A novel published recently by Grand Central Publishing titled, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World, has been making headlines for it’s fresh take on a not-so-new concept, making your bed. With rave reviews coming in ranging from The Wall Street Journal, “[s]hould be read by every leader in America…a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can,” to Forbes, “Superb, smart, and succinct,” the tally is in, this book is a must read.
The title is fairly self explanatory, author William H. McRaven suggests a multitude of behaviours and habits that not only help yourself become the person you seek to be, but also how to impact the world around. It all begins with the simple task of making your bed.
This article isn’t a book review, consider it more of a supporting cast member. The mentality and perception taught in this book lead to that of starting each day with purpose. By doing so, we set the wheels in motion to accomplish more throughout the entirety of our day. If you don’t get out of bed until 2pm, chances are you won’t get much done with the time remaining. If you get to the gym by 6am, and are back and ready for the average workday by 9am, you’ve already accomplished more than the average individual. It sounds harsh, but it’s true. It feels good to excel, and as a result we are hit with a shot of serotonin for a reward. We feel good when we accomplish a task or goal especially when you know that it took the perseverance or discipline that many others don’t practice.
As a result of this feeling our subconscious sets out to accomplish more, because it feels good to do so.
Building off of last weeks article on surrounding yourself with the right people (click here), we also need to consider the mental landscapes and environments we are living in. It is important to note such factors because they play directly into our mindsets and actions the same way our self-esteem and perceptions do. If you watch “junk tv,” chances are there won’t be too much personal development during that time. If you consume “educational” content of any sort, there’s something to be said about the growth that takes place both physically and mentally.
This week’s takeaway:
Begin each day with purpose and your momentum will carry you forward.