Each of us comes into the world the exact same way — but no two people leave it alike. What we become by the time our clock runs out is the result of the choices we make. There are consequences for good choices and consequences for bad choices. Which kinds of consequences would you like to deal with throughout the course of your life? Are the choices you’re making moving you forward or setting you back?

Are you unintentionally sabotaging yourself through your choices? You don’t have to. You can stop the nonsense you may have been putting yourself through — starting today. And by today, I mean that, literally.

The single most important life management thing you can do is set and protect your start-of-the-day routine. Whether you work third shift or no shift, you can’t afford to go through life on autopilot when it comes to how you start each day. You need to have a start-of-the-day routine that sets up the rest of your entire day for success — so you can live in keeping with being the very best version of yourself.


Today will take it’s place as a tile in the mosaic of your life, the masterpiece in the making. Create a beautiful tile. Don’t worry about tomorrow. But you definitely do need to focus on today by creating and protecting your daily routine. The truth is, the entire mosaic of your life hinges on whether or not you do this. If you create and guard your start-of-the-day routine as if your life depends upon it (because it does), everything in all of life will begin to fall into place.

Your morning routine is deeply impacted by your end-of-the-day routine, but that’s for another time for us to explore. Right now, I want you to think about your start-of-the-day routine. What time do you get up? Do you start the very first moment of the day surrendering to your Creator, asking Him to fill you to the overflow, and thanking Him for a fresh start? Remember, yesterday came to an end at midnight, so don’t bring yesterday’s problems into the new day.

Think about these things and how you can bring them into your start-of-the-day routine:

  • Get up with enough time to live intentionally. Be on purpose or you’ll drift off purpose.
  • Sit quietly and think about how the best version of you would live today.
  • Pray and ask God to help you help Him in the fulfillment of His epic Master Plan.
  • Intend to take every thought captive throughout the day, so you only plant seeds that you want in the garden of your mind.
  • Read — and immediately apply — the Bible.
  • Read a good book on how to improve your relationships, communication skills, or anything else you need to learn in order to be the best version of yourself.
  • Eat a healthy meal.
  • Exercise. Go for a walk. Get your body moving.
  • Drink more water than you think you need.
  • Don’t accept the person you were last week or last month as the template for who you can and will be today. Refuse to allow yourself to go backward because you are on a journey forward.

God gave you a new day because he loves giving us a clean slate. Don’t dirty your slate with yesterday’s chalk. Get going on being the best version of you. One day, beginning today, you’ll be glad you did.

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Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comA Call For Courage, Michael Anthony I'm a husband, father, inspirational speaker, podcaster, blogger, and Lead Pastor of Genesis Church, in York, Pennsylvania, where I live among farm animals and snack foods. I'm the author of A Call for Courage: Living With Power, Truth and Love In An Age of Intolerance and Fear (Thomas Nelson Publishers), and the soon to be released Courageous Life™ Motivational Planner. Both are available wherever books are sold. Send speaking, interview, and guest appearance inquiries to info@couragematters.com. , or click here and do your thing. For keynote speaking, interview and guest appearance inquiries, contact info@couragematters.com.
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