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May 17, 2018

Many people say they want to lose weight, get stronger, kick a bad habit, but they are just too busy now. Now is not a good time. Don’t kid yourself, there will always be a reason not to do what you should be doing.


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*

Hello, welcome back to Morning Mindset. I hope you got something out of yesterday’s episode; Safety through Punishment? I’m sure many of you have been in situations where the corporate policy was to create punishments to create safety. Maybe in your heart of hearts you knew it wasn’t right, but you were never able to articulate it. Share that episode with your peers, supervisors, what have you. Let’s try to stop punishing people to make them safe and rather focus on training them.

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Okay, moving onto the topic of today’s episode, “There will always be a reason Not to”. Hmm, what does that mean? “And you shouldn’t end a sentence with ‘to’ Paul”, I’m aware of this. Many people say that they want to lose weight, get stronger, kick a bad habit, but they’re just too busy right now. Have you ever said this yourself? I’m going to get in shape, lose weight, but now’s not a good time in my life. Right now, I’m busy with work or family, but I will. It’s like the old movie Airplane, who here has seen the movie Airplane? “I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.” *Laughs* If you haven’t, go find it on Netflix or something and watch it.

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But if you allow yourself to make excuses, “Now is not a good time” will always be a reason. It’s easy to find that, right? Say you’re in the “I’m gonna get in shape”, whatever shape that happens to be in. But you say “This week, the kids are doing school projects” or “I’m doing extra work at my job” or “the kids are off of school, but as soon as they go back in, then I’ll get to it.” Or once the kids are back in school, you say “Well it’s the Christmas/Holiday season, and I’m way too busy during this time of year. So I’ll get to it in the springtime.” Then spring time comes along and it’s super nice out and “We’re going out, doing more things. I just don’t have time.”

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There’s always going to be a reason not to. That’s the way humans are, and don’t kid yourself. Don’t kid yourself that eventually you will find that time. How many of you are or know a young couple that says “Well, we’re not going to have a kid yet, because our lives are currently *Blank*”. I say let me tell you what, if you’re waiting for that perfect, magical time in your life, where all the stars align and it’s that magical moment when it’s the best time to have a kid, it’s not going to happen. I hear that all the time. Now, there may be extenuating circumstances, don’t get me wrong, I understand.

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People may have medical issues or someone’s going to jail, I get that. But in your normal, everyday life, there’s always going to be a reason, you’re always going to have an excuse if you accept excuses. Now something we, my company, we have been teaching for years is making yourself do it and disciplining yourself. For instance, when it comes to weight loss or working out, when you don’t feel like it, that’s exactly when you need to do it. Say your plan was to stop by Globo-Gym on your way home from work. That was your plan when you left for work, everyone in your family knows it. You know if you don’t have a spouse or a kid, you have no excuse brothers & sisters.

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But that was your plan, to do that. You’re gonna go to Globo-Gym for 30-45 minutes, things don’t go as planned, you’re a little bit stressed out, you had to go back and re-do work, now you’re annoyed. The time comes to go to Globo-Gym like you had intended to, and you go “Uuuugh… I don’t want to.” If you want any hope of disciplining your body, and disciplining your mind, that is exactly when you need to do it. Anybody can do it when it’s easy, anybody can do what they should do when it’s easy.

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But when it’s tough, when you’re busy, when you have to take deliberate time out of your schedule, to reschedule things to do it. That’s when it’s tough and you have to discipline yourself. People tell me all the time “You don’t understand Paul, I’m busy.” Brothers & sisters I know what means to be busy. I’ve raised 3 kids, have a wife, have worked multiple jobs. I’ve worked contracting, I’ve travelled, I know what it means to be busy. If you really don’t want lose that weight, get stronger, kick that bad habit, whatever it may happen to be, don’t lie to yourself. Drive on.

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But if you’re really, genuinely serious, when you’re busy & don’t feel like it, that’s exactly when you need to take the time and make yourself do it. Because if you’re always waiting for that perfect time in your life, when all the stars align, you’re not going to do it. There’s always going to be a reason for you not to, stop turning excuses into reasons, and do what you need to do. Alright, that’s it for today. I am your host Paul Markel, and I’ll talk to you again, real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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