Ever heard the saying…It’s never crowded on the extra mile?
It’s a real goodie but what’s n.b. about that is whose mile are you on…your own or someone’s else’s?
Going the extra mile in the context of your own potential can mean something a bit different.
It means flying solo when no one is looking, practicing when no one tells you to. Choosing to get better rather than get entertained.
Sounds like I’m talking about sacrifice but I’m not actually.
Here’s an example to nail this point.
I can recall fondly, recently and in the distant past many times of going the extra mile, literally and in my own worlds of potential and possibility.
A close mate of mine and I used to meet before the crack a dawn and run a 10 km stretch across along a beautiful sea view promenade.
The extra mile was in us showing up at that time, committed + seeing it through the finish line…
We did this over years and here’s the kicker…it was never for a race or competition or medals or anything like that.
You know what each of those hundreds of ‘extra mile’s had in common?
They were all deliberate paths planned before hand
They all, all of them had a massive ‘why’ attached to em.
Connect deep down with your why + know it’s your own unique path.
Speaking of paths, check this out from Ryan holiday…
“According to Seneca, the Greek word euthymia is one we should think of often: it is the sense of our own path and how to stay on it without getting distracted by all the others that intersect it. In other words, it’s not about beating the other guy. It’s not about having more than the others. It’s about being what you are, and being as good as possible at it, without succumbing to all the things that draw you away from it. It’s about going where you set out to go. About accomplishing the most that you’re capable of in what you choose. That’s it. No more and no less. (By the way, euthymia means ‘tranquility’ in English.) ...
So why do you do what you do? That’s the question you need to answer. Stare at it until you can. Only then will you understand what matters and what doesn’t. Only then can you say no, can you opt out of stupid races that don’t matter, or even exist. Only then is it easy to ignore ‘successful’ people, because most of the time they aren’t—at least relative to you, and often even to themselves. Only then can you develop that quiet confidence Seneca talked about.”