For as long as I can remember, I have not been a morning person. Ironically, I haven't been much of a "night person" either. In college, I could never stay awake long enough to hang out at the annual midnight concert.
So for most of my life, the majority of my really good work was done solidly during the day. However, like most people, as I got older and took on more responsibilities (giving birth to three children), I started to notice that the things that I wanted to focus on kept getting pushed back further and further until they were eventually carried over to the next day's things to do list. They were replaced by the priorities and agenda's of others. Sound familiar?
Looking back, it makes perfect sense now. That is probably why I've always struggled getting up in the morning. Who wants to get up to work on someone else's vision or dream (kids, boss, family, community, etc.). So like so may other people, I found myself in a perpetual love affair with my alarm clock.
Sure there were times when I suckered myself into becoming an early riser, like the two times I found myself training for a Triathlon or the time when I decided I needed to practice meditation and yoga (before the kids got up) but in general, I would do anything humanly possible for "five more minutes."
Until, I learned about the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. One day, I was sitting in a team meeting with one of my colleagues when she mentioned that she was participating in a Miracle Morning call. Immediately, I was intrigued. Deep down, I knew something in my routine had to change or else I would never advance to where I wanted to go. I asked her what the Miracle Morning was and she said,"it was a routine designed to allow you to strategically focus on your agenda first thing in the morning before your day even got started."
Whoa...Sign me up.
So first thing I did after leaving was head over to Amazon.com to sign up. One week later I was excitedly shut off my alarm and headed at 5:04 (after brushing teeth and washing face) downstairs to my family room. I open the book and start reading Hal's amazing story. One that had a very familiar undertone of feeling off kilter in your life. Knowing there is more, but not knowing how to get there. So page by page, I read abut how he turned his entire life around (after two really tragic car accidents) by setting aside structured time for th following:
1. Meditation: 10 Minutes
2. Affirmations: 10 Minutes
3. Visualization: 10 Minutes
4. Exercise: 10 Minutes
5. Reading: 10 Minutes (Personal + Professional Development)
Journaling: 10 Minutes
I started immediately and right away I was hooked. Sure, I had been journaling my entire life (since 14) but always very inconsistent. Yes, I meditated, but never every day. Sure, I visualized, a few minutes at the stop light on the way to pick up my oldest from crew but my life as a Mom, CEO, Wife, Friend, Daughter, Community Activist, etc. had prevented me from really getting too deep or too much traction on anything before "real life came calling." That is, until The Miracle Morning.
In fact, I loved it so much. I recommended it to the mastermind group I facilitated and all of my coaching clients. Guess what, they loved it too.
It provides structure and really sound advice on how to maximize your time. Let me ask you: When was the last time you had 50 minutes of uninterrupted time to visualize your dreams? When was the last time you read for 50 minutes something that could move your life, business or dreams forward? When was the last time you reminded yourself with affirmations how undeniably fierce you were for an extended period of time?
You can be honest.
Now, imagine how your day would play out if you structured it to work on your personal agenda, your goals and dreams before you did anything else. Every day.