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Friday, August 30, 2019

The Miracle Morning

One of my goals for this year was to get back into reading. I've always loved reading but over the last few years(that should read decade) I had slowly but surely got out of the habit of reading.
In January I chose a few books from one of our local libraries and one of them was called The Miracle Morning. I posted on Instagram that I would e giving it a go and had quite a few messages from people saying that they had heard of The Miracle Morning and could I let them now how I found it.
So here it is...
I know it's now August but it's definitely not a book that you read once and then implement and I also wanted to be honest about the book and process which I knew wouldn't be possible after trying it for just a few weeks.

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The book is designed to help people build simple habits that will go on to create positive changes in life. Many experts have hailed it as a life changing read saying that it "contains the building blocks to get your life back on track or turn it around."
 I had a copy from the library which meant I couldn't make notes on it which I quickly realised wouldn't work. I ordered myself a copy from Amazon and picked up where I left off. 
The idea of The Miracle Morning is simple yet effective. It involves getting up earlier than usual(not ridiculously early though) and spending time alone to focus yourself on being the best version of you. 

I quickly set about making notes on suggestions in the book; things that would work for me, things that weren't practical etc 
The book tells you that The Miracle Morning consists of 6 life SAVERS 

  You have a period of Silence
A  You read or say Affirmations
V  You do Visualisations
E  . You Exercise
R  You do some Reading
S   You spend some time Scribing, journalling, writing etc

All of this is done in the time that you wake up earlier before getting ready to face the day ahead.

The books author, Hal Elrod suggests what you could do for each activity and how long to spend on it but I found myself getting so hung up on his suggestions that the first 3 days that I tried to implement it I just didn't feel that it was working for me. I looked at the SAVERS again and this time decided to reorganise them in a way that worked better for me and after a few mornings of doing it my way I felt this was something that definitely was making a difference to my days and my mental well being too.

"But don't you find getting up earlier hard?"
This is question that I get asked the most and the truth is sometimes yes. I learned rather quickly though that my usual bedtime of after 11pm wouldn't work with The Miracle Morning but actually wasn't working with my normal routine either so I decided that going to bed an hour earlier was worth it. If you establish a good bedtime routine then it definitely makes getting up earlier much easier.

"Aren't you tired all the time?"
This is the second most commonly asked question. There are days where it gets to about 1pm and I am shattered and just want to nap but equally before I started TMM and on the days that I don't do it I still can and do have days that I feel tired. Making small changes to my lifestyle has helped combat the tiredness and I also believe that TMM has made those changes possible.

"It won't work with my lifestyle/family!"
I'm not even going to lie, after first reading the book and trying it for 2 days this was me. "It doesn't work, I'm too busy, I don't have the time, It's inconvenient" every excuse you could think of I had. It was when I sat down and really thought about what I want from life and how I could achieve those things that I knew that I had to give this a proper go and if after that it didn't work then fair enough. There is a quote or saying that is always doing the rounds on Facebook about people making time for what they want and it's true. If you really want to do something you'll find a way.

I won't lie and say that it's always easy and I do give myself 2-4 days off of TMM a week depending on what my week looks like(ie, during the summer holidays it wasn't physically possible to be able to do it for 7 days a week because of our plans) and I won't say that as a result I have millions in the bank or have lost all the weight I want but what I will say is that this process is undeniably helping me make positive changes to my life and helping see that my goals are more within my reach than I ever dreamed.

If you've tried The Miracle Morning I'd love to know how you've found it and if you are going to give it a go because of this post then please keep me updated.

Emma xoxo

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