The Game Changer
Disclaimer: This is going to sound too good to be true. There’s no way for it to NOT sound too good to be true, but here I go anyway…Jodie and I have just experienced a miracle, and that’s not an overstatement. I like to call it “The Game Changer”. If you aren’t ready for change don’t read any further. If you don’t want to be happier, more productive, more fulfilled don’t read past this paragraph….don’t want to be fulfilled or live the life of your dreams? Then stop right here! If you are OK with any of the aforementioned, read on.
Our Starting Point
Let’s start with a quick quiz. Do any of these apply to you?
- always tired, never feel like you’ve gotten enough sleep
- hate waking up in the morning
- usually hit the snooze several times just prolonging the torture of getting up
- never have enough time in the day to get it all done
- usually stay up late
- even when you go to bed at a reasonable time you still have trouble getting up
- lack direction
- disorganized, unproductive
- have trouble getting motivated
- trouble staying motivated
- have lots of personal goals and professional dreams but don’t seem to be making much progress
- lack confidence
- held back by fear or worry
- just trying to survive
- in a slump
- don’t want to get out of bed
- honestly pretty depressed
- wish you could be like those amazing people you read about with tons of energy, always excited about life and achieving the seeming impossible…
…who are these people anyway??
Did you check any boxes? Then this is for you! (Jodie and I checked a lot of boxes.) While we aren’t depressed we certainly struggle to achieve what we want to achieve in any given day, and don’t get me started about the ordeal of prying myself out of bed every day.
The Game Changer
So now that we’ve set the stage are you ready for THE GAME CHANGER???
What if I told you there’s a way to change all of the above? What if I said it could happen as early as tomorrow morning? You’d think I had lost it. Well, you certainly wouldn’t believe me. Ok ok. I know, I wouldn’t believe me either.
Remember the excitement you felt when you were a little kid and it was Christmas morning? Do you remember wanting to hurry up and go to bed so you could wake up? What if I said every day could feel like Christmas morning…only better because you knew that you got to do it again tomorrow morning and then next and the next?
Would you then want to bring out the word “miracle”? We might need to bring out the word ‘miracle”. I want you to get ready for it. I want you to get ready for your life to be remade, to experience what you have thought was impossible. You need to start dreaming, and I mean really dreaming! Big! Your biggest dreams, your most daring wishes…because it’s about to happen….to YOU!
The Miracle Morning
So enough prep talk…let’s get to it. The “game changer” I want to talk to you about something called “The Miracle Morning”, and it was created and written by Hal Elrod. Jodie and I listened to a pod cast as part of our homework for the course we are taking online and via live video classes with our guru and mentor extraordinaire, Monica Pruett. (Head to her blog and access her free awesome content and her courses here: The 6 Figure Blog)
Monica had already told us that she got up at 4:30 every morning (insert eye roll), and I was like, of course she does. She’s also the woman who wrote 100 sponsored blog posts last year and 100 the previous year. This is Monica; she’s not a “normal” person. She’s an extraordinary person. So yeah, I was not all that surprised when she told us she gets up at 4:30.
Monica wrote one phrase above the pod cast that said “The Pod Cast That Changed My Business”. Then she wrote “You’ll Be Unstoppable”….Well, I wanted to be unstoppable. And I thought to myself, maybe I can learn a thing or two (and just not get up early).
I listened to the podcast and my heart started to beat faster. The host said the magic words. He was a devoted night owl and had never thought it possible to be a morning person and yet here he was, a changed man…maybe there was hope for me after all.
Why? What happens before dawn that can’t happen after?
Mind set. We’ve heard of this before…Big deal, you say to yourself, I can “set my mind” at a reasonable hour. Trust me…that was totally my frame of mind! But just hold on folks…just stay with me.
It’s the difference between “I have to get up” and “I choose to get up”. When you greet your day with dread (as many of us overtired folks do) that sets your day in a direction….(need I even say which direction?) Furthermore, when you greet your day with unwillingness that sets your day. Hitting the snooze bar? That’s active procrastination. Is this the start of a grateful, productive, optimistic day? Or is this a day you’re just going to survive? The choice is yours.
Honestly, this was all news to me… I didn’t even realize I was making a choice. I just thought “I wasn’t a morning person”. Turns out, we don’t realize how many choices we are making. And these unconscious choices are hurting us. They are hurting our lives in far-reaching ways…and it’s literally time to WAKE UP!
Each day is a true gift. Treat it as such and the day will BE a gift. Treat it like an unwelcome enemy and that’s what you’ll get.
Are you ready to change your life? How about it, are you ready to give it a shot? If we can do it you can do it. We challenge you to try it for one week. Will you do it for us? (knowing that we want it for you because we truly care?) This is not your mother talking…it’s your best friend (insert heart eye emojis) Yes?
Here’s What to Do
- Buy the book. (this is an affiliate link above, provided for your convenience and to help pay the bills of this beautiful blog you’re reading 🙂
- Read the first chapters for free right at Amazon (if you are waiting for shipment). If you bought the Kindle version you can start reading right away.
- Begin tomorrow morning…once you start reading you’ll want to anyway.
- DO NOT WASTE ANOTHER DAY!!!
- Warning: Even though you can start don’t think you know it all without reading the entire book. Our mornings grew in power significantly after reading the whole book…(leave it to us to think we’ve got this before we’ve really got this 🙂
- Set your alarm clock for a solid hour before you need to get going for your day. I like to set mine for 1.5 hours early so I can get my coffee and get myself organized and build in a little extra time.
- To help you remember, Hal Elrod, the author of “The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your life” and inventor of this method created an acronym:
S.A.V.E.R.S: 6 steps to having your best day every day.
Silence, Affirmation, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, Striving
(Striving is a fancy word for journaling…”SAVERJ” wouldn’t have the same ring to it!)
6 Simple Habits to Change Your Life
Practice some form of silent meditation to focus your thoughts and energy. This can be deep breathing, reflection, gratitude, or prayer.
Write down positive affirmations…this is a proven powerful tool. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right either way”. Affirmation is something Jodie and I had never done before so we really needed to read Hal’s book for this one.
(I love this part so much). Picture yourself working toward your dream(s). Picture yourself doing the things you need to do to attain your dream. Imagine yourself becoming the person you need to become to reach your dream. Your dreams can change, by the way, so don’t feel pressure to pick “the right one”.
For Jodie and I, we want to write a book. We want to be published authors, so we visualize writing. We see ourselves typing away at our computers and visualize the book tour. Next, I see us on stage talking about our book. I see myself on the stage doing a headstand…then we are having a headstand contest….(more on this topic later 🙂
10 minutes of exercise of your choice. This is to get the blood pumping, endorphins flowing. You can do yoga, stretching, anything you want really…it all feels good. I start by stretching and ease into it. I’m always shocked at how good it feels. In my 50 years I’ve never started the day doing exercise even though I love to exercise…who knew?
Your first obvious choice will be “The Miracle Morning”. After you finish choose any self help you want. I currently have a pile of books 7 high waiting to be read. Consider this your self development fuel. Every day is an opportunity. If you aren’t motivated or don’t have direction on how to improve you probably won’t. As Hal reminds us, “It only takes one idea to change a life”. Focus on one or two ideas for the day and you are on the road to being the best you can be, achieving the life of your dreams.
As I said, this is a fancy word for journaling. Take the ideas swirling around your brain from your prayer time, affirmations, visualization, and reading and jot down your ideas. This last step will help you consolidate your thoughts, organize yourself, and also give you a record of your ah-ha moments. At this point I always have amazing clarity, and in one week I’ve had many ah-ha moments! This journal is now my most prized possession!
This is where we begin…
6 Simple Habits to Change Your Life
As soon as you accept this challenge you are on the road to creating the life of you dreams, whether you believe it not. You don’t have to have complete “buy-in” to begin and be successful. Agree to try it out…just for a week. I’ve never enjoyed getting up in my life (except Christmas morning when I was a kid…that’s it!) Now, I bound out of bed!! If you don’t feel profound changes you can stop. If you decide after a week that your time is better spent unconscious in your bed then you’ll have lost nothing at all. But what if this is the game changer for you? I’d hate for you to miss out.
(This is just the beginning of this blog series. I already have the 2nd and 3rd in the series planned and outlined. There is so much more to share.)
We are on a journey…together. How cool is that?
Now go set your alarm…tomorrow’s Christmas!
XO ~ Julie & Jodie