As an entrepreneur I was introduced to a book a while back that has had a profound impact on my life in a very tangible way. Hal Elrod’s “Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs” taught me how to start my day well, which in turn has improved the daily lives of myself and my family.
I absolutely recommend the books on Miracle Morning and will share with you all how I practice the SAVERS method, I learned in this book, myself.
To be quite honest, it has been a couple years since I read through the book, but because the acronym is so simple to remember, I haven’t forgotten what I learned. I had let my morning practice slide but this past summer (2019) I knew that I needed to implement my Miracle Mornings again. I just knew that if I could manage to do that, it would make the transition back to school exponentially better for my family.
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Why? Because summertime looked like lack of structure, agenda, and discipline for us. We got a little lazy and had a lot of fun - which is totally ok. But it doesn’t lend to productive and happy mornings during the school year. While sleeping in until “whenever” worked for us during the summer, having both of my kids home; my two boys would both be in school this fall so some changes needed to occur. Structure, balance, and boundaries are super helpful for young kids. It allows them to know what to expect, gives them a sense of calm and control, and really empowers them when they can anticipate a routine.
But that starts with mama (or dad if he’s the one leading morning routines)
So what is this Miracle Morning practice, and how does it look for me?
The book suggests waking up at least one hour earlier than you normally would to do SAVERS. This stands for Silence, Affirmation, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing (or scribbling)
I now wake up at 5:00am and end my practice at 6am to be ready and present for my children in the morning. I try not to reference or get distracted by my phone, but it happens. I would recommend leaving your phone in another room while doing this if you can. My SAVERS are done without feeling rushed in that one hour time frame. Truth be told it’s usually less than a full 60 minutes. I make my cup of coffee before I start so more often than not, my Miracle Morning routine begins closer to 5:15am.
For this mama, silence in my mind is usually pretty elusive. I have tons of things to think about and so this portion of my practice needs assistance. I utilize a guided meditation app called “Insight Timer” as a tool to help me focus my mind on something positive and grounding each morning. I love how the app offers a variety of music and guided meditations of all kinds. I have even used some of these to help me sleep at night. You can select guided meditations by time or by topic, so when I have a later start to my Miracle Morning, I can choose a short 4 minute listen if I need to. I actually look forward to this part of my day now, as it is a useful way to train my mind to slow down and focus.
Affirmations hadn’t meant a lot to me until I met with my friend and Intuitive Soul Coach, Kahea Rivera. She helped me to really dig down, past the superficial wants, to discover what my soul is really after. Whether it’s a feeling of independence, or worthiness of love, I am now able to express to myself and out loud, what my greatest desires are. And I can verbalize them as present truths in my life. I write my affirmations down on notecards and read them out loud each morning.
Visualization. This part of my practice has also evolved through my time with Kahea. I have also had an exercise through a book called “I Hope I Screw This Up” that was similar. In both activities, I was prompted to write down everything I would hope to have and experience in my life. My list was a good two pages. I wrote things as simple as having a dog to things as grand as traveling the world. I absolutely LOVE having these lists. I love being able to dream, but not just keep those visions as distant abstract thoughts. Writing them down felt empowering and challenging at the same time. Now I have a visual list that I can refer to when I envision the life I am working on every day. It’s a great place to start on goal planning, and it's simply joyful to picture in your mind’s eye, what life you can imagine for yourself. Your body & wellness, your relationships, your surroundings, your adventures. I would encourage you to try it!
Exercise is another key element in having a Miracle Morning. I’m sure you could think of the many ways moving your body early in the day would benefit you. My daily exercise isn’t quite within my 1 hour Miracle Morning, as my routine is to do my 30 min home workout after I drop my children off to school. With that being said, I know that it’s possible to get in 10 minutes of easy or intense activity within that time frame. It could be as simple as doing a few stretches and squats while you say your affirmations, or rocking a 10 minute HIIT program. Get your blood flowing, it’ll make your brain and body happy.
My reading is pretty short and sweet most mornings. I have a Mom’s Devotional book that gives me a 2 page reading on mommy-relevant topics in relation to the Bible and Christ, including thoughtful questions and short prayer. I also will often read a second devotional through my YouVersion Bible App. I have several books on the nightstand beside my Miracle Morning seat (yes I have a special area for my practice) so if I’m feeling inspired to spend more time reading, I can get through a few pages in one of my books as well. I keep a jar of colorful pens and highlighters nearby. I love note-taking when I’m going through a good read.
Speaking of notes, the final element in the SAVERS method is Scribing or Scribbling. Writing down your thoughts, or drawing something - getting your pen to paper. I keep a blank journal for notes and prayers, and I also have a Gratitude Journal where I’ll list 5 things I’m grateful for daily. Many mornings I will have my planner with me so part of my scribing will include planning out my day.
All of these things set me up for a much better morning than days I go without. I feel refreshed, inspired, and totally ready to take on the day. Waking up earlier allows mommy to have a little alone time (when I’m lucky) and I don’t feel rushed. It’s gotten us in a great routine and when my kids do wake up and come join me, I will often include them in what I’m doing like having them list their gratitude for the day too.
Do you have special morning practice that lights up your day?
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Malia was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii and graduated from Azusa Pacific University. She spent the majority of her career as an Early Childhood Education Teacher/Administrator.