Beginning the journey towards homesteading, self-sufficiency or being prepared for difficult circumstances, is as much a transformation of mind, as it is actually doing something. Generally, this change of mind, follows a period of interest, research and reflection.
Following an event, whether local or at a distance, can prompt someone to develop an interest in being prepared. Weather events like Hurricane Katrina, or the boxing day tsunami. Earthquakes like the Christchurch or Nepal quakes. Terror attacks such as New York, London, Paris or Brussels, can all stimulate someones interest to protect themselves, and their families. There are numerous magazines available, which offer good practical advice. At this point, the internet can be helpful, and also a hindrance.
There is so much information available, that a person with this type of interest, now has to research the topic, to find useful information for their personal situation. It is helpful to find people, who are in a similar situation, or who are practicing the lifestyle you are seeking. Having young children and getting advice from a retired couple living in an RV, for example, may not be relevant.
Geographical relevancy also needs to be researched, people living in countries where firearms are illegal, can get frustrated by websites which frequently give firearms and weapons advice. Researching how to live successfully, in a different or changed climate, is however, a good idea.
Following all this interest and research, a prospective homesteader, self-sufficiency or off-grid person, or a preparedness professional, needs to reflect on the way forward for them. At what point they want to start, or should start. Preparing folders, and planning the way forward, are very useful steps before racing into action. It is also wise to consider your current position, and your current resources. Following all this reflection, plan your steps forward over a number of years, building up skills and resources, as you prepare for your families future.