Have you read the book The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod?
This book …
Changed. My. Life
Oh, hang on…It would have changed my life.
If I’d done what he says to do.
For longer than two weeks.
Sorry, let me start at the beginning…
A synopsis of the book: Hal advocates that you should start every day with a morning ritual which includes reading some kind of self-help book, writing in a journal, meditation and exercising (among other things).
Simple really. And really simple.
But did I do it?
I think we all know the answer to that question.
That pesky ‘Habits’ topic… again
In my last blog post I talked about the role the habits play in our life. Whether for good… or for bad. Our habits WILL determine the course of our lives. There is NO DOUBT in my mind about that.
The Miracle Morning is one of those good habits. And you can even ease into it. Just 6 minutes every morning.
And even then I couldn’t stick to it.
Gosh I worry about myself sometimes.
I kept a miracle morning routine for a couple of months, and it was good. I felt good about myself because I was taking the time to work on me. It’s a good feeling when you purposefully set aside time for the development of ME. What a way to honour yourself huh.
But… I didn’t keep it up.
Why… because it was just sooo hard to get up early every morning.
Sad, but true.
But don’t despair, I’m not going to give up that easily!
I have determined that I’m going to get this right. And I’ve figured out one very important step to helping me get this. In order for me to stick at an activity for long enough to make it a habit, I have to set up my life so as to make that activity easy.
The hardest part about doing my miracle morning was the getting up. I would go to bed at 10pm and drag myself out of bed at 5am. 7 hours is enough sleep… but not enough for me to be happy. 8 hours of sleep means that, while I do still do a fair bit of dragging myself out of bed, it’s not nearly as much as doing so after only 7 hours.
So top priority for me now, is to go to bed early enough for me to be able to get up 8 hours later and do my miracle morning before going to work.
For me that means I need to be in bed by 9pm, so that I can get up at 5am. (Miracle morning from 5-6am, get ready for work 6-7am and off to work at 7am).
That meant that some stuff in my life had to change. I was going to derby training 3 nights a week and that would mean getting home between 9.30pm and 11.30pm; which was just way too late for me. It also happened that work was getting extremely busy and I just couldn’t fit derby into my life. So I’ve given it up for a while. And that means that I can go to bed at 9pm.
In the spirit of transparency, here’s what is actually happening:
Ben (my husband) and I have both realised that the morning is the most productive time of our days. Once we get home from work it’s a blur of cooking dinner, cleaning up, getting a load of washing on and catching up on an episode of Game of Thrones. I have zero desire to write on this blog, and he has almost zero patience for working on his music.
But in the morning, oh… we are a bundle of energy, enthusiasm, ideas and passion, and we’re ready to work!
And… we have to get ready, have breakfast, make our lunches, and go to our jobs. :-/
So, we decided to give ourselves one hour in the morning for a miracle morning and one hour for our passion work. That means we get up at 4am. Which in turn means we have to be in bed (and going to sleep!) at 8pm.
And instead of the hard part being dragging ourselves out of bed at 4am, the hard part is getting ourselves to go to bed and 8pm. I know which I prefer! (Ummm, in case that wasn’t clear, I would prefer to go to bed early in order to make getting up at ridiculous o’clock a little bit easier 😉 )
We’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks now, and I LOVE IT!!!
I honour myself by giving myself the time to work on my personal development. And then I spend some time writing everyday, which is a skill I’ve always wanted to work on.
Win – win – win.