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Make Your Bed

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 20, 2015



I just heard a very short address by Admiral McRaven to the University of Texas called Life Lesson #1. In a short 90 seconds, he explained the importance of making his bed properly in boot camp. “It isn’t going to change the world in the short term,” he said, “ but it could change your life.”

The life lesson is, if you can master one simple, mundane task to perfection, if you make your bed in the morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day, it will give you a small sense of pride, and encourage you to accomplish another, and then another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will turn into many tasks completed. And making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things.

And if by chance you have a miserable day, you’ll come home to a bed that is made – that YOU made, and encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

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

What little thing can you start mastering today?



Betsy Nickless, CDFA, is the Business Manager for Mark Scheurer Architects in Newport Beach, California and is a member of the SDA National Past Presidents Council. 

Tags:  change the world  Life Lessons  make your bed  SDA  Society for Design Administration 

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Patricia Leyden, CDFA says...
Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
This reminded me of something I read that suggested that if you have specific morning routines that you do automatically, it kicks your energy in, and also frees your mind for other things, since you don't have to think about those routines, you just do them every day. Some typical rituals people do are exercise, breakfast same time and place, reading the paper or business books.
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Stephanie Kirschner, FSDA says...
Posted Monday, July 11, 2016
I love this post. As a mom who was always after her kids to make their beds, only to hear "why, I'm just going to get back in there tonight", it's a terrific reminder that some days making the bed may be the only thing I get accomplished--and that's okay!
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