Have you ever thought about what you want people to remember you for? This is mine. It’s been my mantra for the past couple years. “Think you gave it your all? Do two more.”
I use it for lifting weights, I use it for my runs, I use it at work, I use this mentality for loving my wife and my children. Because in the end, even if you think you gave it your all…I bet you could have done more, loved more, accomplished more, connected more.
When You Think You Gave It Your All…Do Two More – What Does It Mean??
This is often exemplified in class setting – an exercise that will teach you to do even more than you think you can.
The class obeys and dozens of hands go up in the air.
“Now reach even higher!” the teacher emphasizes.
Sure enough, each child finds a couple more inches and their hands are far higher than when they were at their original “highest point”.
Raising Hands…What is This Supposed to Tell Us?
Like I said, it’s a simple exercise. But it’s a memorable one.
In fact, I was one of those kids in that classroom, and I still remember that lesson to this day.
Sure, you can think you’re doing quite a bit. You can think you’re working hard. But are you really? Are you giving it your all?
For most, it’s doubtful. There’s always more that you can do.
It seems that even when you think your hand is as high as it can go, with a little coaching, with a little motivation, with a little love and inspiration, you can almost certainly find a few more inches.
The same is true for every aspect of your life.
When you think you gave it your all…you didn’t. There’s still far more that you can do.
See that picture on the right? That my super awesome home gym. A set of workout bands and and a pull-up bar.
It’s not pretty, but FYI, it’s been doing the job! Especially when – during every exercise you do – you nearly can’t do anymore, and then you say to yourself…”two more!”.
- two more curls
- two more push-ups
- two more pull-ups
- two more sit-ups
- two more shoulder presses
By the end of the workout, you’ve essentially done 10-20 more reps than you thought you could possibly do!
Don’t settle. Do the extra.
By doing all you can, you’re ripping your muscles and allowing them to grow.
If you’re just doing “enough”, you’re essentially doing nothing. You’re not growing, you’re not improving, you’re just sticking with the status quo. …And the status quo sucks…just like it does in every category of life.
“Do Two More” – With Your Finances
What does the motto, “do two more” mean with your finances?
- If you’re trying to get out of debt and you’re feeling like it’s just not working…you just want to quit. Do two more months.
- If you’re tempted to buy something because it seems like the best deal ever…just wait two more days. You’ll likely realize it wasn’t worth it.
- If you’re contributing to your 401k at 10%, do two more. Bump that up to 12%! Heck, maybe even more if you think you can!
If you think you’re doing “enough” with your finances, you’re likely not.
Just think to yourself, would you rather have an excess amount of money in retirement? Or would you rather be scraping by until you’re dead?
Pretty sure we’d all choose the former, and not the latter…
“Do Two More” – With Love
Life isn’t all about looking good and having money. There’s also something called love.
Love for your:
Don’t just push forward on having a bunch of money and being able to make your pecks dance to your favorite song. There’s no lasting happiness in that. In fact, just those two things will likely get you into trouble and make you miserable.
If you’re going to drive toward money and fitness, please also make a point to “do two more” with love.
- Tell your spouse they’re beautiful
- Compliment the outfit they’re wearing
- Tell your kids you’re proud of them
- Smile at strangers
- Pay for random people’s groceries that look like they might need help
- Donate to charities that touch your heart
- Roll up your sleeves and help anyone you can with a project
The list could go on and on. When life gets rough and it seems hard to love, that’s often when you need to love the most. Do two more.
“Do Two More” – With Faith
Personally, I’m a believer in God, and that’s not so easy these days. Sometimes my beliefs clash with culture and what society says I’m supposed to feel and do. First of all, I’m going to love – love everyone where they’re at.
Secondly, I’m going to dive into my beliefs and learn more, study more, and understand more. That will be my “do two more”.
If you believe in a higher power, don’t accept the mantra of “good enough”. If you do more, you’ll change yourself, you’ll inspire another, you may even change the world.
Think you’re giving it your all?
Again, I doubt it. Giving it your all is a very tough thing to do. More can always be done.
Exercise, finances, love, faith. These are all great things that we can aspire to be better at, but they aren’t the only things.
I have a friend. She’s a multi-millionaire. Making money is her passion, her game, her life. She definitely knows what “do two more” is all about with finances, but she failed to press herself in any of these other important life categories.
Her life…it’s lob-sided. And…it’s miserable.
She has all the money in the world to buy nearly anything she wants. But, she has no love, no faith, no fitness, no fun, no friends…
Money just isn’t going to cut it if you have no one to love, no one to hug, and no one to talk to! The result of that formula is easy to identify. It’s just plain misery.
If you decide to start driving yourself forward, please don’t do so in just one category. Identify all the important parts in your life and press to improve them all! In the end, you’ll be glad you did.
When You Think The Tank Is Empty, Shake Your Head and Keep Going
As I see it, this is the main component of success. It’s first having passion, and then it’s about pushing yourself to the max. Do two more, do five more, do ten more. Just keep going until you fall over and can barely breathe!
The pain and punishment will only make you stronger tomorrow.
When you think you gave it your all, do two more. You won’t regret it. In fact, you’ll learn to thrive on it.
Are you ready to take yourself to the next level? Are you ready to get up and do more?!
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.