- Discuss the “better life” you want. Talk about how you want to live the “better life” on less cost and how you want it for your family. You should be able to show your spouse the ways to live a better life on less money. Show them how you plan to go about improving the family’s lifestyle.
- Start with a small plan and work from there. Don’t start off with, ‘Hey we should move to the country and hole up for armageddon’. That’s a sure fire way to not go anywhere. Start with a small plan and work the plan. Show how it makes your life better. Move to other things as the easy ones fall into place. Remember- to walk a mile starts with one step.
- Offer to do the first step with them. You can start with one or more. By showing you support them, it shows you care about the concerns they have. Doing it together promotes unity.
- Have your spouse suggest a second step. Do the second step together no matter what you think of it. You will not always have the same ideas, but by doing it with them it shows you value their opinion.
- Discuss how you want to spend time with them. Show how you want to spend time now not when you are old and can’t do anything together. Doing things together is how you build your family unit. Caring about one another is how we show them they are important. Getting our of debt and saving money will enable you to spend more years together.
- Get them to talk about their fears and REALLY listen to them. They are the most important person to you. Without them you will not be able to succeed. Find out about them.
- Be positive. The future is bright. Show them it can be brighter. There may be some tough times ahead, but you want to thrive during those times. Prepping is a little like insurance. You buy it hoping you will never need it, but if you do you are glad you have it.
- Don’t expect to be perfect in everything you do. You will make mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Do not expect your spouse to suddenly change their mind and be 100% on board. It took you time to realize what is going on. Give you spouse some time also.
- Come up with a long term vision and what it means to the family. You are doing this so your family will be better prepared. Preparedness is about the family not about an individual.
- Share this blog with them. Sometimes people need an outside opinion. They need to hear it from someone else other than you.
Remember to convey at all times, what you are trying to do is improve your families lifestyle. You care about them and the conditions around them.
In the comments, what other ways have you had your spouse come on board?
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