How is implementing Glenn Beck’s advice coming? Make sure to take plenty of deep breaths, hot baths, long walks, or whatever it takes to keep your spirits up.
On radio this week, Glenn laid out a few crucial rules for how to talk with your family about preparing for what is coming. I wrote down his advice, plus added a few rules of my own. Now I'm sharing them with you.
Try these out the next time you're attempting to bring your family up to speed on the state of the world, and how to prepare for the future.
1. Pick the right time.
Half asleep in bed? Nope.
In-laws are arriving in five minutes? No thanks.
Baby’s birthday party? Have you lost your mind?
Pick a low-stress time when you can really talk. Make sure everyone is calm, comfortable, and, ideally, well-fed. In couples counseling, they teach couples to employ the acronym H.A.L.T before having a serious conversation. Ask yourself, are any of the involved parties:
If one or more of those apply, this is the wrong time!
2. Meet them where they are.
You and your family may have very different levels of understanding. Just because you spent the morning watching Klaus Schwab while reading Alexander Dugin's The Great Awakening vs the Great Reset and figuring out how to get on your zoning board, doesn’t mean everyone in your family has. Find out what your family does know, and start there. Try to avoid opening with the whole "collapse of the West" thing.
3. Be prepared.
You can’t just do these things because Glenn told you to. Your family will see right through it. Do your own research and know your "why." The more information you can share with your family, the more of an opportunity they'll have to understand where you are coming from and meet you where you are.
4. Limit to one big conversation at a time
You may not be able to prepare every plan for a global collapse in one sitting. Maybe your spouse is open to switching your investments, but not sure about buying an apocalypse property. If you present those two ideas together, they may both get shut down. Spread it out. Talk about food storage today, local banking tomorrow and grabbing some extra gas the next day. Even that may be too fast. Stay attentive to how your family is responding to you. If you need to slow down, do it. If you can speed it up, do it. Just chip away one conversation at a time.
5. Stay calm and be patient.
I am only going to say this once, DO NOT YELL. It will not help your cause. You have to appear calm and rational, which means you have to be calm and rational. Your concern is grounded in reality—that is why you want to prepare. Explain the reality of the situation to your family with peace. Be patient and diligent as you tell them what you know. Motivate your family with love, not fear. You want to prepare because you love them, make sure they know that.