I came across a video a good friend of mine showed me, perhaps you might’ve seen it but it was about this Navy Seal soldier who had Vietnam Veterans for inspectors and how every morning the first thing the veterans would do is inspect this soldier’s bed.
Every single morning, this soldier was required to make his bed to absolute perfection.
At this point, you may be wondering,
‘What’s so important about making your bed?’
It is a very simple task. I’m not going to blab on about it because you can watch the video in your own spare time but the whole idea of making your bed to perfection in the morning is that you start of your day completing a task to perfection. That one task leads to another and another and another. Completing that one simple task in the morning starts a chain reaction of completing tasks as after every task you feel a sense of accomplishment.
The whole point of telling you about this interesting story is because, we often don’t make our beds in the morning, we leave it until some other time. I personally used to make my bed when I came back from university. Being inspired by this video, I have been making my bed each morning.
The reason behind all this is productivity.
If you start the day feeling like you accomplished something you are more likely to continue completing tasks.
You will continuously regain that thought:
‘I have completed something I needed to do today.’
Interestingly, towards the end of the video it says and I quote, “If you can’t do the little things right, you never be able to do the big things right.”.
In essence, what this translates is that in order to have immense success, you have to start
The little things will be the foundation of what you make of yourself.
In order to be perfect, every single task you do has to be perfect no matter how big or how small. I am reminded of something my boss who is a motivational speaker and life coach said, ‘integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.’ Have integrity when it comes to completing tasks whether it is at school or at home. The only thing saving you from not achieving what you want is integrity but hand in hand comes discipline. Discipline to commit to what you said you were going to do. If you told a friend you were going to meet them at 7 pm at the shops on a Thursday night, be there at 7pm. ‘Punctuality is the politeness of Kings.’ – Cinderella (2015).
For those that are interested in watching the video, here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKZRFDCbGTA