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It was the the second week of January and, in my typical late fashion, I set my resolutions for 2017. “Wake up earlier and become a morning person” is the only one I remember from the list. Then, next thing I realized, time slipped away to serve October’s crackling leaves.
“The baby woke up so many times last night.”
“He wakes up as soon as I leave the bed.”
“I’m tired, I haven’t slept since I became a mom.”
“It’s too cold.”
I made every excuse I could think of as to why I couldn’t get my shit together in the morning. Finally I had enough of seeing friends with more kids than me rising at the crack of dawn, getting their days started and kicking ass. My husband also started reading this book called The Miracle Morning. All of a sudden, instead of waking up 5 minutes before he had to log on to work, he started getting up hours earlier. He was reading, stretching, meditating – all these things I’ve never seen him do.
I had to see what the fuss was all about.
It took me almost a week to read Hal Elrod’s book. Depicting not one, but two rock bottom experiences, it’s not hard to be inspired by this guy… because he came back harder after each fall. He writes in modern day tone and the chapters are sprinkled with inspiring stories and humbling statistics.
“Our outer world will always be a reflection of our inner world. Our level of success is always going to parallel our level of personal development. Until we dedicate time each day to developing ourselves into the person we need to be to create the life we want, success is always going to be a struggle to attain.”
The Social Security Administration studied that if you follow 100 Americans from the beginning of their working life until 40 years later, 1 will have become wealthy, 4 financially stable, 5 have to keep working through retirement, 36 have died and 54 rely on financial help from friends and family.
That means at least 95% of people never live up to their potential.
Something about that statistic startled me. I examined my own life and the people in it… I don’t know anyone in my family who is retired and financially secure. Am I going to have to work into my 70’s? This was not a comforting thought.
In the book, Hal goes on to teach about a six part routine to employ every morning to kickstart your day. The catch? You have to wake up an hour earlier than normal to do so. The Miracle Morning six part routine are habits that highly successful people have been known to do, whether in parts or in its entirety (Oprah is speculated to do all 6). Hal calls them life SAVERS.
- Silence: Whether in meditation, prayer, or breath practice – the goal is to quiet your mind and begin the day with a calm state of mind.
- Affirmations: aimed to affect the conscious and the subconscious mind. The words composing the affirmation, automatically and involuntarily, bring up related mental images into the mind, which could inspire, energize and motivate.”
- Visualization: Imagine the life you want to live, tasks you want to accomplish, dreams you want to manifest.
- Exercise: It can be as simple as stretching, 20 minute yoga – the idea is encourage movement and stimulate blood flow.
- Scribe/Journal: It’s a good way to process your thoughts and reflect on your life.
It’s been a little over a month since I started my own Miracle Morning routine. I won’t lie, it was difficult in the beginning, especially with how dark it is around 5am. The book encourages you to have an accountability partner. Fortunately for me, my husband provides motivation on days I am lacking and vice versa. I only spend 5-10 minutes with S-A-V-E. I’ve devoted 20 minutes each to R and S. After I got over the initial dread of waking up so early, I began to see how much more productive I was on days I practiced my miracle morning routine. This newfound productivity became an addiction and that is why I can be seen on my Instastories as early as 4:30 am.
“Your entire life changes the day that you decide you will no longer accept mediocrity for yourself. When you realize that today is the most important day of your life. When you decide that now matters more than any other time because it is who you are becoming each day based on the decisions that you are making and the actions that you are taking that is determining who you are going to be for the rest of your life.”
It became clear that in order to manifest and attract the life I truly desire, I need to be mindful of every single action. I need to make the hard choices VS the easy ones (hitting the snooze button or leaving emails/messages unanswered). By following through with my Miracle Morning routine, it creates momentum early on with a domino effect for the rest of the day.
A few things that helps my morning routine
The Miracle Morning Book
This book is obviously the most important tool that helped kick start my Miracle Mornings. After reading this book, I not only became a morning person – I also found time to start reading again, something I used to love to do.
Nokia Activité Steel Watch
Aside from being a sleek activity & sleep tracker, this watch is equipped with a smart alarm. Since it tracks your sleep, you set a 30 minute time frame for when you’d like to wake up. This watch determines the most optimal time for you to wake up (during light VS deep sleep) and vibrates to wake you up. The vibration VS a sound alarm it optimal for me since we co-sleep with the baby. There is nothing worse than waking up to take a little time to yourself only for your toddler to be woken up with you.
Since scribing/journaling is encouraged, I decided to marry my journaling with my day planning. I started bullet journaling and it’s been my favorite part of my morning routine. I love how my bullet journals allow me to fully customize my planner. It’s provided a place for my brain purges as well as an outlet for creativity. I’ll share more about bullet journaling soon.
This is a simple overview of my Miracle Morning routine and how it’s transformed my days. I am so pleased with the transformation my mind has made in a small time already. I am looking forward to what the future entails. I hope you look into this wonderful book. Then let me know what you think!