We are 20 days into 2017 and a miracle has happened for me. A coaching client I’m working with mentioned she was reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and it was changing her attitude and productivity at work. I was intrigued enough to pick up the book and read it over the holidays. I decided to make a new year’s resolution and do the 30-Day Miracle Morning Challenge. Mr. Elrod’s claim is if you do these six practices each morning for 30 days, you’re guaranteed to save your life from mediocrity and unfulfilled potential. Well, I’m not one to shy away from a challenge and I don’t want to suffer from being just mediocre so I took on the challenge. I have had to set my alarm for 4:30am to accomplish this challenge but 20 days later, I’m enjoying it very much and dare I say, even looking forward to the alarm going off!
Here are the six elements of having a miracle morning. I challenge you to try it for 30 days! I’m happy to be your accountability buddy if you need one. And please, share your observations and results with me.
The life S.A.V.E.R.S.
S is for Silence. Practice being silent for 5 minutes each morning. Some of the most common silent activities include meditation, prayer, reflection, deep breathing and gratitude. Pick one that feels genuine for you and enjoy 5 minutes relaxing your mind and body.
A is for Affirmations. Spend 5 minutes reading or saying aloud positive affirmations. These may be quotes that energize you or saying you believe to be true. The goal is to simply repeat who you want to be, what you want to accomplish and how you are going to accomplish it. I’ve started to bring a journal with me throughout the day and when I hear something that inspires me, I write it down for the next morning.
V is for Visualization. Visualization is the process of imagining exactly what you want to achieve or attain, and then mentally rehearsing what you’ll need to do to achieve or attain it. Spend 5 minutes visualizing. You are turbo-charging your subconscious mind for success!
E is for Exercise. You knew it was coming right? Spend 20 minutes moving your body in whatever way works for you.
R is for Reading. This is my favorite part! Spend 20 mutes reading each morning.
S is for Scribing. OK, so this is really keeping a journal but saverj isn’t a word so Mr. Elrod went to the thesaurus and found scribing. He gets points for creativity! And it makes a great acronym. I will admit scribing is the hardest for me but there is tons of evidence that writing and keeping a journal helps in breakthroughs, gaining insights, having realizations and contributing to personal growth.
Intrigued? Interested? If devoting 60 minutes seems impractical, there is a condensed 6-minute version where each area gets 1-minute. Let me know if you’d like more information on this version.