The Amazing benefits of "Going the Extra Mile"
Developing the heart of a champion
The wrong direction:
Still recuperating from my battle with cancer, I’m sitting in a Baltimore federal courthouse bullpen (there are no Baltimore Orioles relief pitchers in this bullpen) with a newly imposed 101-month federal sentence. I’d gone the extra mile alright, most of my life, in the wrong direction. Back in 1995, life didn’t look all that promising for SJ White, aka, “Bicycle Bandit.” That’s not the case today.
You may not be sitting in a bullpen waiting for the feds to ship you to Timbuktu, but whatever situation in life you’re in, a commitment to go the extra mile can take you from ordinary to extraordinary. As long as you’re heading in the right direction. I know, because once I began going the extra mile in the right direction, opportunities to improve my situations in life (I think you’ll agree cancer and prison are situations) began to show their face. When there wasn’t an opportunity showing its face, the habit of going the extra mile had me create one of my own. Going the extra mile was the one thing I could do without asking permission. So I dove right in.
Once you acquire the habit of going the extra mile you’ll begin to enjoy what you’re doing instead of complaining about it. 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 certainly 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. The extra mile club has very few members.
The heart of a Champion:
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. Extra effort means exactly what it says, doing something extra, something above and beyond what’s normally expected. It means doing what champions do to become champions. No way do I want to insinuate you have to run around like a chicken with your head cut off. I’m talking about creating a smooth consistent pattern of mind-body energy that fuels the heart of champions from all walks of life. Nature established the rules of the game long before we arrived on this planet. If we want to make the most of this life, we need to learn those rules and follow them to the tee. We have a playbook that will help us do it. All we need to do is study the playbook and start practicing what we learn. Let’s take a look inside that playbook.
Going the extra mile with Nature:
Examples of how nature works are all around us. An apple tree doesn’t produce just one apple, and a thunderstorm doesn’t rain just one raindrop. I believe nothing pleases our Creator more than seeing his children go the extra mile. The entire universe operates that way, why shouldn’t its inhabitants? Imagine what would happen to a Lion in the jungle if that Lion decides not to go the extra mile? It would starve. Come spring, the laws of nature say the flowers will bloom, and they bloom, and so will we if we align ourselves with those laws. Everything on the face of this earth is connected one way or the other. From the moon that controls the tides to the rain that waters the plants. Making the right connection with the universe is key to our success in life.
Reap what you sow:
Keep in mind, going the extra mile is not all about what you do for yourself, it’s about what you do for others. In other words, you reap what you sow, what goes around, comes around. Every action we take generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. Karma is nothing more than an echo from our past. For better or for worse. How true that is. I’ve known a lot of unscrupulous characters who were important in the world I grew up in, lots of cash, lots of influence, and lots of power earned by injecting fear into the hearts of others. To a young kid, they appear invincible, bigger than life, but time has a way of separating the important from the unimportant, and time has taught me that no one is invincible, no one is bigger than life. We may be able to avoid man’s laws for a while, sometimes for quite a while, but the laws of nature are unavoidable. She always balances her books. There are no exceptions to the rule.
Developing the habit:
If you don’t think nature has a book on you, you are fooling yourself. When we develop the habit of going the extra mile, which means we do more than we are paid to do, and we do it with a pleasing personality, nature balances her books by welcoming us to plant whatever idea we want to plant, in her fertile ground of pure potentiality. Whatever we plant will bear more than one piece of fruit if we tend to it properly. By cooperating with nature, we join forces with a power that has our best interest at heart.
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 begin to go the extra mile there will be lots of changes in your life. They’ll want you to go back to your old habits, 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 try and use that to get you to go back to the old you. The one they do feel comfortable with. Forget that! Things take time. Especially good things. Nobody who goes the extra mile for a short time can expect tremendous rewards right away. Nature is no fool. She can tell when you are serious. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you get and keep your emotions involved. When we do things with feeling, we do them well? Remember, belief combined with a burning desire backed up by action. No one can plant an idea in the fertile ground of infinite possibilities (nature) and expect to go back the very next day and collect their reward. You don’t outsmart nature, you adjust.
The laws of nature:
If you never do anything else other than getting yourself in the habit of going the extra mile you’ll discover the greatest thing any person could ever do for themselves, as well as the people they love, and society in general. The laws of nature are not complicated, you can learn their nature, adjust to that nature, and benefit from them. Or, you can ignore them and pay the price for your neglect. Over the years, I’ve witnessed nature do it’s human behavior thing time and time again. I even experienced her wrath a few times myself. I didn’t know what she was trying to tell me at the time, but once I got the message, life got a whole lot better. I’ve never seen anything with a bigger payback than going the extra mile. It’s especially enjoyable when you’re heading in the right direction. I highly recommend it.
- Becoming a constant challenge to yourself ignites personal initiative, shoots holes in procrastination, and leads to a positive mental attitude.
- Brings you to the attention of those who are in a position to provide new opportunities.
- Leads to mental growth and greater ability in one’s chosen profession.
- Develops a sense of purpose.
- Attracts others to go the extra mile
- Eliminates fear, doubt, and discouragement.
- A habit that keeps one continuously seeking new and more efficient ways of going the extra mile.
- Extra-milers are can-do people as opposed to no-can-do people.
- Produces champions
Don’t think in terms of what you can take from the world, think in terms of what you can give.
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