If you want to change the world, start by making your bed. – Admiral William H. McRaven
In his book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can change Your Life . . . And Maybe the World, Admiral McRaven shares, “It was my first task of the day, and doing it right was important. It demonstrated my discipline. It showed my attention to detail, and at the end of the day it would be a reminder that I had done something well, something to be proud of, no matter how small the task.”
We teach our students to “do the right thing” even when no one is watching. The discipline of making your bed in the morning starts the day off with intentional behavior. There are many events each day that require us to respond with skill. There are also actions and behaviors that we control . . . habits that serve as the foundation for living with purpose. We practice, we live, an attention to detail and commitment to excellence. We don’t do anything “half way” and we live our lives with focus.
Commit to do the little things in the right way . . . when you do the little things well you are ready to handle the bigger things with the same focus, attention, and skill.