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High achievers are not out of the world people that have special powers. They understand the power of the extra mile and how it can either work for or against them. They are ordinary human beings like me and you but they choose to do extraordinary things that average people are unwilling to do.
Going the extra mile allows them to be rewarded at a much higher level than the average people around them. Let us look at 3 insights about putting in extra effort that catapult high achievers to the next level.
1. The extra effort is not significant
Zig Ziglar once said, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” It is easy to think that getting to the next level requires a monumental one off effort but that is not the case. I have experienced both sides of the coin where I have narrowly won against competitors as well as just missing out on top spot.
High achievers put in that little extra effort but here is the crazy thing – it makes all the difference. The athlete that wins the 100m race maybe spends an extra 30 minutes doing additional practice compared to others. The basketball player who scores more points than others spends a bit more time practicing free throws.
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” ~ Zig Ziglar
The programmer who gets more jobs than the next one spends more time practicing and sharpening his skills. When you study and analyze these scenarios you will find that it is never about one being more talented than the other. Talent certainly helps but high achievers put in a bit more effort into what they do than their counterparts.
To get a deeper understanding of this concept you may want to read Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers”. What does the extra mile look like for you? It may be waking up an hour earlier to do extra work on your business, studying, writing that book, etc. That is up to you to decide but keep in mind that it is just that little extra effort that will take you to the next level.
2. It is a test of your character
A test of your character is life’s way of asking you the question, “How bad do you want it?” When you start something you need to set your mind on doing it right and seeing it through to the end. Half-hearted efforts do not amount to anything so you will be forced to either go all in and give it your best or do nothing at all.
The Bible also says in the book of Ecclesiastes, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.” The extra mile, the extra effort is all you need to put in to break through to the next level. Your mind may play tricks on you making you believe that you do not have what it takes to go the extra mile but you do. Jesus went through the same thing when he hung on the cross for our sins.
It was a test of how great His love for us was and once He conquered the cross He conquered death and sin for eternity. He went the extra mile for us and changed the course of mankind. The same applies to you as you are seeking to get to the next level of your life.
3. It is the difference between good and great
As already explained in the first point going the extra mile is what separates high achievers from the average ones. The difference in effort is not that much but it makes a huge difference regarding how far you go in life. It may be the difference between getting an average job versus one that pays you twice as much and offers special benefits.
I have often found that when you go the extra mile is when God gives you special insights that you would not have received in any other way. One touch from God can change the direction of your life and catapult you to greatness. It is never by your own might but by the Holy Spirit.
I guess that is why coming second in a competition hurts badly because you tend to think if only I had gone the extra mile and put in extra effort. All you need to do is challenge yourself to give your best at all times. Your best is all you can do and that it is all life requires of you before it rewards you accordingly.
Another painful thing in a contest is that not many people remember who came second. All the limelight goes to the champion. We cannot afford the luxury of approaching life with lackadaisical attitude else we will pay by under achieving.