The Morning Miracle & You...The Postage Stamp Method

Consider the postage stamp. It wants to reach its destination as soon as postage stamply possible.  But inevitably it knows there will be bumps along the road. Knowing this ahead of time, it prepares itself. How? By sticking to a set routine. It inches itself to the front of the mail processing line as early as possible. In the wee hours of the morning, when most people are still asleep, the postage stamp is doing its thing. It is traveling and bumping against other boxes, inching its way closer and closer to the delivery driver.

If you’re this far along in the book, you are to be commended. I’ve just spent a lot of time talking to you about how to build your self-esteem and why delaying gratification will have success knocking on your door among other things. But in order to really get started, you need a system, a framework I dare say, that you can continually come back to when you feel down. It happens to the best of us. Remember, it’s resistance at work. In the book, The War of Art, Steven Pressfield says “Resistance’s goal is not to wound or disable. Resistance aims to kill. Its target is the epicenter of our being: our genius, our soul, the unique priceless gift we were put on earth to give and that no one else has but us. Resistance means business. When we fight it, we are in a war to the death.”

Let me now introduce you to the Hal Elrod. I picked up his book, the Morning Miracle a few years ago and it instantly resonated with me. I was already a morning person, routinely waking up at 4 a.m. in order to get my day started, but this gave me the framework and the continued inspiration I needed to keep it going.

 

In this interview with Navid Moazzez, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vITtDKIu1Gk

Hal Elrod shares his very inspiring story, and how the Miracle Morning is the not-so-obvious secret guaranteed to transform your life, and much, much more.

 

Do you want more for your life? Then you need to become better. The way you do that is with something you do every day. You must, like clockwork dedicate the time each day to becoming the person you need to be. Instead of making a ‘to do’ list, you need to make a ‘to become’ list. You must ‘be’ before you can ‘do’ and you must ‘do’ before you can ‘have’. “What’s valuable in life is not what you get, but what you become,” said Jim Rohn.

 Is resistance winning in your life?

I don’t know you, but I’m going to say yes it is. How do I know this? Because it manifests itself in how you start your day. Consider the alarm on your phone. Every night you set it and every morning, you hit snooze. Now, let’s give this some thought. The very first action of your day is to hit the snooze button. This may seem inconsequential, but is it really? Once again, it goes back to the word easy. It’s easy to hit the snooze button and most do. But what people do not understand is that this action doesn’t just affect that moment, it affects everything you do thereafter. The snooze button allows you to delay. Delay what? It allows you to delay, wait for it, your LIFE. By that one act, you are saying you prefer to remain unconscious in your life than to get up and create the life you want to live.

Have you ever heard of isolating incidents? This is when you mistakenly think that one thing you do does not affect any other thing you do. For example, if you miss that early morning workout:

·        You’ll probably procrastinate on that project

·        Then, you’ll most likely eat that fast food because you procrastinated

·        Because you ate what you know you shouldn’t, you need a little retail therapy, so you buy that item on credit

·        You definitely won’t drink 8 glasses of water this day because of all the sugary drinks you had at lunch

·        You’ll likely head back to the office and gossip about your friends/coworkers  because you see them making progress and you’re not

·        When you get home, you’ll  scream at your kids because you’re frustrated with yourself

·        And finally when your mate gets home, you’ll start an argument with him/her because you failed to keep your word to yourself to go for a workout. See how all that connects.

Stop deluding yourself. That one thing you skip, affects everything else. You must realize the real impact and consequence of each of our decisions. According to Elrod, every thought, choice and action is determining who you are becoming. In reality, he continues this type of action is programming your subconscious with the information that it is okay for you not to follow through with the things you’ve intended to do. Stop and think. The actions you take are bigger than just that action. It is determining the rest of your life.

 

How you wake up and how you start each day is vital to your levels of success in every area of your life. In the, The Morning Miracle, Hal Elrod says, “Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days – which inevitably create a successful life- in the same way that unfocused, unproductive and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive and mediocre days and ultimately a mediocre quality of life. By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.”

Aren’t you enthused by those words?  I know I am. Yes, how you wake up and start your day can literally transform your life. Remember, when you start changing your habits, you are changing who you are becoming. Who you become is by far the greatest determinant in your quality of life now and in the future.

Yes, change is something most people avoid. That is why most people are overweight, in debt, depressed and lonely. This will not be you. High Point University President Nido Qubein said, “For the timid, change is frightening, for the comfortable, change is threatening, but for the confident, change is opportunity.” This is your time, your opportunity to finally banish limiting thoughts and share with the world your gifts.

The framework that helped Hal Elrod can help you. He calls them Life S.A.V.E.R.S. They are six practices guaranteed to save you from an unfulfilled life.

The S stands for silence. He starts his day silently. Silence is one of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety. During his silence he likes to meditate, pray, reflect, do some deep breathing and concentrate on gratitude.

The A stands for Affirmations. Elrod outlines in his book 5 simple steps to create your own affirmations.

 

#1 – What you really want – the purpose is to program your mind with beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that are vital to you being able to reach Level 10 success

#2 – Why you want it (deepest why’s) – when you are clear, it will give you an unstoppable purpose

#3 – Whom you are committed to BEING to create it – things in life only get better when you do

#4 – What you’re committed to DOING to attain it –if you want to write that book, you have to carve out time to actually write and then do it. Write it down and stick to it.

#5-  Add Inspirational Quotes and Philosophies –whatever you read influences your thoughts. So pick your favorite motivational speaker, mine are Jim Rohn and Zig Ziglar and fill your mind with their thoughts.

 

The V stands for Visualization. The most successful athletes visualize. I like to call it intentional daydreaming. It enables you to see a future you want and when you do it enough, you will find ways to make it a reality. Visualization can be a powerful aid to overcoming self-limiting habits such as procrastination and to taking the actions necessary to achieve your goals.

 

 

The E stands for Exercise. Robin Sharma said, “If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness.” I think you get the point. Get moving. Just know that you will never feel like working out, but just remember, that emotion follows motion. So once you start moving you will feel good that you did.

 

The R stands for Reading.  Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” You must develop a love for reading. Even if you don’t like it, remember emotion follows motion. So just do it. If you really want Level 10 success, start reading. I’ve mentioned several books in this guide, why not pick one up?

 

The last S stands for Scribing, another way to put it would be journaling. I don’t know about you, but whenever I get things out of my head and put them on paper, I see them more clearly. That is what journaling does. You gain mental clarity.

 

So you might be saying to yourself that all this would take too much time to do in the morning. Do you have at least six minutes in the morning? Then you have enough time to do all these things. Just take one minute for each.

 

Do it in 6 minutes

 

Minute 1… = Wake up, say a prayer of gratitude

Minute 2… Affirmations = your unlimited potential

Minute 3… Visualize = smiling and laughing with your mate

Minute 4… Write what you’re Grateful for

Minute 5… Read a self-help book, a page or two

Minute6… Exercise – run for 60 seconds in place

 

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments,” says author Charles Duhigg in his book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. That bridge must be crossed daily. Over time that daily crossing becomes a habit. Habits are behaviors that you repeat regularly and most often subconsciously. “People do not decide their future, they decide their habits and their habits decide their future.” The key is consistency.

 

Elrod says it takes at least 30 days to really solidify a habit. Unlike the pain and discomfort you experience in your first 20 days. In phase three, the transformation occurs. The new habit becomes a part of your identity. It transcends the space between something you’re trying and who you are becoming In this phase also, you associate pleasure with your new habit. 

 

 Day 1 to 10 – Phase 1 – Unbearable

Day 11-20 – Phase 2 – Uncomfortable

Day 21- 30 – Phase 3 – Unstoppable

 

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone,” said Neale Donald Walsh. If you truly want to become the person you were meant to be, you have make the decision to commit now. Tomorrow does not exist.

 

In the book, The War of Art, Steven Pressfield says, “The moment one definitely commits oneself then providence comes. All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise have occurred. This comes from the decision one makes. When we make a start and commit in the face of our fears, something wonderful happens. When we make a beginning, we get out of our own way and allow the universe to come in and do its job. The magic of doing: when we start, we are simply taking dictation, not really doing the work.”

 

When you commit wonderful things happen.

 

The formula for failure is a few errors in judgment repeated every day according to Jim Rohn. Conversely, the formula for success is a few disciplines practiced every day. Eliminate the errors and replace it with practiced disciplines. When you do, you will never be the same. The people you love won’t be the same either because when you get better, everyone in your life benefits.

 

In the end, it all comes down to this: “If you were meant to cure cancer or write a screenplay and you don’t, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet. You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God. Creative work is not selfish. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got,” says Pressfield in his book, The War of Art.

 

So I end this book the way I began. Give us what you got. Continue to press on. You got this. Along this road, called life, never ever give up. Remember to live life more like a postage stamp!

And there you have it. If you want to go deeper with me on this subject, sign up for my Free Academy Training.

 

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