I’ve recently re-committed to one thing I know benefits me immensely — getting up early. The earlier I get up, the more I get done, the better my day goes.
The difference this time is that I don’t immediately grab a cup of coffee and head to my desk to work. Instead, I’ve implemented a morning ritual that helps me achieve my broader goals.
This new approach came from recently meeting Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM). Hal and I presented at the same business conference, and I got to spend some time chatting with him — he’s a fantastic guy.
Hal’s advice in Miracle Morning is simple yet profound. What he did was take proven practices — developed over centuries of human personal development — and turned them into a daily morning ritual.
The activities are silence (meditation, prayer, or reflection), affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, and journaling. These are ways that people throughout history have advanced in their careers, their physical well-being, and their relationships.
I don’t do all of those as part of my new morning ritual, instead focusing on exercise, meditation, and reading. That’s what’s meaningful to me, and I think that’s the point. I may add in journaling after talking to my friend Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist) last week.
The results have been very real. One particular benefit has come from reading early in the morning, something I’ve never really done before. Each day, the simple act of reading a chapter or two of a book manages to spark a new idea related to what I’ll be working on later.
I highly recommend Hal’s book. And as of this writing, the Kindle version is only $1.99 — an absolute no-brainer purchase.
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Turn Down That Noise
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Game, Mindset, Match
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