Friday, March 11, 2016

The Power of a Morning Ritual

Miracle Morning


I can't stress this enough, it is SO important to have a morning ritual. I say ritual instead of routine because a routine is basically just going through the motions. A ritual is something you truly take to heart and learn from each and every day.

A while back, I was going to sleep late like 2 or 3 AM and waking up late as a result. I didn't have a planned time to workout. I was always groggy, with no energy when I woke. I basically was setting myself up for failure every single day.

I decided I was going to change the course of my life and start each morning with "The Miracle Morning" and get myself going in the right direction. It has been truly life changing! :)

If you have a full time job, if you're a mom, or a student you can STILL have a morning ritual. It doesn't have to be this exact one. It can be as little as 5 minutes in the morning. I am just sharing with you what has worked worked for me since the beginning of this year, and the first step is to have that ritual that you are going to stick with!

So the way I start my morning ritual is with SAVERS (this is taken from The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod).

S- Silence
A- Affirmations
V- Visualization
E- Exercise
R- Reading
S- Scribing

The first thing I do when I wake up at 6 AM is turn my phone upside, eliminate all distractions, and go through a quick guided meditation. If you're like me, as soon as you wake up you have a hundred thoughts racing through your head. Many times, it's just too much to be thinking about at once. So I sit down in my clean work space in my pajamas and go through a 3-5 minute guided mediation. Some of the best you can even find on Youtube. Like anything, this can be difficult at first, but once you get used to listening to soothing sounds it becomes very freeing. One of my favorites on Youtube is "Free Your Mind" but you can just type in 3 minute guided meditation and many will pop up. This part of your ritual WILL get easier as you learn to let those racing thoughts go!

Love Yourself
Daily Affirmation Calendar :)

After you are relaxed and free from worry, the next step is to go over affirmations. I got my morning affirmations from a calendar I purchased on Amazon by Louise Hay. Each day has it's own affirmation that I read to myself to remind myself of positive thoughts. This is SO important! Positive thoughts equal a positive life! You can go on Pinterest, you can go on Youtube, there are many ways to find affirmations. Affirmations truly help change your life. They help build confidence, they build self-love. Affirmations can truly improve so many aspects of your life.

Next, is to visualize what you want for your life. You can write this down, but I personally have a vision board that I made online and I am always adding to it. I have this as my computer background, I always have it in sight so I can visualize the things I want in life. Visualizing goes hand in hand with affirmations. I use my vision board to speak positivity into my life in the present tense!

When my morning ritual is complete, I exercise. #DUH lol. I exercise every single day! It's a really important part of my life. I drink my pre-workout while I'm doing one of my other activities in the Miracle Morning, and then I workout as soon as it is completed. Working out helps with my health, with my mindset, with my confidence, with my appearance. Exercise is another activity that is just too important for every aspect of your life, it cannot be skipped!

While I'm drinking my pre-workout, I read my personal development. Personal Development can be read, or you can listen to an audio book, a motivational podcast, or even catch a quick motivational video on Youtube. I usually read about one book per month if not more, and listen to other things in-between. This helps to continually fuel my mind with positive vibes.

Finally, the last part of my morning ritual is to scribe... which means to write something down. Sometimes I write down a list of people I am thankful for, sometimes I write down a to-do list and prioritize tasks that align with my dreams and goals.

Again, when my Miracle Morning is done, this is when I do my workout!

I do this morning ritual every single day! It is something that is so important to share with you because I see how much it has changed my life. I have been able to grow my fitness business that I run entirely from home and I truly believe it's because of my complete mindset shift as a result of having a morning ritual. I have been able to build better relationships because of how I have been able to grow as a person. I am able to handle high stress situations because of the things my morning ritual has taught me. I've kept my diet on track and I stuck to my new program Hammer & Chisel without cheating. I've all around changed as a person and it has affected my life in such a positive way.

I encourage you all to pick up "Miracle Morning" if you haven't already and get started with a morning ritual!

If you need any help with these steps, or would like to chat about starting a morning ritual, please send me an email at LaurenMchugh14@gmail.com

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