Morning Routine – How to Transform Your Life One Day At A Time

Miracle Morning Routine

Morning Routine

Do you have a morning routine?

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod is a good resource to help you develop a morning routine.  For years, I had seen this book mentioned on various blog posts and/or podcasts but I hadn’t taken the time to read it.  But you know how it is, you make the time when it’s important.

A few months ago, it became important for me to change my morning routine.  Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m guilty of saying that I’m not a morning person. I hit the snooze button at least 2-3 times before I “roll” out of the bed.  And, typically, I prefer that people not bother me first thing in the morning.   But, that’s all changing.  I’m currently in the process of revising my morning routine to include silence, affirmations and reading. Exercise was already a part of my day.

I have another confession.  I wasn’t sure if I would like the book so I didn’t want to invest $19.95. Silly I know, but that’s where my mindset was at the time.  So, I checked the book out from my local library. Sidebar – there’s a downside to this strategy. I wasn’t able to make notes in the margins.  And I needed to make notes in the margins.  Needless to say, after returning the library book, I ordered my own copy from Amazon.

Now over the course of 3-4 months, I have read the book twice.  Why twice? Because the first time I read it just to read it; but, once I finished the book, I realized The Miracle Morning was about more than just creating a morning routine.  His book caused me to evaluate my life.  Ask some tough questions.  Am I living a level 10 life? Level 10 in all areas?  Which areas need more attention than others? Which areas do I focus on first?  What needs to change?

For me, the book provided insight on making small changes in my daily routine to transform my life.  The book inspired me to consistently show up in my life. Take action every day to overcome mediocrity. Create habits that will help me become a better version of myself. But most importantly, consciously work to achieve level 10 success in every area of my life.

Although Hal provided the blueprint and backstory for creating a morning routine, I felt the need to make this process my own.  That’s just my way.  Even when I’m crafting, I use other people’s creations to jumpstart my creativity.  Well, essentially I did the same thing here. I used Hal’s process as a foundation to build on. I will provide more details later.

Since beginning my morning routine a couple of weeks ago, I have noticed some changes.  I have more patience.  I feel relaxed. I feel more peaceful. I have more energy. But mostly, I really enjoy the fact that I sleep better at night.

Here’s the suggested morning routine:

S (Silence) – Meditation, Prayer, Reflection, Deep Breathing, Gratitude.  These are just a few suggestions for sitting and starting your day in silence.

A (Affirmations) – Positive, specific statements that help you visualize what you’re affirming to yourself. Speak as if you already have what you want. Start the statement with I AM….  In addition, as you say your affirmations, allow yourself to feel the emotions.

V (Visualization) –  Simple stated, it’s a mental rehearsal. You are creating images in your mind of having or doing whatever it is that you want.  You are allowing yourself to see things as if they have already happened.

E (Exercise) – spend as little or as much time as you like. Morning exercise can get the heart rate up and provide energy.  My guilty pleasure – walking.  It allows me to relax and clear my head.

R (Reading) – reading provides knowledge.  One of the fastest ways to go from where you are to where you would want to be us to allow yourself the opportunity to learn from the experts. People who have achieved the level of success that you desire. No need to reinvent the wheel.

S (Scribe) – aka journaling. Getting your thoughts out of your head and onto paper provides valuable insight.  Sometimes when I feel stuck or in a rut, I like to go back and read my journal entries.  At that moment, I can see while I may not be where I would like to be, I have made progress.

Now, if you recall earlier, I mentioned that I put my “own twist” on the morning routine.  Even though I use all 6 stages of Hal’s morning routine, my process doesn’t spell S-A-V-E-R-S because I’ve created an evening routine too.  Here’s my logic….the point of this routine is to transform YOUR life.  While Hal’s process worked for him, in order to make it work for me, I needed to make it my own.  So I created a two-step process to transform my life:

Morning Routine:

Silence – I have to admit that I struggle with this part.  My mind is constantly running from this thought to that one.  My remedy – water. Being around rivers, lakes, an ocean have always had a calming effect on me; so, I decided to focus my thoughts on water.  Seeing the sunset over the lake.  Waves crashing.  Watching the sailboats. Believe it or not, it helps.  I also focus on my breathing.

Affirmations – I have created a “Being Mary Jane” wall of quotes.  I take a few minutes each morning to read each one.  In addition, I sit quietly for a few moments and say 2-3 affirmations. I limit myself to 2-3 so that I can take the time to feel the emotions that are attached to each.

Reading – I have a lot of reading to do so this step is very helpful for me.  Most of the time, I am reading a personal development book. Right now I’m reading Joel Osteen’s I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life. 

Exercise – I walk 2-3 miles each morning.  Typically, I try to get out of the house while there’s still a chill/breeze.  I find that to be so refreshing. I feel so relaxed.  Most mornings, I use this time to listen to one of Lewis Howes’ podcast. This is my daily dose of inspiration.

Evening Routine

Visualization + Scribe* – Now this is where I make it my own.   I have combined the visualization process with journaling. During my journaling process, I’m writing about my dreams as if I have already lived them.  Seeing it in my mind and then transferring it to paper.  Writing each and every detail.  How it looked/my surroundings.  How I felt. Who was there. What was I wearing. Etc.

I sit down and write as though I writing what happened today in my diary/journal except these events haven’t happened yet…..only in my mind.

Remember the stories of our minds become the stories of our life.

*I still journal thoughts and current events in my life but I don’t do this daily.

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