The Miracle Morning Summary & How it Changed My Life
August 18th, 2020 by Jean Soo
I used to pride myself in being a night owl and completely rejected the idea of becoming an early riser. I slept at 3-4am and woke up at 12pm everyday feeling sluggish, unproductive and lazy. But creating a morning routine based on the book The Miracle Morning really changed everything and I reaped many benefits.
Step 1: Acknowledge that 95 percent check won’t live life they want including our own friends, family and peers
- Many people face problems such as obesity, heart disease, low energy, side effects from drugs and simply overall burn out and discontentment
- They have resigned their lives to mediocrity.
Step 2: Identify causes of mediocrity WHY?
- Rear view mirror syndrome: self limiting beliefs due to past experiences
- Isolating incidents – believing that skipping out on one thing is harmless but “how you do one thing is how you do everything!”
Step 3: Draw your line in the sand
- Take action and start doing things differently!
- Stop accepting mediocrity and settling for less than you deserve
Step 4: Ask yourself – Why did you wake up this morning?
- The true saying is “You snooze you lose”
- Awful cycle of going to bed and waking up anxious
- We actually need as much sleep as we believe in so reading a bedtime affirmation is helpful
- Wake up with genuine desire and enthusiasm!
Step 5: Five step snooze proof
- Set intentions before bed since your last thought before bed is your first thought in the morning
- Keep alarm clock at a distance from your bed so you need to get up and reach for it
- Brush teeth and splash cold water to face
- Drink full glass of water
- Get dressed or jump in the shower
What I do: I read my bedtime affirmation I revised from this book before bed. I make sure my alarm is below my bed so I have to crawl and stretch my body to retrieve it in the morning. I place a full glass of water next to me and drink it immediately afterwards. And then brush teeth, splash water on face and get dressed. Here is my bedtime affirmation:
Step 6: Your life S.A.V.E.R.S (MOST IMPORTANT SECTION)
- Options include: prayers, meditation, self reflection or deep breathing in silence
- Purpose is to be fully present and accept just being
What I do: I open a 10 minute guided meditation on YouTube while sitting in my living room. Here is one of the YouTubers I follow for meditations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syx3a1_LeFo
- Affirming to self who you want to be, what you want accomplished and how you can accomplish it with constant repetition
- 1) What you really want?
- 2) Why do you want it?
- 3) Who do you need to be and commit to create it?
- 4) What are you doing to get it?
- 5) Optional: add inspirational quotes OR physical activity to tap into emotions
What I do: I read my written affirmation out loud which covers all the major categories of my life. Here is my written affirmation (feel free to copy & revise it):
- Visualize the “impossible” and what you want to achieve in order to obtain it
- Visualize the process and end result
- Usually done directly after reading affirmations
- 1) Get ready – sit up tall, breathe deeply and maybe play music
- 2) Visualize what you really want
- 3) Visualize who you need to be to get that
What I do: I first set a 5 minute timer. I proceed to close my eyes in silence and begin visualizing my goals and the process to achieve it. For example, I want to become a physical therapist so I visualize myself studying with persistence and energy, treating patients, smiling and conversing with people and feeling the joy of it.
- Morning exercise such as walking, jogging, yoga and so on
- Just get the heart rate pumping!
What I do: I pull out my yoga mat and turn on 10 minute yoga session on YouTube. I followed the 30 day challenge from a yoga YouTuber named Kassandra. Here is the link to her channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyaM87ecKd0
- We become the books we read so choose your books wisely
- Even just reading 10 pages per day can make a difference
- Ask yourself the end result from the book
- Sometimes can re-read the book
What I do: I sometimes read motivational or self improvement articles online. I also watch motivational videos as well. Here is a link to a channel I watch: https://www.youtube.com/c/motiversity/videos
- Journaling for 5-10 minutes
- 1) Choose a format – digital or writing
- 2) Decide what to write such as what you’re grateful for, accomplishments, improvements and action steps
What I do: I prefer digital format since I can easily access it anywhere. I use Google Notes. I keep three journals- one for gratitude, one for my goals and one for self awareness. Here is an example of how I journal:
Step 7: Six Minute Miracle
- Minute 1: Sit quietly in silence, keep calm, breathe deeply OR meditate
- Minute 2: Read your affirmations
- Minute 3: Close your eyes and visualize OR look at vision board
- Minute 4: Take one minute to write what you’re grateful for
- Minute 5: Read a few pages of self help book for ideas
- Minute 6: Stand up and move your body! Just get your heart rate up
Step 8: Customize YOUR Miracle Morning
- You don’t actually have to do all of this in the morning
- Just wake up earlier than normal to make time for it
- Make sure you eat the right foods that are easily digestible and high in energy!
- Consider keeping same morning schedule during weekends too
Step 9: From Unbearable to Unstoppable
- Phase 1: Unbearable (First 10 days feeling sluggish)
- Phase 2: Uncomfortable (Progress!)
- Phase 3: Unstoppable (New identity and transformation happens!)
Step 10: Transform your life in 30 days
For additional resources, check out the author’s website: https://miraclemorning.com/
LINK TO THE AUDIOBOOK:
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