Monday, December 5, 2022

In Prepping, "Perfect" Is The Enemy of "Good."

By Tim Gamble

We all have heard the saying that "perfect" is the enemy of "good," but what does that mean, and how does it relate to preparedness and survival? 

First, let's get something out of the way: Perfect doesn't exist. There is no perfect person, no perfect group, no perfect location, no perfect plan. There will never be a perfect time or a perfect situation or perfect circumstances. This is true in all areas of life, and we just have to deal with it. 

Insisting on perfection in anything causes indecision, prevents action, and results in nothing being accomplished. Unfortunately, the desire for "perfect" is often used as an EXCUSE to do nothing. Or, rather, it is often used as an excuse to not do something that you actually don't want to do. 

When it comes to preparedness, many folks often this as an excuse not to prepare. For example, I've heard many people over the years say they aren't preppers because "its impossible to predict exactly what will go wrong or when, therefore you can't really prepare for anything." In other words, they don't prepare because having a perfect plan is impossible. It is true that no plan is perfect, but a merely good plan is better than no plan at all. 

The examples are almost endless:

"I can't afford to buy a year's supply of food, so I don't stock up anything.

"I have bad knees and a bad back. I'm too old. I have arthritis. Therefore, I can't exercise or do anything to improve my fitness."

"I can't lose wait because I have bad genes - being fat runs in my family."

"I can't get out of debt because I have too many bills and don't make enough money."

"I can't move to a better location because I have too much debt."

"I can't get out of the Big City because my doctor is here (and somehow there are no doctors anywhere else)."

"I can't move to a rural area or even a small town because there are no jobs there."

"I can't... because... excuse..."

The truth is that 99.999% of the time when someone says "I can't" they really mean "I don't want to" because doing so will be too difficult or too uncomfortable for them. They don't want to admit this, so they cast about for an excuse. Don't let the desire for "perfect" be that excuse, in life or in prepping. If you insist on waiting for the perfect time, the perfect location, the perfect circumstances, the perfect plan, the perfect group, the perfect whatever, before you act, you will never act. And ultimately, it will be your undoing. 
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2 comments:

  1. I've found that if I begin to do, and keep doing, I eventually get to done.

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