At the beginning of this year, I defined my overriding goal as "Implement the Miracle Morning into my daily routine". For those of you who aren't familiar with the Miracle Morning, I highly recommend you check out the book by Hal Elrod - The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM).
This practice has been a game changer for me! The premise of the book is that you begin your day by practicing the S.A.V.E.R.S., which stands for Silence, Affirmations, Vision, Exercise, Reading, Scribing.
I've practiced the Miracle Morning routine on and off over the years, but have never being consistent. This year, I decided to get back into the practice and make it into a habit that sticks. Or at least, that is the goal!
What's an overriding goal and why this one?
In the Lifebook Community, we refer to an overriding goal as the one goal that if reached will make all your other goals easier or unnecessary. It is the one goal that will have the most impact on the rest of your goals, and ultimately, on your life vision.
So why did I choose the Miracle Morning as my overriding goal? Because I know that starting off my day doing things that will set me in the right mindset can have a greater impact on my performance for the day ahead than anything else I do. It is the one thing I can do to set me up for success!
What does my Miracle Morning routine look like?
I start my day at 5 A.M. Yes, that early! I've always been a morning person, so for me it wasn't all that difficult. But I did get there gradually, setting my alarm 15 minutes earlier for a while until I got to the 5 A.M. time slot.
I love the early morning before the house begins to stir. Before life starts putting its demands on my time. In the summer, I. get to sit out on my deck, listening to the birds waking up. It's a glorious time for me!
My Miracle Morning routine is not exactly as laid out in the book. But it doesn't have to be! That's the beauty of it. You can make it your own. But the premise is the same. I suggest following Hal's plan when you start the practice then tweaking as you go to suit your style.
Silence can mean sitting in complete silence, doing some form of meditation (guided or otherwise) or prayer. Personally, I use the Omvana app which has lots of great meditations and has a great feature of a timer, which helps me stay on track.
Time: 6 minutes
I keep my affirmations written on a page in my planner. I simply read over my list, preferably out loud. This helps to solidify them in my mind and also helps me live by them as I go about my day.
Time: 3 minutes
In my Lifebook, I have defined my Life Vision and have recorded it in a voice memo on my phone. I sit quietly, close my eyes and visualize it as I listen. I've found it to be a very efficient way to engrain into my subconscious what I want my life to look like and what I am striving for!
Time: 5 minutes
This one is more challenging for me. I'm going to share a secret with you here...I don't like to exercise. I know it's good for me and I know I feel great after doing it, but I was never a fan. So I try to come up with some fun things to do, like following along to a YouTube dance or yoga video. My aim is to keep it fun!
Time: 5 to 10 minutes
I always have a book...or two or three...on the go at any one time. I'm most often found reading self-development books and will generally choose one to focus on during my Miracle Morning.
I love to read and this might just be my favourite part of the S.A.V.E.R.S..
Time: 10 to 15 minutes
For the scribing, aka writing or journaling, part of my morning, I will either write out my thoughts in a journal or on my laptop if my thoughts are more private. I also like doing some prompt journaling, either through a challenge or a journal with written prompts already in it.
When doing some decluttering the other day, I found a book a friend gave me several years ago that I had forgotten about. It's called 642 Things to Write About. I find that this book has allowed my creativity to flow a little more. I get to think back on things I've experienced, or simply use my imagination. It's been a lot of fun!
There are many benefits to journaling. I talk about some of them in this post, 4 Benefits of Journaling.
Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Total time: 34 to 49 minutes - this seem quite reasonable considering the impact doing this practice can have on your day!
Do I do this every single day?
The simple answer is no. And although I am striving for doing it every single day, I don't push myself to do it on Sundays. That is the one day of the week where I don't set my alarm and I wake up when my body tells me to wake up. Which, sometimes, is at 5 A.M. Go figure!
But I've noticed that when I don't do my Miracle Morning, my days don't go as smoothly. That's not to say that my days are perfect for those days when I do it, but they are more focused and my mind seems to be clearer. Maybe it's because I've checked 6 things off of my list that may have hung over my head all day? Or by doing those things, I've cleared my mind and set good intentions for the day ahead.
I don't know exactly, but I do know that it's a practice I want to continue.
Are you ready to up-level your mornings?
I've given you a peek into what my mornings look like. Now, it's your turn! If you haven't experienced something like the Miracle Morning, I invite you to give it a try. You can make it as long or as short as you like!
Even just 5 minutes for each is all you need. You can even do a very quick and painless 6-minute version where you do each piece of the S.A.V.E.R.S. for just 1 minute each!
Are you ready to change your morning so you can supercharge your day? Send me an email at marie-f[email protected] and let me know how this goes for you. And if you're already doing it, I'd love to know the impact it's had on your life.
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