Miracle morning routine has been part of my life for a few months now. Once I started a few months ago, I never looked back. In fact, when I first started it was just workouts and only during the week. And now I wake up at 4am every single morning and have since incorporated all the components of the miracle morning. Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out on this.
What is Miracle Morning?
Miracle Morning is a concept that I have learned from Hal Elrod in his book The Miracle Morning. The basic concept is that you wake up an hour early than you have to and dedicate that time into your personal growth.
He divides that hour into 6 components dedicating 10 minutes to each activity. And he call is SAVERS.
S is for Silence, so things like meditation or prayer
A is for Affirmations
V is for Visualization (thinking about your goals, steps to get there, and how will you feel when you accomplish them)
E is for Exercise
R is for Reading
S is for Scribing (writing or journaling)
My Spin on the Miracle Morning
I will take you through my morning routine but I want you to keep something in mind. While my morning routine incorporates all those steps, the order in which I do them is different, and so is the time dedicate to each activity. I basically took the miracle morning routine and made it my own to make sure that it fits my lifestyle.
My Miracle Morning Routine
Like the title of this post says, I wake up at 4 am. My kids don’t typically get up until 6am, so this gives me two hours to myself.
I start my morning routine with my workout. If you have read about my evening routine, you know that part of it is to set out my workout clothes and equipment the night before. That way when I get downstairs in the morning everything is ready for me. I typically do 30 to 40 minutes workout sessions – I use Beachbody On Demand for all my at home workouts (I’m not affiliated with them but I truly love their programs).
After my workout, I clean up my equipment and head for the shower. I don’t do my hair or make-up at that time. I wait until later when my kids are up, because this is something that can wait.
What I do next is meditate. Because meditation is a new concept to me (this was added only a few weeks ago) I am starting with only 5 to 6 minutes each morning. I use an app called Insight Timer to help me through this process. This was recommended to my Shanelle, who is also practicing Miracle Mornings.
After my medication, I move into the Visualization step. For this part of my morning routine I use the technique recommended by Rachel Hollis. I use a small notebook to write down 10 goals and 5 things I’m thankful for. The 10 goals are written down in a way as if I have already accomplished them. So if my goal was to run a marathon, I would be writing: I am a m arathon runner.
As I am writing my goals, I visualize exactly what steps I need to take to help me accomplish them as well as how it will make me feel to have reach those goals. It is a very powerful exercise as it help see the end result and also sets my mindset for the day with those goals in mind.
After visualization comes the affirmation step. I have another notebook that I use for this step. The very first page lists all the affirmation that I want to remind myself of every single morning. Those are the things that I very specific to me and the things I’m working on my personal growth journey.
And then comes journaling. After I’m done reading my affirmation, I use the same notebook and write for about five minutes. I usually write about any decision I have to make where I’m not sure what approach to take. For example, when I’m trying to decide which opportunities to take and which ones to discard when it comes to my blog or YouTube channel.
I have found that writing about it makes it easier for me to go through my thought process and make the decision.
This is the very last step of my miracle morning routine. I leave it for last in case my kids wake up early. This is the step that I can do when they are awake.
What I do is make myself some coffee (because we all know that I love my coffee) and my breakfast. As I enjoy the food I read a personal development book. I probably spend about 10 minutes on this activity. So not very long, but I find it very helpful to have those few minutes dedicating to learning something new.
Benefits of the Miracle Morning Routine
There a so many! And if you read the Miracle Morning book, you will find some great examples of people from all walks of life that have found this routine life changing. For me, I see three main benefits:
This is the only time during the day that I get to myself. As working mom I either tend to my kids, do household chores, or fulfilling responsibilities of my day job. So having that time to myself, where I can actually collect my thoughts without being interrupted by the thousands of questions or requests is a true blessing to me. Those early mornings are sacred to me.
Getting up before everyone does allows me to get my workout done. I have learned over the years that the only way for me to make sure that I get my workout done for the day is to do it first think in the morning. If I leave it for lunch time or evening hours, I will likely choose some other task to complete over exercising.
Personal Growth – Miracle Morning Key Benefit
I has been life changing for me to dedicate some time each morning to think about my goals and dreams. Thinking about them first thing in the morning sets my mindset on things that are important to me and allows me to set some specific tasks each day to get me closer to reaching my goals.
Don’t Have an Hour to Spare in the Morning?
How does your morning routine look like? Does it involve at least a few minutes to yourself?
If you are currently in a situation where you cannot dedicate one hour in the morning to personal growth, don’t get discouraged. Use whatever time you have and make it your own. Head over to Hal Elrod website and learn how you can use his miracle morning routine in just 6 MINUTES!