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Feb 26, 2018

Endurance is the mental and physical stamina that is measured by your ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress, and hardship. For example, enduring pain during a conditioning march in order to improve stamina is crucial in the development of leadership.

Develop your endurance by engaging in physical training that will strengthen your body. Finish every task to the best of your ability by forcing yourself to continue when you are physically tired and your mind is sluggish.


Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

♫ Trenches by Pop Evil ♫

*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset, and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Alright folks, you’ve been with me, hopefully you’ve been with me for a couple of weeks now, and we’ve been on this journey, we’ve been on this journey to learn the United States Marine Corps Leadership Traits and how to be a better leader. Not how to be a boss, not how to be in charge, but how to be a leader, and yes I genuinely believe in the United States of America, and probably the world too, but mostly in America. That’s what I’m dealing with. We have an absolute, genuine crisis in Leadership.

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We have a very, very sad lack of leadership. We have a lot of Bosses, we have a lot of people who will tell you what to do, we have a lot of politicians who will attempt to buy your votes and buy your favoritism, by telling you whatever it is they think you want to hear or giving you whatever free thing it is they think you want. But that’s not what a Leader does, and we’re all the way down to the E in BUCKLE, JJDIDTIEBUCKLE, and that is Endurance. This is something near and dear to the heart of every United States Marine, especially those that are in the Infantry.

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Endurance is the mental and physical stamina that is measured by your ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress and hardship. For example, enduring pain during a conditioning march in order to improve stamina is crucial in the development of leadership. *Laugh* The ever-present Marine Corps Hump. That’s what we called it in the Infantry, Humping. Humping is a forced march, a conditioning march, it’s when you take all of your stuff and put it on your back. Your pack, your weapon, your helmet, your flak jacket, you get all that stuff you need to go to war with, and you walk, you march.

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Not at a leisurely stroll, at a very, very vigorous pace, and you keep going, and you keep going, and then you go even further than you ever thought you would go. The whole time you’re thinking “Why are we doing this? We have helicopters, we have AMTRAK’s, we have trucks, why are they making us walk?” Because it’s not about moving from Point A to Point B, it’s about conditioning your body. It’s about pushing yourself even further than you thought you could go.

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Well what does the Marine Corps say you can do to improve your Endurance? Strengthen your Endurance by engaging in physical training that will strengthen your body. Finish every task to the best of your ability, even when your body is tired and you’re mentally sluggish. So you guys out there, you’re like “Alright Paul, that’s all great for Marines. You guys put on your big heavy packs and grab your rifles & machine guns, and you go for a walk. But I’m just a dude, I’m just a woman, I’m not going to put all of that stuff on me, I’m not gonna ‘Hump’. I’m not gonna march, I’m not gonna do any of that.” No, you’re probably not.

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See the thing with the force march, or the conditioning march, is you don’t get to set the pace. Someone else is up front setting the pace, and you have to match the pace. Because if it was you, every time you got kind of uncomfortable or hard, you’d slow down or sit down. But when someone else is in charge, you just have to keep going regardless. So what can you do in your own world to increase your own physical stamina? By training. Well it says, suggestions for improvement are really simple, it’s simple but difficult at the same time. Engage in physical training that will strengthen your body.

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From a personal standpoint, I am involved in a program called Starting Strength, it’s a program developed by Mark Rippetoe and you may have read the book. It’s on the 3rd Edition by now, and I’m being coached by Matt Reynolds, and Matt is one of Mark’s senior students. It is physical strength training using the barbell. Yeah, the big long one with the fat ends, yeah the barbell. Not dumbells, not kettlebells, the Bar-Bell. That’s right, and when you engage in the Starting Strength program, when you begin every single workout is programmed to be a little bit heavier than the [previous] one.

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So let’s just say for instance, you begin and your coach says “Alright, I want you to put 135lb on the barbell, and I want you to squat it.” A lot of you guys are like “Ah that’s super light!” Calm down, and I want you to do it correctly and this is the form, and they coach you and you do it. Alright, you do it 5 times, for 3 sets. Then in 2 days we’re going to put 5 more pound on there, and in 2 more days we’re going to put 5 more pounds on there, Etc. So very quickly, in a couple of weeks, you’ve gone from your starting weight, which is let’s say 135. You can do the math right?

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So in 10 sessions you’ll have increased that by, well 10 x 5. So now you’re doing 185, 10 sessions later. You’re like “Well 10 sessions is a lot”, 10 sessions is only a few weeks. So now you get to where you’ve been doing it for 3 months. Now you do the math, now you’re 150lb heavier than you were, and you continuously put more and more and more weight on the bar. Until you get to the point where you’re doing something very physically uncomfortable. It’s not going to hurt your body, it’s not going to harm your body, but you’re going to go through fatigue and hardship.

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Physical training that strengthens your body is voluntary hardship. It’s hardship you undergo, because you know there are benefits on the other side. Now when we launch this is discussion about being a leader, being a leader is not going to be easy. Sometimes being a leader requires sacrifice, Sometimes being a leader requires doing that which is not comfortable, Sometimes being a leader requires putting forth more effort than your people, putting forth more effort than you ask your people to work. When it comes to Endurance, when you want to strengthen your body, you’re actually strengthening your mind at the same time.

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You’re like “That doesn’t make sense, the barbell doesn’t make my brain stronger”, no the barbell doesn’t make your brain stronger, but it is your mind that tells your body to keep going. You get under it and you’re like “Ugh, this is super heavy today. I don’t even want to do 1 set, nevermind 3 sets” and you’re an adult. Most people out there are adults, you could stop, you could quit. Your body says this is going to be heavy, this is going to be stressful, go ahead and put the weight back down, go sit on the couch and watch TV.

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Take a nap, taking a name would be nice and comfortable. No, when you go under voluntary hardship your brain tells your body “I know this is going to suck, but guess what. We’re going to do it anyway.” The more times you encounter that, the more times your brain forces your body beyond the discomfort & stress, the more times your mind says “Yeah body, I know you’re tired, but we’re going to keep going until this is done.” The more times you do that, the greater your physical & mental endurance will be.

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I know it’s not fun, but being a leader is not fun. *Laughs* If you could become strong by sitting on the couch eating cookies, then everyone would do it. But you have to Endure voluntary hardship. So Endurance, it’s part of being a leader, and believe me, if you make yourself do that… if you’re the leader you need to be able to work as hard or harder than all the people around you. ‘Cause as soon as you say “I’m tired, I quit”, everyone else around you will look and say “He’s tired, he’s quitting, time for us to quit too.”

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Alright, JJDIDTIEBUCKLE, the United States Marine Corps Leadership Traits. I hope you have enjoyed and appreciated this series. As I have mentioned a few times previously, there are people in corporate America who will pay hundreds & thousands of dollars to go to seminars to have people teach them these very things, and all you have to do is listen to Morning Mindset with an open heart and an open mind. Alright that is the end of JJDIDTIEBUCKLE, I hope you enjoyed it.

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If you would like to get more from myself, Paul G. Markel, if you would like to read what I have written, all of my books are available on Amazon.com as paperback & Kindle versions.  Remember when we talked about Knowledge, picking up a piece of dead tree and expanding your mind? Go to Amazon, it’s Paul G. Markel and you’ll find all of my books as paperbacks & Kindles. Plus as a bonus, if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can download most of my books onto your phone or tablet, For Free. You’re welcome for that. Alright, I’ll talk to you again, real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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