February is going to be my month of building routines.
I tried to create a morning routine a few months ago and I never really got it to stick. I've read Hal Elrod's book called The Miracle Morning and it really made me want to give a new routine a shot. I just changed to a regular 9 am - 5 pm job instead of the 3 pm - 11 pm that I was working. It has been wonderful in that Randall and I have been able to spend more time together and even eat dinner together most days!
First things first.
What is the Miracle Morning?
The Miracle Morning originates from Hal Elrod's book by the same name. In essence, The Miracle Morning is a supercharged morning routine. In the book Hal talks about 6 habits that he does every day to help him have a more productive and calm day. He refers to them by the acronym SAVERS.
Silence is generally meant for meditation or prayer. I had no idea where to start when I realized that. Thankfully someone recommended the Headspace app and it made it really easy to just jump in. The Headspace app allows you to do 10 minutes of guided meditation every day. It’s fantastic for beginners like me! I recommend Headspace or the app Calm. Any type of guided meditation has helped me keep up with the daily practice.
Okay, a little bit of honesty here. I was not going to do affirmations. It felt too incredibly awkward and uncomfortable for me. But when I decided to start the Miracle Morning I decided to go all in. Affirmations were tricky when I first started but now I’m finally feeling okay with them. I think once I got away from the more new age-y affirmations (i.e. I am a bright shining diamond in the midnight sky….) I felt a lot more comfortable. Rachel at Dream Create Do created some great lists of affirmations that I use on a daily basis now. I definitely recommend finding some that work for you!
Visualization was a little bit easier but also a bit awkward. You are basically just envisioning what you want your life to be and using pictures and things to remind you of your vision. Pinterest was my life saver here but I do plan on making a physical visualization board soon! I’ve also discovered guided visualization exercises and they’ve been a lifesaver.
I have been decent at keeping up with a little exercise in the morning. I generally just end up doing a quick stretch and moving on. It’s funny though, after doing my miracle morning every day I have been MUCH better with keeping up with my gym habit.
The suggestion here is to read self-development books every day. I LOVE this idea because it really does make you commit to reading just a few pages of it every day. Although I love this idea and highly recommend it, I did end up reading some fiction books some mornings. I’m really trying to hit my goal of 50 books this year and reading self-development in the morning and fiction at night is a great way to keep me moving towards that goal.
When Hal talks about scribing in the Miracle Morning, he means journaling. I have not gotten completely into this habit. My version of scribing every day is going through my bullet journal, updating my to-do lists and going over my goals. I am adding a gratuity log in there for this month so I’ll let you know how that goes as well.
Why should you do it?
The real question here is “Why should I do this?” I can’t force you or try to bribe you with sweets to get you to try it. I also know that The Miracle Morning is a really hyped up topic right now. I think you should try it if you feel like your mornings are dragging and you have no motivation throughout the day. The Miracle Morning has really helped me remain much more calm and relaxed during the day and I also feel so much more productive! I mean, I start the day accomplishing 6 things before 8 am! I love that feeling every day. My advice is to just try it for 1 full month. After your first month if you still aren’t feeling it, then maybe it’s not for you. But give it a shot! Figure out what works best for you and get ready to have some magical mornings. :)
Now if you’re wanting to learn a bit more and you don’t really know where to start, I have some great recommendations for you. Kara Benz at BohoBerry was a huge motivator for me to give this system a shot so you definitely need to check out her posts about Miracle Morning. Ronja at So This Is What also has some great posts about her experience with Miracle Morning. There is also a whole Facebook community dedicated to the Miracle Morning! 😃
I have also taken up listening to podcasts a lot more often lately. Hal actually has one as well and they are very interesting (and Hal has so much enthusiasm in his voice ALL the time!).
Obviously, Hal’s website for the book has a ton of great information and even lets you read the first 2 chapters of the book for free. If nothing else, start here.
Now, if you’ve read the book, all the blog posts and listened to the podcast but you’re still not sure it’ll be for you. Remember that it can be modified to fit your life. You can make it as short or as long as you want. You can omit things if you need to (although I know people strongly recommend against that) and just bend it to fit you!
Miracle Morning Challenge on Snapchat?
In February on Snapchat, I will be trying to take you with me through my Miracle Mornings and what I learn along the way. Please add me on Snap Chat and share the journey! Here is my snap code!
What do you think? Are you going to give the Miracle Morning a try? Will you add me on Snap Chat and join in the fun?