Why do we read the books we read? Or hang on to the words of a mentor? Or even listen to hours’ worth of motivational speeches?

This is an easy one. We do it to draw inspiration. Not like role models, but something more intimate, like looking at another self—a better self, through someone else.

Looking up to our heroes and mentors or simply envisioning the best version of you there can be is one way of motivating yourself to gravitate towards that higher calling.

You see, in a perfect reality, doubt or fear don’t exist. But that isn’t the case for most of us. The fear and doubt can be paralyzing, and it’s enough to push you to draw a line between your current reality and what you can achieve with time, discipline and commitment.

“All my life, I’ve only known this, and maybe I’ll go further than expected, but I could never go that far.”

Maybe it’s true. Maybe it’s not. Maybe your reality can be different.

The First Step

If you’re not where you want to be in life, it’s never too late to start making small changes. Set new goals, break them down into achievable actions, and get started.

Where our feet lead us, there is the power greater than you and me both, establishing the way to go. But you have to take the first step.

There are many ways that you can take your first step towards a better you. One of them, and may I add one of the most underrated ways, is through developing an effective morning routine.

A morning routine sets the tone for your day and helps build the structure you need to have productive and successful days ahead.

The first of anything is always the hardest. The second time is not without its challenges. But the sweet destination is worth the bitter start, and when you get there, you’ll be grateful the first time you took that step.