30 days ago I started a new morning routine. I’d just finished reading Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Gauranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM) and decided to see what it was all about.
Don’t you just love self-help titles, by the way? I mean, I loved this book and I think Hal seems like a grade A human being however, I would have never picked this book up in a book store. Sometimes I just can’t handle the cheesiness of self-help titles and their ridiculously tacky and stereotypical covers.
Can’t ya just go with a nice, minimalist, navy blue cover and some clean, white font? Just once? Why do you always need to have awkward pictures of yourselves and giant neon letters saying things like “You’re Not a Loser! You Can Beat Cellulite and Conquer The World!”? You’re freaking scaring people, self-help authors. Nobody wants to be caught reading that shit on the subway. I swear, one of my missions in life is to take the tacky out of personal development but, per usual, I digress.
The reason I wanted to read it in the first place, was because I randomly stumbled upon an interview he did with Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income fame. I’ve been really into podcasts these days. His energy during that intervew was literally palpable. I felt like I needed to know what this dude was doing to be so on point, so articulate, so enthusiastic and passionate. He made me want to get up and punch something and run around like Richard Simmons. And since I’d been looking for a productive and positive morning routine for a dog’s age, I decided right then and there to buy this book, read it, and figure out how the hell this dude got this way.
Morning routines are often correlated with unparalleled levels of success. Oprah, Sr. Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin and tons of other peeps generally associated with killing it at life, have been known to adhere to strict morning routines. They’re also known to credit said morning routines as the key to their success.
Me, me, me! I want that! Ya know?
So I read this book and honestly, it’s so, stupid-simple. He takes the top 6 personal development techniques and exercises, the 6 things that these successful people tell us that they do to be successful, and puts them all together into one, super-charged, morning routine.
He suggests working your way up to 10 minutes of each, for a full hour but, also urges you to just do what works for you, start where you can, even with as little as 1 minute each! I decide to go halfsies and do 5 minutes of each exercise for a total of 30 minutes. I am so glad that I did.
Here are the 6 exercises:
*’Scribing’ really means ‘writing’ but he needed an ‘s’ word to complete the obligatory cheesy acronym of a self-help book. If you’ll notice above, the bold letters spell S.A.V.E.R.S. Yes, he calls them his Life S.A.V.E.R.S. I’ll give him a pass on this because I really dig what he’s teaching, OK?
He goes into more detail in the book regarding each exercise but, if you’ve been dabbling in this world of positive growth at all, you’ve likely heard that each of these is a proven way to improve. So two days after Christmas, on the floor of my childhood bedroom out in Jersey, I sat my butt down and completed my first ‘miracle morning’ routine. I took my iPhone stopwatch, set it to 5 minutes, shut my eyes and dove in.
And it was awesome.
I then decided to commit my whole, little heart to the full 30 day life transformation challenge that he suggests his readers start with. 30 days later, I am super happy that I did. I definitely feel like this is a great way to start my day. I can see how my continuing to do it each morning will contribute to my continued and growing success as a citizen of humanity.
The key takeaway from this book was a quote from our homeboy Jim Rohn that I’d previously mentioned:
“Your level of success rarely exceeds your level of personal developemt, because success is something you attract by the person you become.”
So, what did this miracle morning routine actually do for me over the past 30 days?
1. It’s made me happier. I am in a better mood more often than I used to be.
2. It’s given me more energy. Energy, it seems, comes from enthusiasm more than from rest. I feel more clear about who I am and what I am doing in life once I roll up my yoga mat each morning. This clarity breeds enthusiasm and enthusiasm gives me more energy as I get going with the rest of my day.
3. It’s helped me sleep. I’m also doing dry January, which I will write about later so, that could also have something to do with the fact that I am sleeping like a goddamn champion these days but, I also have a feeling that the higher level of calm and ease that’s come with daily meditiation could have something to do it with too. Let’s see after I drink a few glasses of Chard on Feb 1, shall we?
4. I am more creative. Along with the clarity and confidence I’ve been feeling, I’ve noticed more and better ideas flying out of my dome. I’m sure the time in quiet contemplation and the visualizations have something to do with that.
5. I have been way more productive. Having more energy than usual has been keeping my laundry did and my home a lot cleaner.
6. I am calming the f down. I feel like I’m able to dial back my rage with greater ease these days
7. I think I’m getting nicer, in general, as a human being. Or maybe it’s just given me more patience? I don’t know exactly what this one is but, something good is bubbling up to the surface of D-Money here. I’ll get back to you on this one.
The bottom line is that I seriously suggest giving this book a read if you haven’t been able to get yourself going on a morning routine that will subtly yet powerfully ignite something good in your life, whatever that something may be.
I really think our boy, YoPalHal, is on to something here. Him and his cheesy acronym have got me feeling real good, you guys. Real good.