25 Ways You Can Be More Self Reliant Today
Learn Self-Reliance Skills Before You Are Forced To
There are a lot more than 25 ways to be more self reliant so use these tips as a creative nudge. Self reliant living has always been an important skill. From the Pilgrims to the generation that lived through the Depression and World War II the ability to survive and thrive during times of intense hardship made the difference between life and death - freedom and slavery.
Sometimes people become self reliant because they want to and sometimes because they have to. Choosing to be self reliant is better than being forced to in difficult circumstances. Since any skill requires practice spending time honing your survival skills when you don't have to is better and more effective than having to learn on the fly. There's also a deep confidence that develops as you learn to do more.
There is nothing in this world that is guaranteed. Things change rapidly. Stock markets rise and they crash, you may have a job today and yet be unemployed tomorrow. It stands to reason that the more independent you can be the better off you are and the better quality of life you will have overall.
25 Steps to Self Reliance You Can Take Today
Becoming independent is not an overnight thing but everything has a beginning and this is no different. The small steps you take today can change your life, even save your life, further down the road.
1. Get Out of Debt
Getting out of debt is the number one priority. You can't be free and in debt.
Come up with a plan to get out of debt. This really isn't that hard. Put up the credit cards and don't use them. Begin to pay an extra five dollars on your lowest balance, more if you can. When that balance is paid off add the amount you had been paying to your next lowest balance, and so on.
When you can pay more by all means DO! Debt costs you money. If you really want to see how much it is costing you add up your finance charges every month. $50? $100? what could you be doing with that money?
2. Learn New Skills
Learn one homemaking, farming, or other skill a month. Sewing, knitting, and crocheting would be my top suggestions and then from their move to soap making and spinning. With these skills you can clothe your family or even make a little money.
Learning to milk a goat or a cow, clip hooves, and handle basic care is important, too. Seed saving, planting, creating compost, and other necessary farming skills will allow you to provide food for your family no matter what happens.
Other skills might include building and woodworking skills, learning about engines and how to fix them, and things along those lines.
3. Choose Simplicity
Make simplicity a habit. When you need to get your nails done, get your hair done, and have the newest technology the lack of these things will leave a huge void in your life. If you create a life without things you don't miss them when they are gone! Learn to enjoy an evening board game with the family rather than DVD's or video games. That's not to say you can't use them! Just beware of becoming too dependent.
The more things you have, the more things you have to keep up with, take care of, and worry about. Try to keep things simple and possessions minimal.