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Radical Responsibility with Fleet Maull

Fleet Maull, PhD, CMT-P, is an author, meditation teacher, management consultant, trainer and executive coach who facilitates deep transformation for individuals and organizations through his philosophy and program of Radical Responsibility. He is a tireless and dedicated peacemaker and servant leader working for positive social transformation and a more just and sustainable global society.

Let’s dive into the episode and learn all about Dr. Fleet Maull’s philosophy on Radical Responsibility.

[00:01 – 05:50] Opening Segment

If you’re anything like me, someone, somewhere along the line has probably told you that you need to take responsibility for your actions. Don’t worry, today’s guest is not just going to lecture you on a personal responsibility and all that kind of stuff. We actually had pretty awesome conversation about radical responsibility which maybe sounds like it’s a guilt trip but I can guarantee that it’s absolutely not.

Radical responsibility is voluntarily embracing 100 percent responsibility or ownership for each and very circumstance we face in life. That includes those circumstances we had some part in creating or allowing to happen, as well as those that we really can’t say we even had anything to do with.

In today’s conversation, we go kind of deep into things that, let’s just say, you didn’t deserve, and how one can apply radical responsibility to that. For one, it’s easy to say “Hey I was speeding so I got a ticket, I got into a car accident.” However, there are certain scenarios when there are more serious repercussions, like when someone gets ill or die from Covid-19 or something, and it’s definitely not as easy to take responsibility for, moving forward.

[05:51 – 29:02] Embracing Radical Responsibility

According to Fleet, once something is already in our life, whether we actually contributed to it happening or not, it’s already up to us to decide what we’re going to do with it. Are we going to let it take us down? Or are we going to embrace our choice and figure out what’s the most creative way we can respond to it? How do we move our lives forward then, in a way that’s beneficial for ourselves and others?

Fleet acknowledges that it’s a very challenging thing to do. He cites, for example, what if he ends up with Covid-19 because of somebody else’s irresponsibility? His answer really struck me.

According to Fleet, in the end it’s still all about choice. If he gets severely ill, it’s still up to him to choose if he’ll die in a state of anger and resentment, or make peace with himself and still finish life in a good way. Now, this may be a bit extreme but we can all learn something from this mindset—we’re all going to experience terrible things in life. In the end, it’s still completely up to us how we choose to deal with it.

In addition to practicing radical mindset and responsibility, Fleet also specializes in mindfulness training. He also shares with us this basic mindfulness practice:

  1. Sit up with a good posture.
  2. Keep your focus on your body, actually feeling your body and your breath.
  3. When your mind wanders, as according to Fleet, it’s normal for it to, bring it back to focus. And every time it does that, bring it back again and again. Doing this exercise builds your neural networks and increases your ability to stay focused and be in the moment.  

[29:03 – 37:31] Fleet’s moment of Embracing Radical Responsibility

How Fleet fully embraces radical responsibility is truly admirable. At this point you’re probably wondering how he got into this area of study specifically.

It all started when Fleet was still young. According to him, he lived a dual life kind of life then. He was studying Buddhism and mindfulness then but would once or twice a year run off. He even got to smuggling drugs in a very small way as a way of living outside the system. Unfortunately, it ended up catching up with him and he’s spent a total of 14.5 years in prison for that very thing.

That time that he was serving in prison was actually the time that Fleet turned his life around and fully practiced radical responsibility. During his time there, Fleet started a number of national movements including teaching mindfulness and meditation to prisoners, which is also still a nonprofit that he runs to this day.

During his time in prison, Fleet reflected a lot on his situation. Did he really deserve to be in jail for that long? Is the criminal justice system unjust? However, instead of living miserably and full of resentment, Fleet chose to be radically responsible for everything instead. All this prepared Fleet to fully turn his life around, start and grow his business, and help a lot of other people when he got out of prison, 14.5 years later.

[37:32 – 47:55] The FOCUS FIVE Segment

The FOCUS FIVE are five questions I ask every guest on my show. Keep on listening to find out what book Fleet gifts most often; who would he talk to if he can get an hour of any person living or dead, from the past or the present, and why; that one thing he believes but most people will disagree with; his morning routine; and lastly, where are the best places we can connect with him online. (See the links below for Fleet’s social media links!) 

Tweetable Quotes: 

“Radical Responsibility is voluntarily embracing each circumstance we face in life.” – Dr. Fleet Maull

“Mindset is Everything. If you want to get different results in your life and really grow and thrive, focus on the mindset first.” – Dr. Fleet Maull

“We’re always faced with choices, and these choices are tough. Obviously we’re going to have feelings. Things are going to happen to us and we’re gonna feel victimized and that’s completely normal.” – Dr. Fleet Maull

Resources mentioned in the episode:

You can connect with Fleet Maull by visiting his website https://fleetmaull.com/. Grab a copy of his book at https://www.radicalresponsibilitybook.com/. Be sure to check out Prison Mindfulness at https://www.prisonmindfulness.org/ 

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