The Amazing benefits of "Going the Extra Mile"
Developing the heart of a champion
Whatever your position in life, if you commit to going the extra mile, you’ll take it to another level. You’ll enjoy what you do instead of complaining. After all, it’s your decision, nobody is asking you to do it, nobody expects you to do it, and nobody, other than you, can make you do it. Now let’s keep it real if everybody went the extra mile, the world would undoubtedly be a much better place to live, but you and I wouldn’t be able to cash in on this principle because of all the competition. Don’t worry, that’s not going to happen. There are very few members in the extra mile club. That’s part of what makes it so unique. In its simplest form, going the extra mile means doing more than you’re paid to do and doing it with a pleasing personality, knowing your reward for your extra effort is on the way if you keep it up. It may not come from the person you are going the extra mile for, but it will come. Often from a source you least expect. How do I know? The laws of nature and experience tell me it’s so, and neither lies. Let’s explore those laws a little further, and you’ll see what I mean.
Facing the Challenges:
Professional athletes have to go the extra mile to make the big leagues, and they have to continue going the extra mile to stay there, no matter how talented they are. It’s no different for you and me. If we want to be successful at anything, it’s going to take extra effort. Of course, there will be challenges along the way. Challenges are an essential part of the evolutionary process for all life forms. Once you understand that, they’re no big deal—just nature’s way of keeping us on our toes.
Nature at Work:
An apple tree doesn’t produce just one apple, a thunderstorm doesn’t rain only one raindrop, and the tide doesn’t roll in and out by accident. From the stars above to the ocean’s bottom, intelligence is everywhere. Never-ending, and it stays in the extra mile mode full time without missing a beat. Why shouldn’t we humans be willing to do the same? Are we not a part of Nature? It sounds to me like that’s what life expects of us? The animals do it. Imagine what would happen to a Lion in the jungle if that Lion decides not to go the extra mile? Why it would starve. There is no welfare for Lions. Nature is their guide and ours as well; we need to follow her lead. It can mean the difference between surviving (just getting by) and having the abundant life our Creator intended for us.
Every action we take generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. The older I get, the clearer that becomes. Our karma is nothing more than an echo from our past, for better or for worse. Going the extra mile builds more vital, more positive, more productive echoes. Strange as it may seem, going the extra mile is not all about what you do for yourself. It’s mostly about what you do for others. Nature tells us the best way to serve ourselves is to serve others. I wonder if that was the Creator’s original idea, people looking out for one another. You build great karma and a great future when you go out of your way to help others. It all leads back to the old “Reap what you Sow,” you think? Extra milers have great karma, no question about it.
Natures no fool:
There may be times when people you know (let’s hope not) begin to feel shown up by you going the extra mile. Generally speaking, people don’t adjust well to change, and believe you me, when you start to go the extra mile, there will be lots of changes in your life. They’ll want you to go back to the old you, so they don’t feel so bad about not going the extra mile themselves. When they don’t see any immediate benefits in your new approach to life, they’ll want you to give up. Forget that! Things take time—especially good things. Farmers don’t plant seeds one day and go back the next to harvest the crop. Natures no fool, you don’t outsmart her, you adjust.
If you get yourself in the habit of going the extra mile, you’ll discover the most significant thing anyone could ever do for themselves and the people they love. Whether they will admit it or not, even lazy people respect people who go the extra mile. I could go on forever about the benefits of this great leadership principle. Instead, I leave you with a few helpful tips for your consideration. When the road gets tough, and life’s roads do get tough from time to time, keep these tips in mind and never stop believing in you. One thing about extra milers, they never give up.
- Challenging yourself ignites personal initiative, shoots holes in procrastination, and builds a positive mental attitude.
- Brings you to the attention of those who are in a position to provide opportunities.
- Leads to mental growth and greater ability in one’s chosen profession.
- Attracts others to go the extra mile.
- It’s a habit that keeps one continuously seeking new and more efficient ways of going the extra mile.
- Produces champions in all fields of endeavor.
Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed in the changes it brings to your life.
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