Whoa, I know that’s a bold claim but this is for real. For the past 12 days, I’ve practiced Hal Elrod’s, “Miracle Morning” method and I’ve been utterly shocked by how I feel and what I’ve been able to achieve.
I was skeptical at first. I already take radically good care of my health and consider myself a pretty disciplined person when it comes to productivity, but there was something about this book that I was drawn to. There are bigger things I want to accomplish in my lifetime, and health goals I still have. It’s sometimes hard to get there when you are busy with life, work, and everything in-between. I do what I can without burning myself out.
I decided to give his approach an honest try. I’ve not only enjoyed the morning ritual but I’ve also achieved goals I’ve been procrastinating on for years. I should clarify that I’ve actually exceeded those goals by A LOT. All of this by starting off my morning a bit differently. If I accomplished what I did in 12 days, imagine what can be done in a month or a year?
What is the Miracle Morning?
The Miracle Morning is a series of self-care practices (S.A.V.E.R.S) to start your day off with every day. This includes:
- Silence (meditation)
- Scribing (journaling)
Now I’ve never been one for affirmations, they have always felt a bit cheesy and weird to me. I decided to include them in my new morning routine anyway. I’ve been waking up a bit earlier (between 6-6:30am each day) and dedicating 5-10 minutes to each one of these self-care rituals.
Start Your Day With a Purpose
What I love about this approach is that you are giving yourself a purpose each morning. A purpose that ensures you support your health and well-being every single day. It’s an easy way to seamlessly fit in “me time” and start your day from the right headspace.
It also gives you something to look forward it each morning. Instead of dreading getting out of bed to start your chores, work, etc., you now have a morning ritual to look forward to.
Lastly, it forces you to think about what you want out of life and motivates you to take action towards them.
I know not everyone is a morning person, but you can practice by setting your alarm a bit earlier each day. It takes a few days/weeks to truly adjust but I assure you it gets easier and it’s worth it. I would suggest getting up before others in your household so you can truly dedicate this time to yourself. Instead of hitting the snooze button multiple times, or aimlessly scrolling through social media until you have to get up — you could actually look forward to getting up. It’s like “Christmas morning” as one reader put it.
I’ve dog-eared so many pages but here is one of my favorite motivating quotes:
“We don’t want our lives to be a struggle. I want a life of freedom, where I get to wake up and do what I want, when I want, with whomever I want. I want to get out of bed every day and truly love my life. I want to love my work, and I want to love the people I get to share my life and work with. That’s my definition of success. That kind of life doesn’t just happen. It must be designed. If you want to live an extraordinary life as defined and designed by you, then you must identify the fundamental causes of mediocrity so you can prevent them from robbing you of the life you want.”
As a wellness writer, I read a lot of books in the health and personal development space. It has been a challenging year for many and this is one of those books that will help you overcome almost any circumstance. From health, business, relationships, you name it! There isn’t anything off limites.This ritual is something I’ve grown to enjoy and will be continuing with for the foreseeable future.