I admit it, I like to stay in bed under the warm toasty covers in the morning. I am sure I am not alone in this sentiment! But when I do wake up, my routine is far from routine. Because I work for myself, I set my own hours and structure my own day. But what happens is I am constantly distracted and my morning and then my day and then my night get away from me. My husband will then ask me what I did during the day and I am at a loss.
But what would happen if I started waking up with an intention? What would happen if the start to every morning was a routine? And sometimes the answer is staring you right in the face. I had the book “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod on my bookshelf unread for a year. A friend borrowed it to me and told me I would love it. But there it sat, unread. Then I saw another friend post about it and it was a reminder that I had the book on my bookshelf and perhaps now was the time to read it. To add to this serendipitous reminder, I had my best friend over and she saw it and said she has been doing her Miracle Morning for several weeks now and loves it. How many more signs do I need? So I read it and committed to doing the daily practices for 30 days in order to see how having a focused morning can get me going in the right direction each day.
Elrod breaks the morning power hour in to six powerful self improvement practices. I admit I have done all of the six practices before, but not all in one hour. Heck I didn’t even do some of them once a month. Now is my time to see if I have the initiative and drive to commit to this for thirty days. You will need to set the alarm an hour earlier. But the energy you have after committing to this after a few days will help you not hit that snooze button.
The six practices Elrod calls life S.A.V.E.R.S and will help you attract the life that you desire. Each letter stands for a different action or activity.
“S” is for Silence. You spend a few minutes each morning in silence. Yeah, not so easy for me. But I found that I am able to sit still and just empty my mind. Well not really, I still have my errand list in my head and the laundry I need to do and the meal I need to cook. “S” should be for Stop It! My mind really struggles with silence so this is a great practice for me!
“A” is for Affirmations. Remember the Saturday Night Live segment from years ago staring now Senator Al Franken as Stuart Smalley? That is what I think of when I hear the word affirmations. But it turns out the Senator may have been onto something. If you say something often enough your brain starts to believe it and you will change. Keep the affirmations positive and keep them consistent.
“V” is for Visualizations. I have been doing vision boards ever since the movie “The Secret” was made popular by Oprah. I dug out my most recent vision board and started looking at the pictures I had glued down of exotic locations and healthy body images. I imagine myself sitting on the shores of the beach enjoying the sunset and drinking a glass of wine at the vineyards.
“E” is for Exercise. During the hour Elrod has you do some exercises. I do not do this during my hour but I commit to head to the gym before the morning is over. This works for me for most days and on the days I know I won’t make it to the gym I will incorporate exercise into the hour. If you drive by my house in the early morning you may see me doing jumping jacks through my picture window. But then I will need to stop as I have birthed three children and jumping jacks are not a good idea!
“R” is for Reading. I am a reader but I do not consistently read in the mornings. The time set aside in the hour for reading goes by too quickly. For those of you that are not readers, you will enjoy diving into a book first thing in the morning.
“S” is for Scribe, or in other words, write. For myself I am focusing on things that I am grateful for. I write three things that I am grateful for. Focusing on the positive is a great way to open your heart. So often we are bombarded by negativity in the media. The only control we have is to turn it off. During this time I commit to being positive about all that I have in my life.
So who is ready to getting up an hour earlier? Maybe I should have started this in the summer when I could sit on my deck and enjoy the hour in nature. Instead I will grab the blanket from the couch and spend my time creating my miracle morning curled up in my chair positioned in the picture window.
To Joyful, Simplified Organizing,
Melissa is a Productivity Consultant living in Fargo, North Dakota doing her best of living a life full of adventure. Filling a life of memories and not of things!