So this is not really going to be a personal finance blog post per se. I think it is so important to share because I believe it will help you in many aspects of your life not just your financial life. About a month ago, I read the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. To say that it has been transformational in my life is an understatement. I used to be anything but a morning person. I would hit the snooze button several times and dread the inevitability that I would have to get up and face the day. For the past month that has all changed. My feet now hit the floor when the alarm goes off, sometimes even before it goes off. I am ready to start my mission for the day. The Miracle Morning is a routine that sets you up for success for the rest of the day. For me it brings focus, motivation, reflection, and gives me the jump start I need to make the most of every day.
So first things first, you are going to need to get up a little earlier in the morning to complete your Miracle Morning. Get up early you say? Impossible! I thought so too. With a few adjustments you can do it though. If I can do it anyone can. I had to go to bed a little earlier instead of staying up for that extra hour of television. I told myself before I went to bed that I was going to wake up rested and ready to go. And I had to psyche myself up when the alarm went off to get my feet on the floor.
Elrod’s book details what he calls Life S.A.V.E.R.S. These are tools used by some of the wealthiest, most productive people on the planet as part of their morning routine. You can tailor each of these tools to fit your routine and preferences and you can set the right amount of time to spend on each of them. The point is to create a powerful morning routine that will give you energy and focus to make the most of the rest of your day. I will detail each of the Life S.A.V.E.R.S. now.
S is for Silence. This refers to meditation or prayer. You can do guided meditation or simply focus on your breathing and clear your mind. I spend five minutes focusing on my breathing and trying to clear all of the thoughts from my mind. This is not always easy, but it is okay, just try to push the thoughts from your mind and focus on your breathing. For some people a simple mantra works. When I meditate I can feel the stress and tension leaving my body. It just melts away. Meditation is one of my favorite parts of my Miracle Morning.
A is for Affirmation. An affirmation is a strong positive statement that something is already so. A simple example is, “I am a good person”. You can find many examples of positive affirmations online. You can use these or create your own. I have a list of about six affirmations that I created for myself. Some of them are goals I have set for myself and I state that I will achieve them. I simply typed out my affirmations on a sheet of paper. You can read them aloud or just read them to yourself. I read mine over again about five times each. It takes me about five minutes or less.
V is for Visualization. In visualization you picture yourself where you want to be. Maybe you have a goal of losing weight. Picture yourself as the slim and trim person you want to become. Maybe you want to be wealthy. Picture your bank account with a one followed by several zeroes. You can apply this to whatever goal you may have. The point is to visualize the positive outcome to spur you on to achieving your goals. To be honest, I don’t incorporate this step in my Miracle Mornings. I tried it and it wasn’t for me. That is okay. Remember you can tailor your mornings to what suits you best. The point is to incorporate some of these practices to get your day started off right.
E is for Exercise. There have been countless studies on the importance of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. What better way to start the day than to get your blood pumping than with some exercise. I have tailored my Miracle Morning to do this step last. It is by far my longest step in the process, as I spend an hour exercising in the morning. Maybe thirty minutes is right for you, maybe more. Again the important thing is to get your blood flowing. I do some of my best thinking while exercising. I use the time to plan out my day or to think about what I am going to write about next. Also, exercising in the morning means that you have gotten it out of the way for the day and are less likely to put it off. After a long hard day it is easier to come up with excuses why you shouldn’t exercise that day.
R is for Reading. You may remember from one of my other blog posts that I like to read a lot. I cannot tell you how important I think reading is. As part of my Miracle Morning I set aside just ten or fifteen minutes to read. Granted I read much more than that throughout the day. If you just read those few minutes every day though, you could just about read a book a week. Think of all the knowledge you could gain. I definitely recommend reading as part of your morning routine.
S is for Scribing. Ok he needed a letter that made sense. Really we are talking about journaling or writing. Journaling is a great way to organize your thoughts. You can jot down ideas for later review. You can write about your goals or aspirations. You can just recap your day. Before starting my Miracle Mornings and writing this blog, I didn’t do much writing. I have found that it is a great tool for organizing your thoughts. You never know, you may have something important to say.
So this describes My Miracle Mornings. During this first month I have seen so many positive changes in my day-to-day journey. A strong morning routine builds the foundation for a strong and productive day. I highly recommend reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. Develop your own winning morning routine and experience the great outcomes. As always, thanks for reading.