May 19, 2008.
"The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning."
Not long ago, in a world that now feels light years away, people from all walks of life valued and embraced the concept of going the extra mile. Giving a little extra, doing a little more than expected was the norm. We took pride in our work, always striving to do our best at all times.
If we needed to give a little more, we gave it. If we needed to do a little more, we did it. If we needed to go the extra mile, we went it. By consistently giving people more than they bargained for, we brought value to each and every person we were privileged to touch.
The world we lived in was a little better off because we were always willing to do a little more, a little extra.
"Be willing to give that extra effort that separates the winner from the one in second place."
H. Jackson Brown
What ever happened to these time honored principles we lived our lives by? Where did they go? Somehow, someway, giving a little extra managed to get lost in the shuffle. Doing a little extra was replaced with a 'what's in it for me' mentality. Doing whatever it takes was replaced with doing barely enough to slide by approach.
Nowadays, this going the extra mile stuff suddenly seems so archaic, outdated and out of touch. We want what we want and we want it right now. And we want it with as little effort as possible. Giving more to get more just doesn't compute.
At least that's the case with a number of folks.
"You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for."
Thankfully there are still plenty of people who not only believe in going the extra mile but also practice this precept on a daily basis. These are the businesses that place their customers first. These are the people who help others in dire need of assistance. These are the individuals who routinely place their interests behind those of others.
These do whatever it takes winners are always willing to go the extra mile and keep on going. Whatever they need to do, whenever they need to do it, they get the job done. Each time, every time. By generously giving themselves away, constantly doing way more than people expect, they get results. And best of all, their lives become fuller, richer and much more rewarding than they could have ever imagined.
They get more because they're willing to give more.
There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile.
How about you? Want to stand out from the rest of the crowd? Are you ready to add more fun, more excitement, more of just about everything you want to your life? Then get going and keep going.
Instead of seeking to do the bare minimum, strive to do more than people expect. Rather than slow-poking your way through life, kick your rear into high gear and see how much you can do for those all around you.
When you consistently go above and beyond the call of duty, something amazing begins to happen. Because you're willing to do more and give more, you begin getting more in return. More happiness than you've ever experienced, more joy than you ever imagined, and more contentment than you ever dreamed possible. More of just about everything you have ever wanted. By consistently going the extra mile, the best of life comes roaring right back at you.
So why not get busy and get moving, giving life your very best shot daily and see what happens?
The Bottom Line: Do more, be more, share more - and you'll have more.
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