September: Be Consistent

September 03, 2017

Have you all seen the "Make Your Bed" speech on Facebook?  Navy Admiral William McRaven said, "If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.  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 encourage you to do another task and another and another."

Making my bed every day is something I have done for forever.  If my bed is made and the dishes are done it makes me feel like I really have done something (even on those days when I do nothing else).

When I was working, there was no way that I could get up and do my devotional or read my scriptures in the morning.  I was already getting up at 5 or 5:30.  So I would do it at night, if/when I did it.  There was always the possibility that I may fall asleep before that task was completed.   Now days I have developed a new, consistent pattern.  I get up and make my bed - getting ready to go out and change the world.  After brushing my teeth and washing my face, I go to my office/craft room and read my scriptures.  It really is the best way to start out the day.  When I first started, there would be days I may sit down on the couch on my way and just lose track of time and what I was doing.  But after doing it consistently for about a week, it just became second nature to me.
Each night, before I go to bed, I make a list of things that I want to accomplish the next day.  You've heard about my lists before.  My Mr. B isn't really a big list guy.  He's the kind of guy that sees something that needs to be done and does it.  He's pretty consistent that way.  The definition of consistent should have a picture of My Mr. B - Acting or done in the same way over time, especially so as to be fair or accurate. Another word for consistent - dependable.  That's My Mr. B for sure.

Admiral McRaven went on to say, "If by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a made bed.  That you made.  And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better."

So I challenge each of you to be consistent, make your bed every morning - and go out and change the world consistently.


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