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What the Flu Taught Me About Success

I’m very sick.

I’ve been sick for a couple of days. In fact, right now it seems like everybody I know is sick.

I have the flu, and it hit me hard.

And there’s something I leaned that I’d like to share with you.

On Saturday at 6 o’clock p.m., my throat started feeling scratchy.

By 6:30, I was really getting tired.

By 7:00, I could barely move and was in bed.

Since then, I’ve literally been in bed, sick.

This morning when I woke up I remembered I was supposed to do a Facebook Live video.

It’s a goal I set, and people like them. Plus, it’s a great way to tell people more about Southwestern Consulting.

When I woke up, I thought, “I’m tired and don’t feel good. I don’t want to do this video.”

Then the irony hit me: I talk to you all the time about follow-through and meeting your goals –and doing whatever you need to do to be successful.

So I told myself, “The video is just a few minutes and not that big of a deal.”

My voice probably isn’t the best. This might not be my most insightful or entertaining or energetic video. But I’m doing it.

Here’s what I think matters for you: Maybe as you’re watching this video you’re sick or physically exhausted or mentally tired from what you’ve been doing.

Maybe you’re discouraged.

Maybe something in your personal life is making you feel like you can’t be successful.

Maybe you don’t have the energy to compete or to follow through on your goals.

All of us struggle with something.

It’s way too easy to point to what we’re struggling with, and say, “I can’t be successful because I’m sick or tired or experiencing this setback.”

Nobody would hold it against you if you stay in bed when you have the flu, right? It’s a legitimate excuse.

But I’ll be on every call I have today.

My invitation to you (and challenge to myself) is to do what you can do and don’t worry about what you can’t.

Don’t worry about being sick or the setbacks or the failures.

Instead, focus on what you can do.

Don’t worry about what you can’t do.

Even though I’m sick, I can do something. And I’m doing it.

And that’s what I hope you, our teams at Southwestern Consulting and our clients all do.

There may be days when you’re not at the top of your game.

There may be days when you’re not killing it.

That’s OK. You’ll have those days.

Don’t worry about it. Just do what you can.

If you do that relentlessly and consistently, you’ll find you’re going to win over the long haul.

I also want to encourage you to request a free call with one of our coaches at Southwestern Consulting. They can talk to you about your goals and see if we might be a good partner to provide accountability to help you do as much as you can.

Remember, don’t worry about what you can’t do.

Focus on what you can do.

One Response

  1. Great post Rory. Focusing on what you can do instead of what you can’t is a great reminder.

    It’s even harder to do this when you’re sick! Great job Rory.

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