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Review: ‘Make Your Bed’ delivers life-changing goal

Author introduces healthier habits into everyday routine
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Juliana Cruz
“Make Your Bed” by Admiral William H. McRaven delivers an eye-opening view of accomplishing a small goal. This book is the written lecture from McRaven himself. “I read more fiction but self-help books are also important,” senior Juliana Cruz said. “It gives the bigger picture of what’s happening right outside your door.” (Book cover courtesy of “Make Your Bed”)

Summary

“Make Your Bed” by Admiral William H. McRaven urges readers to start the day with an accomplishment. Making your bed each morning is one small step to building good habits and being more self-disciplined. McRaven breaks down 10 lessons within the read — by making the effort to do small things, you can achieve more. The following ten chapters involve:

  • “Start Your Day with a Task Completed”
  • “You Can’t Go at it Alone”
  • “Only the Size of Your Heart Matters”
  • “Get Over Being a Sugar Cookie”
  • “Don’t Be Afraid of the Circus”
  • “Slide Down the Obstacle Head First”
  • “Don’t Back Down from the Sharks”
  • “Be Your Very Best in Your Darkest Moments”
  • “Start Singing When You’re Up to Your Neck in Mud”
  • “Don’t Ever, Ever Ring the Bell”

Opinion

“Make Your Bed” is a book about self-growth. I don’t read self-help books as often as I should, but McRaven’s lecture changed my whole mindset. I was part of the majority that did not realize that the small things you take care of in your everyday life can count toward healthy habits.

Making your bed is a very odd topic to write a book on, but the uniqueness is what made me pick it off the shelf. McRaven uses a morning routine to teach the reader to achieve a goal each day — even if it is just one goal. It’s silly to say that a book convinced me to make my bed every morning, but it is true. A long, exhausting day of work can almost make someone feel like they accomplished nothing, but coming home to a neatly folded bed can always give a boost of serotonin.

This idea that “small things matter” ties into the bigger picture that if you cannot do small things correctly, then you simply cannot accomplish big goals in life. This helps your mindset continue the thought to be better tomorrow. It gives a quick sense of achievement that can help you be more productive,  just by completing a small task. Making your bed is just the start of the trickle effect. One small, disciplined goal will lead to a large, executed objective.

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Juliana Cruz
Juliana Cruz, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Juliana Cruz, a former native New Yorker, is a senior at Prosper High School. This is her second year working for Eagle Nation Online and she serves as social media manager, news editor and Editor in Chief. She enjoys writing and wants to continue to expand her coverage. Outside of school and work, she is on the powerlifting team and spends her time with family.
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