Welcome to 2011.  I don’t mean “Extra Extra” like they used to say to sell newspapers. I mean extra as in Extraordinary.  That piece that mean a little more than average, better and common.

    Perhaps you started this venture of a new year with some “resolutions”. What are they? What have you started to do to accomplish them? Have you taken action on them? We often start out every New Year with goals, resolutions or ideas and then fizzle out by March. The New Year brings opportunity, yet we make decisions to not act and achieve those goals. 

    To achieve our New Year’s “resolutions” we need to do that little Extra to achieve our goals. We must get off the couch and onto that treadmill before it becomes a close hanger or dust collector to shed those pounds we want off. We must make the extra calls when we don’t feel like it to achieve those sales goals or call on the customers that have complained to find out how we can improve. Most of all, we probably need to swallow some pride and realize we aren’t perfect and have plenty of room for improvement. I know I do. That is why I am writing this post at 6:12 AM. I am making the extra effort to get a positive, encouraging word out to people so they can have a great productive day.

     If your goal is to lose 20 pounds this year or earn $20,000 extra, break the goal down into achievable pieces. 20 pounds divided into 350 days, notice I gave some slack time, is .91 ounces a day, Less than 1 Ounce a day. I think I could stop eating something to lose one ounce a day. If your goal is to earn $20,000 extra this year, that would be earning an extra $57.14 a day or $400 a week over 50 weeks. After all, all work and no play make’s jack a dull boy. But don’t let yourself get comfortable. Comfortable is good for shorty times, but after a while you get sluggish and non-productive.  If your couch is really comfortable, put a hard board under your couch cushions to get you off the couch after 20 minutes.

    So many things are easy to do and easy not to do. We need to make the easy effort to keep up with the positive easy things and do them consistently.  Take the time to exercise for 30 minutes a day and not watch T.V. or gossip. Stay productive and active. Take Action towards your goal today and keep giving that Extra to get the results you want.

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