.... This was the very first good morning that I sent to this newsletter group back in 2005. I reprint this once a month for all of our new readers and to remind our "alums" about our good morning routine. Good morning! I can't think of a better way to kick off your 'Good Morning' routine than by sharing how I start my mornings. Four years ago I started this simple routine - unaware of the profound impact it would have on the days and years to come. I know it was the first seed in my personal Change Your Life Challenge. I wake up and sort of stumble out of bed toward my coffee maker. Prior to those first few sips I'm really not that awake and don't think about too much. (I know, I know-- I should give up the coffee -- but one thing at a time!) Anyway, I get my cup of coffee and I either walk outside or walk to the largest window in the house. I look outside and say a silent 'Thank you' for the day that is ahead and the fact that I am blessed to be here and be a part of it. I stand 'in silence in my thanks' for a couple of minutes and then say, with heartfelt conviction, 'Something great is going to happen today... I can't wait to see what it is!' And then I begin my day. You know what the best part is? Something great happens each and every day. And because I am aware, I never miss it. Sometimes it is major -- a new business deal or an unexpected great opportunity. Sometimes it doesn't come in a fancy package and might be a beautiful bird that lands, an e-mail from a friend or a stranger, the smile of a child, the pleasure from a 'great idea', or the joy that comes from complimenting someone. But sure enough, life brings a gift to my doorstep each and every day. And it happens because I anticipate it and am open to it. Your turn: Stand up. Go to your nearest window and step outside. Say a silent thank you - or shout it aloud. 'Stand in your thanks' for a couple of minutes. (Hey... if you are reading this and thinking 'Gee, that's a lovely idea...' but have no plans of getting up-- GET A MOVE ON AND GO OUTSIDE.) Your affirmation: Something great is going to happen today ... I can't what to see what it is!