Week 19 – The answer is GOOD HABITS.
The question is – What would the person I intend to become do next?
This course has been a lesson in developing new habits week after week. The changes are subtle but noticeable, especially, by those outside the MKE circle. I have actually been described as a woman of great wisdom! Wow! I say. My old self, who sought to be described in such a manner, was full of answers and opinions. More like mouthy and obnoxious. Now, I listen, maybe ask a few questions, and listen some more, silently expressing my love for the person to whom I am speaking.
All the exercises we have been practicing daily throughout this course, have gradually become habits that are building blocks to our authentic selves. Our foundations become stronger, we become stronger, and nothing is impossible!
I would like to share with you an excerpt from 10 Life Lessons gleaned from basic U.S. Navy SEAL training given at the May 17, 2014 commencement address at the University of Texas at Austin by Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of the U.S. special Operations Command.
Admiral McRaven began his speech.
It was a simple task – mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that we were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle-hardened SEALs, but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.
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. 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 little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never 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.
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
Did you notice? Admiral McRaven said your bed not someone else’s bed. So simple and practical. A good reminder when reading Scroll V of The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino – I will live this day as if it is my last. Applying that to my daily routine, I find my fears are dissipated because I do not have tomorrow to worry about. It is just NOW. This is why I like Mae West’s philosophy: You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough!
The person I intend to become lives life positively, in the present, filled with gratitude, hope, and excitement.