morning-routine

It is no secret that the most successful people in the world are early risers. If this is new to you, take a look here. Do you recognize any of them? Clearly, there is a positive correlation between early risers and extreme success. So why is it that you hate mornings? Why do you wake up the last possible moment before scurrying to work?

My guess is that waking up is likely the most stressful part of the day. First, you start the day with multiple alarm clocks that wake you up in five-minute intervals. Talk about annoying and completely irrational! If you hate waking up, why the heck do you do so multiple times? That’s just stOOpid (with TWO O’s!).

You get out of bed at the last possible moment, quickly get ready, and drive your car 20 minutes in traffic to work—a place you would likely not frequent if you were not paid.

You do all of this with a mind and body that has been deprived of food and water for the past eight hours. No wonder you hate mornings!

Have you ever noticed how weekend mornings aren’t nearly as bad? You take the time to get up, and if you do get up early, it is in order to do something that you love to do (i.e. hike, vacation, etc.). It’s not the morning that you hate; it’s what you do in the morning that you hate.

Related: Not a “Morning Person”? Why That’s Simply a Lie You’re Telling Yourself

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Miracle Morning

Thanks to Hal Elrod and his best-selling book The Miracle Morning, mornings (and lives) around the world have been transformed forever. In the book, Hal goes into his findings from studying the most successful people’s morning routines. He takes note of six different activities many of them do and calls them “SAVERS.” Many successful people practice at least four of six of these activities, but rarely do all six. So what happens if you do all six? That’s for you to find out!

Just a note: I did NOT get paid to write this article for Hal. His book changed my life, and I want to share with you my routine, what it has done for me, and how it can have a similar impact on you.

Pre-Routine

First things first. You are groggy in the morning because you are dehydrated. How do you remedy that? You drink water (call me doctor). I chug a 24 oz. bottle of water as the first thing I do when I awake.

After you have chugged your water, go take a shower (or wash your face), brush your teeth, and mouthwash. Psychologically, there is something about taking a shower and brushing your teeth that tells your body that you are awake for the day.

“Brush my teeth before I eat?! That’s a savage move!” Actually, it’s better for you. Check it out.

Now you are ready to start your miracle morning!

The Routine (SAVERS)

Hal Elrod coined the acronym “SAVERS” to help us remember each aspect of the ideal morning routine. Perhaps you do a few of these already, but why not try them all? Here is the list:

  • Silence/Meditation
  • Affirmation
  • Visualizations
  • Exercise
  • Reading
  • Scribing

As an example, I will take you through my miracle morning. It may seem like a bunch of hocus pocus. I didn’t believe it at first either. I’ll admit, it’s weird. But it works, and I like it!

I have been doing this for about six months now. Here is what I have accomplished in that timeframe.