Podcast – Episode 28 – Apply Yourself
Where we help hardworking people in the preparedness community to break out of corporate America to live a totally free life.
Hello everyone and welcome to the show. We missed you guys last week. For those of you who do not know we had a death in the family, so we took some time to support family and share memories of our loved one.
Thank you for all of the love, prayers, and support that everyone sent our way. We are so lucky to have so many great people in our lives. We truly appreciate you all.
Before our unexpected loss, Crystal came up with an idea of applying yourself for episode 28. It was a great idea then, and even more relevant now so here we go…
- Setting goals are the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. …
- Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. …
- The first step toward change is awareness. …
- Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
- A journey of 1,000 miles starts with the first step
We have all heard these, and I am sure many other inspirational quotes revolving around a simple philosophy of applying yourself to whatever is important to you.
You can spend 5 minutes on Google finding hundreds of thousands of quotes designed to inspire others to take action, apply yourself and change your life.
I have to believe the reason these quotes are so abundant is that it is common knowledge that human nature’s primary impediment is having all of the health, energy, intellect, drive, and vision but doing nothing to make it materialize into reality.
We have told our children countless times that life does not care what your plans are. All that you can do as an adult is position yourself in a way to have as many options available to you as possible. Avoid making permanent mistakes, learn from the mistakes that you do make and keep your head on a swivel to take advantage of opportunities before you.
An airy-fairy example of this is a river. If you picture life as a river with changing currents, rocks, logs and other obstacles in the way. You are a lonely canoe, navigating the rapids of life. You cannot fight the current, the river will take you where the river wants. If you have a paddle then you have options to avoid obstacles, stay away from downed trees or jutting rocks. You cannot change where the river takes you, but you can navigate a smoother course. That… in a nutshell… is life.
I know… super cheesy. But, I think it gets the point across.
We cannot control all of the environmental factors that happen to us on a daily basis. Sometimes we have a death in the family. Sometimes we have illnesses, job losses, house fires or serious weather events that impact us in a negative way.
One thing that I do know, is that if you put thought into how you would deal with these things in advance. That catastrophe is not nearly as catastrophic as it could be. That is why we look for budget buys and store up extra food and water. That is why we have batteries, lights and alternative heat options. Most importantly, that is why we work to eliminate debt
Our dream of moving to the Rocky Mountains (which is 3 ½ years away this month) is all about that. Our goal is to be the architects of our lives. To minimize or eliminate as many uncontrollable variables as possible. To spend more time creating family memories and less time punching a time clock. And, to keep us moving and active well into our retirement years to stay healthy and functioning. A rolling stone gathers no moss.
We thought that we would read excerpts from two news articles that demonstrate outside/uncontrollable variables that could have a big impact on all of our lives in many ways.
There is a link within the NOAA.gov article for the full climate report if you are having trouble sleeping and need something to knock you out.
Global Financial Crisis:
We all know that news agencies rely solely on click bait. They love to paint ominous pictures to get the populous up in arms and commenting or sharing their articles. They are master marketers who should be held to a higher standard, but unfortunately that is a rarity.
Who knows what is real and what is over dramatized. Who knows what, if anything, will happen in any of our lifetimes. People have been forecasting the end of times as long as there have been people or times.
The moral of this story, life is short and the future is uncertain. We have discussed before, the importance of creating a vision. To step out of the day to day rat race and dream. Identify what your perfect life will look like, whom you will spend it with, where you will live and what you will do. How you will support yourself and your family. What is important to you.
We can work towards preparedness now while things are good and prosperous, and be in a better position if things get bad. Pay off that debt now, and start saving. Live within your means. Start putting together a deep pantry. We do not know when or if things will get dicey, but we will be in a better position than most if we start now… Today… Right this minute. Be the architect of your life.
And… most importantly… Put a real plan in place and take the first step. Because, a journey of 1,000 miles (Or 1,154 miles to be exact… The distance from our current home to our new home) starts with the first step.
Most people have a faint idea of what they want. Very few people ever take the first step. If you put a plan in place and apply yourself, you are in an elite group of people. You will do now what most will not, and be able to live a life that most will not be able to.
Our #1 Goal… Pay off Debt… Status Update
Paused for the holidays, but not taking on more debt.
Kick it in high gear 1/2/19
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