What if I told you that you could wake up every morning feeling like a million bucks. That you could accomplish more in the first couple of hours of your morning than most people accomplish all day AND that you could do this over and over again for the rest of your life – what would you say?

You might say it was a bit of an exaggeration.

It’s true, living means not being perfect, but we often sell ourselves short. We can do and have so much more than we think we can. We just have to be willing to do what it takes.

Building a good morning routine that we can stick to is one of the best ways to move life in our desired direction. It may seem hard at first, but the energy invested in developing these habits pays off – tenfold – in the form of motivation, inspired action, and just overall well-being.

But even as we tout the merits or a good morning routine, let’s take a look at how having a bad one can harm us.

It’s 6 am. The alarm clock goes off, and you’re jolted out of sleep. It’s six o’clock, ugh. Not ready yet. You hit the snooze button. Now you’re lying down, but you’re not quite sleeping, and thoughts are floating through your mind. Why didn’t I go to bed earlier… Just five more minutes then I’ll get up… How many more days til Friday The alarm clock rings again, again you press snooze. Ugh, I’m gonna be late… I’ll just hurry up; I already know what I’m gonna wear… Just five more minutes… Facebook… You reach for your phone and scroll through your Facebook feed for another ten minutes. By now you’ve turned off your alarm, and you’re sitting upright in bed contemplating your next move.

You finally get up and plunge through the rest of your morning somewhat grudgingly – brush teeth, comb hair, take shower, dress up… Now you’re ready. You grab the last of your things – purse, keys – before heading out the front door.

Here’s the question: what kind of day do you anticipate this turns into?

While turning a day like this around is possible, the law of averages says that a morning routine like this promotes a lack of motivation and lots of frustration. It also means that when a spark of inspiration does come your way, and you decide to set a goal- lose weight or start a new business venture, for example – you won’t have the motivation you need to see the goal through to completion. Soon this goal that you were so passionate about in the beginning begins to feel a lot like a stressful job. After a while longer, you’ll have only your willpower to keep you going. And eventually resistance wears down, and what began as a passionate desire to chase a dream turns into another missed opportunity, failed attempt or unfinished project; all because there was no system in place to replenish motivation on a consistent basis.

That’s what’s at stake here – our dreams, our happiness. Morning routines have the power to keep us strong, so we can proactively take on life’s challenges in a way that supports our goal. Unfortunately, they also have the power to make us weak so that the days seem longer and more stressful and the obstacles look bigger and more daunting.

One of the best things we can do for ourselves – if we aim to ensure our success – is establish a routine that guarantees we’ll be physically, mentally and emotionally fit enough to go out there make it happen, whatever it takes!

That’s all folks!

Till tomorrow…