We Told You . . . Make Your Bed, Soldier!

Believe it or not, one of the most commented on pieces of advice we have given to Suddenly Solos is our suggestion that you make your bed (or at least tidy it) every morning.

Well, if you don’t want to take our advice, how about taking the advice of Adm. William McRaven, the SOCOM (Special Operations Commander), Navy SEAL, and all-around bad-ass when he says it?

Speaking to graduates at the University of Texas, Austin just last week, he noted:

“Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Viet Nam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed. If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack—rack—that’s Navy talk for bed.

It was a simple task—mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle hardened SEALs—but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over. 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.”

So much of going on with life is putting one foot in front of the other.  Accomplishments like making your bed can really help you in the journey in front of you.  Besides . . .  you don’t want to get a Navy SEAL mad at you, do you?

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