The Power of the Extra Mile
The great people who have influenced the world and left their mark on humanity share many habits and characteristics, one being the habit of always going the extra mile. Great men and women know that the most efficient booster of self confidence and results is that simple act of doing more than is expected of you, or more than you think you can.
When we push ourselves beyond what is expected we build an unbreakable wall around our self-confidence. We feel better, we work better, and as a result we see better results in life.
If you look at the people who achieve great success in their relationships, finances, health, or education, you will observe that all of these people engage in activities or habits that are not expected of them, yet which have exceptional effects on their achievement. The successful student will put in the extra hour of study, or sleep a few hours less in order to achieve the grades she desires. The successful father chooses to say no to those work opportunities that will take him away from spending time with his children. The exceptional husband goes above and beyond when he not only remembers his wife’s birthday, but plans a surprise dinner date at her favorite restaurant. The extraordinary saleswoman takes the time to write a thank-you note to all of her clients, thus leaving with them a sense that she really does appreciate their business. These are all examples of people who we would consider to be “outliers,” because they are extremely intentional about the way they want to live their lives, and they go the extra mile to solidify this intention.
The benefits associated with pushing yourself beyond the barrier of mediocrity cannot be overstated. The elite athlete knows that he cannot make serious progress unless he pushes his body to the breaking point - past what he believes he can achieve. The salesman knows that if he knocks on just one more door it could be the client he has been waiting for. The worker who goes above and beyond seldom goes unrecognized by his superiors. The lover who shows gratitude more often cultivates a beautiful relationship. Every day you should ask yourself; “what can I do today that would be beyond what both I and everyone else expects of me?”
If you will look for ways that you can go the extra mile in your relationships, finances, health, learning, and spirituality, you will soon see results that you never thought you would see. You will immediately become not only a better person, but a more influential person. People will want to be around you. Other successful people will be magnetized to you. You will rise above the mediocre, and ascend into greatness. If you will build the habit of going above and beyond you will be pleasantly surprised by how far you can go. Ten years from now you will find activities that once seemed stressful and difficult are now simple and leisurely. When you go the extra mile you are unconsciously growing yourself and your mind. You are becoming a bigger person, worthy of greater success and responsibility.
It is important to note that going the extra mile is a habit, and it overflows into every area of your life. It is often said that how you do one thing is how you do everything. A person who goes the extra mile in her job will often do the same in her relationships or health, and so we mustn’t underestimate the great advantages of building this habit in our lives.
I encourage you to take the leap and look for areas in your life where you can go above and beyond what is expected. I know you won’t be disappointed with the results, or with the person you will become.