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May 29, 2018

One of the toughest things for men and women to do is be uncomfortably honest with themselves. Strength training is just one way to keep yourself honest. 


Episode Transcription

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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*

Hello, welcome back to Morning Mindset. I hope that you had an enjoyable long weekend, if you are listening to this after the long weekend, and if not, if you're catching up later, uh in time. If you're listening to this in the future, welcome to Morning Mindset. Yes, indeed. I am your host Paul Markel and we're going to talk today about Keeping Yourself Honest.

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One of the toughest things for men and women to do is to be uncomfortably honest with themselves and I think that anytime uh, a person goes through a change or they attempt to make a change in their life, a change such as I want to quit smoking or I want to lose weight or I want to learn how to, do something.

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I want to make a change in my life, because human beings let's face it. We are creatures of habit. We get comfortable living our lives the way we live them anytime that we attempt to make a change, even if it's a positive change, even if we sit down and we tell ourselves like “okay, this is going to be tough but in the end it's going to be worth it”.

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It's hard. It's difficult when we've discussed it before that's why you know, the weight loss Fitness industry in the United States of America is a multi-billion dollar industry. Why is that because every year, uh thousands and well hundreds of thousands of people in the United States say “I'm going to make a change”, but do they make that change and why don't they make that change or why do we fall short?

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Part of the reason that we fall short is because we don't have a hardcore ability to be honest with ourselves or to keep ourselves honest. Now, I realize this or something that I came up with or the idea struck me when I was doing strength training here recently, and if you've been listening for any amount of time, you know that I've been involved with the starting strength program.

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I've been following the program. I have a couch, Yes. Actually I have a couple of coaches. I have a master coach and then I have an apprentice coach that are both working with me and I have to keep myself honest. Now, when I'm in the gym, I have a home gym. I have my training facility. It's in my house.

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I don't have to go anywhere else and there's nobody else there watching me, for the most part, I'm just there by myself, and even though I have a coach and even though my coach has me send him videos of my training sessions so that he can critique them and he programs me. When I say programs me, your coach, when you're doing strength training, your coach says “Okay, I want you to do I want you to pick up this much weight, this many times. Rinse, lather, repeat, so on and so forth.”

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So that is your strength training programming, but would my coach know if I skipped a bunch of them? No, he wouldn't uh, unless I do 0 and don't video any of them and don't show them to him in the end. I have to keep myself honest. I have to be honest with myself and not accept excuses. I think this is one of the greatest, uh issues we have with achieving Success and with maintaining a positive life, is we accept excuses from ourselves and we don't hold ourselves, well as accountable as we should.

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Because why? Well because the only person that you have to answer to Is You, and so there's two yous, there's two competing yous there's one you that says “Hey, I really know, I know I need to do this work.”

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Okay, that's that's the one you and then the other you who's the devil says, “Yeah, but you're tired. Yeah, but you've been doing really good up till now. You've been doing really great in eating healthy. So order that cheesecake, eat that extra large fry, because you've been doing really good.” We have to keep ourselves honest and it's difficult.

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It's tough. Now one of the ways you can keep yourself honest is to have a coach that you're accountable to, to work with a team. If you're working with a team. We've talked about the team concept previously. We've talked about coaches, uh previously if there's somebody else. That, who, well who is monitoring your results shall we say?

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There's someone else who's monitoring your results or who's working with you? It's easier to keep yourself honest. So I would recommend if you're going to, if it's Fitness or diet or strength training or whatever it is physical, if you're trying to make a change that you enlist the assistance of a bona fide coach of because if you do that, that person will help you to be honest with yourself.

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To thine own self be true, uh, there we go. So if you're going to be honest with anyone, uh be honest with yourself be uncomfortably honest with yourself. Sometimes we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and say, you know what? I'm not doing as well as I could be and it doesn't make you a bad person or it's not a horrible thing, but it's honesty. So when you get up in the morning tomorrow, if you decide that you're going to make a change if today you've decided that tomorrow you're going to do something positive make yourself do it.

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Keep yourself honest. All right, Father's Day is coming up. Yes it is. And if you'd like to give your father a unique gift there too that I can think of number one. It's called “Dad Rules: Wit and Wisdom from a Dad to Whom it May Concern”. It is a book available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle. But you probably don't want to give your dad a Kindle version.

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Do you know you want to give them a nice paperback. Or, “Cigar Etiquette for Barbarians”. if your father is a Cigar Aficionado, if he is an amateur cigar lover, uh, he will like and enjoy the “Cigar Etiquette for Barbarians” and both of those are available from Paul Markel, that's me, on Amazon. All right, folks. I will talk to you again real soon.


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*Alex*

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