I have observed with interest how people these days want to do the bear minimum but get maximum benefit possible. As a business and personal development coach, trainer and speaker, I have also heard people say they don’t pay me enough so why give my best or my all. Does it occur to you that you are doing yourself a favor, giving yourself the permission and opportunity to grow when you do the very best you are capable of in whatever area of business and life you are involved in? The principle of going the extra mile holds the key to achievement, advancement and success in life.
To go the extra mile is about going above and beyond to reach a goal, doing more than you're asked to do, rendering more outstanding service than you are paid for, and doing it with a positive mental attitude. When you go the extra mile, it means going beyond the call of duty, doing everything in your capacity to help your organization, project, program family, colleague, or someone succeed, and making an extra effort to do an outstanding piece of work in whatever area you find yourself.
You may be thinking that going the extra mile may be great but how exactly do I do that. Here are a few suggestions for you:
Napoleon Hill knew about the gift of going the extra mile when he said “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” So what’s in it for you when you go the extra mile? You reach your goals faster; you are stretched to reach your potential. Going the extra mile could lead to more compensation, enhancement of your reputation in the organization, your insurance against loss of employment during difficult times, leads you to right thinking about your job, releases your imagination and unleashes your creativity, it helps you build goodwill in your team and the company, makes you feel good about yourself, enables you to pay it forward and builds your capacity to be the best!
The process of creating the future you want is embedded in changing your philosophy, attitude and behavior regarding the extra mile! : So here is a question for you - If you could go the extra mile would you? If you could change your life by going the extra mile should you? You are better than you think!