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May 23, 2018

Land Navigation: the Back Azimuth, going back and starting over. When you are having trouble, when you are lost, go back to the beginning. Return to the basics.


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, and do me a favor. You friends a favor, your relatives and people you care about, if you haven't taken the time to share this with someone, please do that. I’m sure that there is someone in your life that could benefit from a positive & productive way to start their day with this podcast. As most of you know, one of the things I did as a professional, small arms & tactics instructor for the US Military, one of the things I taught was Land Navigation.

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That’s right, taking a map and a compass and a protractor, and finding your way. Not only finding your way, but finding other unknown points. How to read a map, how to use a compass. One of the tactics I would teach as an instructor was something called a “Back Azimuth”. Now an Azimuth is a direction, and a Back Azimuth is this; if you know anything about a compass, is that it has 360 degrees. It goes all the way around to 359 and etc. What is half of 360? 180, so if you were headed on a bearing of 90 degrees, or due east with a compass, and your Back Azimuth is 180 degrees different.

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Now if your direction is less than 180, you add 180, and if it’s more than you subtract. You’re like “Ooooh, we’re doing math on the radio. That’s crazy, I understand. Now the reason we teach the concept of the Back Azimuth, is because say they have their compass and they set out in a direction, they know what direction they’re heading. But for some reason they need to stop and return, they need to quickly calculate a Back Azimuth. Now we’re using round numbers, but your direction may have been 27 degrees. So say that’s it, you turn around and follow that direction on the compass back to where you started.

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The reason I’m talking about this today is because sometimes we run into troubles in our lives, we get lost. I don’t mean physically lost, like you’re standing around not sure where you are. Have you ever found yourself in a position where you think or realize, “Man this is not where I expected to be. This isn’t where I expected to be in my life, my career, I really feel lost.” Well keeping in our lesson from Land Nav, maybe it’s time for you to shoot a Back Azimuth. Take your proverbial compass and turn to the basics.

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Now you say “Paul, I’m not physically lost”, okay, but you may feel as though you lost your way. So you can say “Alright, I’m gonna do that. I’m gonna shoot a Back Azimuth, and I’m going to go back to a part of my life where I wasn't lost.” Maybe in your current career path, whatever you job happens to be. You feel overwhelmed, underprepared, to face the challenges of the day. You’re making mistakes you shouldn’t be making, and you’re frustrated, “Why do I feel like this?”

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I want you to think back before the current situation, when were you “on track”? Just like the Back Azimuth, the reason we do that is because we feel like we need to get back to where we were. So think back to when you were confident and making good decisions. Think about what you were doing and why and what has changed? You may sit down and think “Man, 18 months ago I was on track, knew what I wanted, I was achieving and on track.” Think about what changed? Did you add friends, lose friends? Did you move?

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What’s going on in your life? Sometimes when we get frustrated, we get lost in our lives, you need to turn around and go back to the beginning. You need to get back to the basics. Perhaps you thought this new job, on paper you thought it was gonna be great. Now a year later, you’re gaining weight, your hair’s falling out, your blood pressure is through the roof. You’re like “Man, I thought this job was gonna be fantastic, it even pays me more. But I feel like I’m on death’s door. I’m overweight, I’m taking medication, I never have time for myself. But I’m making more money.”

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It sounds like maybe you need to go back to where you were before, when things were going well. Now I can’t tell you specifically, because I don’t know your specific situation, but I can tell you this. If you’re feeling frustrated, lost, if you’re frustrated and don’t know what to do, it may be a good time to return to the basics and reevaluate. There you go, that’s it for today. Sometimes you need to shoot a Back Azimuth and go back to the beginning. Nothing wrong with it at all. It’s like Chutes and Ladders, sometimes you gotta go back to the beginning.

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Some of the younger kids in the audience are like “Chutes and Ladders?” But you older folks know. If you benevolent folks out there would like to read more from me, it’s really simple. Go to Amazon.com, and one of my books is called “Dad Rules: Wit & Wisdom from a Dad to Whom it May Concern.” If I say so myself, if you’re looking for a unique gift for this Father’s Day, for your dad or husband, or grandfather, go to Amazon.com, it’ll be there long before Father’s Day. I am your host Paul Markel, and I’ll talk to you again, real soon.


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