I’ve been reading a book called The Miracle Morning and I love it! I’ve learned a lot of things from this book so far and I’ve started to implement a few that have made a HUGE difference in my life this past week.
The first thing I do is meditate for 10 minutes. I’m using a guided meditation app that I downloaded to my phone because, if you're anything like me, I have a monkey mind which has a hard time being still. It's hard for me to concentrate and focus on meditation type behavior so the guided meditation really helps
Meditation forces me to free my mind from thoughts. I LOVE MY WORK and I usually jump right into it first thing but I’ve found that I need meditation to quiet my mind and prepare for the day ahead.
After my meditation, I do affirmations for about 5 minutes. I've done affirmations in the past but they've fallen by the wayside. As with many things, if you haven't really developed the habit, then you get busy and other things suck up your time. If you don't do something consistently day in and day out, then it’s not going to become a habit. You just need to DO IT and be really diligent in that task.
Right after my affirmations, I spend 5 minutes on visualizing what I affirmed. I visualize not only the end result - how it feels, smells, & looks like - but me performing the actions necessary to make my affirmations come true. So the process is visualized as well.
Another thing I’ve begun is journaling. I really do like to express myself in words but life gets busy so I don't do it. This past week I have started writing in my “Five Minute Journal.” It’s a guided journal so it has prompts and it is not time-consuming so it’s easy to do. This activity has become a part of my routine every morning, and it has made me really happy.
The one thing I love about my “Five Minute Journal” is that it has quotes at the top that really resonate with me. I’ve been sharing them on social media and people love them so I feel that it’s not just me that is benefiting from this journaling exercise each day!
My “Five Minute Journal” also prompts me to write three things I’m grateful for every morning. There are so many things to be grateful for and it’s great to take time each day to jot some down.
I also have to write down 3 things that will make today great. This places these thoughts in my subconscious so they are front and center of my mind which means the actions I take throughout the day will be more likely to reinforce those things so they will happen.
At the end of the day, before I go to bed, there is a bit more journaling to do. I love this because it's a reflection of the day, and it gives you time to think about what you could have done differently to make the day even better. Maybe you skipped your workout or you had a big disappointment or an argument. Whatever it was, it was something that if you spend time reflecting on, you know you could have done better. This exercise gives me a chance to revisit those things in my day where I may have screwed up and help me to visualize how next time I'll do better.
The Miracle Morning recommends structuring these activities, plus two others: exercise and reading (which I do every day anyway) into one hour at the beginning of your day. Build this hour into a habit and do it every day of your life. One hour to meditate, journal, read & state your affirmations, visualize, read and exercise.
For me, exercise is 30 minutes, not 10 as he suggests! (I think he only suggests 10 minutes as a minimum so people will do it!) So my Miracle Morning is actually 1 hour and 20 minutes.
So I challenge you to get up 1 hour earlier in the morning and start developing these 6 habits. I promise you will start noticing a difference, feeling more energized and productive! Start to visualize yourself on your way to success, change your mindset to focus on what you want and the actions to get you there, and get excited for the day ahead!!! These habits will make a HUGE difference in your life.