“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” That was advice from U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven, given at a commencement ceremony before graduates of the University of Texas a few semesters back.

If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” he said. “It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And 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. 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.”

I would like to add a few of my own thoughts to the sage advice of Admiral McCraven, who himself was a U of Texas alumni and a 36-year Navy SEAL:

  • Use the finest bedding that you can afford. Wash and change it at least once a week. If you have the gumption, iron your sheets and pillowcases. There is graciousness to slipping into pressed sheets.
  • Create a bed that is inviting and that inspires deep sleep and rest. Use blankets and bed coverings you love and that provide seasonally appropriate weight and warmth.
  • Use pillows that give you the support you need. Less is more when it comes to pillows.
  • Scent makes a difference. Lavender and Jasmine promote deep sleep. Spray your pillow and sheets with a relaxing scent prior to sliding into bed.
  • When you make your bed each day, Make Your Bed. Use it as a time of ritual. Do this with great care and precision. Remember, this is something you are doing for yourself. It is a way to honor yourself, so you don’t want to cut corners (pun intended).

I invite you to get the rest you need and deserve. Then jump in and start changing the world one bed-making day at a time. It really does come down to the “little things.”

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About The Author: Annie M. Fonte is the founder and CEO of Meet Me At The Barn — a self-mastery and personal development program designed to help people of purpose achieve their highest level of living. With an MBA from Harvard University, Annie has founded numerous successful ventures in health care, sports medicine, continuing education and hard goods. At Meet Me At The Barn, Annie and her team produce live and online courses that guide clients toward living an authentic life and that help people discover and pursue their true self and passions.

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