6 Easy Ways to Go The Extra Mile For People Today

It seems like a simple concept that we should always go “the extra mile” in everything we do in life. To stop being ordinary… and be extraordinary! But sometimes we need some reminders or ideas on how to exactly do that. We also can get into a slump at times, so if that is the case with you right now, it’s good to recognize it and do something about it, so you can get back to being extraordinary! Here are some of my ways that I go the extra mile for people in my personal and professional life.

6 Easy Ways to Go The Extra Mile for People Today

  1. Over-Deliver On What People Expect – For people in your personal and professional life, go beyond what is expected. So many people are just going through the paces of life. Live with passion. Show people you really care. Over-deliver. It will be remembered.  You only live once Mae West
  2. Send a Thank you Card – When is the last time you actually sent a personalized card to someone? Whether it is someone that works for you or someone in your personal life that means a lot to you, go that extra step and thank them with a personalized card.
  3. Awesome Follow-up – Show people you care by following-up with them. So if you meet someone at a networking event, be sure to send a note that you enjoyed talking with them. Then keep connected to those awesome people! Even friends. Be sure to check-in with them from time-to-time even if you don’t see them often. It will mean a lot to them.
  4. Send a Small Gift of Appreciation – For your rockstar clients or the people in your personal life you care about, why not send a small token of appreciation to them. It can be something super small like a Starbucks Gift Card. It’s the thought that really matters.
  5. Introduce to Other Amazing People – There is not much better than being around amazing people. Good people love to be connected to other good people, so why not make an awesome introduction today!
  6. Ask How You Can Support Them – Just by doing this, you will show people you really care. Ask someone how you can support them, without any expectation of getting anything back.  High quality people will think the world of you by doing this wonderful gesture.

What are some of the ways that you go the extra mile for people in your personal and professional life? Which ways above most resonate with you?  I look forward to hearing your comments. Let’s inspire one another! I wish you a fabulous day! Let’s do this!

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  1. Carla Horn September 23, 2015 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Cynthia!!! This is an AMAZING blog!! I seriously love each suggestion you mention!! The one that really resonates with me today is “over deliver” ~ to not just do what people expect of me, but to throw my creativity into the mix & really go above & beyond!! Thank you for the reminder my beautiful friend!! I’m feeling inspired & ready to make someone’s day!! Xo :))

    • SmartChic September 23, 2015 at 6:52 am - Reply

      Awesome comments Carla! YOU are positively extraordinary and you go the extra mile every day. I appreciate that of you! You are a shining example of what people should do. You walk the talk my friend. Have an amazing day!

  2. Donna September 23, 2015 at 6:46 am - Reply

    Such a great post, Cynthia! I think that something as simple as writing a thank you note can have a big impact. In today’s technological world, it’s refreshing to receive a hand written note of thanks. It is something that people will remember you by. 🙂

    • SmartChic September 23, 2015 at 6:51 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Donna for your comments! I really appreciate you and I agree that the small things are definitely big things for people. Thank you for going the extra mile every day. You are extraordinary!!!!

  3. Dave Moore September 23, 2015 at 6:56 am - Reply

    I love this list…but then I am a believer of lists. This list has so many great pointers that it should go on the wall as a reminder to everyone on a daily basis that making a difference, doing business, selling products etc is not just the tips, techniques, skills of selling and marketing but making connections. It is all down to how you make someone feel because of what you do. One that i would add to the list is something I take with me to events, and that is a pack of blank business cards. All they have is: Name, and a line. Company and a line. phone, cell, email and a line. When I meet people they are either out of business cards or forgot to bring them. I usually say something like ,”it’s easy to run out of business cards when your popular and everyone wants to keep in touch. Here’s a blank one, let me have your details and I will get in touch with you.” and then i give them my card too.
    Always a pleasure to read your blog Cynthia. So much to read and take on board. Well done my friend

    • SmartChic September 23, 2015 at 6:58 am - Reply

      LOVE your comments Dave! Thank you so much for your wisdom and positivity my friend. You go the extra mile for me EVERY day. Gratitude my friend!

  4. Dortha Hise September 23, 2015 at 7:21 am - Reply

    Cynthia, yes! I love this list. You nailed it. Even if someone selected one item off this list and focused on that, it would put them in the “going the extra mile” category. You’re advice is great and I love your writing style! 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • SmartChic September 23, 2015 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for your awesome comments Dortha. I am so glad you enjoyed the article. Have a ROCKSTAR day! I appreciate you!

  5. Geoff Conn September 23, 2015 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Good stuff here Cynthia. I agree with your overall message here. Be a giver, not a taker. Nothing pleases me more than to give of myself to make someone else smile their way to a good day. Also making sure you do it with no cares of it returned back. Heard you give this message on a recent scope.

    • SmartChic September 23, 2015 at 10:35 am - Reply

      You are correct Geoff! Followed-up my scope up with this Blog. I thank you so much for your comments. I wish you an awesome day my friend. I appreciate you!

  6. Jane September 23, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

    I love all your posts but this one I love most because every item is meaningful and doable. I couldn’t sleep last night so I got up and wrote several thinkingof you cards. I hope they are delivered with the sunshine intact. Here’s what speaks to me most about your list. Every thing on this list is free. Even the gift can be basically at no expense to you, or small cost.

    I’ve heard there is no congestion on the second mile. I try my best to be on it.

  7. Debbie September 23, 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Great advice, Cynthia! Too often we become absorbed into our own lives.and forget that the little things matter.

  8. Sage Bramhall September 23, 2015 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Cynthia ~ you and I come from the same school of thought. I’m just as satisfied with a personalized FB post or email just because I know how busy everyone is in the madness of keeping positive. I’m a cheerleader by nature so recognizing them, sending personal tweets, a special bouquet on their FB wall, or a quick text to say I’m thinking of you. If it’s someone local I may show up at the hospital if I see you are there, or I almost always stop and text and say “hey, what can I do for you!” It means so much to everyone. I’m a caregiver and don’t get out as much as I would like, so those special notes mean so much ~ if I see a community project going on I often show up with my hammer, and I always advertise the event, gig, meeting, friends stores, big sales etc. just my way of going the extra mile for those around me!

    Everyone of your suggestions are top of the list. I have thank you notes and stamps always on hand! 💜

  9. Giovanni Gaudelli September 23, 2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Ciao Cynthia! These are all fantastic ideas! My favorite is #2. I truly believe in the power of a personalized handwritten note. In this technological world, I think people appreciate the “human touch”. Thank you for another great post!

  10. Phil September 24, 2015 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Cynthia! Thank You, for igniting a firestorm of thought, within me. Needless to say, I REALLY like this post. Just to let you know, I’ve been to the kitchen and back 4 times since reading this post 10 minutes ago. (A walk to the kitchen is my go to; when I ingest more information than I can immediately process, as I collect the flood of ideas that are finding there way to me, all at once, and I need a moment to digest. I don’t get anything when I go for this walk… just out of my home office, down the hall, through the family room, into kitchen, around the island and back to my chair.) What you delivered here is a multi-layered, rockstar post… //

    In this post, Cynthia lowers her guard to reveal her greatest asset of success…

    My FAV… the valued encouragement for each of us to engage in a go ‘the extra-mile’ adventure… the value of accepting this invite is, the hidden benefits received through the notion of selfless ‘serving’. Going ‘the extra-mile’ is a self-choice of sustained abundance. On our ‘extra-mile’ adventure we need only focus on those things that we can Give to others, attempting to Give, More than we can Receive in the moment or the act. Think of going the extra-mile as, the gift that keeps on giving… for every single act of dispensed kindness, compassion, empathy, sharing, holds in return an abundance of received kindness, compassion, empathy, sharing.

    We could move on into the significance of ‘6’… On our go the extra-mile adventure, 6 will equal 80. Now this is a huge yield of return, that Cynthia capitalizes on each and every day, let me explain. The ‘Extra-Mile’ is a life style choice; all our relationships can benefit from this choice, personal and intimate relationships, relationships with our children, family, friends. Most significantly, huge business successes are found in adopting the ‘extra-mile’ life style. I can tell you this, that ’80’ percent of Cynthia’s future business success immediately begins finding its way to her, though the adoption and implementation of these ‘6’ extra-mile tips. WHAT? That’s right, these 6 tips will lead to you, 80% of your future business success. How do we know this, with certainty? Just read the paragraph before this one.

    And then, there are the tips themselves… Who wouldn’t want to know, and hangout, with the person who freely and consistently incorporated these 6-tips into relationships. Presuming that you are willing to accept Cynthia’s extra-mile invite; Imagine the quality of your relationships, the strength of your network, if, the entry criteria was to only associate with others who embraced going the extra-mile. Now, that would be an adventure to remember!

    The easiest thing to do to get started… Pick 1 tip each week for the next 6 weeks and OWN-IT! Incorporating each tip, one-by-one will add extra value to the things that you do, the lives that you touch and to the lives of others that reach-out to touch yours.

    Again, Thank-You Cynthia – for drawing out of me this opportunity of words shared, and to join you on the extra-mile adventure of a lifetime. Continued Success!! ~Phil

  11. Wade Stanford September 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Awesome post Cynthia!! This is a great list that truly outlines how we can add value in others on a daily basis. The one thought that resonates with me is Ask How You Can Support Them. This action sends such a positive message and it also allows you to experience a blessing as you support others. The best part is I have had the opportunity to witness you do these things! This is more than a list; this is your life!! Excellent post!!!

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