There exists a stretch of road that doesn’t show up on maps, old or new. It’s a place where, relatively speaking, few go. But those who choose to travel it are rewarded handsomely for their efforts, especially the ones who venture there on a regular basis. It’s here, on the extra mile, that life’s high achievers and successes distinguish themselves from the masses.

Such is life that we cannot enjoy the fruits of enduring success without first having repeatedly travelled the extra mile. It’s that one extra rep in the gym when your muscles are screaming at you to stop. It’s the extra set of sprints in the pouring rain when the rest of your team have gone home. It’s those extra hours spent at the office to meet that all important deadline. It’s all of these and so much more: It is a place where good becomes great and where ordinary becomes extraordinary; a place where champions are made.

Man working out in the gym. Muscles, back champions do more
That extra rep you give in the gym may leave you exhausted but the benefits that come later make it all worthwhile.

A sometimes lonely but rewarding path

There are no crowds lining the extra mile, no spectators cheering our name, no cameras, no flashlights as we unquestioningly give of ourselves over and over again. Nothing. Just you and the empty road, and for that reason it’s the hardest mile we will ever travel but it’s the only path that will lead us to lasting success in life. The difference between those who are regularly achieving the goals that they set themselves and those who are not is the willingness to go the extra distance, the ability to consistently do more than the average person.

Make the sacrifices

Failure comes not from a lack of desire to achieve and be great in our own right, but rather from the fact that too often we trade what we want most in life for what we want right now. We want our own business, we want the promotion at work, we want the washboard stomach, but ultimately we are not prepared to make the short-term sacrifices required for the long-term rewards. It’s not about a single defining moment but rather thousands of smaller ones that, when combined, set us apart from the crowd.

Apple Laptop with text do more on the screen champions do more
By continuously challenging yourself to do more you’ll push the limits of what’s possible and live life to the fullest. ©Carl Heyerdahl

Stay in it for the long haul

The success and recognition for our efforts comes long after we’ve put the hard work in. Eventually, we will be rewarded in public for what we tirelessly do in private. It’s about being prepared to do that little bit extra in order to be the best, no matter what field we are competing in, whether it’s for our local sports team, leading a business or just living our life to its fullest.

We go the extra mile because, to borrow the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “at best in the end it will result in high achievement, at worst, if we fail, we fail while daring greatly, and our place will never be among those timid souls that neither knew victory nor defeat.” Champions are always willing to do more, to give more, to be more. That’s why they are champions. To get past the crowds on the road to success you’ve got to be prepared to go the extra mile, you’ve got to be prepared to push the limits of what’s possible now so that nothing’s impossible in the future.

When did you last go the extra mile and where has it taken you?

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by Scott Zack 09.02.2017
This was a great read. Well worth the 2 minutes it takes. I would even say it is worth reading a few times a week, or times when you want to take a break because you're tired.
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by Marcus Leach Scott Zack 16.02.2017
Hey Scott,

Really appreciate the feedback on this piece, and glad that you found it so insightful. Definitely agree with you on reading this, and other inspiring content, on a regular basis. I find the best time to read is first thing in the morning when our brain is most receptive and a blank canvas for the day ahead.

Thanks,

Marcus
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by Jennie Reid 11.02.2017
Terrific article-very motivational and enlightening. I found the "extra mile" while exploring rugby's unique culture in New Zealand and encompassed what I learned to now showcase this to the world; the goodness of rugby as a values-based global collaborator. I promote the leadership attributes and community goodness of rugby. #RugbyGood
"Where Forward Passing is Allowed."
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by Marcus Leach Jennie Reid 16.02.2017
Hi Jennie,

Thanks so much for the positive feedback on the article, glad that you found it so inspirational. I think the All Blacks are the perfect example of what results you get when you go the extra mile, as they are a team who do so time and again. The values we learn in sport are transferable to life and business, and I believe it's important for children to start learning them as soon as possible, and what better way than through sports schemes.
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by Alberto Sanjaya 13.02.2017
Thumbs up. This is more than just a regular blog. This is what I read when I start to lose my motivation. This reading is one of the things that remind me why I should always go for that 'extra mile'.
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Nina Weihrauch
Nina Weihrauch | Editor Alberto Sanjaya 14.02.2017
High five, Alberto.
I just love your comment and I'm sure that you're a champion who always goes the extra mile.
BTW, if you didn't subscribe to GamePlan A yet, you should do so to never miss a story again.

Keep on rocking,

Nina
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by Marcus Leach Nina Weihrauch 16.02.2017
I also love Alberto's comment, but then I am a little biased on this piece. Great to be able to share my ideas and articles through the Game Plan A platform, such a great community for inspiration and motivation as we go about being the best we can be in life.
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by Alberto Sanjaya Nina Weihrauch 08.03.2017
Confirmed my subscription just now.
Looking forward to more and more meaningful contents.
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Nina Weihrauch | Editor Alberto Sanjaya 21.03.2017
Awesome, welcome to the GamePlan A huddle, Alberto! :)

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Nina
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by Marcus Leach Alberto Sanjaya 16.02.2017
Hi Alberto, thanks so much for the great feedback on my article, glad that you find it so inspiring. Game Plan A is a great place for continued motivation and inspiration. As for the extra mile, it is the hardest mile to travel, yet it is the one that gives the most rewards and is always worth travelling.
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by Alberto Sanjaya Marcus Leach 08.03.2017
Couldn't agree more, Marcus.
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by Alison M Rieke 17.04.2017
I love this! I strive to do more and fight my own distractions constantly!
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by Marcus Leach Alison M Rieke 21.04.2017
Hi Alison,

Thanks so much for the feedback, glad that you enjoyed the article so much. The battle to always do more and to always be the best we can be is a constant one, but in fighting it we move towards a better way of life, a brighter future. It is not always easy, I know this from personal experience, but I also know that it is always worth it.
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