Tips, tools and resources to create your Miracle Morning.
I used the Elrod’s concept of S.A.V.E.R.S. as a foundation upon which to build a Miracle Morning. It was a great way to stop trying to do too much with unrealistic expectations of the time I could commit to consistently everyday.
S – Silence
Have you thought about changing your morning routine? Have you considered creating your own Miracle Morning?
I’ve received emails asking how to start creating a miracle morning. Questions about what to include, the amount of time it takes and how to not feel overly indulgent by dedicating this time to yourself every day.
Over the next few weeks I will share tools and tips for each of the S.A.V.E.R.S. of a miracle morning.
First, if you’re not familiar with Hal Elrod’s book, start here, Start Your Day With a Miracle Morning.
Next, a week or 2 ago we talked about the second “S” of S.A.V.E.R.S., scribe. Take a look at How To Journal and the Inspiration To Start for inspiration and journaling prompts.
That catches us up to today. The “A” of S.A.V.E.R.S., affirmations. It can be a tough to wrap your brain around this one. Initially, skepticism about the power of your thoughts is not unusual. It becomes a faith in your actions and an acceptance that you have the power to make a change. I know because I was skeptical at first. Then, 2 things opened my heart and mind to the possibility and potential of affirmations:
1. I had experience with convincing myself I wasn’t good enough with my thoughts so it seemed logical that the opposite might work as well, if not better.
And, 2. What did I have to lose? Nothing. So why not try it? I had so much to gain.
With negative thoughts we can talk ourselves into believing that we are not good enough. But, with a conscious effort, we can do the opposite with positive thoughts about ourselves and that can be very powerful.
Affirmations are positive statements usually target a specific area, behavior or belief. They can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes.
You might be skeptical of the power of using positive affirmations to create success and positive change in your life. Positive affirmations are like exercise. Many of us do repetitive physical exercises to improve our physical health. Affirmations are like exercises for our mind and outlook. These positive mental repetitions can reprogram our thinking patterns so that, over time, we begin to think – and act – differently.
Still a little skeptical? Dr. Christian Jarrett, author of Great Myths of the Brain and The Rough Guide To Psychology: An Introduction To Human Behavior and the Mind, reports there are three main psychological explanations for why self-affirmation is beneficial: First, it’s simply enjoyable to dwell on what we value; second, when we’re feeling threatened by a particular criticism or failure, the technique reminds us of those things we value about ourselves more broadly, that are separate from the threatened aspect; third, by broadening the basis of our self-worth, it can help us regulate our emotions.
Evidence-based research shows that affirmations actually change the brain on a cellular level.
Your thoughts matter—a lot.
“Thoughts have a direct connection to your health,” says Dr. Joseph Dispenza, neuroscientist and author of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself. Dispenza explains that your thoughts make a chemical. If you have happy thoughts, then you’re producing chemicals that make you feel happy. Negative, angry thoughts and fearful thoughts also produce chemicals to make you feel how you’re thinking.
Affirmations can help you reshape limiting beliefs, emotions and attitudes that may be preventing you from success and living your best life.
You can use affirmations in any aspect of your life that you would like to make a positive change.
You might want to:
- Raise your confidence
- Control negative feelings such as frustration, anger, or impatience
- Improve your self-esteem
- Finish projects you’ve started
- Improve your productivity
- Overcome a bad habit
- Improve a relationship
Affirmations are most effective when you use them with other strategies, such as goal setting and visualization.
Affirmations For Your Miracle Morning
- I am in charge of my mind.
- I am strong in mind, body and spirit.
- I feel good about being me.
- Amazing opportunities exist for me in every aspect of my life.
- I choose to be happy right now.
- I am grateful for all that I have.
- I live in joy.
- I am positive and optimistic.
- I believe things will always work out for the best.
- I can create the life I want.
- I am excited about this day.
- I choose to love with an open heart.
- I have unlimited potential.
- I will consciously create my future.
- I embrace happiness as my natural state of being.
- I feel joy and contentment in this moment.
- I awaken in the morning feeling happy and enthusiastic about life.
- I can tap into a wellspring of inner happiness anytime I wish.
- I find joy and pleasure in the most simple things in life.
- I rest in happiness when I go to sleep, knowing all is well in my world.
- I know exactly what I need to do to achieve success and commit to doing it.
- I trust myself and know my inner wisdom is my best guide.
- I am grounded in the experience of the present moment.
Tips for Creating Affirmations
- Choose a negative thought.
- Externalizing that negative thoughts. Get the negative thought out of your head and into the world by writing it down. This step is symbolic in nature and helps you disconnect from the limiting thoughts by replacing them with supportive and encouraging beliefs.
- Decide what you really want and why you want it.
- Affirm in the present. Write and speak to your affirmation as if it is already happening- I am ______.
- Keep them positive. Avoid words that imply the negative (no, not, never, don’t) and/or being without (I want, I wish, I would like).
- Make them mentally and emotionally powerful. Use words that elicit positive emotions and statements that excite you.
- Keep your statements within the realm of possibility. If you can’t believe them it’s unlikely the affirmations are going to affect your life.
- Commit to repetition. The aim is to embed the positive affirmations in your mind to replace the negative and self-limiting beliefs. You need to affirm your desires as often as possible to create new thought patterns, new memories, new attitudes and new expectations.
Che Garmin, author of Affirm Your Life, explains, you can’t reprogram a lifetime’s worth of negative self-talk by saying affirmations twice a day. You need to bombard your subconscious mind with a constant stream of positive thoughts, words, pictures, sounds, and emotions. Your goal has to be in front of you at all times.
If you seriously want to change things, you must be prepared to flood your subconscious mind with all the direction and passion you possibly can. Repeat your affirmations every chance you can, until you reach your goal. Persist until you succeed.
Affirmations are never a final draft. As you grow, evolve and priorities change so should your affirmations.
- Affirmations can help you overcome negative thoughts and beliefs.
- Repeat your affirmations often, especially when negative self-talk begins to run through your mind.
- Affirmations are much more powerful to elicit change when used with goal setting and visualization.
- Affirmations will change over time.
- Your thoughts matter.
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