I’ve done new years resolutions before. I forget what most of them even are by the end of the year and if at all I succeed at one of them, it’s pretty much by chance. I think this is because I am too ambitious when I make resolutions. I just want to fix and improve on everything in my life. Sometimes I want a big resolution because it makes me feel big. The grander my resolutions are, the more it seems I am headed for greatness. Somehow I feel that this is the year I’m going to get it right.
Not this year.
It may seem like I’m selling myself short. But it is not so, I have grand plans for the year, plenty of ambitious goals, I’m just not making resolutions out of them. This year my one simple resolution is this:
I will make my bed every day.
Inspiration for this came from a video making the rounds on the internet last year wherein US Navy SEAL, Adm. William H. McRaven shares 10 life lessons from the Navy with a class of graduating university students. Here’s his punchline:
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
He explains that when you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. That accomplishment then gives us a tiny sense of pride which encourages us to do one more task and another and another. At the end of they day, one simple task has become many tasks. He goes on to explain that the simple act of making ones bed, reinforces the fact that the little things in life matter, and that if we can’t get the little things right, don’t expect to get the big things right either.
So far this is a resolution that I have been able to keep and am confident that will continue, albeit with a little accountability from my wife (who by the way loves this idea). I mean, how hard can it really be to make a bed?
Do you have a resolution you feel confident you can keep in 2016?
Let me know by leaving a comment!