I’m sick.  I don’t often get sick, and I’m sick.  I’m also getting over jet lag and am waking up at ridiculously early morning hours.  The coughing could be causing the wake ups as well.

 

Don’t feel sorry for me.  I’m just whining.

 

I prepared perfectly for my 2.5 week European vacation with my family.  We had a killer itinerary and, along with my marketing director, had pre-posted all my blogs and social media stuff so you wouldn’t even know I was gone.

 

I planned on one day of jet lag and then back to work.  Bronchitis was not in the schedule.

 

The day I was to write today’s blog was spent in bed shivering with a fever.

 

I have not missed writing a blog since I started doing weekly posts over two years ago.  So this is the day after perfect.

 

In his book, Finish, Jon Acuff tells readers that the most dangerous day in goal attainment is the day after perfect.  In other words, as soon as you break a streak, your motivation goes down the toilet.

 

I’ve broken a streak.  I promised you good content every Tuesday, but today you get this tripe.  (Yes, we were in the U.K.)

 

Here’s a better blog that’s worth a re-read: What Will Smith taught me about failure

 

I’ll be back next week.  The day after perfect is not as dangerous when you feel accountable to thousands of people.  Or, even one for that matter.

 

Thanks for your patience.  I’m going back to my couch and Netflix.

 






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Dr. Melissa Gratias, MBG Organizing SolutionsDr. Melissa Gratias (pronounced "Gracious") is a work psychologist who helps overwhelmed and underappreciated businesspeople be more focused and effective. Since 2007, thousands of people have graduated with honors from her onsite sessions, distance coaching, productivity seminars, and corporate consulting projects. Based in Savannah, Georgia, Melissa is available for nationwide consulting and speaking engagements. Contact her via email at getproductive@melissagratias.com or call 912-417-2505. Sign up for her free monthly e-newsletter or visit her website, melissagratias.com.

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