The importance of good habits comes to mind after weeks of playing the effectiveness game, practicing good habits equals our kids picking them up and emulating them as well…so I have learned:)
When I was growing up my grandparents were really like my parents and my grandfather had a rule about making the bed, he was a Navy man who served in WW II. As a child and even as an adult we were not allowed downstairs to start the day unless it was made. Made to his satisfaction that is, which meant made neatly and not just pulling a comforter or bedspread up over the mess from the night before. Fluff the pillows, straighten the sheets, put the throw pillows back on etc. MADE.
So, as you might imagine after years of training and trying to rebel against house rules…making my bed became an ingrained habit. To my amazement it has also becomes my son’s habit, that kid does not leave the house until his is made up perfectly…every day, no matter what. This is something that he started making important on his own, we’ll call this #winning for me!
Now let’s talk about what making the bed can contribute to you, a few years ago I saw a video that US Navy Admiral William McRaven did entitled, “If you want to change the world, start by making your bed”— I will include the link at the end of this post. It is worth watching. In his video Admiral McRaven points out that if you make your bed it starts your day with one task that is complete and that gives you a sense of accomplishment to go on and conquer other tasks for the day. Very good point.
For me making the bed has always been about creating order and making a fresh start on the new day—as you know I am big on how you begin and end your days. When you end your day by walking into a room with a messy bed that takes away your energy (in my opinion)— everyone likes to get into a fresh bed at the end of a long day.
It is the little things you do every day that contribute to a new reality, small changes done consistently over time net BIG results. Darren Hardy wrote a great book called, “The Compound Effect” that talks about how life changing alterations start from making daily, consistent changes.
Take a peek at the Admiral’s video and if you aren’t already doing so…make the bed!