I woke up at 6:30 a.m. today. And yesterday!
Which is something that hardly ever happens. Most of the time I wake up after 8 a.m., sometimes even as late as noon on the weekends.
I like sleeping.
I like sleeping a lot.
But I’m inspired to wake up earlier because of a book I bought: The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8AM by Hal Elrod.
The Miracle Morning, for short, is about waking up earlier to work on personal development and how that can have a positive effect on your life. It starts with Elrod sharing his own personal journey: the challenges he faced and how he overcame them. Which then leads into a very inspiring and motivating bit about living the life of your dreams, in every area of your life, and not just one.
Elrod explains that many people can accomplish great success, but tend to do so in only one or a few parts of their life, while other parts suffer. For example, someone who manages to gain an extraordinary career might do so at the expense of their family life, or their marriage, or their health.
But, with The Miracle Morning, you can achieve success in all areas of life: happiness, health, money, freedom, success and love.
If you’ve stuck around this blog for a while, you’ll know I’m a sucker for self development. I’m always striving to improve myself, even if I only see small improvements every year. The important thing is to keep moving forward. So when I heard about this book around the web I had to give it a go.
Now, in all honesty, I read this book back in like March or something, and I just could NOT get myself to wake up early. I really struggled with it.
It wasn’t until my hubby suggested I drive him to work each morning as a way to make myself get out of bed that I actually did. Which is how I’ve managed to wake up at 6:30 a.m. two days in a row, and how I will continue to wake up early from now on.
If you’re like me and struggle with waking up before you absolutely have to, find something that forces you to. Something you know will work. If “going to the gym” or “writing for an hour” isn’t working, then find something else. (These are two things I have tried and failed at.)
Anyway, the point of this book is to wake up early and complete self-development practices. Elrod calls these Life S.A.V.E.R.S, which stands for Silence (meditation), Affirmations, Visualization (vision board), Exercise, Reading, and Scribing (writing in a journal).
In each chapter he provides tips, suggestions and inspiration that I found truly helpful! I highlighted, dog-eared and scribbled all over this little 135 paged book, which is a definite sign that I enjoyed it!
The great thing about The Miracle Morning is that you can really adapt it to your lifestyle and preferences. Each practice is just a guideline with room for change and variations. You can do each practice for one minute, 10 minutes, or more. You can use your meditation time to pray, if that’s your deal, listen to a guided meditation or sit in complete silence. You can go for a walk, do yoga or an intense cross-fit workout for exercise.
It’s really up to you how you want to complete your morning; the point is to get up and make time for self development before the start of your day. That’s it.
The Miracle Morning is a 30 day challenge. I’m on day 2 and feeling fab! But I’ll update you guys in a month from now. My hope is to not only rock the month of August, but continue to do The Miracle Morning throughout September and beyond.
And I definitely recommend it!
Have you read The Miracle Morning? What was your take on it? Or are you a morning person? Because I know these people have to exist!