SOURCE: Extra Mile America

Extra Mile America

October 23, 2014 19:04 ET

Extra Mile Day: Why the "Go the Extra Mile" Message Matters

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 23, 2014) - On November 1st, over 500 cities from across the United States will proclaim Extra Mile Day...a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change in ourselves, families, organizations and communities when we "go the extra mile." According to Extra Mile Day founder Shawn Anderson, the message of the unique day has the power to change everything about our lives.

"Imagine if you asked your boss 'What more can I do to help us succeed?' Imagine if you asked a friend, 'What can I do to help you reach one of your goals?' Imagine if you reached out to a service organization in your community and said 'I'm available,'" says Anderson, the Founder of Extra Mile America, the organization behind Extra Mile Day. "It's this sort of extra-mile imagination and effort that has the power to change everything about our lives."

Whether it is in encouraging others to continue to pursue fading dreams or uplifting people to not let life's tragedies derail hope, Anderson dedicates his life to inspiring others to maximize their potential and contribution. His message is consistent and to the point: "Want a better life? Go the extra mile."

First spreading the "go the extra mile" message across the U.S. in 2009, Anderson used a symbolic 4,000-mile ocean-to-ocean solo bike ride. On the ride, the 47-year-old non-bicyclist held motivational events in 21 national cities. At these events, Anderson interviewed over 200 people who had been recognized as going the extra mile in overcoming personal setback or who had risked everything in order to accomplish something extraordinary. After the ninety-day tour, Anderson, a motivational speaker and author, personally gave away $10,000 to those people whose stories he found especially inspiring.

"We complain about all the things we don't like in our lives, and we spend time wishing for better jobs, more money, and happier relationships," says motivational guru Anderson. "But all the complaining and wishing in the world won't change things. It's when we do more and give more than we currently are that we push the envelope of change in a different and positive direction. The Extra Mile Day movement reminds us that the positive change we seek in our own lives and in society begins with the person in the mirror."

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