Ahhh the joy of making your bed…it’s not something that a lot of people enjoy doing it, or care about doing it.
Maybe it reminds you of parents, or grandparents or whoever raised you that making your bed is important and if you don’t do it your are lazy, you lack work ethic, harp your ears off or whatever spill they gave for why you should do it.
Growing up as a child into my teenage years, I was taught to make my own bed by my mom. The earliest memory of me making my bed by myself was at the age of 6. I was naturally a clean person, especially since I hated when my mom or dad would scold me or my youngest older brother for not having a clean room..they would call it dirty, call me lazy, or something if it wasn’t to their standards.
So I made sure to always to keep my room clean as I was growing up, especially when I got my own room at age 9. The more clean it was, the faster my mom left my room or my dad on rare occasions. I always made the effort to make my bed.
However, as I got older and eventually got my own at place at 21. I started slacking on making my bed sometimes. Fast forward to age 24 – 26. I really started slacking on making the bed, when me and my girlfriend at the time were living together.
Now since I have my own place again. Making up my bed has been a morning routine; that I been working on being consistent with to start my day off right.
Making sure your bed is made can do wonders for your discipline. You might be wondering “How so?”
Well I’m glad your curious like “curious George”
Let me explain when it comes to success that little things add up over time compound getting your closer to your ideal “success”. If you can’t do the little things that required discipline that are going to be the foundation for building you up closer to snatching your dreams and turning them into a reality.
Then more than likely is not going to happen.
You see the little things in life matter, and again if you can’t do the little things right…then it’s going to be hard to do the big things right.
I do my best to make my bed every morning however, I don’t always do it in the morning because I stay up late till 12:00 or 1:00 and whenI wake up at 5 – 5:15 for my stepping stone job that I have to be there before 6:00. But I will make when I get home from work.
When I taught how to make my bed and all the way until the age of 25. I always saw the objective of making your bed was to have a neat and clean room, not to be lazy. And personally, for me, it was a form of discipline and a form of productivity.
But now, I see it in a new perspective at the age of 26. Yeah keeping my place neat can clean is nice…but here’s the deep reason why I do it now.
- It’s a great way to start the day being productive
- It gives me a win builds on to more wins for the rest of the day, building the winning/winner mentality
- It gives me the power of personal responsibility
- A reminder you’re in control of your life and you don’t need somebody approval to do it
- There’s something invigorating about getting into a nicely made bed that’s not disheveled.
- Improves my mood
That’s how I feel after I make my bed in the morning or when I come home from my stepping stone job. And how I feel on it can benefit you into accomplishing any endeavor.
Here’s another personal perspective on it can revolutionize your life for the better by a famous man of great respect in the military.
A navy seal commander named Sean William H. McRaven whose served 36 years in the Seals. He did a commencement speech to advising graduates saying
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a 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 have turned into many tasks completed.
He also goes on to say
“Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Vietnam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed. If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack — that’s Navy talk for bed.
It was a simple task — mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle-hardened SEALs, but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”
Very powerful story of how the little things can add up, and set the foundation to achieving something better, a bigger goal or dream.
From reading that, you realize that it’s important for a soldier to be strict and routine with they do so they can do their best at their job and follow orders too. Because there are people that depend on them in multiple situations whether it’s during a war, a rescue mission, to protect/cover somebody etc. If they lack the physically and especially mental strength then they jeopardize their life, their comrades, and civilians.
This applied to you, me and anybody else in life too. If you can’t do the little things or set the foundation to achieve something you more than likely will not achieve the big things such as your goals, dreams, or having a better life overall.
Even in the fitness and health perspective. If you can’t do the simple exercises that are proven to build muscle and burn fat or the basics of losing weight by cutting back on foods then you won’t succeed in getting the body you want.
Making your bed isn’t cool or sexy but in a long term perspective, it teaches you the smallest thing can have a ripple effect on helping achieve whatever endeavor you’re working on accomplishing and you keeping you on track.
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