My Miracle Morning
My favorite holiday of the year has always been New Year’s Eve. I LOVE making New Year’s Resolutions. I see it as a time to envision the kind of person I want to be, and the kind of life I want to have. Doing this fills me with inspiration, hope, and motivation! I thrive on change and growth!
Of course we all know the bad reputation New Year’s Resolutions have!! A few weeks later they are long forgotten, buried in a journal, not to be revisited for another year! I have been guilty of this myself!
To me the Miracle Morning, a morning routine designed by Hal Elrod, is like New Year’s Eve. Every. Single. Day.
I wake up inspired! I spend a little bit of time every single morning reflecting on my life, thinking about my goals, planning, learning, and making choices so I know I’m living my life with intention. The Miracle Morning is made up of six parts which I will describe in more detail later.
Let me back up. A few years ago I was laid off from my job after more than a decade of working in International Public Health. I thought I had found my dream job and was planning on staying there through retirement! I was lost. I applied and interviewed unsuccessfully for several new global health positions. On a whim, I ended up getting my real estate license, thinking I’d find some temporary work doing rentals, and surprise! It turns out I love real estate and have embraced a brand new career!
A few months into my new career I was working hard, and seeing success, but in some ways I still felt lost. I was used to a very structured office environment. Being an independent contractor, I had no one telling me what to do, and no structure to my day. Sometimes I felt like I was working all the time, but sometimes I felt like I wasn’t working enough. I had no way to measure or track my progress. I had to figure everything out on my own, create my own structure, figure out my own systems, and hold myself accountable.
Enter the Miracle Morning.
I happened to hear an interview with the author, Hal Elrod, as a guest on one of my go-to real estate podcasts! The Miracle Morning has absolutely nothing to do with real estate, but it has everything to do with personal development and the podcast host happened to be a big fan.
I immediately bought the book! The six parts of the Miracle Morning are Silence (meditation or prayer), Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing (journaling or writing.) These are what are referred to as the life SAVERS, and such a powerful way to start the day!! For me, there was nothing new here. I’ve been doing all of these practices for decades. But never all together at once, and certainly never in the morning!
I will have a lot more to say about the Miracle Morning, and each of the six parts. But to wrap up this thought, I’ll say that when I first started doing it daily, about a year and a half ago, it really helped to bring structure, inspiration, and motivation to my day, which changed everything as I found my way as someone newly self-employed. I used the Reading portion to read a few pages every morning of some real estate books to improve my knowledge and skills. I used the Scribing time to set goals in terms of how many apartments I would post ads for, how many clients I would talk to, and how I would structure my day. I went from feeling lost to feeling grounded.
Most of us wake up and get up because we have to. We set our alarms and begrudgingly get up to head to our jobs, to school, or to start the day for our families. Even if we love our jobs and families, it can feel exhausting. One of the most remarkable changes of waking up with The Miracle Morning was the feeling of excitement that I was getting up to do something for MYSELF. I’d go to bed excited to wake up in the morning and start my day. What???
The best way to have an amazing life, is to have lots of amazing days. And the best way to have an amazing day is to start your day off with inspiration, and intention!
I haven’t done it every day for the last year and a half. I’ll stop and start. But I always come back to it! Right now I’m at about three months of every day, after a long break, and I’ve committed to doing it daily through the end of the year. And guess what, this writing has been done during my “Scribing” part of the morning! Okay, off to the rest of my day
** Side note: This does NOT have to be done before 8am, or even in the morning. It is meant to be adaptable. Make it work for your lifestyle and circumstances!