In the book The Miracle Morning, the author Hal Elrod advocates that everyone should wake up at 5am or a few hours before they normally do to achieve a sense of calm before the storm (which is the work day ahead).
He mentions a six minute morning routine for busy people, that you can do daily to help you start your day positively and therefore making you a more productive and positive person. These six practices were called Life S.A.V.E.R.S. They are:
These are the tips that he shares with the readers which will help them fulfill their potential and is the magic formula for success in not only work but also in your personal life too. Waking up for some people is an easy task, but then there are people like myself who are night owls.
After looking into Elrod’s book the one thing that we can all get from waking up early is less stress! You only have to look at the reviews to see how well this book has done. Here are a couple of the tips you should try to do before 8am, see how it makes you feel!
In the book Elrod says, “If you want to immediately reduce your stress levels, to begin each day with the kind of calm, clarity, and peace of mind that will allow you to stay focused on what’s most important in your life”
We are always looking at a screen which is a constant stimulation of our brains and these days we find it difficult to just be silent. In the book, the key to a perfect morning is to take some time to be in silence, whether that be to meditate or just to sit down and sip on a cup of tea, enjoy your own company and think about the day ahead of you.
People tend to think affirmations don’t work, and Hal believes that’s because too many people believe affirmations that they’re a money magnet will give them cash, or similar. He shatters the belief that by asking for the things you want, you’ll get them. Instead he says: “Science has proven that affirmations, when done correctly, are an effective tool for quickly becoming the person you need to be to achieve everything you want in your life. Nonetheless, affirmations also have a bad rap. Many have tried them only to be disappointed, with little or no results.”
“The more specific your actions are, the better. Be sure to include frequency (how often), quantity (how many), and precise times frames (what times you’ll begin and end your activities)”
He also says you should repeat them morning and evening with emotion!
“You close your eyes, or you look at your vision board, and you visualize. Your Visualization could include your goals, what it will look and feel like when you reach them. You visualize the day going perfectly, see yourself enjoying your work, smiling and laughing with your family, or your significant other, and easily accomplishing all that you intend to accomplish for that day. You see what it will look like, you feel what it will feel like, and you experience the joy of what you will create…”
One thing to take away from this book is the importance of exercise in the morning. Elrod says, “Morning exercise should be a staple in your daily rituals. When you exercise for even a few minutes every morning it significantly boosts your energy, enhances your health, improves self-confidence and emotional well-being, and enables you to think better and concentrate longer.”
As we are all getting busier and nothing seems to be slowing down, we don’t seem to have dedicated time to enjoy a book, we are always reading on the tube or listening to an audio book whilst driving around. If you wake up early you can enjoy your book with a cup tea or coffee without being in a rush and dashing about everywhere trying to squeeze it in.
Keeping a journal of your thoughts or dreams could help you see some patterns. There are some pretty journals out there which you could use to help document your life in any format you wish to. You could keep a 5-year journal, that way you can see all your thoughts over 5 years, which makes for an interesting read once you have completed it. It is a good way to channel your thoughts before you deal with the day ahead.
Find the Miracle Morning here
Written by Chiara Perera.
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