Starting the Day with a Miracle

I just finished my 71st Miracle Morning. Although I’m not crazy about the title, I guess it was a bit of a miracle how I discovered the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

In January, I wanted to start a habit of getting up earlier to get my journal writing done. I found that if I didn’t get my journal writing done I the morning, I frequently didn’t get it done at all. But I kept sleeping in or getting out of bed late.

And then I read an email.

The funny thing is that I get a lot emails from people and companies because I want to get a free report or article or something, so I get on their “list”. This particular email was from Entreprenuers HQ.  Their emails always had a business related anecdote at the top of the email called “Thought of the Day”. I NEVER read beyond the anecdote, but I liked reading the stories.

On February 4, I decided to actually read the whole email. Now, you have to appreciate that I had been getting these daily emails for months and this was the first time I decided to read beyond the “Thought of the Day”.  And in the email Ted Prodromou talked about how he had been doing the Miracle Morning for 3 years. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod? What the heck was that?

Basically the Miracle Morning is getting up earlier and working on some self development and self care before starting your day. Hal suggests doing his Life SAVERS in the hour before you usually get up. What are these Life SAVERS?

Silence (meditation)
Affirmations
Visualizations
Exercise
Reading
Scripting (journaling)

It took me almost three weeks before I managed to take the 30 day Miracle Morning challenge.  Okay, I had a false start or two.  But as I mentioned at the top, I’m now on day 71.

What surprised me the most was how easy I found it. I didn’t go through the pain period. Once I committed to trying it out, I was waking up early without an alarm clock. And I kept waking earlier and earlier. Today, I woke up at 4:45.

I wanted to let my body tell me how much sleep I needed. Sometimes my mind would “disagree” with my body and I’d go back to sleep. 😉  Occasionally I would sleep through until Deb’s alarm would go off. But when I woke up, I’d get my SAVERS done.

You decide on the breakdown of your SAVERS. You can spend 10 minutes on each or any permutation. I like to spend 10 minutes on meditation and exercise; 5 minutes on affirmations and visualization; and then 15 minutes on Reading and journal writing.

A lot of people focus on the early morning aspect, but the real value to me is getting the SAVERS done.  Even if I wake up late, I’ll put in an abbreviated version — and only do a minute of each.

Doing the Miracle Morning doesn’t always mean that you’re going to have a great day, but it sure helps to start it off in the right frame of mind.

 

© 2019 Peter Gruner

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