I recommend Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning (TMM), flat out. I took a chance on this book, because mornings were always something that I dreaded. My sleep habits were never something that I was particularly proud of. So I pushed aside my feelings about the fluffy title and went on the adventure. The six habits outlined in TMM have changed the way I approach waking up and have become an important part of making my day to day life better.
I have always been surrounded by over sleeping. My mother worked nights. Most of what I saw of her was the steady up and down of her breath in the sheets. My father is a larger man who often spends his time after work on the couch with his head raised to the sky filling the room with an orchestra of snores. For me, it was just natural to view oversleeping as the norm.
When I turned 28 I started to realize that this was not sustainable. My productivity drops significantly after 10pm and my energy level the next day suffers because of it. Then I read TMM.
Yo Pal Hal, as he is called, researched the most influential people of our time and determined the six most commonly discussed habits they practice. Then he did them all. I have found that each of the six “Life S.A.V.E.R.S.” fuels my everyday adventures in different ways.
The Life S.A.V.E.R.S.
The first S stands for silence. I wake up and perform 15 minutes of purposeful silence daily. For me, it comes in the form of meditation. By using various apps (My Affirmations, Headspace, and Black Lotus) I have started to hone the art of meditating. What I love the most about this practice is the removal of weight from my spirit after I have finished. I find that the fears and resistances I feel are least apparent after I have finished a mediation. I feel an openness in my heart that gives me a new perspective on many of the imbalances in my life and more courage to tackle them.
I wish affirmations were last on this list because it has been the most important for me. If you do not know, affirmations are the idea of reframing your story and telling yourself the new narrative. The theory behind it is that if you tell yourself something is true, the energy you create helps to bring it to truth. I can’t recommend them enough. I have used this habit to effectively alter my eating and workout habits, increase my confidence, improve my positive attitude and all around change my outlook on life. By focusing on creating a positive image of myself, I have rewritten the former narrative where I was an undisciplined person who thought he was fat and lazy. I now, honestly, have the most confidence and joy I ever have. This confidence in myself fuels the courage I need on the daily as an everyday adventurer. Without courage, trying new things is far too daunting.
The idea behind visualization is that you visualize all the sensory imagery involved in completing a certain goals. In these visions you see yourself completing them and enjoying the process that got you there. You start to see all the ways it is possible and the goal is more likely to come to fruition. For me this is the most difficult of the S.A.V.E.R.S.. But I still use it relatively effectively. Part of my struggle is that I do not have the most clear goals. So instead, I use my visualization time to go over my life plan. If you haven’t made a life plan, I suggest you read this post by Michael Hyatt, who is a fantastic leadership coach. By visualizing the steps that I have outlined in my Life Plan my visualization period reminds me of my priorities. And as I said last time, prioritizing is one of the most important steps in making sure you do what you say you want. By visualizing my Life Plan daily I have built in time to remind me what is important in my life right now and where I want to be. This has been invaluable in keeping me on track.
This one is self explanatory in a lot of ways. For me the benefits have included weight loss, more energy, increased confidence, more positivity. In addition to that a lot of my hobbies and preferred travel destinations involve a lot of physical activity. By exercising daily I have noticed a huge increase in physical strength (who would have thought). This strength will directly translate to hiking, kayaking and any other of my less day to day adventures that I have planned. Does exercising suck, sometimes. But when you find an exercise you enjoy, the work becomes more bearable and the benefits outweigh any of the detriments. I promise.
I was practicing this one before I read TMM. I love reading, specifically nonfiction because it opens my mind to new ideas. I have tried new things (like TMM) almost exclusively because I read about them. Reading keeps my “Adventures To Try List” ever expanding. By reading daily, not only do I have more ideas of things to do, I gain new insights into ways I can view life. It expands my perspective in ways that only travel or trauma can best. By reading daily (nearly constantly) I have received comments from friends saying I am noticeably more: open, wise, thoughtful, understanding, empathetic, honest, and loving. I credit expanding my reading material for that.
Scribing a.k.a journaling is the concept of introspectively writing in some format for self reflection. Admittedly, I bend the rules on this one a bit. I accept this, because I use my scribing time to write for the blog and for other non-blog related writings. I scribe to foster the writing habit I have created. Writing has been a instrumental habit for reflection and affirming that I can have discipline on the day to day. This discipline bleeds over into my working out, eating habits, and scheduling process. By remaining disciplined in one aspect of my life it has allowed me to be consistent in others. This consistency is how I frequently find myself scheduling new adventures into my life.
So that’s it. These are the six ways The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod influence the way I create everyday adventures. Do you practice any of these habits? What result have you seen? Or do you disagree?
John Latona Jr., The Boy with the Bear.