People may say about a product or an action “it changed my life!” yet it’s rarely one thing that leads to a seismic shift that alters your world but a multitude of steps. Like a dripping tap that can flood a bathroom, so can a constant drip feed of positive actions transform your life, and those around you.
No one illustrates this principle more clearly than , author of the bestselling book “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World”. It’s a great read and one I thoroughly recommend to everyone old enough to read it.
“Make Your Bed” actually started as a speech Admiral Raven made to the University of Texas graduating class of 2014. A video of his speech went viral, and you can watch it here. It is well worth finding 20 minutes to watch it on your own or with your kids. Some of my favourite inspirational quotes are:
“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…And, 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.”
Every day, our teams strive to make the day better for our clients. If you have had a terrible day, we want to you walk into a fresh smelling, clean and organised home that wipes away the chaos of the day and gives you a clean slate for tomorrow.
“For the boat to make it to its destination, everyone must paddle. You can’t change the world alone — you will need some help…”
Whether your day has been amazing, devastating or average, opening the door knowing that someone has been taking care of you while you’ve been out taking care of someone else is your reward for making the right decisions.
“If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart…”
Bigger is not always better. The loudest person does not always have something interesting to say. It is far better to do something on a smaller scale and get it right than be big and brash without substance.
No matter what your age or circumstances, at least part of this speech will have something that resonates loudly for you. Changes – large or tiny – come from small actions, not grandiose gestures. Even a magnificent event begins with a piece of paper and a pen.
Admiral McRaven ended his speech by saying:
Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone.
Which is pretty sound advice on every level. Begin each day with a positive task and follow on with another and another. You don’t need permission from anyone to make your bed and change your life.