3 Things You Should Do Every Morning If You Are Serious About Living Your Best Life

How our day ends depends a lot on how it begins.

James E. McGinley, PhD
4 min readMay 15, 2022
Silhouette of person against morning sunrise.
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We all know how important habits are. They are the anchor of our daily lives. We are told that they also shape our character. What we do is who we are and vice versa. So, how should we start our day? What are our best daily building blocks, really?

Every day is a new day.

It is an inevitable, and blessed, truth that the sun rises on a new day each and every day. The morning calm is both a resting point and a decision point. It is up to us to decide how we will enjoy it and how we will take advantage of the opportunity that it brings.

It is easy to create a long list of all the daily self-care and self-improvement activities we should do each day. But honestly, if you are like me, long lists are a recipe for failure. I simply have trouble with them.

I am like a co-worker I knew once. He kept a long to-do list on his desk. In bold letters he kept ‘world peace’ permanently at number five. His message? If your task was below him solving world peace, it probably wouldn’t be getting done anytime soon.

So, what is on my top 3 list?



James E. McGinley, PhD

James McGinley, PhD is a professor, author, certified life coach, and licensed counselor.