Today marks the 560th day of committing to the Miracle Morning routine. It’s Monday morning and I am confident I can get out of bed as planned with excitement for the day, todays time was 5:30am.
Having the mindset of doing this routine no matter what, allows the day to start with the feeling of being excited for what the day will have to offer.
I'm starting to not be able to imagine the start of the day any other way. Admittedly it’s not always 5:30am but the routine is the same combination Hal Elrod describes in his book.
Every day can feel like something amazing is going to happen, that there's something to celebrate. Some liken this to having every day feel like it's Christmas morning.
I personally not sure if it is the same as Christmas morning , but I can relate to the feeling of being excited and happy for the day ahead and I really enjoy doing the SAVERS routine at the start of my day as this seems to then set up the day, the intentions and feelings I want to maintain or draw in.
A lesson I have learnt from doing this practice and therefore want to share with you is one of Persistence. Taking the time to feel and define a word in my life I like to look up the dictionary definition.
"Persistence- the fact of continuing in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition."
You might find this shared lesson or word a strange one to share after talking about such enjoyment of the process. But it is actually my own experience over the last 560 days that brings me to sharing this.
I recognise that on days it's not been easy and you may find the same too but by following it , I have been given such gifts. (Hence the comparison to Christmas morning) Gifts such as personal growth, better health, experiences , gratitude, confidence, success in business and personal goals and growth.
By being persistent you are CHOOSING not to give up on your goals, you will not lose sight of what you would like to achieve, you are not so rigid you cannot adapt to change , you do not lose your positive outlook on life.
I know now why I choose to be persistent. It allows me to learn and overcome from failure and ultimately succeed.
This may be my own insight but ask yourself why do you choose to be persistent?
6 am I started my SAVERS routine from the miracle morning , today it was difficult to get up any earlier As I really did feel very sleepy, as a result although awake it took me a while to adjust and gain the motivation to get up . I decided to skip meditation first for fear of falling back to sleep and do the exercise section first - get the blood pumping and the body awake. I even felt tired on the exercise bike so decided that running outside in the fresh air would be better. So off I went for a run and I was right the breeze on my face , the focus of a steady pace (my version) and seeing the sun starting to come up woke me up so that I could come back and complete the rest of the routine. Today’s shake up of my morning routine and challenges reminded me of my need to focus on my goal.
Keeping focus on the goal! I've heard this phrase used a lot , in fact I'm sure in recent months I've used personally myself. Today that phrase had to implemented ! I had to feel my way into it, I had to remind myself of my own focus. Calling on every ounce of motivation , taking time to recognise and acknowledge the challenges and then find a solution not to allow any negative feelings to come in and take my focus away from my goals.
If we lose focus we are likely to start to go off any plan and then dream or goal we have becomes a little further away. Oh and let me tell you if you don't have a plan you won’t be truly focusing on anything. So set yourself a strategy , write it down what you want , followed by a timescale, when , then how, breakdown the steps needed. Small steps are still steps if it’s a big plan you may need more steps. Think of what support you need and how you can go about getting this. Now, think about how are you going to over come a challenge when it appears, what are you going to say, think or do to that challenge? How you respond will make a massive impact on how you do this. Consider everything even take a moment to consider what if you fail, and how will you preserve after. Did you know some some of the most successful people in the world failed but because they didn't lose focus they did get there!
Having a strategy or a plan will allow you to stay focused , when things are harder you will have something to remind you of how you and why you have chosen to continue and the tools you thought about to support you. So be serious about your goals! Don’t just say you want to achieve them. Review and monitor them, this is why I am such a fan of journalling.
I know it’s hard sometimes to set and believe in our big goals. But we set them for ourselves , we are the masters of our progress towards this, it’s possible , believe that with your heart and soul , after all others have come before us and achieved that and much more possibly from even a more disadvantageous situation than our own.
Focus! - what's yours ?
Today’s Miracle Morning practice included a Meditation which I will link below, followed by affirmations, visualisation, exercise, reading and journaling.
I have been asked to share some more thoughts on the affirmations I am currently using and or visualisations and why.Today's meditation actually included a visualisation.
My intentions with some of my affirmations has been to focus on changing my mindset in particular by looking at the language I use. When considering affirmations it's important to keep the words we choose positive, considering what areas I could work on I look at the language I use and one in particular that came to mind was how I use the word 'sorry' as do others around me. Often it's used in a sentence or sentences more times than I can count! Why and what impact does this have?
If I or you replace the word 'sorry' with thank you. It can make a real difference to overall mindset and impact on our emotional and mental states. So why do we choose to use this word? Often ‘sorry’ is used to gain acceptance , or to be nurturing or even we might think it is polite (I think my friends in the UK may agree with this). It's also used to avoid confrontation and shy away from decision making. When really this is not the true reason to be using the word sorry.
So what can I do / you do to change this, firstly it’s important to decided if you are demonstrating this use of language and how you feel about your own use of the word. Let me give you an example then if how you might change this simply , instead of saying 'sorry the house is a mess' when friends stop by say 'thank you for visiting'. If you are late instead of saying 'sorry I am late' I can say 'thank you for your patience'. When I'm going through difficult emotions instead of saying 'sorry I am so upset' 'I can say 'thank you for your support'. Instead of saying 'sorry I don't have time to do that ' I can say 'thank you for understanding my decision'
It is a small but subtle change in words, which I believe will change the way I or you (if you choose to do the same) can influence , consider and treat ourselves and then outwardly to how we communicate with others. Improving our own emotional states and our ability to communicate effectively.
Saying sorry is sometimes very important to do but by using the word in it’s real context we will stand in our own power and at the same time put more value back into the word sorry for when it’s truly needed.
To share my affirmations today are:
“I am willing to use affirmations in a heart-felt positive way. I am willing to be surprised and inspired by the power of my own words.”
''My thoughts are filled with positivity and my life is plentiful. Thank you''
''I am saying thank you , to spread more positivity out into the world''
I would love to hear your affirmations, you ideas on how sorry can be changed to thank you and your experiences on how this has changed things for you.
I get asked a lot by friends and blog followers how I find the time to read as much as I do. Which gives me cause today reflect on how I do achieve this and why I put a value of importance on reading.
It’s not something I have ever found difficult to do and would frequently be referred to as a bookworm for I love most books , on various topics, both fiction and non fiction, and varied length , long or short books. Loving to read makes makes it a priority in my self care and fun routine but I realise and appreciate that sometimes busy lives and demanding priorities can make finding this time challenging. The main way I have found time to make this happen daily is through a minimum of 5 minutes a day in my miracle morning routine. If you haven’t read the book Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod make this your first book to read. It’s life changing and has made a significant difference to my life over the last 2 years. To give you an idea of the impact of including reading for 5 mins a day in a miracle morning routine. In just a week, an extra 35 minutes of reading. As I continue in a month that is 2.5 hours extra and in a year that is 30.4 hours extra. Assuming the average person reads 130 words per minute. That is a minimum of 237250 words! How many books would that cover?
Overviewing why it is important to read and what impact it can have on your life let me share what I found out. It can reduce stress by distracting you for a few moments, reduce negative feelings such as loneliness and anxiety. It allows you to become calm and in the moment. It can increase your knowledge and vocabulary. Increase awareness and bring insights or ideas. It is a perfect tool for improving memory, analytical thinking and problem solving skills, as you follow characters, plot or learn about a new topics. It can spark imagination, entertain you, make you smarter, increase awareness of yourself and the world around you.
I read recently about a new research report, commissioned for Quick Reads, that revealed 'adults who spend just 30 minutes a week reading are 20 per cent more likely to be satisfied with their lives'
Another way of making the time to read is to set yourself goals, allocate time to it and review your goals. For example this year I am participating in a reading challenge and have set myself a goal of 52 books in the year. This is a big number for me, you don’t need to set the same goal , if you didn’t read one book last year , set yourself of a goal of one this year. It’s about progress and enjoyment for your own self development. I’m on Goodreads if you want to follow me there.
I have created a bookshelf page here on the website where I will in time add links to all the books I have read or recommend and a link to help so that if you would like to share in the same reading I have done you can too. Please do share your favourite books and recommendations with me in return.
Todays day started at 5:30 am, it's a busy work day for me today and so I need to be up and organised. I follow the Miracle Morning routine everyday it brings such a sense of peace and calm to the start of the day and by the time i’m finished I am ready for anything.
Which is a good thing as I have a six year old to get ready for school, who likes to test my resolve by playing the game get dressed and then undress when mummy's not looking! She also has an infinite amount of energy and ability to make everything noisy! Then I have Sid the Sloth! No not a animal real one but a close resemblance - aka a teenager! All joking aside they are great kids but I have found children have few cares in the world for the time keeping of the adult world.
Doing my Miracle Morning means I have had some of the best parts of me time before they even wake up, giving me an better mindset for the day ahead.
As before I decided to journal and brainstorm my thoughts on what the next level 10 life category spirituality means to me.
• I believe spirituality is something that is different for nearly every person on the plant , I believe it is not only to be associated or directly connected to religion or a new age movements (although they clearly cross over) but a broad title to incorporate everything.
• I experience it in a holistic way (incorporating the whole) I see it as the eternal energy that hold us together physically, emotionally , I see it as nature around me, other people, animals , the elements, the sacred.
• I see it as something that evolves through time and practise and therefore needs to be flexible and fluid with no dogma or chain of command.
• I see it as a way of exploring the meaning of life .
• It's through practice and experience it is enhanced.
• It defines how we live our lives , beliefs , morals, goals etc .
• Develops and deepens patience, forgiveness, compassion, empathy and Love
Here are the things I have included under my Level 10 Life Goals for the heading and improvements in my Spirituality, (some of these I already do EVERYDAY through my miracle morning routine ) but it's clear to me I can experience them more often or in a enhanced way and as such can bring improvements
1. Daily Sit Spot outside in nature - no matter the weather
2. Meditation Daily
3. Monthly Ritual/Ceremony
5. More sound therapy practise
6. Follow the Miracle Morning Forever! This will include some of the things here needed to increase this area
7. Set my Goals - Level 10 and live them
9. Journal and write more
10. Be in nature more
I would love to hear your thoughts on this category and your experiences.
Today's focus is level 10 life goals for Personal Development. To focus myself I spent some time deeply thinking about what personal development means to me.
You see before I read The Miracle Morning a book by Hal Elrod (back in October 2016) to me the phrase 'Personal Development' reminded me of some kind of corporate jargon or slogan that was banded around, used loosely with no depth or thought to how it might improve work or even for that matter us as individuals.
Quite how or where this mindset originated from I am still unsure, never the less this was my perception, all I know now is that this is not the case , that pattern of thought , that internal wall really has and needed to be torn down and a new understanding has come.
My thoughts now on what personal development means are:
• Actions that improve awareness
• A way to develop talents
• An opportunity to finds potential
• A way to enhance the quality of life
• Contribution to making dreams happen
• Building aspirations
• Improving Confidence
• Knowing ones self and establishing own identity
• Has infinite possibilities and no end
• Can cover a wide spectrum of areas such as self, environment, ability, emotions, physical and social to name just a few...
Take a moment to consider what personal development is for you? How does it feel? What does it mean? What importance does it have? How does it show up in your life?
I am sharing my Level 10 life Goals for this year with you all. This is a process to be reviewed constantly throught the year and actually this blog is a way of extending my own Personal Development. I hope in doing this, I can also inspire you to find your own options.
I choose 10 areas for me to focus on;
1. Keep up with Miracle Morning rotine for Daily Meditation
2. Keep up with Miracle Morning rotine for Daily Visualisation and Affirmations
3. Keep a curiosity list and get creative
4. Keep up with Miracle Morning rotine for daily journalling
5. Listen to Podcasts - (plan to multi task/listening whilst driving or doing house work)
6. Read 52 books in a year
7. Set regular personal goals and review actions taken to achieving them
8. Get a mentor for specific career goals
9. Learn a new skill by course or workshop
10. Improve time management and boundaries - say no when needed
Do feel free to let me know yours so we may grow together.
Level 10 Life Planning was a concept I came across just over a year ago after reading a book called ‘The Miracle Morning’ by Hal Elrod and watching a video blog by Boho Berry .
It had such an amazing influence on my life in 2017. I am continuing the process again for 2018 and decided to share the process with you all through my blog, so you too can experience the benefits.
So where to begin in creating a “Level 10 Life?
Start by dedicating some time to the process where you can focus without distraction.
If you haven't read ‘the miracle morning’ book yet and your picking up this blog post for the first time, I highly recommend you pop over to the bookshelf or Hal’s website and check it out! It really is the most life changing book and where my inspiration and motivation got a kick start back in October 2016.
Rememebr your level 10 life is your own creation so there are no right or wrong answers and the timescales are yours to set. Taking positive steps both big and small towards your vision of of a level 10 life.
Start by breaking your life into 10 categories :
Family & Friends
Marriage (or what is applicable to you)
Then using a scale of 1-10 ( 10 being the highest and zero representing no satisfaction) score each area as they are now. Be honest with yourself after all there's no point in doing this practise if your not. There needs to be no judgement on how your scores compare to others , all you need to vision is what your level 10 life looks and feels like for you!
If your a keen on journalling like me you can click on my journalling link to find out more and get ideas on how you can include this in your daily weekly and monthly taking action, practise, planning and record keeping. The above spread is how I created a visual, but if this not for you just give yourself a score for each area , the important thing to do is to record it.
Next you need to set yourself some goals that move you from where you are now towards your level 10 life. I decided to allow space for 10 goals for each area. Giving me 100 tangible actions and things to do to take me a step further towards that. I wrote this down as well and will be sharing some of these with you over the next few weeks in up and coming blog posts.
Now that I have the goals, it’s time to take some action! Each week I refer back to my goals and decide what steps I’m taking that week in completing or working towards the goals I have set. No matter how big or small each step is taking action towards making it happen and moving my life towards a Level 10 Life.
The benefits of doing this .
Having goals and set plans, recording and reviewing them often means that they are more than just a wish.
Remember this does not mean you can't dream big! They are motivation, they let us take charge and be in control of lives giving us direction and purpose to making it happen. We bring fun, excitement and ultimately fulfilment to our lives meaning we are living our level 10 life.
So to start with I chose the category Family and Friends. I intend to have around 10 goals in each area on how I can make my life experiences with Family and friends better.
I am really grateful for all my family and friends, I already have them as one of my main priorities in life and spend a good amount of good quality time with them all.
So what can I do to make this area level 10? Even if this area is a level 10 for you already you will probably understand that relationships take work, so it doesn't hurt to set goals to maintain and improve them.
These are my top ideas on what makes family and friend relationships strong:
• Listen to each other (sound easy? I mean really listen, understand what they are saying, how they are feeling as they say it , and avoid thinking if your response before they have even finished).
• Engage in positive conversation (ask questions that are open and require conversation - you can try by starting with the words, who, what , where, when, why to keep it open) For example it's better to say 'what was the best part of your day?' than 'did you have a good day?'
• Spend time together - life is busy, chores need to be done, work has to happen , your tired but it's so important to make time for your family and friends both for them and for you.
• No fighting and fair outcomes - I can't say you or I will never disagree with our friends and family but if this situation arises separate facts from feelings and then in times of disagreements you will be able to communicate more clearly.
• Have integrity- this builds trust , be honest , be considerate and keep promises.
• Be there when needed - it is likely that if you are constantly doing the above you will be. Relationships become stronger when you can support each other.
• Be interdependent - this that means respecting and embracing your differences, and in doing so brining the ability to see the positive aspects this brings to your relationships. It means not being so inderpendant you can't let others in or feeling lonely and not being so dependant we fail to manage our own feelings and actions.
Here are some of my level 10 life goal plans - Family/Friends 2018
I would love to hear and see your experiences - you can use the comments bar or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Linda Perry (a.k.a. Magick Mummy)
Holistic Health Practitioner💚Mum👩👧👦 Wife💏Author📘Blogger. My mission to inspire others to live a healthy, happy & full life!