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THE EXTRA MILE: how far are you willing to go?

Cristina Campofreddo

Going the extra mile is a fundamental step to advancing your career.
It means doing the unexpected, going beyond your job description, being willing to make the world a better place. 
Working the extra mile it’s hard. It’s not required. It emphasizes that you’re different. 
It’s not easy to go out of your way and do something that will make a difference.

The question is: how much are you willing to give?
Going the extra mile it’s creating value.  It is sharing and giving. It is connecting with other people. You have a unique gift that makes you different from everyone else: you can use it and share it. You can give it away for free.
Going the extra mile is making the choice to use this unique gift. It is always a choice made with awareness.
In simple words, it means the rendering of more and better service than that for which one is paid, and giving it in a positive mental attitude.
That’s why it is something that unfolds from within, from our inner self, from a deliberate choice.

What happens when you go the extra mile?
You feel good, you learn, you become valuable, you feel empowered.
When you give more, you get more.
It leads you to the development of a positive, pleasing mental attitude, which is essential for enduring success. It helps you to develop a keen, alert imagination because it is a habit, which inspires one continuously to seek new and better ways of rendering service.
You inspire people that are ready to serve, people who are ready to make the difference.
You mentor and you show ‘it is possible’.

As a leader or a manager, engaging your team and going the extra miles means to put a sense of purpose in what you want to accomplish.
It means to give people the tools to understand why they do what they do.
When people experience a sense of purpose, their motivation comes from within, it is not forced from the outside. It is important to create a positive environment, where the expression of personal talents is supported.

We can only give what we have to give, that’s why ‘going the extra mile’ means to give talents and resources we recognize in us and we are willing to share.