Are you doing just enough or going past the finish line?
I recently went out for a run. Just me and my thoughts. No headphones or any music to listen to.
Now running isn’t my favorite thing to do but I understand the benefits of cardiovascular training.
It was only a 20 minute jog and coming up to the end my thoughts went to something I have struggled with in the past.
I felt myself slowing down as I was getting closer to the end of my jog. It made me realize a common fault I have made many times when getting close to the end with many things I do.
As my thoughts drifted and I became present with what I was doing on my jog, so I picked up the pace. I started thinking of my good friend Bill Beck when he ran 50 miles for a charitable event. He was in pain with his knees, but what he did at the end was magnificent.
Even with all the pain he was in, he ran an extra mile.
Now that for me is going the extra mile.
Getting to the finish isn’t always enough. Its going that extra mile and following through with what you started.
As you get closer to the finish line it doesn’t mean slowing down, it means finishing strong. Finishing with a sprint to the line like athletes do after they have run a marathon, or a cycling event.
The finish line is not necessarily the end of the race. The box maybe ticked to say you have completed your desired outcome, but you still have to keep going with whatever is next.
Why should you go the extra mile?
1. It builds character.
When you go the extra mile, you develop a reputation to do more and be more. You instill in yourself to continuously do your best at all times no matter what. You become a better person by simply going the extra mile.
2.It’s the best thing to do.
Doing just enough or simply crossing the finish line is being average, being mediocre. You have to challenge yourself to be you best at all times. To go above and beyond what is expected of you. To follow through and continuously grow as an individual. By going the extra mile you you go into the unknown, down the road less travelled, and it is in the unknown that we learn, develop and grow.
3.It creates greater opportunities.
The road less travelled creates further opportunities that you may not have known existed. You never know what lies around the corner and it is the reason you should always go the extra mile.
Keep unleashing your true potential and giving your ultimate best long after you have completed your race.