Every once in a while someone, something, or some experience changes the way we look at things. I believe in the power of a single experience that can change the course of where you are and where you were going. I love when this happens. I look for those and constantly ask myself is this the one? Is this impactful? Some stick and some don’t.
About a year ago I read the 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma and it really motivated me and changed my outlook on early morning work. Because of it I was getting up earlier, more focused, and motivated to do more in the early morning hours. More recently a friend, Dr. Rachael George, recommended The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. Rachael and I swapped books and ideas and I ordered the audible version immediately.
Well, that was it. The Miracle Morning gives you an outline and a path to design your mornings to be most effective and most productive for you. More simply put the author, Hal Elrod recommended moving your alarm clock away from your bed. Such a simple switch, but it’s so powerful because it forces me to get out of bed, not hit snooze, and get going with my miracle mornings.
The biggest takeaway for me was the acronym that he shared at the end of the book that outlines the most important goals and things you should be doing in your morning. Obviously, your morning is your morning and you can design it how you best see fit but it’s just an outline. Spoiler alert: if you’re looking to read the book and don’t want to hear about SAVERS maybe you should stop reading right here. It’s not going to ruin the book for you but just give you a little tidbit to maybe help design your mornings to make them as Elrod describes miracles.
I’m literally on the elliptical right now doing two parts of the SAVERS acronym. In your morning of 45 to 75 minutes, Elrod recommends completing the SAVERS:
If you work these activities into your morning each and every day, it will transform your life. I’m not sure if it’s the exercise, or a combination of things but I literally pop out of bed at 5 AM excited to complete these activities. It is a great start to helping make a great day. I’ve been at it for a little over four months now and feel incredibly energized and focused. Through the end of last school year, balancing a busy family schedule, and more SAVERS has helped me bring things into focus and help slow things down.
I’m grateful to Hal Elrod for sharing his story and passing on SAVERS. I highly recommend this activity if you’re looking for something to spark your life. We hear so much about self-care, well, this is one that really works for me. Take it and literally run with it!
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