Most of my days begin before 6 a.m. Hearing that, you may assume I’m a morning person, but I’m definitely not. I get up early out of necessity, and it often feels like I’m working against my natural body clock. All of this is to say that it’s something I have to make a concerted effort to do. Last year, I read a book called “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod, which provides a framework to get more of out your morning. Reading the book, I instantly knew I could benefit from it. But putting the ideas into practice was another story entirely. Just a few weeks back, I was lucky enough to be at a conference where Elrod was speaking. Around the same time, a cousin of mine made a post on Facebook advocating for people to begin their New Year’s resolutions early. While these two events were purely coincidental, they instantly came together in my mind. I decided that beginning Oct. 1, I would start living those miracle mornings. Elrod recommends a six-step plan to begin your days. As these systems often do, this one comes with a handy acronym to help you remember the steps. It’s called SAVERS and goes something like this: S – SILENCE: Whether you practice meditation, prayer, guided breathing, or another form of peaceful reflection, beginning the day with peace and quiet is calming. The world is noisy, and you need silence wherever you can get it. A – AFFIRMATION: Giving yourself words of encouragement can propel you to achieve your goals. Affirmation doesn’t mean empty cliches like, “I’m the best.” Rather, it should be focused messages that propel you along. Think, “I will have my best month at work ever,” or, “I’ll go to the gym three times this week.” V – VISUALIZATION: Taking a moment to paint a mental picture of what it will look like when you work toward and achieve your goals can help make those actions a reality. The same way an athlete envisions making a game- winning play, you can imagine what taking your next steps will be. RESOLUTIONS AND A BETTER START TO MY DAY AN EARLY START TO MY
E – EXERCISE: Taking five minutes to get your blood flowing early in your day will yield rewards for hours to come. I have to admit, I struggle with this one, but it’s really true. You don’t need to break your back or even break a sweat, but raising your heart rate will get your engine firing on all cylinders. R – READING: Inspiration and learning come in many forms, but nothing beats the power of a good book. Beginning the day with a new idea, a new feeling, or a new perspective is educational and invigorating. S – SCRIBING: “I’d call it writing if SAVERW made any sense,” Elrod told us. Whatever you call it, journaling can help you reflect on your thoughts and actions and maintain a record of your progress. These six steps take only a few minutes, but they do require a concerted effort on my part. I’m doing my best to keep it up, but I can’t say I’ve been perfect. What I do know, though, is that come Jan. 1, I’ll have a huge leg up on myself. What are you hoping to improve in 2020? Ask yourself that question and try to get started a little early this year. By the time you sit down for Thanksgiving, you may already have a positive change to be grateful for.
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