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Feb 27, 2018

Don’t tell me, Show me. Too many people spend far too much time telling you what they are going do or want to do, while at the same time too little time actually doing that thing.

In beautiful tourist areas, people say they want to move there, but few ever do it. People complain that a situation is wrong, but they don’t ever take steps to make that situation right. 


Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

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*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*

Welcome back to Mornin Mindset, I hope everyone listening enjoyed the 14 United States Marine Corps Leadership Traits. The Leadership training series we’ve done over the last 14 episodes. Now if for some reason this is your first Morning Mindset with Paul Markel, welcome. You can go back & I strongly encourage you to go back to the beginning and catch up. If nothing else go back to, let me check my show notes here… I believe we started the Marine Corps Leadership Training at episode 18. So if you do nothing else, go to episode 18 and move forward and catch up to where we are now.

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What are we going to talk about today? Thank you for asking. A little thing called “Don’t Tell Me, Show Me”. Far too many people spend too much time telling you what they’re going to do or telling you what they want to do and so forth. But more often these people don’t actually do that. I’ve got an example for ya, for instance we live in a beautiful - we as in my family, we live in beautiful Saratoga, Wyoming. Saratoga is in a place called Platte Valley, we’re about 7k feet above sea level, we’re nestled in between the Sierra Madres & Snowy Range of the Rocky Mountains. So it’s kind of a valley and it’s called the Platte Valley because of the Platte River, flows through the valley.

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It’s beautiful in the summertime. May, June, July, August, it’s gorgeous up here, but it’s also 7k feet, we’re in Wyoming, and we’re in the mountains. In the winter time it’s cold, and it’s windy, and it’s windy a lot! Now many people will come during tourist season, they’ll come up here during the beautiful time of year, they’ll come up when it’s warm and it’s not humid so even when it’s hot it’s not that bad. They say “Oh we’re going to move here. I’d love to move here. Oh when we retire, we’d love to come up here. This place is so beautiful”, so on & so forth.

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People do that all the time, they go to beautiful tourist destinations and they go “Aaaah, man if we could ever arrange it or when we retire…”, what have you. But that’s difficult, and when we (as in my family & I) decided to relocate here, we moved almost 2k miles from our previous location. My wife & I came up and scouted the area. We came up and spent an entire week here in town, we stayed at a bed & breakfast, we met with some of the local business owners, we met with a real estate agent, we did all the normal things you do. We went to the restaurants, we went to the shops, we went to the stores, we met people. We drove around the area and got a really solid feel for it.

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People asked us “What are you doing here?” and we said “Well, we’re out, we’re actually scouting to see whether or not we want to move here” and of course being nice people they’d say “Oh well… that’s nice and hope you like it…” so on & so forth. We did that in the month of September, like 2 years ago, and we came home and we started making plans to move. We made the decision to actually do it. Now we knew it being Winter in Wyoming, we did not want to move our entire household in the middle of the winter.

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Many of the highways around here are closed 6 months of the year, from the end of October-beginning of November, the snow starts flying, they close the highway through the mountains and that’s it. They’re just closed until the spring when the snow melts, and there only a few ways to get in & out of town. So we waited until spring, we worked with a real estate agent to make sure we have a home to move into, that’s kind of an important thing.  We packed up everything. You know I own a small business, we packed up 2 households; my oldest son and out family, we packed up an entire business and we moved. We relocated to Saratoga.

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When we came back up here in the beginning of April, we ran into many of the people we had just talked to during the previous September, when we stayed for a week and we were scouting, and they were surprised. They’re like “You’re back, what are you doing?” and we’re like “We moved here”. You say “Well you told these people you were going to do that, why would they be surprised you’re back?” Because in our modern world people all the time talk about what they’re going to do. They tell you what they’re going to do, especially in a situation like this, where you have a place that’s very attractive.

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It’s beautiful, it’s rustic, the beauty of nature, in the warm time. But in the winter time it’s not so much. So most people who live in a town like this, they will hear people say things like “Ahhh, this is so beautiful, oh we’re going to move here, blah-blah-blah.” But they hear that & think “Ha that’s nice, but you’re never actually gonna do it.” They don’t believe everyone who says how beautiful it is and how much they love the area, they don’t believe those people are actually going to go through with it, because 99 out of 100 never do.

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My question to you is, do you spend more time telling people what you’re actually going to do, or do you spend more time actually doing it? Do you spend time following through with what you said? With our socialist media, like with Facebook and the this & that, people are all the time declaring that they’re going to do *Blank*. “I’m gonna do this, we’re going to do that” and so forth. But how many of them actually carry through with that? I know you’re sitting there going “Hmmmm… yea you’re right Paul”, and I’m not accusing you of anything.

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But let’s face facts, most people put more weight on what you say, what your intentions are, than your actual results & the results of your actions. People have fallen into this trap where they can voice their intentions, and if they voice their intentions then that’s what gets them Credit. That’s not how it used to be in our word, used to be people could say “I don’t care what you tell me, Show me.” The state motto for Missouri is ‘The Show Me State’, and many people in our… I’ve been using that, saying “I’m from Missouri, Show Me” and people say “What does that mean? Show me like produce it?”

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Yeah, don’t tell me that you’re going to do something. Show me what you’ve accomplished, and I learned that when I was in Elementary. I don’t know how many of you people did, but when I was in Elementary school, I would have to do what we called State Reports. I don’t know if I was in 4th grade of 5th grade, but I was a kid, and you had to pick a state and do a 5 minute report on that state. This was before Google, this is before the internet, this is when you actually had to go to encyclopedias and go to the library, pull out Books. You’re like “What?! If I had to go to the library and pull out those tomes made of dead tree, I don’t know what I would do.”

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But everyone wanted to do the cool states. Other kids wanted to do Texas, Florida, stuff like that. I was assigned the state of Missouri, and I was living in Michigan at the time, so I knew about Nothing about Missouri when I was in Elementary School. I had to research it, and one of the thing I learned was the State Motto was “The Show Me State”, and so for years and year, as an instructor, a teacher & so forth, I would just say to people “You know what, just Show Me” or I’d say “I’m from Missouri, Show Me”.

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Every once and awhile someone would come up to me and ask “Hey man, what part of Missouri are you from?” I was being sarcastic, but the point is this. Don’t tell me about your intentions, don’t tell me what you plan to do. Just, Show Me. So that id my charge for you today, as we come to the end of another episode of Morning Mindset. If you’re constantly talking about what you’re going to do, stop talking about it and do it.

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Alright today’s episode of Morning Mindset is brought to you by the book “Team Honey Badger: Raising Fearless Kids in a Cowardly World” and oh my Lord, do we live in a cowardly world today. If you have or know somebody with kids/grandkids, I highly suggest picking it up. Team Honey Badger by an author named Paul G. Markel, and it’s on Amazon as a Paperback or a Kindle. There you go folks, and I’ll talk to you again real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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