One Extra Degree Can Make All the Difference

Today is the 212th day of the year, which reminds me of the “extra degree theory.” The premise is that at 211 degrees, water is very hot. Just one degree more, at 212 degrees, it boils and produces steam. And steam can power a locomotive engine.

How can turning up your efforts by just one notch, one degree, improve your results in life? Can you make just one more phone call before you turn off your computer? Spend one more minute with your literacy tutor student? Sing one more song with your child? Hand write one thank you note to one customer?

You can’t know for sure that doing the one extra thing will make any difference at all. But you can rely on faith and past experience, whether yours or someone else’s.

I was at the U.S. Track & Field Trials last month to see Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh cross the finish line .001 seconds apart. Now one is running on the 100-meter Olympic team next week and the other is not.  The Australians lost their chance to be on the medal stand for the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay this weekend by 22 hundredths of a second.

I first heard about the 212 degree concept from Sam Parker at You can see the video he created here: 212° the extra degree®
Watch and pull inspiration it. And then decide where you can you turn up your efforts just one degree.

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