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My Morning Routine (The Miracle Morning)

I want to share a book that truly changed my life. It literally changed my life. Because of implementing the practices in this book, I now choose to wake up at 5:30am on weekdays and spend a full hour doing a few activities.

I “sleep in” until 8 or 9 on weekends, but you better believe that I still do a morning routine. If I’m ever running short on time, I still do SOMETHING. I might do a 20 or 30 minute routine, but something is better than nothing.

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So, what’s the book that talks about this amazing routine? It’s called The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

I hadn’t implemented a morning routine until last year, when I came across the power of morning routines thanks to my obsession with the entrepreneurial and self-development space.

I initially started doing a 5 minute routine consisting of a minute or two of meditation, some push-ups, a shower ending with cold water for 10 seconds, and stuff like that. Nothing too intense.

But in September of last year, I read this book. And it changed everything for me. I literally started the one hour suggested routine the first day after completing the book.

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In this book, Hal uses the acronym “SAVERS.” The letters stand for:

S – Silence (5 minutes)

Spend 5 minutes being silent, thinking about things you are grateful for, and appreciating the chance at a new day.

A – Affirmations (5 minutes)

Spend 5 minutes speaking affirmations on how you will win the day and achieve goals. I usually play a youtube video and repeat after the voice saying things like:

  • I am a millionaire
  • I am successful
  • I am generous
  • I am grateful
  • Etc.

Pro-tip: I’m currently reading the book, “The Law of Attraction,” which said that you can modify affirmations a bit and add “I’m in the process of” before them so that you don’t have any self-doubt.

So instead of saying “I am a millionaire” (which since I’m not, I might subconsciously have self-doubt), I am starting to say “I’m in the process of becoming a millionaire.”

V – Visualization (5 minutes)

Visualize yourself having the perfect day. Play some instrumental music in the background if you want (I usually just play music from Audiomachine on Spotify). I close my eyes, smile, imagine everything going right that day.

I imagine meetings I have planned going the way I want them to, real estate deals or appointments I am close on going my way, etc.

I spend time looking at my vision board and then my 5 year goals which I laminated and signed. I have huge goals on there… a few of them include having a net worth of $10M and monthly passive income of $10,000 by November 8, 2023.

E – Exercise (20 minutes)

Hal recommends yoga, which is something I never really did much. Yoga and stretching? Pshhh, that’s not as cool as bench pressing. Or so I thought.

Guess who now does yoga every morning? Me. Sometimes I do 5 minutes of yoga, other times I do 20 minutes. A really good free yoga channel I use is Yoga With Adriene.

R – Reading (20 minutes)

Spend 20 minutes getting some reading done! You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can get through books just by doing this.

I’ve had the excuse of not having time to read before. You have time. Wake up earlier. Do this routine. Slow reader? So what. Set a timer and read for 20 minutes. WHether it’s 20 pages or 2 pages, it’s better than nothing.

S – Scribing (5 minutes)

Spend 5 minutes scribing, or journaling. Get your thoughts down, write down anything on your mind. I personally type mine, but apparently if you write, you’re more intentional since it takes longer.

A cool thing Hal mentioned is being able to write a new journal entry and then read the one from a year before. It’ll be a cool way to see the growth as I realize how far I’ve come in a year. I hope that in 10 years, I can read back to my goal to have a net worth of $10M and chuckle as I’ll be on to bigger goals at that time.

Do yourself a favor and check out this book.

Please, please, please do yourself a favor and get Hal’s book, The Miracle Morning, if you want to seriously change your life. If you already have a morning routine of some sort, you’re ahead of most. If you’re snoozing the alarm over and over and struggling to wake up, get it together!

Check this book out, implement a morning routine. Hal even says that doing a “6 minute version” of the Miracle Morning is perfectly fine if you think an hour is too long or are short on time on any given day.

You can literally spend 1 minute on each thing. Yup, even if that means you only read 1 page. What if you learn something on that page that changes your business or life that day for the better?

You can always start small and work your way up to the hour routine. Or, you can do what I did. Rip the band-aid off. Go all in. Commit. Set the alarm an hour earlier and just jump right into it.

“You are where you are because of who you were, but where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be.” – Hal Elrod

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Affirmations: What they are and why you should practice them – EMP060

Affirmations are positive statements that describe a desired situation or outcome.

I’ll be honest… I heard of affirmations a few years ago and thought people in my yoga class were nuts.

But I truly see the power of them now and now practice affirmations daily.

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Affirmations: What they are and why you should practice them

Affirmations are positive statements that describe a desired situation or outcome.

The sayings are repeated often so that they can be ingrained into your subconscious mind.

I’ll be honest… I thought these were silly when I was first introduced to them and kind of blew them off. I only did them a few times in some yoga classes.

When I started my journey to pursue the best version of myself, I watched a ton of videos and read a lot of blog posts to see what successful people do.

I happened across a video that talked about routines of successful people like Tony Robbins….

Surprise, surprise! They all do morning routines and several people I researched implement affirmations.

When you repeat incantations in the present tense, your mind begins to work towards making them reality.

Like Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” This is why positive statements are so incredibly powerful.

Check out the video as well as the podcast episode to learn more about how affirmations can transform and improve your life.

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The Power of Affirmations – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST

Positive affirmations are very important in accomplishing any goals you set for yourself. Belief that you can do something is the prerequisite to accomplishing it. Like the Henry Ford quote goes, “whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

So, what exactly is an affirmation?

An affirmation is a carefully formatted statement that should be repeated to one’s self and written down frequently.

If you’ve heard of the Law of Attraction, you must visualize the outcome you want and attract it into your life. If you think positively, you’ll attract positive things. Alternatively, the same goes for negative thoughts. Ever wonder why negative people you know always seem to have something new to complain about? You attract your thoughts into reality, so guard them and make sure they’re aligned with what you want in life.

In some meditations I’ve done recently, positive affirmations such as “I will smile today” or “I am content” are mentioned. You are supposed to either say the words out loud or think them in your head. There is so much power in actually following through with this exercise, as silly as you might think it seems.

I do push-ups every morning with a motivational YouTube video playing in the background. I watch some of the same videos multiple times, but I try to get fresh content and watch new videos every day.

The video below was one I watched recently. Eric Thomas repeats the phrase “I CAN, I WILL, I MUST” over and over, and in the audio you can hear the audience saying it with him. This seriously sent chills down my spine in the middle of my push-ups…. I CAN. I WILL. I MUST.

Think about how powerful that statement is:

I CAN It is possible, it CAN be done, and I CAN do it.

I WILL I WILL get it done. Not “I hope I can” or “I might.” WILL means it IS going to happen.

I MUST I MUST do this. It absolutely HAS to be done, no excuses.

What excuses do you have right now as to why you aren’t living the life of your dreams? Shed those and start repeating this mantra over and over again, every single morning, or any time you feel like giving up. Believe you can and you will. Take action and have 100% belief that your dreams are on their way to reality. Then watch as they unfold before your eyes.

“I CAN. I WILL. I MUST.”  –Eric Thomas


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