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Update: Two Weeks of The Miracle Morning
Two weeks ago, I posted that I was tired all the time and that I needed a miracle. I had just read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, which advocates that if you wake up an hour earlier and devote an hour a day to seven key areas of self development, (Silence, Affirmation, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, Writing). you will see dramatic changes in your life, from feeling more energized, productive, and centered.
I committed to doing this and blogging about it. I admitted that I am NOT a morning person by any stretch of the imagination and that I’ve already been struggling with trying to go to bed earlier each night anyway, so to add a new wake up time of 5:15 a.m. was going to be really challenging (and probably make me really cranky).
So, here’s my experience of the first two weeks:
1. I decided to start this while I was in Los Angeles for five days attending a conference. Since I’m from NY, this might seem crazy given the time change, but my rationale was that since I was alone, I would have a better chance of getting off to a good start than if I were at home and being awakened every few hours by my son who is having trouble sleeping. One of the recommendations is that you say a bedtime affirmation to help your subconscious prepare for the new routine in a positive way. I was not sure how this was going to work since no part of me wanted to get up at 5:15 in the morning (especially since it’s now pitch dark). But I said the affirmation anyway: “I am going to bed at 10:23 p.m. and awaking at 5:15 a.m. I will wake feeling refreshed and energized no matter how little sleep I may feel I got.”
2. When the alarm went off the next morning at 5:15 a.m., I got up (I put it on the other side of the room) and have to admit that I actually felt pretty good. I went through each of the 7 elements and was shocked and amazed that I exercised, wrote a proposal and was showered and dressed before 7 a.m.
3. Day 2 went pretty much the same except that I went to bed later, so I didn’t feel quite as perky, but I still completed it.
4. Day 3 didn’t go so well. I stayed up too late, so when the alarm went off at 5:15, I reset it for 7 and then did TMM.
5. Day 4 I did a shortened version because I was checking out of the hotel and needed to pack.
6. Day 5 didn’t happen because I flew all night and landed at 10 a.m. and slept for much of the day.
7. Day 6 was the first day of doing TMM at home while my husband and son were here. My husband was shocked to see me up at 5:15. Thankfully, my son slept. I did everything, but wasn’t as efficient because I didn’t get everything ready the night before.
8. Day 7 did it according to plan.
9. Day 8 did it according to plan, but noticed a difference if I went to bed later. I also noticed a difference because I didn’t say the bedtime affirmation.
10. Day 9 did it according to plan. I liked that I got a mini workout in before going to workout with my personal trainer (instead of dragging myself into the gym half asleep).
11. Day 10 did it according to plan, but started at 7:15 since it was Saturday.
12. Day 11 Got up at 5:15 with every intention of doing TMM before having to be at church at 7:30, but sat down on the couch “for a minute” and fell asleep until 6:45.
13. Day 12 Forgot to do the bedtime affirmation and realize that does make a difference. I did TMM, including a really good workout using an awesome iPhone app called 7 Minutes, which gives you 12 exercises in 30 second drills with 10 seconds of rest between. Felt great, put my son on the bus, and then came inside. Thought I would just sit down to watch the rest of Good Morning America. Before I knew it, I had slept for four hours.
So, clearly I still need to work on making this work for me, but I am committed to it.
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Robin Taney, (aka the “Get R.E.A.L Girl”) is the owner and founder of Studio 4 PR. She works with creative, independent, and “kitchen table” entrepreneurs who are highly motivated to be found by their perfect client. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, and sign up for mailing list You are welcome to use this post on your blog, provided you do not alter it in any way and include a link to this blog.
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