Extra • Mile • Living
Shawn Anderson strives to improve every day. He believes the greatest parts of his life are yet to come. With that mindset, it’s easy to see each new day as an adventure! Shawn chooses to live an extraordinary life, turning his visions into reality through action. In turn, he shares this valuable mindset shift with those he encounters.
Shawn fully understands that each of us has a vision deep down of how we expect our lives to play out. However, visions only take us so far. If we desire true change, we need to take the reigns and make it happen!
Vision to Reality
In terms of personal growth, it’s true that identifying your behaviors is a step in the right direction. Shawn understands the connection between our perception of the world around us and the actual reality of our situations. He emphasizes the importance of learning to control your thoughts so you can then control your feelings. Once you have an understanding of your feelings, you can change your actions. It’s that circle that leads to mastering a positive mindset.
And a positive mindset changes everything!
Start Each Day in Reflection
In connection with his vision for a life of meaning, Shawn challenges us all to start every day with a few simple but reflective questions.
- What am I excited about?
- Who can I serve?
- What am I grateful for?
We couldn’t agree more! These are great questions to ask yourself when starting your day with intention.
Other Mentions in Shawn’s Interview
Also mentioned in the episode: Growing Peace
- You have the right to change your story.
- Our behaviors begin to change as soon as we start to recognize what they are.
- It’s important to honor the best that you can do.
- Mindset creates reality.
- When you put your mind to it, anything can be achieved.
Shawn devotes his time and energy to Extra Mile America, his organization focused on empowering others to “go the extra mile”. Extra Mile America is founded on the idea that change doesn’t just happen on its own. It’s up to each of us, individually, to create the change we desire to see within our own lives. This nonprofit organization builds upon the vision we all have for a better world by supporting those who are making a difference within their own communities.
In 2009, Shawn felt called to create something bigger than himself. He knew people needed a push during a tough economic time. As a result, Shawn created Extra Mile Day, a day to acknowledge those who step into their personal power and create change.
To kick off the initiative, Shawn pedaled his bike across the United States, holding events in numerous cities. He interviewed hundreds of people who had been identified as “going the extra mile” in their own communities. It was then that Extra Mile America was born. Over the last ten years, Extra Mile Day has grown exponentially – always acknowledging those going great things in volunteerism and service within their own communities.
Connect with Shawn
Shawn has since pushed himself to “go the extra mile” (quite literally) and pedaled across the US twice. Additionally, he walked across a total of six countries and is currently trekking across the seventh!
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