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A Simple Routine to Help You Achieve the Results You Want Out of Life
What if a six minute routine in the morning had the power to completely transform your life? Would you be willing to wake up six minutes earlier?
I was introduced to the idea of a miracle morning by a friend who was excelling at achieving her dreams to be a painter (see video below).
It was obvious from the results she was achieving in her life that she was doing something right, and she accredited a lot of her success to having read a book written by Hal Elrod called The Miracle Morning and incorporating the principles she learned in the book into her own life.
I was intrigued and purchased the book myself, and I'm so grateful that I did, because it has changed my life!
The idea behind the book is pretty simple.
Our results (level of success/fulfillment/etc.) in life will never exceed the amount of effort we are willing to invest in our own personal development.
This book suggests a few simple personal development habits you can incorporate into your daily routine to become the kind of person that will consistently achieve the results that you desire in life.
This is the video my friend made that motivated me to try out the miracle morning!
Make These Life S.A.V.E.R.S. Part of Your Daily Routine
I'm sure many of you have seen or read articles with titles such as "10 Things That Successful People Do Every Day."
I know I have, and normally, I would note how many of those 10 things I was currently doing and hope that was enough to sustain me through whatever trials to my success were coming ahead.
The Miracle Morning suggests that there are six habits that are essential to our own personal development that can literally change our lives if we make them a part of our daily routine.
Many of these are probably habits you are already aware of, but maybe haven't been motivated or inspired to incorporate into your daily life.
These habits are referred to as S.A.V.E.R.S. in the book.
The Acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. represents the six specific habits Hal Elrod suggests incorporating into your daily routine as follows:
- Silence-Take time to be silent and still. This can be done by focusing on your breathing, meditating, or even praying.
- Affirmations-Take some time to tell yourself about the life you want to live. There are so many testimonials about the power of affirmations to create positive results that it's almost a no brainer to know that they should be part of a daily routine.
- Visualization-Now that you've done your affirmations, really ingrain them into your subconscious by visualizing what your life will be like when you're achieving the results that you aspire to achieve.
- Exercise-Exercise strengthens your body and mind, keeping you healthy, energized, alert, and ready to achieve your goals. Not only that, but it develops a sense of discipline that is valuable in other areas of your life.
- Reading-Take some time to read something that will inspire you, motivate you, and make your life better. Personal development books such as the Miracle Morning are great for this part of your routine, but this can also be a great time to fit in some scripture study if your religious beliefs align with that.
- Scribing (journaling)-Journaling is a valuable tool for creating concrete versions of what you want your life to be like, processing emotional stumbling blocks, recording the things you are grateful for, and many other useful personal development processes.
Hal Elrod does a great job going over options for each of these S.A.V.E.R.S. in his book so that you can easily find an interpretations that appeals to you.
Can I Really Do This Whole Routine in Six Minutes?
It might sound impossible to do this whole routine in six minutes, but it's not.
Hal Elrod describes the six minute morning miracle in this article, and goes into even more detail about how to make it work in his book.
Personally, I like to spend 60-90 minutes on my miracle morning routine, because I love it!
When I first started, I was trying to figure out the latest possible time I could wake up and still get all the S.A.V.E.R.S in, but now I find myself planning to wake up extra early from time to time, just because I love the feeling I get when I really delve deep into my routine.
What If I'm Just Not a Morning Person?
The S.A.V.E.R.S don't have to all be done first thing in the morning. In fact, none of them have to be done in the morning. The important thing is that you are doing them on a regular basis, regardless of what time they happen.
That being said, the miracle morning really does set a great tone for the rest of the day, so I think it's totally worth it!
Also, much like exercising, waking up early is a valuable tool in developing self discipline.
If you are looking for tips to help you wake up early, there are several good ones in the book, but here are the ones that stood out to me the most:
- Put your alarm clock on the opposite side of the room.
- Have a glass of water next to your alarm clock and drink it when you first wake up.
What Does My Personal Miracle Morning Look Like?
One thing that's great about the miracle morning is that you have a lot of freedom to adapt it to meet your needs and desires.
Your miracle morning could end up looking quite different from mine, but here's an example of what it could look like if you're looking for ideas.
- Silence-I usually spend around 10-15 minutes praying/just taking some time to sit quietly or meditate. Because of my religious beliefs, praying is always my priority, but if I feel like I still have extra time, I'll do some meditating.
- Affirmations- After reading What to Say When You Talk to Yourself, I decided I wanted to take my affirmations a little bit farther and write out some positive self talk scripts. I have them all written in a special journal, and I read a few of them every morning. This takes me about five minutes.
- Visualization-To be honest, this is a bit of a weakness for me. I'm still practicing getting better at it. I think ideally I would spend at least five minutes visualizing, but that's often not the case for me right now.
- Exercise-I have a few favorite exercises that I like to do. During the summer, I'd probably be out jogging a lot, but with it being winter right now, I'm exercising with my favorite workout videos. I normally exercise 20-30 minutes in the morning, but if my other activities ended up longer than planned, I do a 10 minute workout.
- Reading-I often read throughout the day, but in order to make sure I get my scripture reading in, I normally read my scriptures for 5-10 minutes in the morning.
- Scripting-I love journaling, and it's an extremely valuable tool to me, so I often find myself journaling more than once during the day, but I try to write for 5-10 minutes as part of my miracle morning routine.
To be honest, I don't always do the S.A.V.E.R.S. in this order, but I don't think it's necessarily the order that counts anyway. I just want to make sure that I do them.
Take the 30 Day Challenge!
In his book, Hal Elrod challenges everyone to participate in the Miracle Morning for 30 days and see how it changes their lives.
I'm going to extend the same challenge, because I love to share what has worked for me, and the miracle morning works!
Get your hands on the book if you can, and if not, you can just use my article as a guideline.
Just do it and watch it change your life!