This is a new kind of post on Just a Sliver – it’s all related to the new look and feel of the blog. Reflecting more of what I am interested in, what I am exploring and learning, and what I want to share with readers. From these entries in personal development, I hope you’ll get a few ideas to adopt in your own life.
My favorite kinds of books to read are focused around personal development and business. I want to learn something that I can apply to my daily life and work. Right now if I’m going to invest my time into a book, I want to be able to apply something to my daily life at the end of it. You have to continually learn more in order to become more and, as Brian Tracy says, “Look at yourself as an ongoing do it yourself project.”
Have you heard of The Miracle Morning? I listened to author, Hal Elrod, on several of my favorite podcasts (specifically The James Altucher Show and The Lively Show) and was really impressed by his story and the idea of a miracle morning. I love mornings. I love being up early and getting as much done as possible before the workday and on a weekend morning. Even though I like to get up early and really love the results of making the most of my morning, I would go through phases where I just couldn’t find the motivation to get out of bed. So I decided to read the book and give it a try. I read the book in two days, finishing late on a Sunday night and I was ready for the 30 Day Challenge on Monday morning.
Hal outlines each of the 6 Practices for the Miracle Morning and then put them into the following acronym: S.A.V.E.R.S. – Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, Scribing (i.e. Writing) and then helps you build your personal version. You take these 6 practices, put them in whatever order works for you, and do each for as many minutes as you determine (normally the whole process is 45-60 minutes but can be as short as 6 minutes). I created a regular morning version and a quick morning version for those days when the work day starts early, you’re traveling, or it’s a busy weekend. I just reference the practice, order, and timing of each when I sit down.
To jump-start the Miracle Morning routine, Hal presents you with a 30 day MM challenge. Complete each practice every morning for 30 days. This morning was Day 10 and honestly it has been incredible. Lucky for me, it has felt like a relatively easy habit to adopt (so far!) because I really enjoy the process of the MM. I wake up and don’t even think (seriously) about hitting snooze and getting back into bed (a note : my alarm clock has been across the room since January which REALLY helps the process.)
Snoozing over and over not only makes you more tired but essentially you’re telling your body that you do NOT want to get up, you do NOT want to see what the day has in store for you. Your are telling yourself the wrong story to start your day. So each day, my alarm goes off at 5:20am – I turn it off, put on my workout clothes (which are left in the bathroom the night before), get a big glass of water, and settle into the same spot in the living room. I do the 6 practices in the following order : Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Reading, Scribing, Exercise. The first 5 take me about 40 minutes total and then I head out for a 30-50 minute workout. I really enjoy that this carved out time for myself without any other distractions. It’s so peaceful and productive.
For the first five days I was pretty (ok, VERY) tired after work. After that point though, it has been relatively easy for me to get out of bed each morning because I have a purpose, a routine, and a practice waiting for me. There are definitely days where I sit down to start and I think ‘I miss my bed’ BUT that fades quickly. The structure is great and so far…I’m hooked. Check back in 10 days for another mid-challenge update!