What is the perfect morning routine? Well, according to Hal Elrod it comes down to six essential items, the Acronym for which is SAVERS:
So if we’re diving into how to create the perfect morning, routine, the best way to start is to dive into the book called The Miracle Morning, which is written by Hal Elrod. This book has sold over a million copies, and It is self-published. If that doesn’t tell you how successful this book is then I don’t know what will because the most people who put out published books through big publishing companies, don’t get anywhere near a million copies.
Hal made this book on his own, published it on his own and sold over a million copies of it, so we’re gonna dive into his six key points to creating the perfect morning routine today, and you might be asking why.
Why do I want to create a morning routine? Well, if you look at the most successful people in the world, they have morning routines. If you look at Richard Branson, if you look at Tim Cook, Steve Jobs (when he was alive), but then also, if you look at and I don’t want to think just successful people as far as money is concerned, I also want you to at other successful people.
They could be happy, they could be successful, they could be spiritual.
The Pope has a morning routine. The Dalai Lama has a morning routine.
There’s, so many people that you would see as successful in life as far as they have great lives, whether that’s, money, spirituality, relationships, and they have a morning routine, and you might ask yourself: why do I want to develop a morning routine?
Well, most of the time what we do is we start our day in reaction mode. We wake up a few minutes before we have to leave and go to the office. We shower up real quick. We get ready and we’re gone and we’re starting our day on someone else’s time.
We’re starting our day in reaction mode, and we’re leaving to go to the office. We’re leaving to go, doing something that’s on someone else’s time. But it’s nice to wake up and have 30 minutes, an hour, 2 hours, just to yourself, for your own personal development, for whether that’s mentally, spiritually, or physically. It’s your own development and starting your day on your time, maybe before your kids, wake up, maybe for your your spouse wakes up, maybe before your roommates wake up.
You have this time to yourself specifically designed to work on yourself and, as we’re diving into the the six key points from the book, the mural good morning there’s, an acronym for it.
So when you’re trying to create the perfect morning routine, there’s, six different things that you can put into your morning routine. Now in the book he recommends that you do 10 minutes for each of these things, for each one of them, S A V E R S he suggests 10 minutes for each one of them.
Hey. You could do 10 minutes if you want to, or I recommend, if you look at them – and you say okay out of these six, I like these three, the most. Maybe you could wake up an hour early instead of spending ten minutes on each of the six, maybe you spend twenty minutes on the each of the three that you like the most it’s completely up to you. It’s your morning, routine, you don’t have to rush through it. It’s what you want to do that’s, the the most important thing.
So what is the first S stand for? It stands for silence. So often we wake up. We go immediately to our phone. We start getting ready, talking to people hopping on the internet hopping on phone calls, going to the emails whatever it is.
The silence can be silence with your eyes open.
Maybe you’re just sitting there enjoying the cup of coffee on your back porch and you’re, just giving yourself 10 to 20 minutes of just sitting, silently and enjoying yourself and enjoying your own time and enjoying your day.
It could also be meditation. This is a really good chance to start meditating and meditation is not that hard, and this is not going to be talking about how to meditate, but meditation is literally just being alone with yourself and closing your eyes.
You have no thoughts because most people think oh, I’m, not meditating correctly. That’s why I’m, not doing it!
It’s just taking time to silently be with yourself. If you think of when at your best, the great ideas come to most people when they are at their best.
Ideas come when they’re, either in the shower or when they’re on the toilet and sometimes when they’re driving their car. The reason why is because there is a focus on just doing the task at hand, working on autopilot.
If we’re saying your best studies come in the shower, well, you don’t, have the Internet in the shower taking up your time, you don’t, have people talking to you, you might not have music going, and so there’s very few stimuli coming through and you’re just there with your thoughts.
That’s when your best ideas can come through.
Well, why don’t you create the exact same space in your meditation, your SILENCE? You can sit there and you know you’re, not trying to stop your thoughts, just observe your thoughts, notice them, identify.
Okay, that was a thought and what you’ll notice. Is that, as you start getting better at this meditation the silence in the morning, some of your best ideas start coming through. I’ll, say my best ideas.
I meditated as soon as I woke up this morning, I had an amazing idea, being completely honest with you that’s when all of my best ideas come through. When I just stop being distracted.
So the first part that first part of the acronym SAVERS is the S which is SILENCE also known as meditation.
The second thing, which is the A stands for Affirmations and affirmations don’t have to be things like, “The universe is sending money to me from all areas of the globe,” like most people think they are.
If you’ve ever watched, The Secret, an affirmation is just a simple reminder. So an affirmation could be, “I’m, going to wake up and lead with love in everything that I do, and every person that I interact with.” That could be an affirmation.
Today. I’m, going to work really hard towards making $100,000 this year. That can be an affirmation.
Today, I’m, going to put a hundred percent of my focus into each conversation that I have. That can be an affirmation.
So the best thing to do is come up with three to five affirmations of what you want to work on. Reminders f ways that you want to improve and get better and this can be part of your morning routine and things you tell yourself over and over again every single morning. Just the simple reminders?
Visualization is extremely important and the reason why it is is that visualization allows you to be able to see the future that you want to create. And then what’s exciting about it is you go back into your normal day and you’re excited because you’ve seen what the future can be, and now you have more motivation to go and create that future.
There’s, a thing called the reticular activating system inside of your brain.
If you’ve ever bought a new car and you never see that car anywhere, but then after you buy it, you start seeing it everywhere. The reason is that your reticular activating system is basically the thing that filters out all of the bits of information that come into your brain all day long and allows you to get just the most important things.
So within one given second, this second right now, you have over two trillion bits of information that your brain could pick up on – two trillion bits of information per second, but your brain filters out everything except for 200 bits per second.
So that means it filters out almost 2 trillion bits of information per second, because it’s only allowing in 200. The reticular activating system is the thing that filters out all of the stuff that you don’t need at the moment.
So the reason why you see that car all the time, even though you never saw before, was because now that car holds a place in your brain, the reticular activating system notices that car whenever the car passes.
Now, what does this have to do with visualization? Well, when you visualize what you want, what happens? You start seeing people places things and opportunities pop up in your day because of the visualization you’re telling your brain in the morning – what you want it to focus on.
That’s, the point of visualization and you know people always say, synchronicity man. I was thinking about that today and then this happened. I was thinking about this person and then they called me.
It’s, the reticular activating system. You’re turning that part of your brain on to what you want it to focus on. So, instead of thinking about the negative things and things you don’t want to, start visualizing the things that you do want and you’ll start noticing them pop up.
The importance of visualization.
The fourth part of your morning routine is E which stands for Exercise. It could be working out, it could be yoga, it could be going for a brisk walk with your dog. It could be just moving a little bit more, maybe doing some stretches, any form of exercising in the morning.
There’s a ton of different studies that show that exercising in the morning usually helps people’s, brains become more productive and work better throughout the day, but it also gives them more energy throughout the day, so it’s, important to start your day with even 10 minutes of yoga 10 minutes of stretching or taking your dog for really brisk walk.
Exercise is a key point to your morning, routine.
The fifth point to your morning, routine, is the R which stands for Reading.
Take 10 minutes and read five pages, read ten pages, read thirty pages. It is completely up to you, but read in the morning, because what happens is your brain starts think instead of starting your day off on crap. I gotta take a shower, I gotta, go, get ready, to go. When you’re reading, you start becoming more inspired.
You start thinking about what the future could hold for you, based on the stuff that you’re reading. If you read and something that’s nonfiction then you learn something immediately; first thing in the morning, which might make you want to learn stuff more throughout the day.
So start your day off with reading as well. Take ten minutes, take twenty minutes. It’s up to you.
The last part, the sixth one, S stands for Scribe.
Scribe just stands for journaling, that’s all that it is.
Taking ten to fifteen minutes to write down what was great about yesterday.
What can I do to make today great? What are three things that I’m grateful for this morning start your day off and if you just want to make it easy, just ask yourself three things that you’re grateful for each morning.
It doesn’t have to be big things. It could be the fact that the outside there’s trees that take all of your carbon dioxide and turn it into the oxygen that you breathe today.
It could be that you still have your health; all of your children are healthy. You have great relationships. The sun is shining. They don’t have to be big things to be grateful for but start your day off by just journaling three things that you’re grateful for.
If you want to dive deeper into it, start to ask yourself good questions:
- where do I want to be in a year five years, ten years?
- what’s the number one thing that’s holding me back?
- what can I do to get past it?
- what do I want in my life?
- what do I want in my relationships?
- what do I want in my bank account
- what do I want in my career?
- am I a good person?
- are my finances okay?
It’s completely up to you just start journaling, scribing, the things that you want in your life, because now what happens is when you wake up in each day you’re, not being reactive.
You’re being proactive by finding the things that you want in your life and figuring out how to create those and bringing them into your life. So that is the way to create the perfect morning routine.
These are the six parts of it. So SAVERS means, Silence, Affirmations, Visualizations, Exercise, Reading and Scribing (aka journaling). These are the keys to creating a perfect morning routine. You can take 10 minutes on each and this could be your hour-long routine.
Take 10 minutes for each one of them. That’s six things times, 10 minutes each – that’s one hour. You know what I think to just make it easy on myself instead of feeling like I have to do all of them?
I could just do three of them and allocate twenty minutes for each one of them, so I don’t feel like I’m rushing you know. I really want to read. So maybe I’ll put reading in there.
I want a journal because I’ve heard about the benefits of journaling and I really need to start meditating.
So then, I’m gonna put my meditation in there.
Give 20 minutes each one of them and then once you get good at waking up and creating this morning routine, then you can expand it. Then you can wake up earlier, but make it as easy as possible for you to wake up and start doing these things.
That’s what I’ve got for you in this article. If you loved this episode, you can buy the book. The Miracle Morning, I definitely recommend it.