On July 31st, I celebrated an anniversary. I have been practicing the Miracle Morning for 2 years! Let me share with you the journey of my awesome awakening!
Back in 2014, I just started working again after the Great Depression. I was going through the motions, work, eat, sleep, repeat. I would wake up at the last minute and rush out to work. I was feeling better, but there was still something missing in my life. I was lacking purpose.
I always been an entrepreneur, and I was now working the 9 to 5 for a company that wasn’t mine. I was searching for my next business venture and listening to business podcasts to inspire me. The two that I was enjoying the most were Eventual Millionnaire and Entrepreneur on Fire. One day, I listened to an interview of this guy who died in a car crash and was brought back to life after being dead for 6 whole minutes. His story was incredible. He has been told that he would never walk again, but shortly after his accident, he ran an ultramarathon. What an achiever! He said something that truly shook me.
The guy’s name is Hal Elrod. He is the author of The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM). He said in his interview that hitting the snooze button in the morning is like having to wake up over and over again. I hated waking up in the morning, why not do it only once and be done with it! I promised myself to stop hitting the snooze button the very next day.
Hal intrigued me a lot. I’ve read everything on his website and ordered his book right away. After the crash of 2008, Hal’s business was plummeting. He lost more than half of his clients and his personal debts reached a critical level. He became very depressed and ashamed. His wife suggested that he’d contact his friend to ask for advice. His friend, Jon Berghoff, suggested he started exercising. Hal was skeptical, how would exercise get him out of his funk? But he did. The next morning, he went jogging while listening to a motivational audio tape. He heard a quote from Jim Rohn that would drastically change his perspective : “your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development.” He thought, what is my level of personal development at the moment?
Hal researched various personal development techniques on the web. He found that most of the successful people practice the same 6 techniques. So instead of choosing one or two, he decided to try all of them. He figured that the best time in his day to practice personal development would be the morning, before the grind of the day. So the next morning, he started what would soon be named The Miracle Morning.
What are the 6 practices he tried? There’s an acronym to resume them; SAVERS.
S : Silence
Silence can be prayer, meditation, or sitting quietly with your thoughts.
A : Affirmations
Reciting affirmations is a great way to change your mindset and to instill in your mind positive thoughts.
V : Visualization
Envisioning your success, the things you would like to achieve as if you had already achieved them.
E : Exercise
Getting your blood flowing and more oxygen to your brain!
R : Reading
Reading personal development books or blogs.
S : Scribing
Journaling is a great way to reflect on your successes and difficulties and find ways to improve.
Every morning, I wake up at 5 AM, drink a bottle of water and sit down in my favorite chair with my notebooks. I start by reading my affirmations and writing down something I am grateful for. Then I set a timer for 10 minutes and meditate. (That’s my favorite part!) Afterward, I read my life plan and visualize one aspect of my life I would like to improve. Relationship with friends, family, career goals, etc. Then I get my notebook and write about a difficulty I am facing or something great that happened to me recently. Last, I read for 10 to 15 minutes. It usually takes me an hour to go through all the SAVERS, but on the weekends I take more time, just because I enjoy it.
What changed for me
Practicing the Miracle Morning has brought a great deal of change in my life. I take more time to reflect on my life and what I truly want. It helped me figure out my life’s purpose and gave me the idea to write this blog. I lost 50 pounds in the first year, I read many books and learned a great deal, I got to know myself better and to be more aware of my strengths while improving on my weaknesses. It gave me purpose and a feeling to be in the driver seat of my life. I owe a great deal to Hal Elrod and his online community of like-minded people. I started hosting local meetups with other Miracle Morning enthusiasts, to get to know more people who share the same drive for personal development.
If you think that the Miracle Morning could bring something to your life, Hal offers a free Fast-Start kit on his website. It’s a great way to figure out if his method is right for you. If you’re convinced and would like to know more, I strongly suggest you buy his book, The Miracle Morning and read it from cover to cover. It is a quick read, but it will amaze you I am sure!
Now your turn. What is your morning ritual? Do you practice one or many of the SAVERS already? I can’t wait to read your comments!
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