There are actually two areas here that I want to make everyone aware of. Closely related but separate we must always have these in our minds when we are considering options and evaluating situations.
Lets look quickly at objectives first. They usually create themselves and we go off chasing our dreams. But as usual we tend to get distracted and end up with so many objectives that we never really get anything done, but we have fun. Our prepping though is not so much fun, although many of us have fun doing it but a lifestyle choice. We choose to sacrifice certain things so that if something unexpected happens we will be ready. Our primary objective is to survive. How we do that is we set ourselves secondary objectives to achieve sub goals like become self sufficient, learn new skills, build a Bug Out Vehicle, etc.
Remember this though. Our primary objective is to Survive. Some of us have decided to Bug In while others have decided to Bug Out. Therefore we have secondary objectives to achieve these. Our secondary objectives may differ depending on many variables but for each of us our secondary objectives help us achieve the primary objective. You can break this down further with us having tertiary objectives to help us get to the secondary objectives. Such as building an Aquaponics system will help us achieve our secondary objective of being self sufficient.
Break them down as much as you want, smaller objectives are easier to achieve and give us a boost and a target to aim at. But we have to be careful we don’t get target fixation.
This is where we get so fixated on our sub objectives that we ignore everything else around us except achieving that objective. In our cases we are concentrating on the objectives so much that when something comes along that you miss the opportunity to use it or you may even discount the opportunity because it contradicts your beliefs in what you will get out of the sub objective.
An easy example if the guy who built a boat in his basement and when it was finished he couldn’t get it out. His primary objective was to go travelling on a boat, he was going to achieve that by building a boat, his secondary objective. He achieved his secondary objective but it always was non-viable and no good to him for his primary objective. We have the same problem but in a different way because we plan to bug out or bug in. That is our objective but we must never take our eye off the primary objective which is to survive. We must therefore question anything that threatens the primary objective even if it achieves all the other objectives and we should look at things that achieve the primary objective even if it doesn’t achieve our current secondary objective. There are many things that can happen to change your views on Bugging In or Bugging Out, don’t discount them because your previous plans went one way. Things change and your objectives may change with them.
In the Military Target Fixation is where you concentrate on the target too much that you miss someone targeting you. Snipers have this issue as they spend their time looking through a scope. That is one reason they have spotters so someone doesn’t sneak up on them and cut their throats.
Losing sight of the Objective
This sounds the opposite but isn’t. It means that you get sidetracked by something not on your objective list and you take your eye off the objectives to achieve a secondary or tertiary new objective, or even an objective that sounds good but won’t allow you to meet one of your key objectives.
As easy example, and one we all do, is to buy something that is impractical because we like it’s looks or reputation. So we buy a big dog we can’t train or feed and it won’t fit in the Bug Out Vehicle. We need to consider everything and what impact it has on our Primary Objective.