Cliches are hard to get behind. Sometimes, you find yourself in situations—like breaking up with someone—where cliches seem like an easy way out. They can be, yeah. However, they are also the only thing that works in some conversations. But, I don’t want to talk about all cliches today; I want to talk about a specific one.
The extra mile is never crowded.
It’s a sad truth. People get through life doing only what they have to. Sure, we all have moments where pushing ourselves is necessary—doing it on purpose, though, is rare. We are in constant search of comfort. Once we find that, we try and stay right there and avoid any risk that may push us away from the safe zone. I spent my entire childhood running from uncomfortable situations—mostly because I’d have a panic attack if I were in those certain situations. It’s still the same thing, though. We are afraid to go beyond our limit—or what we think our limits are.
I love that quote. It’s been on my mind a lot these past few weeks. We’re quick to underestimate the true power our mental state has on our entire life. If you’re not in the right frame-of-mind it causes you to under-preform. That’s why some people do better under pressure or are able to keep pushing through just by thinking of someone/something they love. It’s also why you see so many people give up when they look so close to completing their goals. For some reason, they can’t remember why they started. It reminds me a lot of Minecraft. Finding diamonds in a Minecraft world used to be the hardest thing. You’d sit and waste so much time just digging through stone, hoping you’d eventually break a block and reveal that bright blue treasure. It was always so hard to give up the search for diamonds because you never knew which block would finally lead you to that treasure. One more block, one more block. The thing is, though, that it wasn’t a waste of time. Because, by the time you found those diamonds, you ended up with an inventory full of stone, iron, gold and other resources. So, the journey to the ultimate goal may feel pointless—like you aren’t really gaining anything from it—but you are always gaining. Every block you break is just another piece of material that you can look back on and say, “yes, I did that.” That’s a technique you can use for any situation in life. I guess it’s also another way to explain the cliche, take it one-step-at-a-time.
Do you know how many people give up before finding the diamonds? Honestly, the amount of times someone has walked away when they literally had one more block to break…it’s people who go the extra mile that find that pocket of diamonds. Once they find that first pocket, they keep going until they find a second, a third, and so on. They feel the excitement of that success and they keep pushing for more because that feeling is unlike any other.
What I’m trying to tell you is no matter what you’re doing, just go the extra mile. Stay after practice to get a few more shots in, lift an extra set, write an extra page, study a little longer, be a bit kinder, love harder, drink more water. Ultimately, more is always better than less. Always, always, always strive for more. The more you have, the more you’re able to give. The more you’re able to give, the more your soul ignites. The more your soul ignites, the more you’re able to live a free and happy life.