Control

Naval Admiral William McRaven commanded at every level within the Special Operations community, including acting as head of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) during the Osama bin Laden raid. In a 2014 commencement speech at the University of Texas, he said this: 

“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 it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. 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. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

I think we’re wired to want to control every aspect of our lives: our careers, our relationships, our money, our health and well-being. The list goes on. But there’s not many things we can control in our lives. We can influence them but the likelihood is that life will run it’s own race.

In a time of a global pandemic, when many things in our lives seem chaotic and out of control, it might help us to heed Admiral McRaven’s words:

“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. 

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed”.

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