5 Reasons to Go The Extra Mile and Live Your Best Life

5 Reasons to Go the Extra Mile and Live Your Best Life - People Development Network
5 Reasons to Go the Extra Mile and Live Your Best Life - People Development Network

Going the extra mile

Creating a vision underpinned by customer focused outcomes in a working environment sets the tone as to how your customers will feel about you and your service.  It is essential to set stretching and challenging objectives.  These should not simply meet customer expectations.  Your customer outcomes must always go the extra mile.

As I matured as a leader I began to realise the jewels in my crown were my team  Without them, I simply wasn’t able to achieve what I set out to do.  I also realised that I needed to go the extra mile for them.  This wasn’t about financial reward.  Sometimes the ways I wanted to reward and motivate them weren’t always in my power. What I could do, which was infinitely more powerful was to encourage and engage them.  I could help them as much as I could to help them do their job really well.  More than that I could encourage them to go the extra mile.

Making an effort for your family should come first

I would like to put my hands up and say I have always gone the extra mile for my family.  My children and my siblings might not agree.  I would concur, it hasn’t always been the case. Don’t get me wrong, we are a tight-knit family and care about each other a lot. I do go the extra mile for birthdays, Christmas and holidays. Family occasions feature highly. But do I go the extra mile all of the time?  Probably not, but I am working on it.  It’s vital our families should come first in our efforts.

It’s essential to go the extra mile in business

At work, I am determined to go the extra mile for my connections, customers and clients. Sometimes it can be a challenge to find out what makes people feel that they have received a brilliant service. Years ago, one of my stock answers would be to of course “Ask them”. That’s a good tactic, although we can get stuck in asking the wrong questions.

So, for example, asking what people want as an outcome can be revealing. Better than trying to tell them what they need for sure. The really effective question  is along the lines of “What would make you believe that you had received the best and most excellent service from me and my team?”

Other than asking people, the next strategy is to observe. Try different things and see what delights people. Gauge reaction and be innovative.  Just seeing how people respond is valuable information.

I believe adopting the philosophy of going the extra mile is a great way of living.  There are five main reasons why everyone should consider living their lives by going the extra mile.

Going the Extra Mile

1.  Gives you a sense of purposefulness

Makes you think hard about your contribution and the difference you are making. Our world is a matrix of giving and receiving. By going the extra mile you are bringing a sense of purposefulness into sharp focus.

2.  Acts as a positive influence

Surprises and delights people, and it’s always good to be a positive influence.  Positive energy is infectious and can brighten and lift all around you.

3. Boosts your own energy

Increases your own energy. Energy breeds energy and the additional effort it takes to go the extra mile, helps you to increase your energy, output and commitment

4. Attracts positivity energy back to you

Attracts great energy back to you. What you give out, you get back. It was Newton who said “for every action, there is always an equal and opposite reaction”

5. Sets healthy and challenging standards

Sets a great benchmark for yourself and others to aspire to. Achieving and setting challenging and satisfying standards help create positive and healthy habits and practices.

Christina Lattimer
I help leaders develop self- mastery, helping them to become confident in their own inner guidance.I collaborate with leadership experts, managers and HR professionals to help them get their own message and unique services and products to a wide audience.
Christina Lattimer


  • Sherry M. Winn says:


    Going the Extra Mile is something you did which changed you. Your heightened energy affected all those around you. By giving more of you and therefore giving to you, you felt better. While it is a service to others, it is ultimately a service to yourself. When we change ourselves for the better, we ultimately change the world around us. I love what you are doing.

    • christinapd says:

      Sherry. Thank you and more importantly, thank you for being part of it. Your contribution and involvement is very much appreciated. Thanks for commenting, and I hope you have a lovely day!

  • Marc Saint-Ange says:

    I love this post and I think it’s very useful. There are several parts that touch me: ”Try different things and see what delights people. Gauge reaction and be innovative.” And very good to take care about people you deal with. Congratulation Christina! I’ll continue to check your blog from time to time.

    • christinapd says:

      Hi Marc Thank you so much for your kind words. Very much appreciated, and very glad you enjoyed the post. I do hope you check back now and then! Have a great week! Christina

  • crystal Ross says:

    I am always studying How to hone my social skills in order to be able to communicate with people and understand their ideas and visions. It is important to knows how to connect with people. This is a great article and has great insight into going the extra mile. 😉

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