I want to share The Miracle Morning, a popular productivity book by Hal Elrod. I have always been intrigued by his concept. The book promises to reveal a “not-so-obvious secret” that’s “guaranteed to transform your life” before 8 a.m. He talks about the six practices in the Miracle Morning routine, abbreviating them to S. A. V. E. R. S., and says that they’re “guaranteed to save you from a life of unfulfilled potential”.
We are all aware of the endless benefits of meditation for the body and mind. While he recommends about 10 minutes of silence, he emphasizes that it doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but even simply being silent and taking a deep breath in and out for 1 minute.
An affirmation is a sentence or two in alignment with what you want to accomplish and who you need to be to accomplish it. He says that “They immediately make an impression on your subconscious mind”. I read my affirmation sentences every morning and it does wonders for me.
Through visualization you image things and train your brain in the way you envision the future in the best scenario. He suggests that for five minutes you should “visualize living your ideal day, performing all tasks with ease, confidence, and enjoyment”.
This doesn’t take anything much to explain, but he points out that it doesn’t mean you have to run 10 miles or go to the gym. Simply get moving for even 10 minutes to let the blood and oxygen flow in the brain and body. It could be a simple stretch on the floor.
Elrod says: “Don’t reinvent the wheel.” He reminds us: “The fastest way to achieve everything you want is to model successful people who have achieved it.” I tend to read at night, but find that reading some heartwarming story or inspirational notes in the morning gives me good energy for the day.
The author of the Artist’s Way Julia Cameron also strongly suggests this concept of flow writing in the morning for awakening creativity and connection with oneself. It may be a note of gratitude, or Julia says: “There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages, a stream of consciousness writing; they are not high art. They are not even writing. They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind – and they are for your eyes only.”
Let’s do it together
I am up for this Miracle Morning challenge. Even though I already do many of these things, I want to make more conscious effort in all 6 categories and experiment with how it affects my life.