“No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of them; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines greatness.” – Charles Kendall Adams


Here’s a question to consider – did you ever achieve success in life by doing only the bare minimum? How much have you gotten out of life by adopting the philosophy of instead putting your whole heart and soul into everything that you do?

Once you have committed to doing something, the rewards you can reap by exceeding the bare minimum to get it done are much greater than they would have otherwise been. The more you put in, the more you get out – and that doesn’t necessarily mean exceeding the hours or doing two people’s work, what is perhaps being referenced here is, as mentioned, heart and soul, as well as the generosity of spirit you put into what you do.

It’s not necessary to break your back or burn out in order to be successful – and there are some who might argue that holding back from the “over and above” approach is sensible conservation of energy and other resources – and, at times, it is indeed sensible to slow down a bit, take a breather, pause, reflect, etc. before continuing……

……the suggestion though is that using a “less than 100%, 100% of the time” approach will see you fall short of the greatness you might seek.

What’s the motivation for exceeding what’s asked of you? Well, here’s another way to look at it – exceeding the level that you ask of yourself, especially if, deep down, you know that you are not giving your all to something that matters to you. If it doesn’t matter to you, ask yourself why you are doing it. If it does matter to you, ask yourself why you’re holding back.

Enjoy your day, my friends – do something exceptional, beyond people’s, or even your own, expectations of you – see if it pays off further down the line and remember this day as the day you chose to do something exceptional!

Love and light,

Jim Sharman



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