I read the Miracle Morning book by Hal Elrod. And his miracle morning routine really resonated with me, so I started putting together my own Miracle morning based on his seven categories or SAVERS, Silence, Affirmation, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing. I made some minor variations to his list to accommodate my lifestyle and my focus on my six core values. I also changed the order to better suit how I like to wake up in the morning. I start off my day with Affirmation, or as I like to call it my Mantras:
I open up my Google Keep App on my phone, and review my six value words and their definitions. I used them as a mantra or words of affirmation to remind myself about my core values every morning. It is very important to me that I remind myself of my core values first thing. Every decision I make should be furthering my core values, like deciding to be dedicated enough to finish my miracle morning routine.
I keep a Pinterest board called my Vision board. I’ve pinned images and articles about how I want my life to progress over the next few years and where I see my future in my mine. I scroll through for a few minutes every morning. This is important because it helps me focus on my direction. If my Mantras remind me how I wish to make decisions in my life, then my Visualization Board points me in the direction of my goals.
More specific than Hal Elrod’s “Silence” category, I send 30 to 40 minutes every morning hand writing three pages in my journal. It is a steam of consciousness writing, and it's like an extended meditation. I write down thoughts as they come into my head. It allows me to see if I'm stuck on something or to plan out what I'm worried about before the day begins.
After my meditation time, I pull out my laptop and begin my blog writing. I try to write for about an hour. I find that writing every morning just gets my mind going and I’m able to get some interesting things on the page. Often times I have a theme that I focus my writing around, but sometimes I extend my Morning Pages steam of consciousness style.
After my hour of writing, get dressed and either go for a run or go to the gym depending on my training schedule. I typically put a half hour every weekday and a little longer on the weekend.
That’s my basic morning routine. I wake up pretty early, but I always feel refreshed and ready to go on my day because I spend the first few hours really focusing on my goals and building my intentions. What’s your morning routine? How do you like to start your day?