I want to take a minute to describe to you to my plus one: inconvenient, hard, uncomfortable, not fun, and challenging. Sounds like I have a winner, huh? My plus one might sound horrible, but I know it makes me a better person and employee. I don’t want to freak you out. I am not in some unhealthy relationship – trust me – those are less than ideal #relationshipgoals. I have been thinking a lot about the New Year. I went into 2017 excited for a fresh start, but then I got to thinking about how it really isn’t a fresh start. Nothing really starts over but the calendar. Instead of trying to change who I am, why not add on to the person who I already am? I realize that I just need to do the best that I can. I don’t need to set some unrealistic pattern or goal that I am only going to follow for a few weeks or months and then crash and burn. I just want to do my best and be better than I was yesterday or last year or whatever the case may be. That leads me to my plus one.
About a year ago, I started going to a boot camp work out class with a friend from work. I was working out the other night, and I was thinking about what it means to push myself. Sometimes I push too hard and I get burned out, and sometimes I don’t push hard enough and I get nothing out of the work out. So that night I decided that I would do one more of whatever exercise we were doing after my trainer said “switch” or “time’s up.” If I did just one more, what would change? Well, my one more for each thing today, tomorrow, and the next day would lead into a lot more sit ups, pushups, and burpees (gross) down the road. Doing one more of something isn’t so daunting. I can do one more sit up.
As my abs started to burn from all of the planks, sit ups, and twists, I was thinking about life in general. What if I took my plus one mentality outside of the gym and did it at work and home? I could make one more cold call after I felt I was “done” for the day or after I met my goal. That one call could mean another job, another candidate, a new relationship…anything. It could be the one I needed to be able to keep going. What if I asked my roommate one more question about her day? What if I did one more thing to pick up the house before bed? Could that one question start a conversation that leads to an unforgettable memory? That’s one less chore I have to do in the morning or the next day.
I understand this concept can be hard to implement into normal life, but it doesn’t just have to be a plus one. It can just be about going the extra mile and putting a little bit more in every day. That is what is inconvenient, hard, uncomfortable, not fun, and challenging – doing more than is expected and probably more than what people deserve. However, I believe that extra mile can change us. Doing it long enough will create a habit and before you know it, you’ve got a six pack (of abs, of course), a bigger book of business at work, and everlasting memories with people you love. Doing a bit more than expected isn’t daunting, but it can be life changing. So in 2017 I just challenge you to find your plus one and do it. Watch your life change.
In honor of the recent holiday and someone who did a little extra every day to change the world, here’s a quote to conclude:
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Chelsea Liska has been with Aureus Group since September 2011, and currently is a Senior Recruiter for the Iowa and Kansas City markets. Chelsea helps train, mentor, and coach new recruiters. She gets to do what she loves every day by helping to develop and build colleagues. Chelsea also gets to be a part of top notch finance and accounting candidates’ career decisions and moves. She loves when she is able to use her skills to help someone and give them an amazing experience in their career search. Every day Chelsea gets to be a part of a company that is building into her so that she can build into others. When she isn’t working, she is active in her church. Chelsea loves being active and playing volleyball, golf, working out, and hanging out with her friends and family. Binge watching her favorite shows is definitely a notable skill! She is personally and professionally committed to being an “Energy Ambassador!”