“Going the extra mile” can have an ominous sound. An image of working long into the night comes to mind. It conjures feelings of being tired all the time and not having any fun. It brings to mind thoughts of serving and having to be nice to people who are nasty and disrespectful.
But that isn’t true!
You don’t have to give up all enjoyable activities and you don’t have to become a workaholic in order to go the extra mile. All that “going the extra mile” means is to do one thing more than the average person. For instance if meeting your monthly sales quota requires making 100 cold calls, then make 101.
Also, “going the extra mile” means doing what the average person is reluctant to do. For instance, if you have a choice between watching a popular TV show and making the 101st cold call, the average person would choose watching TV. Because you’re going the extra mile, you’ll make the cold call instead.
Your homework today is to look for simple and small ways in which you can go the extra mile. Put yourself on the same side as successful people. Most of them credit going the extra mile with being an important reason they are peak achievers.
For your journey to your dreams, you have all that YOU need packed inside of you.
You may come across other people on a similar path and they may be pursuing dreams similar to yours. Most likely, they have different talents, abilities, and know-how than you. As a result, they may be doing things differently that you.
THIS HAS NO BEARING ON YOU AND YOUR DREAMS!
Your dream is just different enough that other people’s talents, abilities, and know-how will not work for you. It’s okay to observe what they’re doing because with a few tweaks, it may also work for you, but do NOT think they are better suited to achieve your dreams than you are.
YOU have what YOU need inside of you and YOU are the BEST SUITED to achieve your dreams!
Your homework today is to take the next step. Break it into small pieces and little parts. Break those into bits that are tiny enough for you to easily do. Then do them!
Yesterday I posted that it had snowed 6+ inches—and it was the first full day of spring! Even though it was a bummer to see the snow, I have to admit it was very pretty, as you can see from these pictures. It looked as if a fairy cake decorator had frosted all the trees overnight.
The temperatures warmed up a bit and the snowy wonderland changed within a short period of time, as you can see from this photo.
That got me to thinking….
Many situations can benefit by taking a moment, pausing, and letting a beat or two pass before responding. Taking that small space of time gives an opportunity for clear thinking and a cool head to prevail. It also jumpstarts creative thinking.
Your homework today is to take a moment. The next time you’re caught flat-footed, or if you’re in a difficult or emotional situation, take a breath or two.
Today is the first full day of spring, and I woke up to 6+inches of snow (!!!). Jiminy Crickets, I’ve had enough!
I didn’t want to go out and shovel then put down ice melt and sand. But I had no choice because we have people coming over every day to help us. We need to make sure they have clear walkways to use so I had to get up, get out there and get going.
It got me to thinking about being dumped on and how often that happens during the week—sometimes even during one day! While we can do something about a lot of it—including avoiding being dumped on—sometimes there’s just no way to avoid it. When that happens, as fast as we can, we should do our best to get over the cranky-phase of being disappointed, frustrated, and complaining. Then, whether we like it or not, it’s time to get busy and work our way through it, step-by-step and bit-by-bit.
Something better is waiting on the other side!
In my case this morning, the better thing waiting on the other side was having a clear and safe driveway and walkway for the people who help us every day. Yay!
Your homework today is to pick up your shovel and work your way through your situation bit-by-bit. You don’t have to take big shovel’s full and you don’t have to strain your back. Just take a little bit that you can easily manage and move it off to the side. Keep doing this little bit by little bit and soon you’ll make your way through to the better stuff on the other side.
Keep your eye on the better stuff waiting for you on the other side!
In honor of what would have been Mr. Roger’s 87th birthday, I like you just the way you are.
I believe in you. I know you were made for great things—great things as YOU define them, NOT as the world defines them.
I know that you’ll achieve your dreams. I’m positive that you have what it takes. I’m sure you will “figure it out” whenever you hit rough patches.
You are on track, even though it seems scary and rocky and dark. You’re in the right place and perfectly situated to take the next step, so take it!
All is well; everything is working out just right for you so keep on going. Keep moving forward!
Your homework today is to celebrate all the good stuff that happened this week. Nothing is too small or too insignificant to celebrate. It’s all wonderful and it all adds up to make your life the one you want to live.
Take the next step! Break it into small pieces and little parts. Break those into tiny bits, then do the bits!
You can do it; I’m sure of it!
I’m so very proud of you—I like you just the way you are!
Are you comfy-cozy, wrapped in a soft, warm blanket with fluffy slippers on your feet? Then you are not growing! You are not developing what’s inside you!
Your best, most wondrous gifts and talents are concealed inside of you.
If you’re comfy-cozy then you are not reaching inside yourself. You aren’t “kicking your tires”; you aren’t seeing what you have under the hood; you aren’t taking yourself out for a spin to see what you can do!
Your homework today is to see what you got. Shake off that cozy blanket, kick off those comfy slippers. Put on your sturdy exploring boots, grab your binoculars and magnifying glass to help you see what you might have missed, take your butterfly net for capturing ideas and tidbits of interesting stuff, have your journal handy for jotting down notes, ideas, and inspirations, and top it off with your party hat–because this is going to be FUN!!!–and let’s get going!
Take the next step!
You can do it!
Break the steps into small pieces and little parts break those into tiny bits. Then do the tiny bits!
You can do it, I am positive that you can!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
PS: Please forgive the mixed metaphors in this essay!
“No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.”
— Brian Tracy, Author
Today’s quote reminds us that the most important resource we have to help us on our journey to our dreams is other people. Of course you need to be smart about who you ask for help because there are those who do not wish you well and others who just don’t “get it” about what you’re trying to do. Once you start talking to people about what they’re interested in and the things that interest you, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how knowledgeable and helpful other people can be!
Your homework today is to reach out to others. Strike up conversations with strangers you meet while commuting, waiting in line at the store, etc.. Be open to others and be smart about the help that they’re offering!