Somehow, thinking “one down, twenty to go” as I woke up this morning did not sound as positive as I had hoped. Nevertheless, we are on day two of the lockdown, and there is still so much to look forward to.
For some the excitement lies in not having to do anything but go out to buy food for the next 20-days, for me, it is in seeing what can be achieved on a pers
In yesterday's post, I mentioned the Miracle Morning book, written by Hal Elrod and the SAVERS principle he uses to map out your most important hour of the day.
Let's dig a bit deeper into the SAVERS of the Miracle Morning.
S = Silence / 10min - The Silence section is used for just that, silence. No, you do not need to sit in silence staring at the wall for ten minutes. Well, not completely. The silence period is used for meditation or prayer. I do a bit of both. I start with a few minutes 2-3, just closing my eyes and clearing my mind of any distracting thoughts. For me, that could be anything from wishing for bacon to wondering if it is too soon for the second cup of coffee when the first is nowhere near finished.
Once my mind is clear, I spend the rest of the time in prayer. It is normal for us to use prayer time to ask for everything we need (or want). But try to spend a bit more time saying thank you. Being grateful for everything in your life, and thanking our Creator for it, will also set a positive tone for the rest of your savers (and your day). Surprisingly, the more you say thank you, the more you realise how much you have to be thankful for. This state of gratefulness, can on its own drive out negative thoughts.
A = Affirmations / 10min - I am not sure about you, but I love to hear how amazing I am. And who better to tell you that, than YOU! That’s right, blow your horn, pat yourself on the back!
It is however not enough to simply stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself how good looking you are. Your affirmations should support, and be in line with your dreams and what you wish to become, and to achieve in life. For Example, Tony Robbins (World famous personal development speaker? Google him) had an affirmation, long before he became famous that went something like this…
“God's wealth is circulating in my life. His wealth flows to me in avalanches of abundance. All my needs, desires and goals are met instantaneously. For, I am One with God, and God is everything.
Your affirmation has to apply to you. Repeating the above will do little for you to become a millionaire if it is not aligned with your values and your beliefs. Make it your own
" I am confident. I am fearless. I am a powerful leader."
Then the weird part… You need to say this out loud. Look in the mirror, and say it as if you mean it, feel it. Repeat it to yourself, over and over. Every morning, through the day, until there is no doubt in your mind that you are indeed confident, fearless and a powerful leader. That moment is when those affirmations will begin to manifest and reflect in your life.
Affirmations have not only been used by thousands of personal development coaches with their clients and helped countless people achieve their goals in life by simply starting to believe what they affirm to themselves every day, one could even claim it has an affirmation to its efficacy from The Bible. Yes, you heard me. Affirmations are not simply a new age thing. Don’t believe me?
Proverbs 18:21 says "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
In the same way, we use affirmations, it is worth remembering that Proverbs says there are death and life in the power of the tongue. That means that if you also speak negatively, and complain about everything, those will be the fruits you will need to eat!
V = Visualise / 10min - This third part of the savers is not that easy for many. During the visualisation section, you need to visualise what you want. The simplest way to do this is to again close your eyes, and use your imagination. See how you want your day to go. If you are a salesperson, visualise the new client you will see today, see yourself doing the pitch and client buying into your product. Visualise him signing the contract and you delivering the first shipment.
Do the same for your life. See your future house, car and family. See your 5 children playing in the yard (if that is what you want). See yourself climbing into your private jet.
There is no limitation to what you visualise.
If using your imagination only is not your thing. Try a vision board. A poster or board, where you paste images you find online or in magazines (for the millennials, a magazine is a book filled with pictures and articles that people on earth used to read to find out more about business, or lifestyles of the rich and famous - like Pinterest on paper). Select the house you want to live in, the car you will drive. Vacations you want to go on.
The affirmations and visualisations exercises are powerful. Napoleon Hill makes reference to this in his legendary book Think and Grow Rich.
Tomorrow we will look at the last half the SAVERS (Exercise, Reading and Scribing).
Until then, stay at home and out of trouble.