The habit of doing more than is necessary can only be earned through practice. And the habit is priceless. -Seth Godin (source)
It’s easy to be lazy. It’s easy to do less, to do the bare minimum, or to do nothing. Seth Godin writes, in characteristically simple fashion, about doing the little extras because you can.
You can call it initiative, taking charge, going above and beyond. The fact is, those who do the extra, who work a little harder, who put in a little extra effort; they stand out.
This isn’t something that comes naturally either. Some people learn to do it early, through practice or good role models. Some people never learn to do it well. I’m learning the value of doing it now, but I wish I’d learned it early on.
And the weird thing is it still feels right, even if you don’t get credit, when you do it for the right reasons. This relates to the gratitude muscle, or abundance mindset.
Do a little extra. Try it. It’s small, subtle, secret, and feel surprisingly good.