Today is a big day for me as I am celebrating my 3rd Miracle Morning anniversary! 3 years of early mornings dedicated to improving myself, my knowledge, my relationships. 3 years of pure enjoyment.
If you are not familiar with the Miracle Morning, I invite you to read my previous article which lays out the full routine that author Hal Elrod has created. He wrote this bestselling book, The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) in 2012. The book has now been published all over the world, where hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts are getting up early every morning to better themselves according to Elrod’s method.
In a nutshell, the Miracle Morning is a routine of 6 personal development practices, named SAVERS, that you go through first thing in the morning. The SAVERS stand for Silence (prayer or meditation), Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing (journaling). You can take as short as 1 minute for each practice, hence called the Six-Minute Miracle Morning, or take as long as you like. My routine lasts about 1 hour, or 10 minutes for each practice.
This third year of my Miracle Morning has been dedicated to refining my techniques. Meditation has always been my favorite part of the routine, and I worked on improving my concentration and my focus during my morning sessions. On the other hand, visualization has been my main weakness, so I read books on how to visualize more creatively and intently. I used to skip exercise most of the time and now I have created a 3-day full body routine that I alternate on week days. I’d say that my practice is stronger than ever!
Since my routine takes a full hour every morning, I tend to skip journaling, which is the last part of my process. But I realized that being able to look back at the lessons learned along the way while reviewing my past entries was super valuable. I decided to reinforce my journaling practice, and also added a short session at the end of the day to write down what I am grateful for.
I have to admit that I have not been practicing the Miracle Morning every day this past year. Although I practice it most days, I have allowed myself to skip on days I sleep in. I realize that, when I skip, I lack focus and my brain feels scattered. Meditation allows me to start my day calm and puts my brain in such a state that I react less intensely to stress factors. Lately I have decided to do at least one of the SAVERS upon waking up, usually meditation or reading. I think that I could also try to implement the 6 minutes routine on days where I am pressed for time.
In 2016, the Miracle Morning community has been hit by a very bad news. Hal Elrod has been diagnosed with a very rare type of cancer, one that’s pretty aggressive. He’s been treated by the best cancerology center in the US, and, in spite of the terrible news, has remained very positive and engaged in the community. His message has become even more inspiring as he is battling this cancer as he remained hyper focused and positive, thus reinforcing his message. Lets just hope for the best!
Overall, I am still convinced of the tremendous benefits of my morning routine and am more motivated than ever to keep it up, building upon it and improving my techniques. My Miracle Morning always sets the tone to a productive day and gives me the perspective I need on what happens in my life. I feel in control, calm, resilient and ready to take on any project. I cannot see myself part ways with my practice in the foreseeable future, it really has become a way of life!
If you’d like to deep dive in any of the Miracle Morning SAVERS, here are a few articles that you can read
My #1 habit to stay sane and boost my happiness (on journaling)
What Changed – 2 Years of Miracle Morning (detailed article on the 6 SAVERS)
See you next Tuesday!
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