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A simple habit

Good morning! 

We all know the power and importance of habits and rituals. Here's one that perhaps as child, you were reminded, strongly encouraged, or required to do every morning...make you bed. It's a simple task that both a Buddhist monk and one of the most respected U.S. military leaders encourage others to complete each day. 


In a commencement address to University of Texas graduates in 2014, Admiral McRaven (a former commander of USSOCM) described the simple importance of making one's bed:


"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.

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"


We also recognize that life can be very hectic at times and some aspects are simply out of our control. However, here's 1 simple task that you have control of and that you can use to your advantage. Be accountable for those aspects you can control. And if you had someone in your life that instructed you to 'make your bed', thank them for their wisdom.