Ross Powell is the founder of Survival 401k, a specialty financial services company that provides hard-asset based retirement account solutions and preparation recommendations. Please visit his website to explore the critical solutions that Ross offers. This article was originally published on The Price of Business: Full Spectrum Preparation: Mutual Assistance Groups
In the course of awakening to the necessity of preparation and in the process of preparation itself, many of us have reached moments of great significance. These instants can alter the course of our lives and even possibly determine what our futures will look like. Have you ever encountered a moment where you felt overwhelmed by the many feasible and even probable dangers that you may confront in the near future? Have you ever been gripped by fear – the kind that is heavy in your gut and electric in your spine – after seeing a headline, report, or analysis? An intense realization of powerlessness typically accompanies such situations. We become acutely aware, sometimes entirely at once, that we can’t even make it in our own strength through some of the more benign scenarios that are potentially in the cards.
In such moments we are faced with a choice: denial or humility. We can simply suppress the painful feeling of helplessness and dismiss any information that could lead to such a nasty experience as not worth considering or just plain impossible. But I know that you’re not the ‘it could never happen to me’ crowd. You’ve traveled this path and know from experience that humility is the only productive way forward if you’re actually serious about preparation solutions. Perhaps this began when you realized that you weren’t going to be prepared without more physical resources – water, food, guns, ammunition, precious metals, medical supplies, tools, energy sources, communication resources, shelter, transportation, and anything else you’d care to name. This humility gap is relatively straightforward to bridge. Once supplies are secured the sense of helplessness can fade rapidly. However, there is a more subtle humility gap that we must overcome if we are going to achieve full spectrum preparation.