As part of this week's 'best of' series today I'm sharing the top three posts related to preparedness. I'm a strong believer that being prepared is a key aspect of being self-reliant. What things are you doing today or have you been implementing to be self-reliant? Preparedness isn't about fostering a mentality of paranoia it's about ensuring that you are prepared in case something were to go wrong. It's like keeping a fire extinguisher in your house. You don't go about your day paranoid that your house will catch on fire. However, you are prepared with a fire extinguisher should you need it. The same thought process applies to self-reliance. These posts are meant to trigger a conversation with yourself and/or family so you can make smart decisions in stressful situations.