Sunday, May 5, 2013

Episode 123. Don't Be Discouraged by Good News

Yeah, that's right. Don't be discouraged by GOOD news!

If you've been prepping for the big Collapse that many of us believe is coming, it can be surprising, and even disappointing, when the occasional bit of good news surfaces.

An unexpectedly favorable jobs report. The stock market hitting another high. How can that be? The world is going to hell in a handbasket! How can there be good news?

First of all, you need to understand what you're feeling. You're not really upset that the collapse hasn't arrived. Few people truly want bad times to come, and it's not likely you're one of them.

You're probably concerned that all your preps will go for naught. That you've wasted precious time and money. That the hours of worrying, and planning, and prepping, could have gone into something more productive.

Well, before you go too much farther down that path, keep a few points in mind:

1) Prepping for "The Collapse" has the side benefit of keeping you prepared for a range of disasters, large and small. Remember that the next time you have a power outage in your neighborhood, or nearby.

2) Your disaster preps are insurance, not an investment. You're not prepping to get rich, you're prepping so that you can get through hard times. If you're preparing for the worst but hoping for the best, and the best is what happens, then you got exactly what you were hoping for. That's good!

3) The occasional piece of good news is inevitable in a world as complex as ours, even when the long-term trends are negative.

Finally, do not let your surprise over good news in the short term influence your objective evaluation of what is happening long-term. The global economy isn't improving, it's getting worse. The stock market bubble will not last forever, it will end. Nobody can predict when that will happen, but history suggests that bull markets end with a surprise. Be ready.

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