Along with all the nuts and bolts I’ll teach – the “how to” – there are also a number of fundamental principles all successful people follow. Without these fundamental principles, the nuts and bolts are pretty much useless. If, however, you really embrace these fundamental principles, the nuts and bolts become easy to implement. The nuts and bolts almost become an afterthought, a process of filling in the blanks.I want to share one of these principles with you today. This principle is truly magic, and if you can integrate it into your life, it will improve everything.
The Principle of Going the Extra Mile
Now before you start groaning about how sappy this is getting, or that you tried this and it doesn’t work, I want you to remember that I can’t stand sappiness, either, and I’m not interested in anything that doesn’t work. I’m interested in results. Period.
I’ve found that when something “doesn’t work” it’s usually because some essential element is being left out. Going the extra mile means rendering more service and better service than what is expected in whatever you do.
Sometimes when you go the extra mile you aren’t compensated for what you do – right away. But the reason this principle works is that the universe’s books are always balanced (also known as “what goes around comes around”). There is no way you can render any kind of service to others (or, for that matter, do something nasty to someone) without eventually being compensated.
And, the longer you wait to be “paid”, the more interest you accrue, so it doesn’t matter how long it takes to get paid.
Most People Take The Opposite View
“Why should I work so hard, they say, if what I do isn’t being appreciated, or I’m not being fairly or fully compensated? I want what’s fair, and I want it now, or forget it.” They feel taken advantage of if they aren’t compensated, fully and immediately.
This attitude is the result of focusing your mind on NOT being taken advantage of, or focusing your mind on NOT wanting to put out any extra effort without an immediate reward. Since to think this way you have to create internal pictures of what you don’t want, two things (as always) happen: 1) you get what you focus on, even though it’s what you don’t want, and 2) you feel bad.
When you go the extra mile, you put the universe in your debt. Besides the big picture karmic aspect I’ve already mentioned, this works in some very practical ways. If you are working for someone and you go the extra mile, and they don’t notice or don’t care, and as a result don’t compensate you, someone else will notice, and eventually your reward will come. Someone else will offer you a job, or some other opportunity. Sometimes the way this reward comes to you is mysterious, and seems unconnected to the effort you’ve put out. But it eventually comes, nonetheless.
If you’re in a relationship and you go the extra mile for your partner and they don’t appreciate it, someone else will see it, and eventually you will be paid, or in some other way you will be compensated. It might take time, but it will happen, and the longer you wait, the more interest you’ve banked.
Going the extra mile takes advantage of the most important keys to creating what you want in the world: focusing on what you want, and taking action. To give more than what is required to any situation, you have to focus on what you want. Focusing on what you want (as opposed to focusing on what you don’t want or are afraid of) is the key to getting what you want in life.
And, you can’t go the extra mile without taking action, which is the second key.
Since almost no one goes the extra mile, when you do go the extra mile you’ll really stand out. People will notice, and you will eventually be rewarded.
People who work for me sometimes come to me and want more money. They want a raise. I pay very generously already (in other words, I go the extra mile in paying my employees). I’m actually paying for their extra effort BEFORE they do the work, which in one way or another, puts the universe in my debt. When someone wants a raise, here’s what I do: I look at whether or not they are already going the extra mile. If they are, they deserve a raise, since by going the extra mile they are doing more than they are being paid to do already.
Asking For Money After You Did The Extra Mile
A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that they should be paid more first, and then they’ll do more. It might happen that way in life sometimes – someone wants more from you, so they offer you more – but that puts the ball in their court. In such a case, you have to wait until someone else takes the initiative to offer you more. The great thing about going the extra mile is that you don’t have to ask anyone’s permission to do it, and everyone loves it when you do. So going the extra mile is a way you can take the initiative to become worth more so someone else, whether it’s as an employee, a business associate, a friend, or a romantic partner. And if that someone else doesn’t notice – or even if they take advantage of you, which sometimes happens – you still have added a credit to your balance sheet that WILL be repaid, one way or another.
One major point I’m making to the people in the Success Solution online course–and have made a few times in Mind Chatter over the years–is that whatever you want in life, there is a price to pay. There is no such thing as something for nothing. Those times where you seem to get something for nothing, you still end up paying the price. You just pay it after you get the reward, and in such cases the price is always greater. The best policy is to go the extra mile in the first place, to do everything you can to pay the price IN ADVANCE for everything, and even to over-pay.
I’ve framed this mostly in terms of work, but this principle applies to everything: romantic relationships, goal achievement, friendships, business, or anything else. To get anything in life, there is a price to pay, and you pay the lowest price when you pay in advance and in full. Going the extra mile is a way of paying in advance–and, in addition, paying without any thought of being paid back. The principle doesn’t work if done for selfish reasons.
If your outlook is instant gratification – get it now and pay later – this isn’t for you. But I’ll tell you something about those who pay after the fact: they pay more for everything. This isn’t just a karmic/metaphysical principle. It shows up in the world in a very practical way, such as when you buy something on credit instead of saving up for it. When you do this, you pay interest on your purchase. If you buy something for $500, for instance, and pay 15% interest on your credit card and take a year to pay it off, you pay at least 10% more for what you bought, possibly more.
Can you become prosperous by paying 10% more than those who pay in full when they get the item?
No, you can’t. Prosperous people earn interest. Those who live month to month and paycheck to paycheck pay interest. You can have things now, by going into debt, or you can wait until you can pay and save a lot of money. Or, you can pay in advance and build up wealth – whether it’s financial wealth or some other kind. In other words, you want to be someone who earns interest, not someone who pays it, whether you’re talking about money, relationships, or any other aspect of life. Getting something in advance, before you’ve paid the price, puts you in debt. You want the universe to be in debt to you, not the other way around, and the way to do that is to pay in advance.
Here’s a Real World Example
We offer people the option of paying in advance for two levels of The Holosync Solution program, or three levels, or all twelve deeper levels, by giving a huge discount. We’re saying, “pay the price in advance and the price will be less than what everyone else pays.” This is the principle of going the extra mile applied to a commercial transaction, but it works this way in everything. Pay in advance, and you pay less. If you pay in advance and don’t get paid right away, you earn interest. If you get the reward before you pay, you pay more.
Applying the principle of going the extra mile takes faith – faith that the universe’s books really are always balanced. The simple way to develop this faith is to focus your mind on what you want. If you focus on what you don’t want (“I don’t want to be taken advantage of,” for instance, or “I don’t want to do more than I have to”) you will short circuit your ability to have this faith, you won’t go the extra mile, and you won’t get the rewards of doing so. Instead, you’ll get the very thing you focused on: you’ll end up at least feeling taken advantage of and at least feeling that you have done more than you had to.
Every successful person I’ve ever met goes the extra mile in everything they do. Those who are in my online courses can see very directly that I do this in the way I answer their email questions (online course participants get unlimited email access to me). I hope all of you can see that I do this in everything I do at Centerpointe, by adding additional bonuses and giving additional services you didn’t pay for and didn’t expect.
I long ago gave up keeping score of what I have done and what I have received. I just know I am blessed to receive everything I need, and more, and because I go the extra mile I’m fortunate enough to have enough left over to help many other people. The more I give, the more I seem to have to continue giving, as in the fairy tale about the magic sack that every time a penny was taken from it, another appeared in its place.
The world can be your magic sack – if you develop the habit of always giving more service and making sure your giving is of the highest quality, by making sure that you do this with a positive attitude, and by making sure that you do this without having your hand out to see what will come back.
Believe me, it will come back to you many times over.
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