Make Your Bed!

Every morning in SEAL training, my instructors who were all Vietnam veterans would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they’d do was inspect my bed.

If you did it right, the corners will be squared, the covers will be pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard, and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack.

It was a simple task, mundane at best, but every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection.

It seemed a little ridiculuous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that we were aspiring to be a real warriors – tough, battle-hardened, SEALs.

But the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day.

It will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another.

And by the end of the day that one task completed will turn into many tasks completed.

Making your bed will also reinforce the fact, that little things in life matter.

If you can’t do the little things right, you will never be able to do the big things right.

And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made, that you made.

And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

So if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

~ Admiral William McRaven

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