I have three beautiful little boys who have changed my life significantly. After each child I recognized that being a parent becomes a little easier. (Key word being little.)
I remember the birth of my first child. A few weeks after his birth I felt like a walking zombie. (I know you may be thinking, “Bryant, you didn’t give birth to that child.”) And I would agree with you a 100%, but the reality was my wife and I felt exhausted after his birth.
As parents, I don’t think you ever catch up on sleep, but you end up developing a tolerance. And even when we have “hit the wall” as parents, we will always find a way to go the extra mile because we have our children’s best interest in mind. It is easy to go the extra mile with our close friends and family members, but will you go the extra mile for people you don’t know?
I write this blog because last week I found myself in a unique situation. I locked myself out of my place of business. I called a couple of co-workers to help me get back into the building. One person was unable to help, but the other co-worker was a tremendous helped.
The co-worker who helped me was in the middle of preparing her dinner. However, she stopped in the middle of her meal and drove approximately 30-40 minutes in the pouring rain to unlock the building for me. I am so grateful she came to open the building, but the most impressive thing was her attitude and eagerness to help. She had the best of spirit even though she was inconvenienced.
Why You Should Go The Extra Mile
1. It’s just right.
My father and mother always stressed to my siblings and I to always do our best. Doing just enough to get by can cause problems. People who do just enough are usually perceived as lazy, careless, and irresponsible.
On the other hand, when you do your best and go the extra mile, you give yourself the best opportunity to be successful.
2. It builds character.
When you go the extra mile, you will start to develop a reputation. This reputation will follow you everywhere you go. It was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that said,
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Your character, reputation, and personality will define who you are and where you will go in life. So with that said, GO THE EXTRA MILE!
3. It creates further opportunities to grow and prosper.
One of the biggest reasons why people are hired, promoted, and trusted depends on their consistent decision to go the extra mile. Instead of being loud and flashy, attract the attention of others by your hard work with going the extra mile.
Where would you like to go in life? What type of job are you looking for? How much money do you want to make? What are your goals and objectives in life?
It’s never too late. Going the extra mile starts today!