“At 212 degrees, it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam.
And with steam, you can power a train.”

-S.L. Parker-.

It’s really a remarkable concept – increasing the temperature of water just one-degree (from 211 to 212 degrees) converts hot water into boiling water. And the energy generated is released as steam – simply amazing! Small things can make tremendous differences. A small tweak can make the difference between winning and losing.

In many sporting events one second makes a difference. Take running a marathon for example – many have been won by just one second. Or how about throwing the winning basket in the last few seconds of a basketball game for the win? Or, the one stroke that wins the golf tournament?

The first step is being aware of what could happen if we notch up our efforts just one-degree – what are the possibilities? For instance, if the front desk receptionist smiles every time she answers the phone, the client/customer experience will be so much better. Or going the extra mile to do one thing additional for a client – the unexpected? What about making just one more prospecting call a day? Even five minutes invested in calling a colleague just to shoot the breeze can be well invested.

It’s the small things that when added up over the year that make the difference between being ordinary and extraordinary. All it takes is a small amount of effort to produce a potentially big difference.

Success has no secrets – what can you do to bump up your business success one degree?.

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