In April I tweeted:
Even after being utterly star-stricken at the author’s speedy reply, I still didn’t manage to get my hands on a hardcopy of The Miracle Morning until a week ago*.
I’ve never considered myself to be a “morning person”. In fact, I couldn’t wait to go to college so that I’d have the sweet freedom to schedule my classes after 12PM. Which of course, only further perpetuated this dusk-only lifestyle.
Over the summer, I’d witnessed sunsets on the westside of the Hudson river virtually every day. One day I thought to myself:
It felt ridiculous to even say that out loud! I’d grown so accustomed to getting my work done late at night, that the thought of waking up any earlier, or worse, going to sleep earlier seemed even more outrageous. And besides, what was the point of waking up earlier if I was going to be tired all day? No one likes a tired superhero….NO ONE. I work just fine this way don’t I?…don’t I?!
Still I felt a charge. I knew I could “become a morning person” if I really wanted to but “really wanting to” had yet to occur; that is until this article in Success Magazine came around:
The undeniable positive correlation between highly successful people and waking up early, didn’t come as a surprise. What I’d found most interesting was that the most successful people looked forward to their mornings, cherished them in fact. They wake up excited because the first few hours of the day are used solely for personal development. Things that I regularly cram throughout the week (ex: reflecting, reading, exercise etc.) , they were doing everyday first thing in the morning. #Genius!
And, here I was clinging desperately to sleep!? Not wanting to have to get up and answer to calls, text, emails, meetings etc? The fact of the matter is, I was choosing to wake up and have to answer to those things first thing. In reality, I could be doing way more personally fulfilling things beforehand, which would allow me to have a clearer mind and more cheerful attitude when it did come time to get work done.
This habit and mentality was unsuccessful and NEEDED to go ASAP.
I’ve since embarked on The Miracle Morning 30 Day Challenge.
The Miracle Morning imparts what Hal Elrod calls Life S.A.V.E.R.S. These are activities you do in the first 60 minutes when you wake up!
My Miracle Morning Regimen
- Meditation (10 minutes) Guided with Insight Timer
- Affirmations (10 minutes)
- Visualization (10 minutes) Imagining my ideal existence to this really good song.
- Yoga + Walk Doggy (15 minutes)
- Reading (10 minutes)
- Journaling (5 minutes)
Day 1 was pretty tough downing an entire glass of water and immediately taking a shower helped (suggestions in the book). But, today (Day 2) when my alarm went off I sprung right out of bed which completely took me by surprise! When I realized what had just happened I thought
After that I most definitely wasn’t going back to sleep. Its cliché but I totally regard what happened this morning as a miracle. I encourage you guys to check out the book. Please don’t take as long as I did to start reading it. The book gives you lots of tips and really sets in the mentality that must be built in order for you to implement The Miracle Morning. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the “challenge” and being more awake for LIFE IN GENERAL!
up, Up and AWAY!
Super Ivi, The Hashtag HERO