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Jack Canfield – Going the Extra Mile will get you Even Farther

Going the Extra Mile will Get You Even Farther
by Jack Canfield

Going the extra mile

Are you someone who consistently goes the extra mile and routinely over delivers on your promises?

It’s rare these days, but it’s the hallmark of high achievers who know that exceeding expectations helps you stand above the crowd. Almost by force of habit, successful people simply do more.

As a result, they experience not only greater financial rewards for their extra efforts but also a personal transformation, becoming more self-confident, more self-reliant, and more influential with those around them.

These high achievers stand out from the crowd because of their extra efforts. They are unwilling to give up, even in the face of difficult times.

They get the promotions, they get the loyal customers, they grow their businesses twice as fast, they get financial rewards, job security, and they go home feeling satisfied.

Do you exceed expectations?

Do you surprise people with more than they were expecting from you?

Do you have the opportunity – but also the personal initiative – to go the extra mile?

To be successful you must change your thinking. You can only win by making extra efforts. People who go the extra mile always get payback. You will discover yourself becoming more self-confident, more self-reliant and more influential with those around you.

People notice the special services and all the small touches that make dealing with you so pleasurable. And when they are talking to their friends they will mention you and recommend you because you are the one who stands out.

People will see that you pay attention to detail, that you consider all the small things that really make a business successful, that you care about your image, and that you belong with all the other people who work hard to achieve. You will attract new business and new opportunities.

Listen to any success story and you will hear of someone who worked exceptionally hard to get what they wanted.

You’ll hear how they put in the extra time, did what wasn’t part of their job description, and over-delivered on what was asked of them. You’ll hear how they stuck at it until they broke through, and usually you’ll hear how it only took them a couple of years to do it.

What have you been doing for the past couple of years? Think of what you could accomplish if you made it a habit to exceed everyone’s expectations. Image what doors could be open to you if you decided to be of better service and value.

How are you willing to go the extra mile? What kind of extra service are you willing to provide in order to stand out from the rest? What areas of your life could you be giving more of your effort and time, becoming more valuable, and improving your reputation?

Be willing to treat everyone like you’d treat your dearest friend. Don’t skimp on service. Don’t be mediocre or run of the mill. Show people what you are capable of. Show them that you care about your image and reputation.

When it comes to success, the people who are willing to go the extra mile get there that much faster!

© 2009 Jack Canfield You can, as long as you include this complete statement with it: Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get your FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com

How do you go the extra mile? Leave your comment.


Success – Listening for Answers

587980_snailSuccess skills for life are found in the listening. Pay attention to the silent messages that can not be heard on the surface. Listen around the noise and you’ll hear a richness and resonance that can’t be found in the chatter.

The answers are all there. Everything you have done, felt, seen, tasted and touched holds a moment of truth.  Success is in that moment and the next. Each moment savored.

Listen and learn. Look back at the options you had in every circumstance and evaluate them now–not from a critical eye but from a kind heart.

Look inside yourself and decide what will be right for you now. Follow that path.

The answers are already in us—we just need to listen.

Success Tips for Growth – 7 Factors to Focus ON

698517_dancingAre you seeking ways to nurture your personal growth? Continuing education, conferences, DVD/CD programs and coaching are all great ways to improve yourself—but don’t neglect looking inside yourself first.

The difficult questions and the best answers lie within you. If you’re committed to self-development review the following key factors and note where you might be falling short.

Be Responsible – Ask yourself if you own up to every action, every word and every thought you make. Do you give away responsibility with language peppered with “There was a lot of traffic. . .” or “There’s nothing I can do about it.”

Tell the Truth – This isn’t so easy, is it? Tell the truth walks hand-in-hand with being responsible to form a base of integrity. For one full day, pay attention to every slight falsehood you utter.

Show Up – Are you “present” in each moment and with each person you encounter?  Show up for yourself, your kids, your clients and everyone else. This doesn’t mean that you give yourself away or spread yourself too thin.

Work Hard – Working smart usually doesn’t come until after you’ve worked hard to get smart enough to work smarter!

Be Coachable – Keep your ears wide open and your mouth closed. Ask for and listen to feedback. Act accordingly.

Play Well with Others – Self explanatory. You don’t have to be friends with everyone but you do need to know how to get along with others.  Everyone does not think the same way that you do. Learn to communicate in the way others want to be communicated with, not just the way you like to communicate.

Don’t Get Sick – “Well, that’s not in my control” . . . I can hear it now. Practice good health and take care of your appearance everyday. Do the things you know are good for and let go of the habits that are killing you. Start by adding one good habit and release one harmful habit, rather than trying to change everything at once. If you do get sick, take immediate steps to get well quickly. Avoid making others ill—wash your hands frequently and stay home if you need to.

Get Real – Practice getting truthful with yourself and you’ll develop awareness. Awareness is the ability to see yourself and your intentions before you act. This alone will change your life.

Personal growth is a life-long process. Embrace the challenges and go with the flow rather than fight change.

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Today’s article by Sonya Derian, owner/founder of Om Freely

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I will tell you, I came to Live Out LOUD.” ~Émile Zola

1. Live your life on purpose. Not on “DEFAULT “. Be Proactive. Make conscious and deliberate choices. When you don’t choose, circumstances choose for you and you are never leading: you are following or catching up, or worse, living in “default” mode. Instead, make a decision to be the leader in your own life and take front and center. Lead.

2. Utilize your full potential. Give what you’re doing your best and fullest attention. Be here now. Even if you’re not where you want to be, giving it half your effort doesn’t move you forward. Master what you have at hand, for the sake of mastering it, and something will shift. Give it what you’ve got.

3. Overcome your fear. Get out of your comfort zone. Find out you have a pulse. Let something give you butterflies in your stomach. This is how you know you’re alive – how you grow into something new. Every fear overcome is a freedom gained. The less afraid you are,the more room you have to play. Consider that you live in a huge mansion with 35 rooms but you only live in 3 of the rooms because the rest of the house is dark. Go in and open all the lights. Unveil the darkness and you have a bigger house to play in. Don’t know how to overcome fear? Do the thing you’re afraid of. Cross them off the list. Make it a game. Pretty soon, you will be invincible. Living a life out loud, is living a life of freedom. Living a life of freedom is good.

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Get Peak Confidence Gain Success – Review

There are probably hundreds of confidence building products out there on the internet today, yet it’s difficult to find one that addresses every important issue there is to know about building confidence effectively.  Some may assure you that building confidence is as easy as following a 3-step program, others may claim to have you confident and raring to go within 3 days or 3 hours.

The first time I stumbled upon Peak Confidence, I thought it may have been one of those rehashed confidence building books that wasn’t worth another second of my time. But having read the free report provided, I thought that it provided an interesting perspective on confidence building, and the visualization techniques in the report were quite enlightening.

I was convinced by the free report to give
Peak Confidence a go. The free report contained  techniques I found valuable so I thought the entire course was worth a try.

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Terri Levine – Guru of Coaching – Speaker Training

Terri LevineThe guru of coaching, Terri Levine,  hosted a speaker training this past Thursday in Philadelphia for coaches, entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Iv’e been to many speaker training programs but never one like this.

First Terri, never presents the same program twice.  Second, the information is always current to the marketplace–I mean now–not six months ago.  And third, the opportunity to practice  the concepts presented and apply them before you leave the room provides immediate results.

This program was less “speaker training” and more “how to present yourself powerfully.”  Whether it was story telling, selling from the front-of -the-room or expressing yourself authentically, Terri showed you how and then nudged you to do it on-the-spot – no rehearsal or planning or scripting.  Just do it!

Marketing and joint venturing are the keys to business success and Terri Levine practices what she preaches.  Those that attend her sessions are among the most generous people I’ve ever met.  People that are willing to share not just resources, information,  and knowledge, but immediate,  tangible support and  honest evaluations.

Often, after attending other programs or conferences it’s up to you to figure out what to keep and what to toss, who to work with and who you can support.  With Terri Levine’s sessions you’re not only clear about what to do next you’re actually doing it before you leave and with a support team already in place.

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Why Confidenced is So Important

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Confidence is often the first thing we notice about someone. We might think its body parts that get attention (and sometimes that’s true) but confidence has more impact.

Confidence is the energy that tells the world you are self-assured and self-reliant.

Confidence is not arrogance.  Arrogance is about self-importance whereas confidence is about making others feel important while retaining a high level of self-respect.

Entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and small business owners need a high level of confidence to succeed. A sense of overall confidence keeps you going when faced with challenges.

Confidence is having freedom from doubt…and that’s sweet!

Creativity – Your Soul’s Calling

“Age is something that doesn’t matter unless you are a cheese.photo_4475_20090209watercolorbrush

–Billie Burke (1886-1970) American Actress

Every now and again when I feel a twinge of doubt creep into my soul, I seek an inspirational quote or story to snap me out of it.

The above quote got me thinking about “late bloomers”-those whose talents don’t burst open until later in life.  The list includes:

Julia Childs – who published her first book at 49.

Laura Ingalls Wilder – whose first book Little House in the Big Woods came out when she was 65

Colonel Sanders – who didn’t franchise Kentucky Fried Chicken until he was 65

Grandmas Moses – who started painting in her 70’s

I celebrated a birthday at the beginning of the year and started a new venture at the same time.  I questioned my sanity about embarking on another career at this age. (If you haven’t figured it out I’m AARP eligible and then some.)

But here I am. Thirsty for learning and hungry for the challenge. Eager to express something creative. Grateful for the opportunity to express something that hasn’t had an outlet for expression until now. As Susan Boyle stated to Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent–“I guess I never had the opportunity.”

What creativity do you need to share with the world? What hobby have you always wanted to try, but kept putting off? What talent has been lurking beneath the surface that needs to bloom? Stop hiding. Share your talents or explore new avenues for expression. Besides, who are you to deny us your talent. Get out there and shine.

As Barbara Sher says, “It’s Only Too Late If You Don’t Start Now.”