Back in January I read the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I was so inspired by his story on how he transformed his life by creating a morning routine that I immediately purchased the book and read it in three days.
I’ve seen article after article on what successful people do to start their day but nothing ever resonated with me like this book did.
I've tried creating new habits and routines in the past but failed multiple times due to my lack of consistency.
I understand that how I start my day will have a huge impact on how successful I am in every area of my life. I also know that in order for me to create the life I want, I need to be focused, productive, and disciplined throughout the day.
I started a morning routine because I want to live a successful life. A life the feels good to me inside and out.
Why you need a morning routine?
I've learned what you do first thing in the morning sets the tone for your day. If you’re waking up cranky from the night before or just surrounded by negative energy it's going to be hard to have a positive productive day.
Some of us have a bad habit, me included, of checking social media first thing in the morning but yet say we don't have time to read or meditate. I get it... the struggle is real but if you're like me and working on creating the life you desire then it's time for change.
One thing I do is delete social media apps off my phone the night before so I'm not quick to open them in the morning.
When you start your day with “self care” then you’re putting your needs first before everyone and everything else. A morning routine is you saying YES to yourself.
A morning routine will help you …
- have more energy
- have more clarity and intention
- stay positive and optimistic
- feel more productive
Trust me, I know it’s hard to give up on your extra sleep in the morning, but I want you to think about how bad you want your life to change for the better and let that be your motivation.
Hal suggest that you commit to the miracle morning routine for at least 30 days and reflect on how you feel at the end. After I read the book, I joined Kailei Carr’s Facebook Group called Goal Crushers which was themed after the book. The group was created to hold everyone accountable during the challenge and motivate the members of the group to keep pushing until the end.
A few months ago, Kailei interviewed Hal on her podcast Beyond the Business Suit and you can listen by clicking here.
What My Morning Routine Looks Like
I’m going to break down each step and then give you an outline of what I do each day. I also listed a few resources in addition to the book that you can check out. Lastly, make sure you download the action sheets for additional tips + a tracker for you to keep track on how you’re doing each day.
FYI: I wake up every morning anytime between 5:45 am - 7:30 am to give myself enough time to complete my routine before my kids wake up.
In the book Hal created an acronym called S.A.V.E.R.S and here's the breakdown…
- Silence (10 minutes) —I meditate for at least 10 minutes per day. I prefer guided meditation so I use Deepak Chopra’s app or the Headspace app on my Iphone.
Resource: If you’re new to meditating read, Success Through Stillness by Russell Simmons
- Affirmations (5 minutes)- Sometimes I write my affirmations in my journal or I may just say them out loud. I also downloaded an affirmation app on my phone and I have it set to notify me with a new affirmation every 2-3 hours.
Resource: Happy Black Woman : 70 Affirmations to Help You Stay Positive, Focused and Motivated
- Visualization (5 minutes) - I sit and visualize what I want my life to look like, from the people I want around me, the money I want to make the things I want to experience. I envision it as if it has already happened. Sometime I may even write this out in my journal as well.
Resource: Lisa Nichol’s: Creative Visualization
- Exercise (10 minutes) - I typically use this time to stretch and later on in the day I go for my 4 mile run.
Resource: 10-Minute No-Equipment Home Workout
- Reading (10 minutes) I use this time to read an inspirational book or an article that I found online.
- Scribing (10 minutes)- aka journaling. I take time to write out my thoughts, ideas, affirmations, what I’m grateful for etc.
Resource: Free Your Mind Self-Reflection Journal
As you can see I spend about 50 minutes on my morning routine however there are times when I can only do 30 minutes, it just depends.
Since incorporating my morning routine, I've noticed that I've been more productive throughout the day. Plus I feel good that I'm taking care of me first before I meet the demands of my busy life.
Do you have a morning routine? Share any tips in the comments