“I am not a morning person.” Sounds familiar? I’m raising my hand with you because this is something I’ve said for the last, well since I started to get up for school and you know, put makeup on, do my hair, look like a presentable human being. But, what would you say if I told you that not being a morning person was a choice, not some genetic trait.
If you’ve been following along on my stories, you might have heard me talk about Miracle Morning Millionaires, this insane book I’ve been listening to on Audible that is literally rocking my world and my mornings. I wanted to take some time to share the base model they’ve developed in this book for using your mornings to basically make you more successful in life and how I’ve implemented it.
First, I want to point out that if you are going to read these self-help type books or whatever it is you want to call them, you need to be willing to take action after you read otherwise you’re wasting time and might as well read a fictional book and escape to fantasyland. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but this specific genre of books was designed to help you better yourself so once you’ve made the decision that you want to make your life better and actually do something about it, then you can go ahead and pick up a copy of this book.
Next, you’re going to need to be open to the idea that you might just have to change your mindset and it might not be the most comfortable situation ever. Rockstars, our minds are insanely powerful taking over our decision-making and thought-starting capabilities. The things we tell ourselves about who we are or are not are partly due to how we were raised, but largely due to the circumstances that lead to certain mindsets. NEWS FLASH: Mindsets have the ability to change if we allow space for that to happen.
Alright, so you’re ready to take action and you’re open to shifting your mindset, now let’s dive deeper into how your mornings can rock your world.
How to Set your New Productive Morning Routine:
At the beginning of Miracle Morning Millionaires, you’ll be introduced to the SAVERS, an acronym for the activities you can do during your morning routine. Now before I go any further, notice that I said CAN. I’m a huge believer in the idea that you need to make this routine work for you and your lifestyle so you genuinely may not have time to do all of these nor may all of these work for you. That’s why it’s important to customize the SAVERS.
I’ll be the first to admit, meditation has always been difficult for me because I have a mind that races. Luckily, meditation is something that can be learned, allowing thoughts to come and go, being aware of them, and then pushing them out. It is something that takes practice and the Headspace app really helps me. This is not something I do in the morning, but rather at night because that’s what works best in my routine right now.
If you haven’t worked on self-affirmations this is a practice I’d highly recommend incorporating as part of your morning routine. There is an app called Think Up that will help you find some affirmations that resonate with what you need to tell yourself in your life now and you can record yourself saying these. Miracle Morning Millionaire goes deeper with the affirmations practice, walking you through the steps of affirmations that leverage results and change so if you want to know more about that, buy the book so you can take notes.
Not going to lie, this is one that I have a hard time with. I’m not sure what it is about visualization that trips me up, but it’s just not an easy practice for me and one that I’m working on. To supplement, I created a Vision Book that I flip through in the mornings that reminds me where I am and where I want to go.
I know what you’re thinking. “So, I’m supposed to do all these steps and hit the gym before work, getting the kids to school, getting myself ready. Girl, I have no time.” Well first of all, time and how you spend it is a choice, but secondly, no. You don’t HAVE to go to a gym to get in some exercise. Take a walk around the neighborhood, do an ab workout, stretch. Just do something that gets your body moving. Generally, I spend 10 minutes doing something in the mornings.
I don’t know about you, but reading helps to kickstart my mind which is why this is a great practice for the morning. You can read anything from a devotional to the chapter of the book you could barely put down before bed. You could even listen to a book on audible if you want to include this in your routine, but don’t want to sit and read in the mornings.
Writing in my life is an important part of reflection, goal setting, and dreaming. It’s also a great way to practice gratitude by spending time writing down what you are thankful for before heading into your day. I have enjoyed the 5 Minute Journal and am starting a new journey with a planner so I will let you know how that goes.
My morning routine:
Feet on the ground. Side note: I’m really doing my best not to hit the snooze button, but let me tell you 5:30am has been a doozy so I’m working on it. Really need an alarm clock that’s across my room.
Brush my teeth, wash my face, put on workout clothes. It’s definitely important to get out of your pajamas because that’s a signal to your mind that you are, in fact, not going back to bed.
Exercise - I spend about 10 minutes stretching and doing an ab workout to get the blood flowing. Before and after, I also drink some water to help rehydrate my body.
Scribe – I spend about 5 minutes writing down what I’m grateful for and any thoughts I have for the day.
Affirmations – As I do my makeup, I listen to and repeat the affirmations I’ve recorded using the Think Up app.
Read – Normally I listen to a podcast or a book on Audible that is encouraging and helps to put me in a positive headspace before I get my day rolling.
I spend about 30 additional minutes on my morning routine and honestly, it’s not that much friends. If you’re “not a morning person,” I hear you. Set your alarm for 10 minutes earlier. Just 10 minutes can make a large difference. Once you’ve done that, try setting it a bit earlier each week, allowing for more time in this new tradition.
I can’t tell you how much my morning routine has made a difference. I’m more productive, I have more energy, I stay more focused and most importantly, I tackle my day with a much more positive mindset than I did before starting this routine.
Rockstars, we are all busy. We have kids, we have jobs, we have side hustles, we have passions, we have PTA, we have to make cookies for Bible study, the list goes on. But in order to show up in those spaces with a clear head, ready to tackle whatever life throws at you, having a solid start to your day is crucial. It’s time to reclaim your mornings, take control of your day, and wake up feeling excited that you’ve been given another chance to make an impact in this life.
Cheers to your mornings,