The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (6:1) writes the following succinct halacha:
Before starting a brocha, know how it will end, so that when you say the name of Hashem, which is the main part of the brocha, you know what the brocha is referring to.
This is especially relevant to the Birchos HaShachar where you are reciting a series of 15 consecutive short, important, but varied, brochos.
Helpful Point: Look at the last words of the brocha before beginning.
The Mishne Berurah (Orach Chayim 669, seif katan 11) brings from the Arizal that all he attained in the openings of the Gates of Wisdom and Ruach HaKodesh resulted from his boundless joy in performing mitzvos. As the Pele Yoetz (II-3:4) writes: 'Every mitzvah which presents itself is a gift sent by HaKodesh Boruch Hu...'
Helpful Point: The next time an unexpected mitzvah comes your way, try to feel the same joy as if you had won a million dollars in the lottery.
reprinted with permission from Hakhel MIS