At the University of Texas 2014 Graduation, Admiral William H. McRaven delivered a powerful commencement address that highlighted key concepts and mindset strategies that one will need  in order to impact the world in a positive way. He illustrates ten lessons with a story from his Navy SEAL training days which have inspired over millions of people.

There was one huge lesson that has made a profound impact on my own life, and it’s the very first lesson he teaches. If you want to change the world, start by making your bed. As ridiculous as it sounds, it is one of the most powerful. If you can start your day off by completing a simple task, it will set you up to complete another task. Now you’ve begun to build momentum for the rest of the day!

And if it happens that you weren’t able to keep this momentum going and the day has slipped away, you will come home to a bed that is made. How you start your day will affect how you end your day, and how you end your day will set you up for the next one. By coming home to a bed that is made, you will have encouragement to tackle the next day.

Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. And if you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.

~Admiral William H. McRaven

To learn about the other nine lessons, check out the video below. Leave a comment below to share with us which lesson left the biggest impact on you. Don’t forget to also share this post with those who may need to start making their bed!