Friday, October 26, 2012

Put Some Extra in Your Ordinary

The other day I heard one my cousins went on a little run.  Thirty-five miles later, he finished.  It wasn't any kind of competitive race or organized event -- it was an adventure.  Most people train for years just to complete a 26.2 mile marathon and that's more than enough.  My cousin added an extra nine miles because he is extraordinary.  He inspires me to be a little better in everything I do everyday.

Here are some ideas to turn your ordinary activities into something extraordinary:
  1. Add 10% to your daily exercise routine.
  2. Eliminate one hour of wasteful activity today and give that time to your family.
  3. Write a letter of gratitude to someone who makes a difference in your life.
  4. Shake hands with someone in uniform today and thank them for their service to our country.  Military, police and firefighters are top on my list.  Don't forget the ones who are now retired.
  5. Don't tell anyone about your amazing accomplishments.
  6. Don't talk about politics until after the election.
  7. Avoid criticizing others for the next 30 days.  If you fall short, start over.
  8. Discover your reason for getting up every day and dedicate one hour a day pursuing it.
  9. Encourage three people to become extraordinary before the sun sets.
  10. Ask your spouse to make a list of ten projects he or she would like you to complete and finish the list before this year ends.

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