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Jan 26, 2018

A life raft is exists to simply keep you alive until someone comes along with a real boat. We don’t travel on a life raft, we just bob up and down on the waves and go wherever the current takes us. No motor, no rudder, just floating along surviving.

Are you living in a life raft? As you just floating along waiting for someone to come along and rescue you or show you the way? How are you going to start the engine and set a course? Some folks are bobbing in waves in an life jacket, while others are clinging dearly to a piece of floating wreckage. We want to get you up out of the water and moving toward the shore.

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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 and welcome back to Morning Mindset. I am your host Paul Markel, and thank you for joining me for a brand new episode. I truly appreciate the opportunity to speak to you this morning. Today we’re going to talk about “Living in a Life Raft”, and you might be thinking to yourself, “What does Living in a Life Raft have to do with Mindset?” Well stand by, because we’re gonna talk about it, okay.


What is a Life Raft? Everybody out there, probably who is an adult and even kids, know what a Life Raft is, right? A Life Raft is a piece of emergency equipment on a boat, or a ship, and when do you use a Life Raft? Well you only use a Life Raft in a crisis or an emergency. Travelling on a boat, you’re on the Titanic or whatever, and boom. There’s an iceberg, there’s a hole in the ship, the ship sinks, everybody climbs into a Life Raft. Well, unlike the Titanic, hopefully there’s enough Life Rafts for everyone, right?


But what is a Life Raft, what is it there for? Is a Life Raft a travel craft, is it a vehicle designed to take you from Point A to Point B? Well that’s not really what it’s designed for. A Life Raft is simply there to keep you alive, until somebody comes along with a real boat to rescue you, right? Or in the case of the Coast Guard, a helicopter to rescue you. But when you’re in a Life Raft, you’re not heading on a certain course, right? You’re just kind of bobbing along, on the waves, going wherever the current takes you. Now you might get lucky and you might wash up on shore, but most people, when they end up on Life Rafts, they just bob up & down until they happen to get found by a helicopter or another ship, something like that.


If you were going to take a cross-atlantic or cross-pacific journey, you wouldn’t go down and get a Life Raft, would you? Of course you wouldn’t, you wouldn’t get a Life Raft because Life Rafts don’t have motors, they don’t have rudders, they don’t have steering systems and compasses and navigation equipment and so forth. A Life Raft is just a safety tool, a safety net in the water I suppose you could say, and there you are in the Life Raft, bobbing up & down on the waves, going with the current, wherever the flow takes you, and you’re waiting for someone or something to save you. My question to you today, as you examine your life, is this; are you Living in a Life Raft?


Are you living your life as if you were in a Life Raft? Are you just floating along, waiting for someone to rescue you, or show you the way? Maybe you started out on a journey, I dunno maybe you were in High School, maybe you were in College, and you had big plans for your life. You said “Oh man, I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna accomplish that” and it could be that like the Titanic, you ran into an iceberg, right? Something happened in your life, a crisis, or a roadblock or, ya know like I said, you ran into a big rock, and you were on your way to your destination. You were travelling forward, and boom. Things all came apart and you just started floating along.


Maybe in your career you had big plans, but then you ended up just taking a job, just for the time being. You’re like “Ah I’ll take this job, I’ll take this just for the time being.” but then, the job became comfortable, and you’re existing. I mean you’re not losing anything, when you’re in a Life Raft you’re not drowning. You’re just kind of floating along right? So you could, I suppose, be comfortable in a Life Raft if you stayed in it long enough. Are you living your life, as if you were living in a Life Raft? Now some of you may be thinking “Paul, I wish I had a Life Raft. I’m actually in the water with a life jacket on. I’m in one of those big, orange life jackets and I’m just floating up and down and I wish I had a Life Raft.” Or maybe, maybe you’re like Jack in the Titanic, and you’re out there and you’re just clinging to a piece of floating wreckage, and you wish you had a Life Raft.

Where do you want to be? We need to figure out a way to get you up and out of the water, we need to figure out a way to get you out of the Life Raft, back into a boat, back into a ship that has a motor, and a rudder, and a navigation system so that we can get you going forward. Now what have we talked about up to this point with our Morning Mindset? We’ve talked about, well just recently, previous episode we talked about what Weeds or Saplings in your life are keeping you from growing? Are there weeds in your life that you need to get rid of so you can continue to grow? We’ve talked about Honest Self Assessment, have you engaged in Honest Self Assessment, have ya done a gut check? I don’t know, you tell me.


‘Cause if you say “Ermm, Paul you may be right. I might just kind of be floating along. At one time I had a big plan for my life, and I was gonna accomplish things and I was gonna do things. Then I got comfortable and, now I’m just floating along.” Well, what are you gonna do, how are you gonna start that motor? How are you gonna get that rudder pointed in the right direction? Well one of the things we talked about is Education and Training and Experience.  Are You Worth the Investment in training? Or are you just making Excuses for yourself?


You say “Ah well you know, that’s nice but I can’t. I don’t have time, I’m too busy, it costs too much money.” Now you’re offering yourself excuses and those aren’t reasons. What about Voluntary Hardship? Are you willing to undergo voluntary discomfort or voluntary hardship? Are you willing to be uncomfortable and get out on the other side, and achieve something? You might say “Alright Paul, Smart Guy, maybe I am Living in a Life Raft. So what? What’s your solution?


Well, like I said, sometimes you have to make hard choices. Sometimes you have to be a little bit uncomfortable. If you want to achieve things, you may have to risk. So, *laughs* before I let you go, I just want to let you know that I am here for you, Morning Mindset, we are here for you, and as we progress, we’re going to be talking more about positive and proactive things, that you can do in order to get that motor started. To get yourself a rudder, or maybe you’re going to fashion a sail out of an old sheet or a jacket. Something to get you forward, so you’re not waiting, hoping that something good is going to happen.


Sadly, you know folks, I betcha there are people in your life, who are living in that Life Raft and what they’re doing is they’re just hoping, that someone is gonna come along and save them. Hoping that they’re gonna get lucky, or hoping that- how many of you know people that play the lottery. They’ve got all kinds of big dreams, for when they win the lottery. “If I ever win the lottery, I’m gonna derpidy derp-derp”, whatever. I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do that. We like to play these little games with ourselves on social media. How many of you have been on Facebook and you’ll see a post and it says “If you had, Blank. If you had $100,000, what would you do with it?”


Or if you had $1,000,000 what would you do with it or what have you. But, that doesn’t get us going in the right direction. That’s just hope, and luck, and non-sense. What I want you to do is think “No, I’m not gonna wait around for someone to come rescue me. I’m gonna pull myself up, and I’m gonna turn this Life Raft into a pleasure craft. I’m gonna go ahead and start moving toward my goals, and that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about during the next episode of Morning Mindset, we’re gonna talk about setting goals and how important that is.


I’ve set goals in my life and I was actually very, very pleased with myself, that I’d set some goals and I’d kind of forgotten about them. I went back and I looked at that old notebook from years and years earlier, and read the goals that I had written down for myself when I was a young Marine, and realized that I had achieved just about every one of them. Even though I hadn’t deliberately and purposely been waking up everyday thinking “I need to achieve that specific goal.”


So, please join me tomorrow, or the next episode, or whenever it is you’re listening to this. You can binge listen if you want, I’ll let ya. Alright guys, thank you very much for being a part of Morning Mindset, I am your host Paul Markel. Thank you for sharing, thank you for reviewing, and we’ll talk to you again real soon.


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