Episode 118: The Extra Mile

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Summary of Main Ideas

We live in a world of “an eye for an eye.”

If someone hits you, you hit back. If someone says something nasty about you, you destory their reputation online.

But real leaders don’t go tit for tat. Real leaders don’t get even. Real leaders understand the value and the impact of going the extra mile.

 

When you go the extra mile, your impact is amplified. In any area of your life, be it marriage, your home, your job, your students, or just someone you meet at the grocery store, when you go the extra mile, your impact is amplified.

 

When people see what you’re willing to do for them, they see that you are different. As you invest in people, the return on your investment comes back in the form of a greater commitment to you, to your vision, and people buy in.

 

They buy in to what it is that you’re about. They want to be around you more, hear what you have to say, read what you’re writing, and join in your mission.

 

We often think of leadership as “going viral.” We think that if we can just get that one big position, or that one perfect podcast, or write the perfect blog post, then I’ll get noticed, and people will want to buy what we’re selling.

But the problem with that thinking is that yes, a “viral moment” may get you noticed, but unless you’ve been putting in that “extra mile” effort, there’s nothing under the surface. There’s nothing for anybody to follow.

You’ve got to invest in the long term OVER AND OVER. You build buy in with a lifetime of extra mile effort, not buy a quick, flash-in-the-pan viral moment.


So what are you doing this week to go the extra mile? How are you investing in others, so that they will in turn join you on your mission?


Quotes

“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” Matthew 5:42

“There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.” Zig Ziglar


Reflection Questions

  1. What are you doing this week to go the extra mile?

  2. How could you better invest in your life so that your impact might be amplified?

  3. Who in your past has embodied the “extra mile” effort for you?

  4. Where in your life are you chasing that “viral moment” and what do you need to do in order to focus more on going the extra mile?