A few weeks ago I was introduced to Hal Elrod and his book, The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM), through one of the many podcasts I listen to.
It is safe to say that the concepts Hal shares in his book have changed my life.
Before I discovered my Miracle Morning routine, this was what my mornings looked like:
7:00 AM: Wake up
7:05 AM: Make coffee
7:10 AM: Check my email
7:15 AM: Play around on the internet
7:45 AM: Get ready for work
Looking back, I can’t believe I wasted so many mornings doing things that brought no value to my life.
It is so important to start each day with some type of purpose.
I never imagined I’d be able to willingly get myself up out of bed before 6 AM every morning and achieve this much, all before 7:30 AM. There are some things I’ve always wanted to do (like meditate and write in a journal), but never felt like I had the time for them; hence, those are the things that I focus on in my Miracle Morning agenda.
Here are what my mornings look like now:
5:45 AM: Wake up
5:50 AM: Make Coffee (most mornings it is Bulletproof)
6:00 AM: Meditate using Calm app on my iPhone
6:15 AM: Write in my Five Minute Journal using Day One on my Mac
6:20 AM: Read my daily bible verse
6:25 AM: Pray to God
6:30 AM: Read a book or catch up on stored articles in Pocket
6:45 AM: Write on my blog or brainstorm future ideas
7:00 AM: Learn new skills on Treehouse
7:20 AM: Optimize social media posts for the day using Buffer
7:30 AM: Get ready for work
I now start each day feeling more focused, happier, connected to God, and accomplished than I ever have before.
The Model T was created after Henry Ford and his partner shipped a very imperfect Model A automobile, and had their mechanics gather real-world information about problems with the car. And then they made it better, one problem at a time.
They only gathered this information by shipping the car.
You’ll only gather the real-world information you need to make the habit stick (exercise, diet, meditation, reading, creating, non-procrastinating, yoga, etc.) by actually doing the habit.
My procrastination habit is vicious.
I find that, most of the time, much of what I’m afraid of (not knowing where to start, feeling unprepared, and the fear of failure) disappear once I actually start working on something.
And that fear of failure is a funny thing.
The fear of failure keeps me from producing things that matter, yet inherently I’ve failed because I never produced anything at all.
Risk is involved in everything that we do.
Everyone fails at one time or another.
Whether we fail by doing or fail by not doing is our choice to make.