16 Words You Can Say Every Morning To Transform Your Life (And Writing)


I’ve said the exact same 16 words every morning for 20 years. 

They are the first 16 words of my day, everyday. And they have radically transformed my life (and writing) for the better. 

Make no mistake, these words are powerful. 

They get thier power from: 

  • Thier source 
  • Thier meaning 
  • Thier timing 
  • Thier effect 

In a moment, I’ll share with you the exact 16 words that start my day, but first I have a few questions for you. 

What are the first words you say each morning? 

What effect do those words have on you? Others? 

Maybe the most important thing you can ever do for your personal success and development is to be intentional about your morning routine.

Mornings are either quicksand or launch pads. 

Which are they for you?

The good news is you can easily change a quicksand into a launchpad. You do it by being radically intentional.

Here is what you can be intentional about: 

  • Time you wake up 
  • Your first words
  • Your first thoughts
  • Your first actions

Many of the most powerful and productive people in the world have designed their mornings to set them up for success all day long.

One last disclaimer before you learn the 16 words: they are simple words that are relevant to me. While I believe they hold power for everyone, I’d like you to focus on the words over the source of the words. 

Ok, without further ado…

The first 16 words I say every morning are, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

16 Reasons These Words Can can Radically Transform Your Life 

  1. They hold significant meaning to me 
  2. They are simple words strung together into two short sentences 
  3. They are easy to quickly memorize 
  4. They are repeated daily 
  5. They are spoken aloud (when possible) right as I wake when the mind is more receptive to suggestions 
  6. They focus on the present (this day)
  7. They connect me to my spirituality 
  8. They connect me to my Higher Power 
  9. They remind me that this day was designed on purpose 
  10. They remind me this day was designed with me in mind 
  11. They focus me on the WHY of my motivation
  12. They affirm a positive outlook 
  13. They are a daily commitment to joy 
  14. They are action- oriented 
  15. They remind me of my power to choose my focus
  16. They remind me of my power to choose my state

Yes, these 16 words come from a specific religious text (namely, the Bible). That may or may not be for you. 

There is no need to adopt this exact set of words. Feel free to choose your own. 

These are simply the 16 that have worked wonders for me for the past 20 years so you might want to give them a chance. 

Let me know how it goes.

Other Possible Morning Words 

I am filled with gratitude and kindness 

Everyday in every way I’m getting better and better 

I am a wellspring of creative insight and ideas flow freely through me 

Again, none of these words or phrases are magic bullets. The best words are those that have the biggest positive impact on you. 

How These 16 Words Shape Your Writing 

  • They create a positive mindset 
  • They frame the day in terms of purpose and intention 
  • They launch creativity 

How to Instantly Apply This To Your Life & Writing 

  1. Choose your morning words 
  2. Choose short simple words & phrases. 
  3. Limit your words to one or two short phrases. 
  4. Choose words and phrases that have special significance to you
  5. Choose action-oriented words 
  6. Choose words that connect to your life purpose 
  7. Choose words that evoke positive emotion like joy, gratitude and passion 
  8. Memorize the words 
  9. Repeat the words every morning 
  10. Repeat the words as soon as you wake up – the very first thing you do (even if you “say” them in your mind) 
  11. Whenever possible, say them out loud 
  12. Sit with the words for a few moments, soaking up the meaning and emotional state 
  13. Get to writing as soon as possible! 

Best wishes! 


Christopher Kokoski is a speaker, trainer and author of Wicker Hollow and the Past Lives novel series.

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