Why did you wake up this morning?
Most of us set our alarms each morning to the absolute latest time in order for us to get to where we have to be. On top of that, we typically press the snooze button over and over again until we end up being so pressed for time that we throw on whatever we see first in our closet and grab a granola bar or something similarly pathetic on the way out.
So, think about that for a moment. If that sounds a lot like you, how are you starting your day?
The answer? Stressed. You’re starting your day answering to something or someone other than yourself, putting yourself in a bind, and beginning your day on the wrong note. Pressing the snooze button is starting your day with procrastination and telling the universe you’d rather get an extra 10-15 minutes of sleep over getting up and getting your mind right to achieve your goals.
Wouldn’t it be nice to start your day on your terms?
It was this time last year I was introduced to the concept of a “Miracle Morning.” I attended an event where the author of The Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod would be there to speak to us. He shared his story of dying for 6 minutes on the scene of a car accident and coming back to life, more inspired than ever to live the life of his dreams. In order to do so, he explained to us the importance of a “Miracle Morning.”
So, what is a Miracle Morning?
It all starts with setting your alarm to wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual. Before you moan and groan about doing so, hear me out.
Tim Cook wakes up at 3:45 am.
Michelle Obama wakes up at 4:30 am.
Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary wakes up at 5:45 am.
The list goes on. Early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people. On top of that, morning people have been found to be more proactive and productive. If that doesn’t convince you to wake up just 30 minutes earlier, I don’t know what will.
Now what do I do with those extra 30 minutes?
The Miracle Morning discusses how to start your day feeling empowered using S.A.V.E.R.S., which stands for…
Start your day with peace. Meditate. Focus on your breathing. Enjoy stillness.
Reiterate your goals and recite them out loud.
Close your eyes and visualize yourself achieving your goals.
My favorite of the SAVERS. Get your sweat on. Get the endorphins pumping.
Maybe read a few pages of a book or watch a motivational YouTube video.
Write down a few things you’re grateful for. Plan out your day. Write down ideas.
Now I have to say, this time last year I began my Miracle Morning, doing my best to incorporate all of these things. While it worked for quite some time, I felt a bit overwhelmed trying to squeeze everything in before getting to work. Over time, I’ve created my morning routine, only using what I feel is realistic and works best for me. Without training for the marathon, I am working to re-create my morning routine a bit, but my mornings typically look something like the following…
- Wake up at 6:30 am. (working to make it 6 am… 😉)
- Workout and stretch
- Make coffee and a healthy breakfast
- Meditate for 5-10 minutes
- Set up my day & write 3 things I’m grateful for in my SELF Journal
Like all of you, I’m human and there are many times where my morning looks absolutely nothing like that, but I strive to at least spend time making a healthy breakfast and setting up my day in my journal. My point of sharing this with you all is to share that I start my day on my terms and in turn, I’m set up for a productive and successful day.
So… where to start?
It’s the first day of November. We’re well into the fourth quarter and its more important now than ever to finish the year strong so you can start 2018 with a bang. They say it takes 30 days to create a habit, so for the month of November, set your alarm just 30 minutes earlier (even on the weekends). Then, pick just one thing from the “S.A.V.E.R.S.” above and start your day with that for all of November. When December comes around, that one thing will become a habit and you should now be ready to add another (if you’d like).
Waking up earlier will be intimidating for many, myself included. However, I can promise you that once you begin to start your day for yourself, you will find that extra time rewarding and your days will begin to become more productive and stress-free. If you don’t believe me, just read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and find out for yourself.
Who’s with me? Comment your morning routine or morning habit you intend to create this November below!