What is being Prepared?

Hurricane Harvey taunted the Texas Coastline, news and media outlets have put people on edge and many in a state of panic with anticipation of the unexpected. I’ve been in a couple of Hurricanes before so mentally I was prepared for the situation and possibly too relaxed about it. Being from Houston I’ve gone through Hurricanes, Tropical Depressions and other miscellaneous storms on a yearly basis so I didn’t get too worked up about it. Matter of fact Kim and I honeymooned in St. Lucia where we spent the first few hours after touching down on the island weathering Hurricane Dean. I spent the day before the predicted landfall of Hurricane Harvey enjoying my time with my son, making funny facebook poll questions and reading a few books. By the time the evening came I decided to get off my butt and make a check of all our supplies and everything was pretty much where we needed to be. We had cases of water already, Batteries and back up batteries for Flash Lights, candles, Food and all the other Survivalist necessities someone would need, I was prepared. I told my wife let’s go ahead and ride to the Store and check to see if there is anything there that we could possibly get that we might need. When we got there it was like the place had been ransacked completely, the water was out of stock, flashlights, batteries, the whole 9 was out of stock. That’s when it hit me.. I had been prepared because we stay prepared for situations like this because being from Houston it is something that we have become accustomed to. But what if I was out of my element preparing for a Tsunami, an Earthquake or something that was different how would I have taken it? Would I be prepared mentally to remain calm to make decisions in crucial situations the same way I have been in the eye of this storm? I believe so…. I believe that when we find ourselves facing a storm or a test where we aren’t quite sure of the outcome or our own fate, this is a moment where we sometimes need to mentally slow things down, internalize what is going on in order to make a quick and effective decision. The easiest thing to do when you find yourself in a tight situation is panic and cause others around you to panic. As a leader it is your duty to remain calm in the eye of the storm and lead your team, your tribe, your company or your family to a destination that is optimal for everyone involved. Being mentally prepared for anything is something that starts with accepting what is coming for you and making a decision with a clear head.