Brothers & Sisters,
Keeping with the theme from the past few posts about empowering yourself I’ve been thinking about what it means to go the extra mile whether in our personal or professional lives. The above quote speaks volumes to me as I feel like there aren’t enough people who decide to take that extra step in whatever it is that they’re doing. Perhaps they think about it but something draws them away from jumping over the wall and going for it. I wonder why that is. Are you scared of the unknown? I’d make the argument that we venture into the unknown all the time, but a lot of the time it’s in such small fractions that you don’t even realize it. The times where it’s a big jump into the deep end is where we often stop and back away from the edge.
Just go for it.
How many times in work have you found yourself saying “well if I do X then it might make Y better” only to not do it because you’re up against some huge deadline or it isn’t what was being asked of you. Maybe you think your boss isn’t into that kind of thinking and therefore anytime you venture out of the box is a time that you could get scolded? Perhaps this is your queue to show your boss that you can critically think and make improvements to the business without taking up a ton of time on projects? I’d say any boss that doesn’t have that kind of open mind is a poor boss and isn’t doing you any favors but actually might be doing you more harm than good. That’s a post for some other time though.
The bottom line for me is going the extra mile is generally always important and can give you countless fruits for your labors. You just have to be willing to take the chance and jump over that wall.