No, your eyes are not deceiving you. I really do get up at 5:15. Every day. Or at least, I have since the end of February. Before you denounce me as being insane, let me tell you why…
I Am Not A Morning Person
My natural inclination is to sleep in. I love lie ins, I’m pretty happy to go to bed early most nights and I’m the world’s grumpiest person if anyone dares wake me up. Although, my children don’t seem to have learnt this, and I’ve spent five years growling at them almost every morning. For real.
As I’ve talked about before, I’ve had depression and anxiety in the past, both of which give me an urge to stay in bed. I also have endometriosis and one of my key symptoms is fatigue. Plenty of
reasons excuses to stay in bed, right?
At the very beginning of this year, I decided to start getting up 15 minutes earlier. That felt like a big deal. Those fifteen minutes made all the difference to how calm the house was in the morning though. I even managed to squeeze in some sewing before school on days I was feeling motivated. Just getting up at 6:30 instead of 6:45 on a week day was making a huge difference!
That’s great, you might be thinking, but how on earth does that lead to getting up at 5:15?! It doesn’t. I didn’t have any intention of changing my wake up time. That is, until I read The Miracle Morning*.
The Miracle Morning
I must warn you, I am obsessed with this book. Written by Hal Elrod, it was published in 2012 and is now an international bestseller available in several languages. I’d heard of it before but always scrolled past it on Amazon. Get up earlier, you must be joking…
At the end of February I gave in and decided to read it. I did not have an open mind at all and figured I’d read it and pick holes in Hal’s argument for dragging my ass out of bed every day. More sleep is what I need, not less!
Despite myself, I was hooked from the beginning of the book. Hal’s personal story is so inspiring, you can’t help but like the guy. I won’t tell you the whole story, but he was hit by a drunk driver, died for 6 minutes and was told he’d never walk again and would have severe brain damage. I mean that’s enough for most of us to just totally give up on life. I’ve certainly thought the universe was against me for a lot less.
The book details how Hal overcame not only this rock bottom, but a second, and then devised The Miracle Morning after realising that working on his personal development was the key to success.
Success is something you attract by the person you become – Jim Rohn
Basically The Miracle Morning is implementing six rituals every day before you do anything else. This is why you get up earlier. Hal has packaged up these rituals in a neat way by calling them SAVERS. The SAVERS are:
I don’t want to go into detail breaking the SAVERS down, because Hal does it so much better in the book. My mornings are totally different since I started to do these rituals every morning. As Hal says, how you start your day sets the tone for the rest of your day.
Top tip if you use Evernote: you can keep everything you need, or links to what you need in one note that you can access everywhere. It doesn’t matter where I am I will have my Miracle Morning with me!
What The Miracle Morning Has Done For Me
When I posted a photo of the book on Instagram I said that it was life-changing. I mean that, it isn’t just hyperbole. Of course, the most obvious change to my life is that I’m up earlier every day. As a direct consequence of that, our mornings are calmer because I don’t spend the first twenty minutes of being awake feeling annoyed that I’ve been woken up! My daughters are getting up when they naturally awaken and they’re happier too.
As you might know, my day job is running an IT company with Andy. You might also know that I’m a qualified primary school teacher and teaching was always my dream job. Of course, there’s a bit of discord between those two and I admit that I’ve struggled with my confidence and my feeling of value, particularly since September. I credit Hal and The Miracle Morning with changing my mindset completely.
Committing to my personal development, before anything else in my day, has been the key to a happier life. I’ve realised what I do bring to our business and I’m confident talking to others about what I do. I’ve even embraced networking and meeting new people! As a direct result of that, we’ve gained several new clients and I’ve even worked on some solo projects.
More importantly, I’m happier. I’m calmer. I’m more positive. Exercising every day is starting to pay off; I have more energy. I’ve read more in the past couple of months than the last couple of years combined. My day is more focused now than it has been probably ever which means that I’m productive, not just busy.
Sadly for everyone around me, I could talk about The Miracle Morning and its benefits for hours! I’m aware that I’ve written a lot today, so I’ll leave it there but I am more than happy to talk to you about my mornings if you want to get in touch.
P.S. To answer the question I get asked every time I talk about The Miracle Morning: I go to bed between 22:00 and 23:00!