You have probably heard of “The Miracle Morning” which is a productivity routine based on Hal Elrod’s book designed to root good habits. The purpose of the book is to make you work consistently on your habits for 30 days- before 8 a.m. in order to become more productive and energized. It gives you the necessary methods and tools, nevertheless what is really important to make it effective is that it has to be adapted to your own needs, interests and schedule. I have tried it and still carry on with it and I can say that the results are spectacular.
Focus on the area you want to change the most
The most important thing in creating your own Miracle Morning is to set a clear goal. What is it that you have been striving for and yet did not manage to accomplish for some time ? From there, you will know exactly what aspect you should particularly work on so it can become a habit. For me it was a sport routine. Even if I consider myself an active person, I had moments in my life where I was more active, for exemple while preparing for running competitions. And then there were moments when I did a workout as little as once per week or sometimes I skipped the whole week. I knew deep inside that it was my area of focus. I wanted to implement a daily workout in my life to achieve deeper goals than just loosing weight. I strive to become a better version of myself by creating this healthy routine to become a more self-reliant, self-disciplined and, hopefully, a more productive person.
Stop the excuses and trick your brain
The inner voice about working out daily was there for some time. Yet, I often managed to find an excuse not to exercice that day because I was too tired or I had a hard day at work. The excuses were endless. When I left my job to work on my project I thought to myself: this is it, you start now as you will have more time in the mornings for the next 30 days to be able to root the habit. I just woke up at 7 a.m. every morning and after taking my dog out, I put on my workout outfit, unfolded the mat, turned the fitness video on and just went for it without overthinking. I can now say that I have been doing it 4-6 times per week for 3 months (not counting the Christmas break). You just have to force yourself for the first month and then your brain will keep telling you that there is no option to end a day without a workout. Small daily steps will lead you to your goal.
How did my Miracle Morning look like for the first 30 days ?
When I first started creating the Miracle Morning ritual, I implemented and followed the exact same practices given in the book: the so called S.A.V.E.R.S. The author guarantees that they will save your life from unfullfilled potential. According to the book, you should spend from 5 to 10 minutes for each practice.
- Silence: a meditation practice to follow for 5 minutes. There are a lot of proven benefits of meditation. By bringing awarness to your body and the present moment, it is proven that it reduces stess, anxiety and enhances clarity. If you don’t know how to start, I recommend using a meditation app. I personally use Namatata that works in French only. For English speakers you can use Calm (I really want to try this app!).
- Affirmation: it consists in writing a few sentences about the type of person you want to become in alignment with your goals and values. Repeated daily it immediately makes an impression on your subconscious mind and transforms how you think and feel so you can overcome your limiting beliefs and behaviors and replace them with those you need to succeed.
- Visualisation: imagining yourself in the ideal situation, your future self. I picture myself in a situation once I achieve my goal and imagine a realistic moment for 5 minutes.
- Exercice: you don’t need to become a gym freak if this is not your primary goal. Even a 10-minute morning stretch is sufficient to increase your level of energy. I was following a 45 to 60 minutes workout with a stretch as this was my area of focus that I wanted to improve.
- Reading: read at least 10 pages a day and you will see how fast you can finish a book. I was astonished by how effective it was to read in the morning when your brain functions at its fullest.
- Scribing: In my journal, I write down a goal that I want to accomplish within a given time and break it into daily tasks. I personally like this form of journaling as it helps me staying aligned with my goals. I also like to re-read my notes to reflect on things and make improvements if needed. According to the Miracle Morning, the gratitude practice also works well. However, I found that writing 3 things I was grateful for every single morning was a bit too much and I felt obliged to do that. I currently practice gratefulness in my mind while walking my dog out.
How does my Miracle Morning look like now ?
I am convinced that following a routine is important as it gives you purpose and the sense of fullfillment. You don’t need to follow all the S.A.V.E.R.S at once, see what works best for you. Maybe it will be an evening routine. I really noticed the benefits of implementing a routine. I managed to root the habit of working out every morning that gives me a sense of satisfaction and makes my body and mind stronger.
I am not as regular in other practicses though. I find it helpful to write down tasks to accomplish for the week so that I tick them off progressively. I read when I feel like it and when I have more time. I wrote down my affirmation and try to read it aloud regularly. By following the practices I feel that I can accomplish more in one day. My area of improvement is to meditate, write and read more as a part of my self development process that is a lifelong goal 🙂
My suggestion: as an alternative to reading, you can also listen to audiobooks on Audible. I used it while commuting to work every day through a car Bluetooth.
Do you follow a morning or evening routine?
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