How do you feel when I ask you the question, ‘Are you prepared for a crisis or unexpected event?’ Many people experience a surge of tension, worry, or fear when confronted with this question. For some, it triggers denial or a freeze-like response, causing them to dissociate from the idea of preparation; the old ‘it can’t happen to me’ mindset.
If you find yourself reacting in a similar way, take a deep breath. I’m here to help; preparing for the unknown can be a soul-centered endeavor. Know that I’m posing the question, ‘Are you prepared for a crisis or unexpected event?’ out of love. We all lead busy lives and it can be challenging to think proactively or plan for the future. That’s precisely why I’ve created this special space for you to think strategically. This time is for you.
While the media, insurance companies, doomsday preppers, and many other outlets and people portray preparation as fear-based, we can choose to approach preparing for life’s unknowns from a different perspective – a place of empowerment.
Over the past few months, I’ve been doing just that, asking myself a variety of ‘Am I prepared for…?’ questions. These questions have granted me a remarkable sense of freedom and self-reliance as I’ve identified vulnerabilities and strengthened certain areas of my life. For example, I recognized I would be underprepared if someone tried to take me or force their way on me, so I enrolled in self-defense classes. These classes have made me more aware of potential attacker risks and equipped me with practical techniques to protect myself. There’s been no added fear involved with me acknowledging my weaknesses. Because I could take action, I now walk through a dimly lit parking lot and life with more confidence, knowing I’m prepared if the need arises.
Other areas of preparedness I’m leaning into include home safety and being able to care for others in an emergency. In fact, the reason I am sending this newsletter later than I usually do is because I was in a First Aid & CPR class.
If you’re interested in leaning into the concept of preparing further, remember that preparing is a mindset, and it’s crucial not to bring too much fear or perfection to the task. You can’t prepare for every possible scenario, and that’s okay. What matters is approaching this task with love and excitement, knowing you are working towards maintaining independence and your ability to be of service in the face of a challenge.
To enhance your sense of preparedness, you need to tailor your approach to your unique needs. Consider various categories such as financial, legal, emotional, physical, and safety. Conduct a self-audit to determine how you can become better prepared. You can identify potential scenarios, like natural disasters, economic downturns, or job loss. Ask yourself preparedness questions and empower yourself to take action. Perhaps you could draft a will or protect your business by filing for an LLC if you identify you are vulnerable in that area. Maybe you could ask your doctor for an extra month’s supply of essential medication in case you take an unexpected trip. Or you can start saving more money by making small lifestyle changes to be ready just in case something financially unexpected happens.
Additionally, try not to stress about time constraints. Believing that you don’t have enough time to prepare is a limiting belief that is also oftentimes connected to preparing. Even dedicating just ten minutes a day or ten minutes a week can yield significant results. In ten minutes, you can check smoke detectors, update security codes and passwords, purchase mace for your keychain, put a stash of cash and your passports in one accessible area, and more.
The key is to make ‘Are you prepared?’ a regular part of your daily and weekly routine. This way, it becomes less overwhelming, and the more you prepare, the more confident and secure you’ll feel. And remember to do all of this out of love – be aware, but not scared. The Universe has your back. Think of it this way: Most of us keep a spare tire in our car trunks, just in case. We aren’t worried about getting a flat tire. That spare in our trunk isn’t generating negative energy that will lead to a flat tire; rather, it’s something we do to provide us with a bit of extra peace of mind and security if the unexpected occurs.
Take a deep breath. Be proud of yourself for leaning into hard yet important things. I’m sending you love and light. If you’d like to explore this concept further, it would be my honor to have a one-on-one session with you.
Dr. Danielle Clark | Psychic Medium
PS – Here is an affirmation to help you approach preparation from a soul-centered place, “I lean into the areas I can influence, and I release control of what I can’t. I find peace in the balance between effort and surrender.”
PPS – Take a moment to reflect on your own beliefs and attitudes about preparing for the unknown. Grab your pen and journal. Are there any limiting beliefs or fears that may be holding you back from taking proactive steps to prepare for unexpected events? In your journal, explore the following questions:
- What emotions come up for me when I think about preparing for unexpected events or crises? Do I experience fear, anxiety, denial, or resistance? Describe these feelings in detail.
- Can I identify any specific beliefs or thoughts that contribute to these emotions? For example, do I believe that ‘it can’t happen to me,’ or that ‘I don’t have enough time to prepare’? Write down any such beliefs that come to mind.
- How have these limiting beliefs impacted my level of preparedness in various aspects of my life, such as safety, finances, or personal well-being? Have I been avoiding taking necessary actions due to these beliefs?
- Consider the concept of preparing as a mindset and a source of empowerment. How would my life change if I were to approach preparedness with love and excitement rather than fear? Write down the possibilities and potential benefits.
- What steps can I take to challenge and transform these limiting beliefs? How can I reframe my thoughts and attitudes to be more proactive and confident in my preparations? Brainstorm actionable ideas and write them down.