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Small Accomplishments

Recently, I stumbled upon a speech given by former US Navy Admiral, William H. McRaven, sharing how he conquers his day with one small task in the morning - making his 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 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 the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. 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. So if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed."

  

While the speech focuses on the importance of making your bed, if you are able to accomplish something small first thing in the morning, it will help motivate you to tackle other tasks (big or small) throughout the day. This accomplishment can even be something that you do every morning already but haven't realized yet - from waking up without hitting the snooze button, getting an early workout in, to enjoying your morning cup of coffee. And if you are afraid that you're not good at making your bed...you can always get a self-making one  

 

 

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