Over the past 3 years, I’ve been reading a lot of self-development books, trying to explore myself and constantly find various ways I can improve the quality of my life. Most of these books have a lot of techniques that you can apply and with some perseverance and practice, you should be able to see visible changes. I was full of knowledge and I perfectly knew what I had to do in order to change every aspect of my life. But the problem was that I didn’t take any action towards it. Until now.
For the first time, I actually tried to ,,follow the instructions” and stick to a routine, building a habit that would generate amazing benefits. Routines are activities that you do over and over again until you eventually begin to practice it automatically, just like brushing your teeth. It takes about 30 days to build a habit and it requires a lot of discipline and commitment, but we gotta pay the price. After reading Hal Elrod’s book ,,The miracle morning” I was determined to give it a try. But before sharing my experience, I want to remind you something.
If you want to change something in the outer world you should begin with your inner world, as one is the reflection of the other. Our levels of success in every area of life are being limited by our insufficient level of personal development. So if we want that level 10 in every area of our life: health, finances, happiness, career, spirituality, we also need a level 10 of personal development (mindset, beliefs, knowledge) to be able to reach all those goals.
The greatest contribution to humanity is your own self-realization.
You don’t have to settle for a life of mediocrity, especially when you know you could be more, have more, do more. You can create the life of your dreams by using the infinite potential that you own. You just have to awaken it. Remember that the only limits that exist are the ones created by you.
So what is the miracle morning after all? Just imagine the most powerful activities that have a dramatic impact on your life gathered in a routine. That’s it. The miracle morning is a routine consisting of 6 habits: Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing-writing/journaling (or just S.A.V.E.R.S as an acronym) meant to keep you focused & inspired, boost your energy and stimulate your creativity and enthusiasm for the day.
- Silence: meditation, prayer, reflection, deep breathing, gratitude;
- Affirmations: sentences that aim to affect your conscious and subconscious mind and are accepted as being true in time by repeating them constantly;
- Visualization: using your imagination to create mental pictures/outcomes occurring in your life; the process of imagining exactly what you want to achieve and mentally rehearsing it;
- Exercise: yoga, stretching, running, etc;
- Reading: inspirational & self-development books (totally up to you);
- Scribing: writing/journaling;
I have already practiced this routine for about a month and it did wonders for me. I used to struggle with being constant in my routines and I would eventually give up, making silly excuses such as: this doesn’t work for me, I can’t see any results and so on. I lacked patience and perseverance so I couldn’t commit myself to more than a few days of practicing a habit. But since I’ve started the miracle morning, I haven’t missed a day. I wake up now feeling enthusiastic even at 5:30, because the feeling of being in control of my morning and taking the time to develop myself while everyone else is still asleep is something truly powerful.
After I finished reading the book, I was really curious how this was going to change my life, therefore I tried it immediately the next morning. I set the alarm clock for 5:30 am. I usually get up around 6 am so half an hour is not a big deal. After brushing your teeth and washing your face, Hal recommends drinking a full glass of water to rehydrate your body, and so did I.
I spent the next 5 minutes meditating, trying to quiet my mind and focus on my breath. The thing is that the rhythm of our lives makes us feel uncomfortable when it comes to silence and stillness, therefore those 5 minutes seemed to be an eternity for me. But this changed my perception of time completely.
After that, I combined my affirmations with the visualization technique for another 5 minutes. Example of affirmations: ,,I am in perfect health. I am strong. I am motivated. I am focused.” Write down the things that will ultimately match your reality and repeat them out loud, trying to feel them with your whole being. Then visualize all these things as being true, picture it all in detail and add some feelings to it. The feelings generated by these habits are so important because they will raise your frequency, making it easier for you to attract those things into your life. That’s how energy works.
Then I got up and moved my body for 10 minutes so I can fully wake up and make my blood flow. I did some jack jumps, a few squats and sit-ups, some stretching exercises and some yoga poses. Afterwards, I opened my book: The monk who sold his Ferrari and read a few pages for another 10 minutes. For the scribing part, I like to write a few ideas that inspired me, or just get the thoughts out of my head on the paper.
You can personalize this routine as you like, practicing specific routines for as long as you want. Depending on your schedule, you can make it as short or as long as possible, but the most important thing is to be constant and make time for yourself first.
Things that have changed since I started practicing the miracle morning:
- I am focused and determined to accomplish my goals
- I am enthusiastic when it comes to waking up
- I have more energy during the day
- I am way calmer
- I am inspired
- I feel truly powerful
This was my experience with the miracle morning and I really hope this routine will help you too. Please, give it a try and if it adds any value to your life, let me know. And remember:
An extraordinary life is all about the daily, continuous improvements in the areas that matter the most.