If you are like most women out there you feel like your day starts at top speed the second your eyes open and does not slow down until your head hits the pillow. At the end of the day you are exhausted but still feel like you did not accomplish everything you wanted. Sound familiar?
How would you like to learn how to have an intentional morning where you take care of yourself and set your intentions for the day? You would start your day feeling calm and focused on what you want to accomplish before days end. If that sounds like heaven to you, then you need to meet The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.
What is the Miracle Morning?
The Miracle Morning is a book that teaches people how to transform their lives with their morning routine. On first glance it sounds a little fluffy, but it is truly a life changing book. The author, Hal Elrod, teaches about six practices to add to your morning routine that can completely transform your energy and intentions as you start your day.
Miracle Morning Practices
The Miracle Morning routine is built around six practices. Elrod labels these the Life S.A.V.E.R.S; silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, scribing. Let’s go over each one with examples of what you can incorporate into your routine.
Purposeful silence is the first practice of the day. By engaging in meaningful silence, you reduce your stress levels and begin the day from a place of calm and clarity. Some examples of silent practices are meditation, prayer, reflection, deep breathing and gratitude.
Affirmations are the practice of repeating positive statements to affect change in your conscious and subconscious mind. The thought is that the positive repetition will actually bring positive images to mind that will excite and motivate. Some examples of affirmations:
I wake up happy and excited every single day.
Each day of my life is filled with joy and love.
I am enthusiastic about every second of my life.
Everything I do is fun, healthy and exciting.
I am a beacon of love and compassion.
Visualization is a powerful tool in the miracle morning. It is the use of the imagination through pictures or mental imagery to create visions of what we want in our lives and how to make them happen. It is proven that by visualizing the outcomes we want you can perform better to create those outcomes in real life. As it applies to the MM, you can simply visualize how you want your day to go, how your presentation at work might end up, how a tough conversation you have to participate in will result. It is a way to mentally prep for the best outcome possible.
Exercise is any activity that gets your blood pumping. If you usually work out in the evenings or you can’t fit your full workout into your morning just do 10 minutes of yoga or take a brisk walk. Exercise does not need to be an hour to count, you just want to wake your body up.
This is usually a favorite for people. It is just as it sounds, reading anything you would like. Some people use it as a time to read a magazine, favorite book, or bible study. It is anything that you enjoy reading and brings happiness and relaxation.
Scribing is a fancy word for writing. This means spending some time journaling your thoughts or writing down plans for your day. It is simply a way to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper.
If you are like most people it is really exciting to try out a new thing in your life. We get really amped up and then our enthusiasm can falter after we hit snooze for a few days. I good way to ease into this morning ritual is to start with a 10-minute routine and then slowly add more time. Anyone can get up 10 minutes earlier! If you feel successful you are more likely to keep going.
Another great way to set yourself up for success is by building some accountability into the routine. Find a person who wants to do MM as well. Check in when you wake up and when you complete your routine. Or, meet for the exercise portion of the routine. Accountability will help keep you consistent in your efforts
No matter where you start with Miracle morning the key is consistency. It takes some time to get into the routine but most people who practice regularly say it has been a life changer. They start their day with calm and purpose and reap the benefits until their heads hit the pillow.
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