Going the Extra Mile

Man may disregard the principle [of going the extra mile] if he chooses, but he cannot do so
and at the same time enjoy the fruits of the enduring success.
” ~Napoleon Hill

Have you ever heard the expression ‘to go the extra mile’?

basil leafSimply put, it means having the willingness to expend that additional effort that is sometimes necessary to get results.

Going the extra mile is important for any successful change in your life.

Whether you want to break a bad habit or adopt a new one, you are much more likely to succeed if you are willing to do what it really takes to make it happen.

And as we start this year’s Food Day Challenge, we thought that it would be motivational to review the ‘go the extra mile’ message.

Plus November 1st is Extra Mile Day!

What Is Extra Mile Day?

lemon wedgeExtra Mile Day is the brainchild of Extra Mile America, a nonprofit whose sole purpose is to empower individuals, organizations, and cities to ‘go the extra mile.’

Shawn Anderson founded the organization in 2009 with the goal of getting people to ask themselves, “Why live a life that is unfulfilling?” and to remind them that they have the power to create positive change.

Here is his explanation of why he created this unique non-profit:

Our work is inspired by the belief that going the extra mile opens doors to new possibilities. Going the extra mile improves the results we find in life, both professionally and personally…it allows us to make a difference in our community and in our world.”

A motivational author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Anderson biked solo across the US in 2009 to talk with hundreds of people who had ‘gone the extra mile’ to overcome dramatic setbacks or accomplish something extraordinary.

His cause has huge support around the country, including over 560 mayors who, in November 2016, agreed to commemorate Extra Mile Day by recognizing the volunteer heroes in their communities.

Napoleon Hill and the Extra Mile

The concept of ‘going the extra mile’ was introduced by Napoleon Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich, which is considered one of the most seminal books about how to succeed.

In it, Hill explains that ‘going the extra mile’ will help you:

  • Attract more success in your life.
  • Increase self-pride and empowerment.
  • Become more self-reliant.
  • Be better at what you do.
  • Embrace a positive attitude that will touch everything you do.
  • Instill confidence in others about your abilities and integrity.
  • Avoid procrastination (one of the greatest enemies to success).

How to Celebrate Extra Mile Day

Dr. Rosane Oliveira and Loaded Potato SkinsPerhaps the best ways to commemorate Extra Mile Day is by reflecting on your life and asking yourself important questions like:

  • Are you really where you want to be when it comes to relationships, work or health?
  • What could you do to improve the quality of your life?
  • How could you contribute to your local community?
  • How can you make a difference (in big or little ways)?

And of course, you can also celebrate Extra Mile Day by preparing a healthful meal for friends and family. Here is a recipe for Loaded Potato Skins that will help you do just that.

Together let’s create the lives—and the world—that we have always dreamed about by going that extra mile!