How One Extra Minute Can Drastically Change Everything

The difference between something extraordinary and ordinary is that little "extra" added onto it.  That's all.  By taking an extra minute throughout the day for the things that matter, a small change in what we think or do can trigger a huge difference in our daily lives.

Last year I decided to spend an extra minute a day with my wife and son.  Before I would head off to work or go to bed, I made the conscious effort to squeeze in an extra minute of quality time.  At work, whenever possible, I take an extra minute to send a quick text to my wife to let her know that I'm thinking of her. 

Every time I eat lunch or dinner, I take an extra minute to add an additional healthy component to my dish.  Most of the time I use that extra minute to look in the fridge to see what fruits and vegetables are available and add it onto my plate.

Whenever I work out, I like to push myself.  If I set a goal to go on the treadmill for 20 minutes, I personally set a goal to stay on for 21 minutes.  That extra minute may or may not make a significant difference with my physical health (I would like to believe so), but the real significance is in developing my ability to push myself mentally and physically. 

Everything Else
Life is short and there are only 24 hours in a day, but there is enough time to do what we want only if we really are willing to make the effort to make it happen.  Choosing to make the extra minute in the day to read, knit, or do that thing we've always wanted to do creates a ripple effect and allows us the opportunity to do what really matters.

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