“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee
The one thing I have found in common in people who are at the top of their game is that they never stop when things are good enough. They are always striving for perfection.
Everyone is good enough for anything. But a small number of people are remarkable in what they do because they go the extra mile. That means they go beyond average, dedicate time and efforts and make personal sacrifices. It’s a sure way to success and great results in any area, but few are willing to actually do it.
All people are capable of doing more than they think. And there are so many examples of that in history as well as today. Just think of all the successful entrepreneurs that started at a young age and worked hard, of all the famous scientists and inventors who’ve tried and failed so many times before they succeeded, of all rich people who started from nothing, all athletes who dedicated years of their life to training – the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Thomas Alva Edison, Dhirubhai Ambani, Usain Bolt etc.
Napoleon Hill lists hard work as one of the inevitable things you’ll have to go through if you’re really willing to make a change.
He calls it the habit of performing more work and better work than you are paid to perform.
Here is what he says:
“The spirit of willingly performing more work and better work than one is paid to perform is sure to bring its just reward – sooner or later. It will offset many other negative qualities and the lack of many other desirable qualities.”
Of course, there will be times that if you do choose to go the extra mile other people will notice. You may even be rewarded for it. A raise, a recognition, or a simple thank you. However, there will be more times when you go the extra mile and no one else will see it. But you know what? Somebody will know.
And that somebody is YOU.
Doing the work is not for the faint of heart, but it is the key to achievement. Have you ever noticed how very few people are truly, truly, truly committed to a goal? That’s why so few people achieve remarkable things.” Just remember –
· It’s absolutely possible to reach all your goals.
· You already have what it takes.
· You’ll need to work hard.
· Then to do it repeatedly, make it a habit.
· It will also take dedication and sacrifices.
· You’ll need to go the extra mile and go beyond what is considered average.
When you choose to go the extra mile it immediately shows you have initiative. Going the extra mile shows you care about quality work, that you take responsibility sincerely.
In a nutshell – it shows that you care!
The next time you see someone going the extra mile – take a second to appreciate them. Give them a bit of praise. Give them a compliment. Let them know that you noticed.
Studies actually show that if you take the time to give someone a compliment you actually end up feeling some of the elation yourself and really, who doesn’t want that?
“When you aspire to inspire before you expire, you conspire to inspire even after you pause to respire. Keep pushing it!” – Israelmore Ayivor
Go the extra mile!