Happy Memorial Day! Below are just 9 of the infinite number of lessons that we can learn from our men and women in uniform.
1. Attention to detail is critical. Polish your shoes. Make sure your uniform or outfit is in accordance to how it should be worn. Having a good appearance paves the way to positive interaction with the people you come in contact with. It also re enforces that the little things matter. If you cant do the small tasks well, then how will you perform with bigger ones?
2. Make your bed, and make your bed properly. In training all military personnel are required to make their bed to standards. Failure to do so results in severe punishment. Although we don’t face punishment, it is a great way to start your day. It will give you a sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning, and it will help get you in a productive mindset. Worst case is that you have a bad day, and it doesn’t help you. At least you have a made bed to look forward to getting into.
3. Give yourself the best chance to be successful by fueling your body with the right nutrients and hydration. By putting in the best fuel possible into our bodies, we are optimizing our opportunity to succeed. Soldiers are very conscious of what they put in their bodies and how it affects their performance. So should we.
4. You can’t do everything on your own. Soldiers know that you can’t do everything on your own. The buddy system can often be the teamwork that you rely on to stay alive. Being a part of something much bigger then yourself and bonding with those around you can be one of the most enriching experiences that life has to offer.
5. Learn from the veterans. Veterans will say that there is nothing new in battle, just things that you haven’t learned yet. It is important, especially for the young and ambitious, to learn from those with more experience. Veterans in any field, including the military, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.
6. Be able to bring your very best in the most trying moments in life. Our soldiers are forced to be the most focused and composed when under attack or at the apex of a mission. There is a very low margin for error at these critical times. We can also benefit by preparing to bring our best when the going gets tough. Be ready to step up when you are needed most.
7. Find the positive in any given situation. No one ever takes away your ability to choose your mental state. Our soldiers are faced with many stretches without proper food and hydration. They are pushed to their breaking point throughout training. Seeking the positive and staying focused on their purpose helps get them through the rough waters and dark times.
8. Never give up. Our soldiers have the opportunity to walk away and quit at any moment during training. They are pushed constantly mentally and physically. They are faced with many obstacles but the soldiers that serve our country didn’t quit. No matter what obstacles you are facing in life right now, don’t be a quitter.
9. Gratitude. These men and women put their lives at risk everyday to protect the freedom that we enjoy. The disappointments that seem so life altering in our lives don’t begin to measure up to what our soldiers face daily. These are amazing people that are willing to risk their life for our freedom without knowing who we are. The next time you see someone in uniform, go thank them for their service. And as it is Memorial Day, send a thank you note to those that you know that gave their life to protect our freedom.
Thank you to everyone that has served our country and to those that serve our country currently. We really appreciate your service.