I’ve always been a morning person. I crave the quiet peacefulness of the early morning. I get excited about the promise of a new day unfolding. I love getting up before the sun, grabbing a cup of coffee, and watching the day come to life.
On most days, I’m actually excited to get out of bed to see the morning. It’s kind of like a kid popping out of bed on Christmas morning…well, maybe not quite that exciting.
With all of the positiveness that I get from the morning, not until recently did I really take the time to enjoy it. My morning would typically consist of grabbing a cup of coffee, looking out the window for a few minutes, and then I was off and running – time to eat, time to shower, time to get to work.
I listened to a podcast a few months ago, and the person was talking about a morning routine. During that discussion, he said something along the lines of “Your morning routine will set the tone for the rest of your day.”.
There are two concepts from the podcast that I remember:
1. If you hit the snooze button in the morning, you are telling your subconscious that it is okay to procrastinate, and you will likely procrastinate during your day.
2. If you get up late and rush around before leaving for work, the rest of your day will be rushed.
On most days, I was guilty of doing both of those things. The results were definitely the same for me. After hearing the podcast, I noticed the procrastination and I noticed that my mood and my stress level were directly tied to my morning routine.
I thought to myself, you are already a morning person, why don’t you take advantage of it? So I set my alarm for a half-hour earlier the next day, and I did not set the second alarm (my version of a snooze button).
I woke up, grabbed my cup of coffee, and I sat – quietly. That’s a big deal. I don’t sit still. Even when we are with friends, I have to force myself to sit and enjoy the moment.
I sat there in the quiet of the morning knowing I had a half-hour before I had to do anything. As I sat there, my mind started to wake up. My instinct was to think about everything I wanted to get done that day. But that train of thought quickly stopped.
As I was thinking about what I wanted to get done, I thought, I hope God helps me get all of this done. Wait. Hey, I should pray right now! So I did. I am a Christian. I have a lot of faults. Being prayerful is one of my worst ones.
I won’t give you all of my reasons and excuses, but suffice it to say I don’t pray as much as I should. So, the fact that I stopped and prayed was a big deal. That’s when I knew I was on to something special with this morning thing.
It went further than that. As I started getting ready for work, I noticed that I didn’t have that typical hurried and stressed feeling. I was actually pretty calm. Calm is another characteristic that doesn’t really describe me.
I finished getting ready and headed to work. As you may have guessed, my day was much more calm and relaxed than typical.
So, I continued this morning routine. And while I let life get the best of me at times, the routine is really beneficial. This routine took things to a whole new level for me.
About three weeks ago, I was listening to a podcast where Hal Elrod was being interviewed. It was a great interview. If you want to listen to it, here is the link. Hal is the author/creator of The Miracle Morning. I was impressed with what he had to say. His “Miracle Morning” is like my morning routine, only on steroids.
Hal’s encourages you to complete, every morning, what he calls Life S.A.V.E.R.S.
S is for silence. This time can be used for prayer, meditation, etc…
A is for affirmation. Not the “Stewart Smally” affirmations. Reading out loud the person you want to become.
V is for visualization. Visualizing the person you want to be.
E is for exercise. This can be anything. The key is to breathe and get your blood circulating. Hal encourages yoga.
R is for reading. Reading personal development books, your bible, etc.
S is for scribing. This is journaling. He calls it scribing because the “j” in journaling didn’t fit very well with “SAVERS”.
Let’s just say I was intrigued. I had been doing my morning routine for a few months and had seen the benefits. Why not give this a try? So I ordered the book and started doing it.
I love it. The benefits are huge. I’ve been more productive. I’ve had more focus. I’ve had more clarity about my goals and what I want to accomplish. I’ve become more prayerful – even outside of the Morning Miracle. I read my Bible. I could go on and on.
A few nights ago, I was talking with Taryn about work and during the conversation she said, “You don’t seem quite as stressed as you have been lately.” Hmmm…what a coincidence.
I’m hopeful that this story will encourage you to reevaluate your morning routine. Your morning routine really does set the tone for the rest of your day.
If you’re interested in The Miracle Morning, you can get a copy here. If the Miracle Morning is too intimidating right now, then do something else. But I encourage you to commit to getting up just a bit earlier to set the right tone for your day. I promise that you won’t miss the 15min, 30min, or even 1hr of sleep.
Questions? Comments? Did you try it? What did you do and were your results? Share with us in the comments section below!