Miracle Morning Life S.A.V.E.R.S.: 6 Essential Practices

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Ready to change your life by transforming your mornings? What are the Miracle Morning Life S.A.V.E.R.S. and how can they make a difference for you?

In The Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod outlines the Miracle Morning Life S.A.V.E.R.S. These are six practices for the start of your day that impact your whole day—and your whole life.

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Starting the Day Right

You can literally change your life by changing how and why you wake up. That’s what the Miracle Morning Life S.A.V.E.R.S. are all about.

If you’re like most people, you delay waking up for as long as possible. You hit the snooze button and, ultimately, only drag yourself out of bed because there’s somewhere you must be. However, what you’re doing when you hit the snooze button is resisting your life, your day, and creating the life you want. 

The secret to waking up feeling energized and excited is to make each morning feel like Christmas morning felt as a kid. The Miracle Morning S.A.V.E.R.S. routine creates this experience by giving you purpose and excitement around developing into the person capable of creating the life of your dreams.

Starting your day with personal development creates energy and focus that carry over into the rest of your day. Also, when you do your Miracle Morning S.A.V.E.R.S. routine immediately upon getting up, you face fewer temptations to skip it than you would later in the day—for instance, feeling tired or too pressed for time.

If you have trouble getting up, try these wake-up tips: Place your alarm clock across the room, so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. After you turn it off, brush your teeth, drink a glass of water to rehydrate, and dress in your workout clothes. Then move to another room for your Miracle Morning S.A.V.E.R.S. routine so you aren’t tempted to go back to bed.

What Are the 6 Miracle Morning Life S.A.V.E.R.S.?

These practices comprise the Miracle Morning Life S.A.V.E.R.S.:

  • Silence: Starting your day with silence calms and centers you. There are five ways to practice silence: meditation, prayer, reflection, deep breathing, and gratitude. You can practice just one or combine them. Many people choose meditation, following these steps: close your eyes or look down at the floor, quiet your mind by letting go of intrusive thoughts, focus on breathing, be present in the moment.
  • Affirmation: Affirmations are positive, constructive statements that you repeat to yourself as a tool for reprogramming negative thinking to help you change or accomplish something. An effective affirmation is read aloud and states what you want and why, how you’ll change, and what steps you’ll take. 
  • Visualization: Through visualization, you increase your chances of success by imagining yourself achieving the results you want. Use your senses to see, hear, feel, touch, smell, and taste every aspect of your dream. Then, envision yourself achieving your goals. Also visualize the person you need to be to achieve them.
  • Exercise: Aerobic exercise, such as jumping jacks, pushups, and situps get your blood moving and raise your energy level. Alternatively, you could follow along with a yoga video. 
  • Reading: Reading self-help or inspirational literature gives you the ideas, strategies, and knowledge you need to achieve your goals. Learning from people who have already done what you aspire to do saves you from reinventing the wheel. Reading ten pages a day adds up to 3,650 pages a year or about eighteen self-improvement books.
  • Scribing: Writing in a journal allows you to record insights, ideas, successes, lessons, and opportunities for development. Try listing what you’re grateful for, your accomplishments, and areas for improvement plus the steps you’ll take to improve. Or just write a synopsis of your day.

Your Own Miracle Morning S.A.V.E.R.S. Routine

The Miracle Morning Life S.A.V.E.R.S. can be customized to fit everyone’s work schedule and lifestyle—for instance, you can spend ten minutes on each practice for a total of an hour or spend as little as a minute on each for a six-minute routine. You can spend less time on some practices and more on others and vary the sequence. Whether you’re a “morning person” or not, you’ll learn to wake up earlier, excited to start your day. Your Miracle Morning S.A.V.E.R.S. routine will become the key to unlocking your potential.

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Elizabeth Whitworth

Elizabeth has a lifelong love of books. She devours nonfiction, especially in the areas of history, theology, and philosophy. A switch to audiobooks has kindled her enjoyment of well-narrated fiction, particularly Victorian and early 20th-century works. She appreciates idea-driven books—and a classic murder mystery now and then. Elizabeth has a blog and is writing a book about the beginning and the end of suffering.

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