A big challenge I have been facing is staying focused on whatever I have on hand, and more importantly, staying motivated. For those who don’t know, I am in the process of selling my house and have been in escrow for the past month. This is the first house I have ever purchased about 6 years ago. It was a milestone on its own when I was able to purchase my first home and pay mortgage for the entire 6 years. Because life has a way of changing, as with ideals and expectations, owning a home became a burden to me. It is time to be untethered by the largest expense each month.
This is why you haven’t seen much activity on this blog or in my social media channels. I’ve been trying to wrap up escrow and pack for my move. I’ll be moving back with my mom on a temporary basis to get her house cleaned up as well, and then we will decide the next steps as a family. I’m hoping this would ease the burden for my sister and mom as we transition to a more predictable schedule where I will be home to watch over my mom and her needs.
Meet Hal Elrod
In times like this, having a set schedule or routine is an invaluable thing. That is why I started my Miracle Morning practice. I had heard the author, Hal Elrod, on one of my favorite podcast shows, Entrepreneur on Fire (thanks to Sasha at SashaMarieStone.com for the recommendation), and was captivated by his energy and his story. He had mentioned that he wrote his book The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) on the show. I added this to my “Books to Read” wishlist on Amazon and downloaded it 2 weeks ago. I consumed the 170 pages and have been putting this system to practice since September 19, 2014.
Hal’s book starts with a brief introduction of himself and why he came up with this system. He had 2 events in his life that were considered huge catastrophes: he was in a head-on car accident and his publisher of his first book, Taking Life Head On! (The Hal Elrod Story): How To Love The Life You Have While You Create The Life of Your Dreams, ran off with the earnings for his successful book release. Hal did not waver. He decided to come up with the Miracle Morning practice. The Miracle Morning asks that you wake up as early as possible to start working on a daily routine. He gives recommendations on waking up early with strategies like moving your alarm clock across the room, so that you have to get up to shut it off. He then dives into his Life S.A.V.E.R.S. practice in which you spend time to sit in silence, read affirmations, visualize your future, exercise, read, and scribe. Each of these things, individually, are very powerful practices as many successful people out there practice them regularly. He also has a 30 day plan for you to follow to immediately change your life. A very good call-to-action step as he asks you to fill out questionnaires and assess where you are in life and start making sure you take steps to get to a “Level 10” life.
It has been a little over a week, and I have committed myself to waking up at 5:30 every day (including weekends) to go through this routine, and it has completely transformed my life. My productivity skyrocketed, I am getting more exercise, I am more motivated to do the things I’ve always wanted to do or at least do the things I need to do. The extra time I get by waking up in the morning is the best gift I’ve ever given myself. Before most people wake up, I’m already executing my list of things to do and concentrating on improving my life.
If you’re in a slump and want to do something different to change your life, I highly recommend that you purchase The Miracle Morning and just get started. Go to MiracleMorning.com to find out more about this amazing book and read the first few chapters. If you need an accountability partner, I would love to help.
Do you have a daily practice, like the Miracle Morning? If so, please share below in the comments. I’m always looking for productivity tricks to improve my life. In the mean-time, wish me luck as I am looking to hit another milestone in selling my first house!
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