your 15 minute daydreaming time to think of possible disastrous scenarios and how you and your family would face them? Is that too scary to contemplate? It’s best to be scared now if it means you’re taking steps toward preparedness.

Does every member of your family have a bug out bag or go-kit? If not, one of your goals should be to see that everyone is equipped with one.

Remember, when setting goals, be specific. Make sure your goals are definable and reachable. If you look back this time next year and you haven’t met them all, don’t worry. Take satisfaction in the progress you did make and keep moving forward with goals for the next year.

For now, just get started.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “What Are Your Prepping and Survival Goals for the New Year?”

  1. Get rid of debt. Buy more of everything that’ll help in the coming difficulties. Get into better condition physically. Study first aid, gardening and other skills. The 4 “G’s” are always on my mind – God, Guns, Gold, and Groceries.

    1. Sounds like good advice. Getting out of debt can be a real challenge.It’s important to do it, but not to the exclusion of doing at least modest prepping. I doubt if we disagree on that. I’m just clarifying a thought.

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