Welcome to the Miracle Morning
Who’s else is in the 5 am club?? I did a poll on my gram a while ago and I was surprised by how many put up their hand! I started writing this months ago, but last week I caught myself forgetting why I’m up so early, it was like I woke up drudgingly just to start sweeping and do more laundry (the two never-ending jobs of a parent of toddlers who happen to also own a sandbox 😂)
OK so back to the basics:
last summer I read Hal Elrod’s book the Miracle Morning, I can’t remember who suggested I read it but it was what started my 5 am mornings.
I feel like I should add a couple of beliefs I held before waking up at this (ungodly?) hour, just so that you can see, this wasn’t something I wanted to do:
1. I hate and struggle waking up with my kids at 6, how could I just get up at 5 am (this was during a phase where they were sleeping till 6 am).
2. I need whatever sleep I can get before the kids wake up.
3. I love to sleep too much
I’m getting ahead of myself! I’ll give the run-down of what a miracle morning is, this is straight off his website: I did the 60 min version, but here is the 6 minute: Minute One… (Silence)
Imagine waking up in the morning, and instead of rushing carelessly into your hectic day—feeling stressed and overwhelmed—imagine that you instead spend the first minute sitting in purposeful Silence. You sit, very calm, very peaceful, and you breathe deeply, slowly. Maybe you say a prayer of gratitude to appreciate the moment, or pray for guidance on your journey. Maybe, you decide to try your first minute of meditation. As you sit in silence, you’re totally present in the now, in the moment. You calm your mind, relax your body, and allow all of your stress to melt away. You develop a deeper sense of peace, purpose, and direction…
Minute Two… (Affirmations)
You pull out your daily Affirmations—the ones that remind you of your unlimited potential and your most important priorities—and you read them out loud from top to bottom. As you focus on what’s most important to you, your level of internal motivation increases. Reading over the reminders of how capable you really are, gives you a feeling of confidence. Looking over what you’re committed to, what your purpose is, and what your goals are re-energizes you to take the actions necessary to live the life you truly want, deserve, and now know is possible for you…
Minute Three… (Visualization)
You close your eyes, or you look at your vision board, and you visualize. Your Visualization could include your goals, what it will look and feel like when you reach them. You visualize the day going perfectly, see yourself enjoying your work, smiling and laughing with your family, or your significant other, and easily accomplishing all that you intend to accomplish for that day. You see what it will look like, you feel what it will feel like, and you experience the joy of what you will create…
Minute Four… (Scribing)
Imagine, pull out your journal, and in your journal, you take a minute to write down what you’re grateful for, what you’re proud, and the results you’re committed to creating for that day. Doing so, you put yourself in an empowered, an inspired, and confident state of mind.
Minute Five… (Reading)
Then, you grab your self-help book and invest one miraculous minute reading a page or two. You learn a new idea, something that you can implement into your day. You discover something new that you can use to feel better—to be better.
Minute Six… (Exercise)
Finally, you stand up and you spend the last minute, doing jumping jacks for 60 seconds and getting your heart rate up and getting energized and waking yourself up and increasing your ability to be alert and to focus.
How would YOU feel if that’s the 6-minute you started your day with? How would the quality of your day—your life—improve? Ok, that’s the Hal’s process. In the book, he talks about all the benefits and how it changed his life and all of his coaching client’s lives. He talks about loads of successful people in the 5 am club and tips to make it easier.
If you work late or shift work, his suggestion is just wake up 1 hour earlier than you regularly would because it doesn’t have to be 5, It’s that time you can take for yourself before you start to feel rushed).
The tidbit from the book that resonated with me the most was: Are you going to wake up and be the best possible version of yourself or are you going to wake up and actively decide to not be that person.
Those words just hit me. Once you know that waking up earlier can evolve you into your best self, it makes it so much harder to sleep in.
Here's the quick routine I do!
It starts with a graphic that says “there is sunshine in my soul today” I feel that vibe and think about what I’m grateful for (usually Chris and I have already listed 5-10 things, so I skip it)
Next page is some art and below it says “thank you universe for the lessons and the blessings”. This is just an ode to every hardship that has been a blessing in disguise.
Next up I have a picture off of Pinterest that I printed, that I wrote ‘forgiveness’ on. I take a moment to forgive myself, or any person/ situation that pops into my head. Forgiveness is everythang.
I then have one of my fav pictures that Brittany Flegel took of us with my favorite money affirmations. I give those a read.
Then I read my higher self write-up (that Riley Lawson encouraged from her higher self mastermind), which is less than a page, talking about how the best version of myself shows up in all areas of my life.
This honestly takes less than 5 mins and starts my morning so well. I hope you enjoyed this! If you like what you read, feel free to share the link to any of your socials, or just to a friend who you think may find it interesting! xo crystal