Day 20 & 21: How Many All-Nighters Does It Take To Catch The Flu?

The answer: Just One,  on December 23rd, 2009 to be precise.

I’d give you the exact time but everything after arriving home yesterday afternoon was a blur right up to getting up this morning with the faintest itch at the back of my throat. As the day progressed, I found myself dozing off in front of the computer with it gradually getting harder to swallow. Come 6pm on Christmas Eve, I can almost guarantee that I’ve given myself, at the very least, the gift of a throat infection and at the worst, a case of the common flu.

The irony has to be that although I’ve been working on “becoming a better me”, my body somehow missed out on the memo. Classic! But hey, lemons and lemonade right?! Suffice to say that the lesson learnt here is not even the most eagerof drivers should expect to go anywhere if he fails to maintain his vehicle. Another one which springs to mind is Steven Covey’s application of Aesop’s fable of the golden goose. What it all comes down to is my need to increase my effectiveness for production of desired results without compromising my production capability. From recollection, I think Steven termed it as the P/PC balance in his best selling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Seems as though I’d set myself up well and truly for failure as, in retrospect, I’d actually glazed over that section to get to the next ones. Guess I was thinking it was a different book called The 6 Habits of Highly Effective People. Shame!

But hey, it’s practically Christmas so although I should be celebrating the festivities without restriction, I’m going to be grateful to learning from this principle so early into my 80-Day Millionaire Journey. Goes to show that no amount of Coffee will ward off getting run down though I honestly thought I’d learnt that lesson already…tsk, tsk, tsk.

But hey, being Christmas Eve and all, I’m keeping this crush post short and sweet. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happier-Than-Last-Year New Year! May we all celebrate our past successes as we make new promises that will lead us on to greater successes in the future, both personal and professional!