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Jul 25, 2018

Do not let the Great become the enemy of the good. Sometimes good you can achieve is better than the great you cannot.

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[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*

Hello greetings, and welcome back to Morning Mindset. Thank you once again for joining me, and thank you to everyone out there in the Morning Mindset audience, who has share this program with someone else. I feel very certain that there's at least one other person in your life,  that could take advantage of the lessons that we're delivering right here.

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So we have not done that yet, if you’ve not taken the time to share this show with someone, do it. “The Enemy of the Good.” Now, if you saw that title you might be thinking, “Is Paul going to talk about evil? Is he going to talk about good versus evil?” The answer is No, I'm not going to. I'm going to talk about allowing the Great, to become the Enemy of the Good.

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“But Paul, I want great things and I want my life to be great, and I want all kinds of greatness” and greatness is good, and there's nothing wrong with greatness. No, there's not. There is not anything wrong with greatness. However, what we will do in our lives, is we will allow the Great, to become the enemy, of the Good.

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I'll give you a for instance. In my in my other job, where I wear a different hat. I talk about politics and laws and things, pertaining to American citizens and often when we talk about politics, or if we talked about the restrictions or rolling back restrictions or changing things. People will get all bunched up because the change is not the change that they wanted.

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They wanted a huge groundbreaking change, that's what they wanted. They wanted a huge groundbreaking change, it was going to be a fix, and was going to fix an injustice that they perceived or saw. The reason that they dig their heels in, is because the solution that's offered is not as much as they wanted.

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It's a partial solution, or it’s a compromise, or it's a solution that's on its way to the great, but it’s not there yet. People will either not get behind that idea, or they poo-poo it, because it's not the great solution that they want, they don't want the good solution. Now in my personal life, I actually talked to someone recently who was was working on weight loss and people will say “Well I'm going to start losing weight, but my schedule doesn't really permit it yet.”

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Or I'm going to be traveling, or this is going on in my life, or that is going on my life, and I'm waiting for the circumstances to be right. Before I went on my last trip, I had got up in the morning, I was the first one up in the house and I had some time before we needed to leave. I had about 30-35 minutes or so, that I didn't have to do anything else. Now normally when I do a physical Training regime, when I lift up the weights and stuff, it takes me about an hour and a half, right?

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To do a complete, prescribed training session. With warm-ups and exercises and all that beginning to end. I'm budgeting at least 90 minutes, right? We only have 30 35 minutes or so. Now would 90 minutes have been “the Great”, the perfect solution? Yes, if I would have had 90 minutes that would have been great. I could have done the entire training regime and felt good about myself and went on my trip.

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But I didn’t have that. I had I didn't have the great, the great wasn't there, wasn't going to be available. But I had the good. So what I did is I went into my training area, my little personal gym, and I did one specific- well I Squatted. I did one specific exercise. I knew I couldn't get it all in, but I knew I could do something. It's what I did, is I chose the good, even though you know, the great would have been better.

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It was better to accept the good, than to just say “Well if I can't do everything I need to do, I can't do the whole thing, then I'm just going to do nothing.” Because it's not good enough, it's not the best. Sometimes the good you can achieve, is better than the great that you cannot, and I am sure that if you consider this, you look at your job, your career field, you look at you know, whatever it is that you're interested in, and how many times during your life do you encounter that? You’re like “Well, I really want this great solution. That's what I want. But there's a good solution over here.”

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Would you rather take the good that is available, or wait or do nothing because the great isn't there? When we do this a lot in our lives and often, I believe that in addition to wishing for the best, we also use it as an excuse. Don’t we? We use that as an excuse for that, “Well, if it can't be perfect then I'm not doing it.”

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“If I can’t have everything I want then I’m not doing it.” Ah ladies & gentlemen, that's an excuse, and excuses are not reasons and we are not about excuses here. So I know I'm not supposed to use “don't” or “not” or the negative but, let us go ahead and make a pact with each other here that we are going to stop allowing the Great to be the enemy of the good.

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Sometimes the good you can achieve, is better than the great that you cannot. Sound good to you guys? Okay, fantastic. Hey, yeah, if you would like to give a present to a person who is in your life. It's just about to go off to college time. How many of you have people in your lives, young people that are getting ready to go off to school where they're going for the first time, or the returning for their sophomore-junior-senior year?

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How many of you know recent high school graduates? They could be out of their own looking for jobs and and dealing with the Great Big World. Is a lot of big boy stuff going on out there. It's funny to me because I have children, and watching them grow and watching them realize the responsibilities and the pains of adult life.

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It's not all about “I'm going an adult, I can do whatever I want.” I would go back and live in my parents house if I could. A lot of people do but I'm not going to do that cuz I'm an adult. If you have one of these people in your life and you want to help them, a piece of literature that I would suggest is the book Morning Mindset: a 30 Day Plan for a More Positive and Productive Life.

Get it as a present for a recent high school graduate or for a young person that's getting ready to go back to school.

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May help them to transition from that “I'm just living in my parents house and they're feeding me and clothing me and giving me heat and shelter and now I kind of got to transition over into the adult life where people expect things from me. It's called a Morning Mindset: a 30 Day Plan for a More Positive and Productive Life. You guys know it you should know what is available on Amazon as a paperback.

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Probably the best way to give someone a gift, is to give him an Amazon paperback, but if you’re a Kindle person and you gotta have it digital you can do that as well. I know a lot of you guys have had the book for well going on 30 days now. I think it's been just a little over 30 days since we released it. So if you're one of the first ones to get the book and to read it and review and if you've been doing the program, I appreciate it. Alright that's it for today folks. I am your host Paul Markel, and I will talk to you again real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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