5 Subtle Changes To Be Motivated In The Morning

Do you also have a lack of motivation every day in the morning? Me too.

In the evening before I go to bed I’m pumped with all the motivation and good feelings for my future, but as soon as I wake up the next morning I’m sleepy and I want to stay in bed. (it’s the fault of my bed which is too cozy 😉

Even though I think of myself as a morning person because I like to wake up early and do work, I still stay in bed longer than I want to.

So what will motivate us in the morning?

These are the 5 things I recommend:

Wake Up and Say or Think: “Life Is Great!”

It’s just a small thing we’re changing here but it will be our first thought in the morning and it’s a positive one.

Life is great. Think about it.

Being grateful is one of the best tools to be happy. Every morning I write down at least 3 things for what I’m grateful for. It gives me a motivation boost immediately.

For extra motivation: write down 3 things you are grateful for this day in the evening before going to bed.

A positive mindset is a key to happiness. And the good thing is: it can be trained!

  • By starting to think “life is great!” when you wake up
  • By writing down the things you are grateful for every day
  • By thinking of something positive every time you catch yourself thinking something negative
  • By having positive affirmations to say out loud every morning

Positive View of the World

A lot of people are having mostly negative views of the world.

That’s totally normal these days because we are consuming a lot of media and news and most of the time they are negative. A war in this country, hungry people there, and beautiful hair in the ads you want so that you buy it…

But the world is getting better with each year.

The world is improving:

  • The internet with a lot of opportunities
  • Fewer children starve to death
  • We managed to make vaccination in a year (the pandemic would have been gone way longer)
  • Technology is improving
  • Information is available for almost everyone everywhere on the internet
  • We can hop on a video call with our relatives who are living far away
  • Women get more rights and more equality every year (in general, with some exceptions, unfortunately)

Control Your Thoughts

You can control your thoughts, that’s so special about human beings.


  • By meditating and trying to watch over your thoughts when they are wandering.
  • By replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.
  • By changing the input information you consume to positive ones.
  • By decreasing the negative input or in general input

The media and advertisements want to control your thoughts, your desires, and your consumption. Don’t let them!

Those are your thoughts. They are a part of you. They are not always right but you can control them.

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

— Willie Nelson

Visualizing Your Dream Future

Visualize your dream day as vividly and emotionally as possible like you’re living it right now.

I see myself as a mother with kids and a husband, having a nice house, and working from home as an architect and online writer. I see myself doing my morning routine and in the afternoon spending time with my family.

Try to visualize as many details as possible, so that it feels real and you could feel it happening.

This visualization doesn’t have to be long. I do it for around 10 minutes as part of my morning routine.

If you have problems visualizing (I had them at first): try to visualize yourself in the future writing a letter to your present self. Talk with yourself about what achieved and give yourself a motivational boost!

“Imagine your life is perfect in every respect; What would it look like?”

— Brian Tracy

Have a Powerful Morning Routine

The things you do right after waking up can make or break your day.

That’s why a morning routine is so important for the rest of the day. My morning routine starts with meditation and visualizing my dream future. You should try to watch over your thoughts but not in an angry way, because it’s ok when your mind is wandering, it’s even necessary.

After meditating I say my positive affirmations, I journal and write down what I’m grateful for and in the end, I put in an audiobook and do some exercises.

For more tips on morning routines, I recommend “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod and reading my article here.

It’s not important how long you do your routine — it depends on your time — but that you actually do something to focus on yourself, your goals, and your positive thoughts.

The feeling that you already achieved something today after your morning routine is great and you can start working with less pressure.

In the evening you’re exhausted, and you just want to relax and so the motivation decreases, but in the morning you still have all the energy and the motivation.

My positive morning routine parts:

  • Write down 3 things you are grateful for
  • Say (or think) to yourself positive affirmations
  • Visualize your dream day

“If you win the morning, you win the day.”

— Tim Ferriss


Positive thoughts can increase your motivation almost immediately.

By improving your positive mindset every day you can stay motivated for a long period of time.

Visualizing your dream future is just like thinking positively about the future. You visualize a great and positive future and so you stay on course to that dream.

And then you implement all these things into a powerful morning routine and you will have motivation almost every day.

It always takes time to form a habit like a morning routine, but keep going and you will see the positive results in the end.

And if it doesn’t work one day, it’s ok but never miss a second day in a row!

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ”
― Walt Disney Company

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(c) Karina Ahrer

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