Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you enjoyed yourself and indulged a bit. Its good for you. Really, it is.
2015 was an incredible year for me personally.
I wrote a book. My 2nd child was born.
I got really sick, stayed sick, but then got better. (Doctors are still unsure what it was, but says my blood work is ok now.
My company Myriad Real Estate tripled our business from the previous year (mostly due to Facebook which I wrote a book about.)
I also discovered The Miracle Morning. I’ll be honest, the original book is not amazing. The concept is incredible, but for someone who reads a lot (me) it wasn’t the best writing.
I do recommend this book, which is a sequel to this book. Here’s the scoop: Michael Maher wrote a book called 7 Levels of Communication. It is fictional story told in a novel format about a character who develops and learns great sales techniques. I recommend it for anyone in sales even though this book is about the real estate business.
Hal Elrod wrote The Miracle Morning, a true story about his life, and then teamed up with Michael Maher to co-write a sequel to 7 Levels of Communication based on the principles taught in The Miracle Morning. Confuse yet? No? Ok good!
Conclusion: I took the lessons learned from The Miracle Morning and applied it to my own life. For those who are familiar, there is a technique called SAVERS and the idea is to wake up early and start your day with SAVERS every morning. Win the morning, win the day.
Silence: Meditation or actually just sitting in a room silently for a bit. I struggled with this for a while and really took a leap when I download the app Headspace on my phone. There were 10 free days of guided meditations an I loved it so much I bought a year subscription.
I used to be against meditation merely because I thought it was lame. I was so naive. I still am I suppose, but at least I meditate now.
The problem is, I don’t do it nearly enough. I never feel like I have time which is my least favorite excuse about anything. On days I meditate, everything slows down for me. There is less confusion and more clarity. I compare it to when Keanu Reeves as Neo in the Matrix finally discovers his powers and is able to not only dodge bullets but stop them. You should try meditating.
There are many different types of meditation. I have found that guided meditation works best for me. It might work for you too. If it doesn’t, I wouldn’t give up trying other methods.
Affirmations: This means clearly defining your goals and what you want to achieve. A complete affirmation would be something like: I am going to write and publish my first book by July 1st and I will accomplish this by dedicating 2 hours every day to writing and editing until completion.
Do you see how this is different than: “In 2015 I will write a book.”
If you start each morning reading and writing these affirmations, then you will set yourself on the right path to achieving them throughout the day.
Visualization: What does the perfect day look like? Visualize it. Your commute to work, your meetings throughout the day, what you will say to your boss, everything! This essentially becomes a practice run of your entire day. As you continue to implement this you will have much better control of your thoughts and emotions throughout the day. Very powerful stuff.
Exercise: This doesn’t have to be an intense gym session. Just something to get your heart rate up. You can still hit the gym later in the day if thats your style, but the morning exercise wakes up the brain, gets your blood flowing and will result in you drinking less coffee throughout the day.
Reading: No, not Twitter or Facebook. A real book. A self help or motivational book. Get your mind stretched out with some positive and potent thoughts. Its like a morning workout for your brain. Even a chapter at a time or just 10 minutes is enough to set you off in the right direction.
Scribing: Just means writing, but scribing starts with an ‘S’ and that better fits the acronym. Journaling is very underrated in our society. There was a time when all the bad ass members of society kept journals. Today, it mostly consists of teenage girls. I hope this changes.
I was SHOCKED how much of a difference the meditation would make. I was also SHOCKED with how much I not only enjoyed journaling, but how much it decreased much of my anxiety. I would go back a month and read some of my entries only to see that 30 days ago I was really stressed about something that today I didn’t even remember.
How often does that happen to us? I’ll tell you: a lot! We spend way too much time worrying about things that never will happen. Try it. Start journaling and then look back every few weeks and reflect on how far you have come.
I never write more than 2 paragraphs. Often just one paragraph. Things I am thinking, things I have to do that day, things I love and things I don’t love.
During this time I also lost over 3o pounds.
Maybe I should have started with this?
It started for me just by waking up earlier. If I wanted to get up before Penelope (my new born) I had to wake up at 4am. If I didn’t, she would wake me up at 4:30. I found that when I took control and got up on my own, my day improved and I didn’t resent her for not letting me sleep (parents know what I mean).
If I wanted to wake up at 4, then I had to get to bed by 10. This meant watching less TV at night, but also less drinking alcohol. It was hard at first, but then I began to really look forward to my mornings. I spent time with just Penelope, which is hard to do with a toddler and a business.
So now I wake up at 4am, give my daughter a bottle, she falls back to sleep, and I spend an hour or so doing SAVERS. Then its 5am and I have a coffee and feel incredible. The sun is still asleep, my family is still asleep and I am wide awake and focused. Now I either start writing (working on my second book) or answering questions on Quora.
By the time 8am rolls around I have already accomplished more than most people do all day, including me only a few months earlier.
Its ok if you aren’t a morning person. I wasn’t either.
Its ok if exercising early sucks. I still don’t like it. (I just like how I feel after)
Its ok if you don’t want to improve your life and feel good all the time. It doesn’t matter to me either way.
All I know is I am far from perfect and even I do not follow SAVERS morning every day. But the days in which I do I enjoy much more, so I am just trying to get a little bit better every day.
How about you?