The habit of going extra mile. Which means the habit of rendering more and better services than one is expected to render and doing it with a positive mental attitude. I am going to tell you all I know about this magic principle of self advancement, because it is the one rule you must follow if you expect to write your own price tag and being sure of getting it. Let me describe this success principle in a simple formula which you can easily remember. It’s called the: QQMA formula, which means the quality of services you render, plus the quantity of the service you render, plus the mental attitude in which you render the service, determines the space you occupy in your chosen calling and the compensation you get from your services.
If you examine carefully the people whom you know to be usually successful, you will discover that they follow the QQMA formula although they may do so unconsciously. Now I wish to give you a bigger advantage of those who follow this formula unconsciously. I wish to give you a formula to use deliberately with a purposeful thought so you may make the principle pay off in the big way and do it quickly.
Now I will tell you some of the benefits you will enjoy by following the habit of going an extra mile.
First of all this habit will bring you to the favorable attention to those who can and will provide you with opportunities to promote yourself in to a better circumstance.
Secondly, it will press back of you the great natural law of increasing return through which the service you render will bring back greater than average compensations.
Thirdly, following this habit will make you indispensible in your chosen occupation. Therefore, it will press you in a position to write your own ticket.
Fourthly, this habit will help you to excel in your line of work because each time you render service; you endeavor to do a better job than you did previously.
And the fifth, it will help you benefit by the law of contrast because the others around you will not be going the first mile later on the second mile.
The sixth one, following this habit of doing your very best with all your efforts and doing it in the pleasing mental attitude, will improve your personality and make you liked by others.
And the seventh, it will also help to develop a kin alert imagination. Because you will be continuously seeking new and better ways of rendering better and useful services.
The eighth, it will inspire you to move on your own personal initiative instead of waiting to be told what to do. The habit which is the first step to leadership in all callings.
Ninth, the habit of going extra mile definitely develops greater self reliance and gives one more courage to move ahead without fear of criticism from others. It helps you to master the distractive habit of procrastination, the one habit which is on top of the list that causes failure.
Tenth, going extra mile influences other people to respect your integrity. And inspire them to go out of their way to co-operate with you in a friendly spirit.
Eleventh, it develops the definiteness of purpose which is the starting point of all personal success. And it stops you from drifting to life without knowing what you want or where you are going in life.
Twelfth, this habit provides you with one and the only excuse for asking for a promotion for the better station in life or a high pay. Obviously if you are doing no more than what you are being paid for, then you are receiving pay for what you deserve and you don’t have a single excuse for asking for more pay or a better position.
Thirteenth, the habit of going extra mile conditions your mind to maintain the mastermind alliance with others. I so often hear people complaining that their positions are such that they are not permitted to go extra mile. And my advice to these people has been always the same. I advise them to change to positions that pay to go extra mile. I am sincerely giving this advice because I know no one can do better than to earn a mere living unless and until he/she begins to go extra mile.
I can give you an example on how nature forces man to go extra mile in order that he may produce the food on which to exist. The farmer for example, follows the habit of clearing the ground, fencing it, plowing it and planting the seeds at the right season of the year. All which he must do in advance without compensation of any kind. If he does the part of his work properly, he then hands the work to nature, he sits down and waits her to do her part, and within a brief period nature germinates the seed the farmer planted, natures it, and provide the same kind of seed the farmer planted but multiplied more than 100 times to compensate him for having gone extra mile. That’s how the law of increasing return comes for the aid of a man who goes extra mile. And this principle applies the same in rendering service in a job like it does in the field of a farmer.
If the farmer did not follow the habit of going extra mile, the human race would starve to death in one season. And I am sure that you will agree that any time we can copy Mother Nature’s habits, and we will not go wrong in doing so.
The power of our mind and why we become what we think about.
This is the situation that is parallel to the human mind. Suppose a farmer has some land and it’s a good fertile land, now the land gives a farmer a choice. He may plant in that land whatever he chooses the land doesn’t care; it’s up to the farmer to make a decision. Now remember we are comparing a human mind to a farmer because the mind like the land doesn’t care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant. It doesn’t care what you plant.
Now let’s say a farmer has two seeds in his hands. One is a seed of corn, and a seed of a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both the seeds and he covers up the holes, he waters and takes care of the land and he waits to see what will happen.
With time the land will return what was planted as it’s written in the bible “as you saw so shall you leap”. Now remember the land doesn’t care it will return poison in wonderful abundance as it will with corn. Some it will bring both the two plants. One corn, and the other poison.
But the human mind is far more fatal, far more incredible and mysterious than the land but it works the same way. It doesn’t care what we plant in it. Success or failure, a concrete worthy while goal or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and so on.. But what we plant must come to us.
The human mind is the last unexplored continent on earth. It contains the riches beyond our dreams. Now you may say that if that’s true why people don’t use their mind more!
Our mind comes at standard equipment at birth. It’s free and things given to us by nothing we press little value on. Things we pay money for we value. And yet things like our mind, soul, body, hopes, dreams, and ambitions, intelligence, our love and families and our countries, all these priceless possessions are free. But things that cost us money are very cheap and can actually be replaced at any time.
A man can be completely wiped out and make another fortune. And can do that several times. Even if our homes burn down, we can rebuild them. But things we got for nothing, we can never replace them.
The human mind is not used because we take it for granted and yet it can do any job assigned to it. But generally speaking we use it for very little jobs instead of bigger important jobs. Universities prove that most of us are operating on about 10% of our abilities. So, decide now on what you what, plant your goal in your mind, it’s the most important decision you will ever make in your entire life. What do you want? Do you want to be a powerful sells person?! A better worker at your particular job In your community?! You want to get rich? What you have to do is to plant that seed in your mind, care about it work steadily towards your goal and it will become a reality. It will not only will there is no way that it will not. You see, that’s a low. Like a low of gravity. If you get on top of a building and you jump, you will always go down. You will never go up. And is a same low as other lows of nature and they will always work. They are inflexible.
Think about your goals in a relaxed positive way; put yourself in your mind’s eye as if you have already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you will be doing when you have reached your goal.
Every one of us is the sum total of his own thoughts. He is where he is because that’s where exactly he really wants to be whether he accepts it or not.
Everyone must eat on his thoughts in future. Because what you are thinking today, tomorrow, next month or next year, it will mould your life and determines your future. You are guided by your mind.