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When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius

It’s dark out there in the morning taking my little dog Lulu for a walk. Where are the other dog walkers, or walkers of any kind? If I don’t go for my walk around 6:00 am it is hard to fit it into the day.

Last night I went to Dollarama looking for a binder to send my novel off to my cousin. Here I was thinking to myself they don’t have the good quality binders I’ve been buying with the clear plastic front. Is there something wrong with my thinking when I’m complaining about the quality at the dollar store?

I was pleasantly surprised when I first started seeing those binders at Dollarama, and because I use quite a few I’ve kept picking them up there. When we expect quality at the dollar store perhaps we aren’t thinking right.

I’ve picked up a book or three at the dollar store and I always think as an author how would I feel seeing my book at the dollar store? Then I tell myself to get over myself if someone reads our work no matter how it comes into their hands that is a compliment. It is a commitment to read a complete book of any type. If someone is willing to spend time with our words then gratitude is in order.

I love the morning routine of reading and writing in my journal. It starts the day off right. When the day starts off right it seems the whole day goes better. We’ve already accomplished something.

Our mornings set the tone for the day. We all have morning routines even if we don’t call them a routine because we aren’t proud of jumping out of bed, already late, brushing our teeth, and hurrying out of the house. If we do it every day then that’s our morning routine. Does our morning routine energize us or drain us before we start the day?

It is with the small, tiny steps, that we build our life. When we only do the things we have to do we don’t do the things for our self that build the life we want. We get to work on time because if we want to work we have to.

Morning is an important time of day because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have. Daniel Handler

It’s the choices we make for our life outside of work where we usually fall down. When we look at habits of the highly successful they usually have morning routines that sound impressive.

Tony Robbins has a seven-step morning routine he says will revolutionize our lives.

Meditation – a portion of time dedicated to prayer, or thoughts, or clearing our mind.

Gratitude – being grateful for what we have opens the door to having more.

Visualization – is the practice of seeing our goals as if we have already achieved them.

Journal – when we journal we can go back and read what we were thinking, planning, grateful for, and desiring. We can see how far we’ve come.

Exercise – if we don’t use it we lose it. We don’t have to do much, but putting a little exercise in our mornings pays big dividends.

Plan – how will we get where we are going if we don’t have a plan?

Eat the frog – he means to do the hardest thing first. The task we don’t want to do, jump in and get it done.

There are many morning routines; we just need to create one that works for us. We may have a five day morning routine and a weekend morning routine. The more we build our life with habits we want, instead of habits we fall into, the more we are likely to love our life. It’s our life; no one gets to live if for us. No one will do for us what we have to do for ourselves. Are we spending our mornings the way we want to?

If we want to own our day, don’t we need to start by owning our morning?

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it. Richard Whately

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