If you follow me on instagram, you already know what my morning looks like because I talked about it briefly in a caption. It’s too important to just skim though so we’re going to discuss it more in depth here. As you know, I’m all about self improvement so I’m constantly seeking ways to level up. That to me means learning as much as possible from books, people, podcasts, you name it.
After seeing Hal Elrod on Impact Theory – if you don’t know already, that’s my favorite youtube series/podcast – I decided to purchase his book, “The Miracle Morning.” I had high expectations, but it wasn’t as good as I thought it’d be. I did, however, love his idea of S.A.V.E.R.S for an AM ritual. This acronym stands for silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading and scribing. It’s all pretty straightforward, but if you need clarification, silence is meditation and scribing is journaling.
I’ve always incorporated meditation, journaling and exercise into my day, but this was my first time saying affirmations and doing visualizations. So, here’s my routine in a nutshell. I wake up at 4:45, quickly make my bed, brush my teeth and wash my face with ice cold water. I go downstairs and have a glass of lemon water before sitting down to meditate for 5 minutes.
Afterwards, I visualize my goals and state my affirmations out loud (each for 5 minutes). Then I do yoga for 30-60 minutes, sip green juice while reading for a half hour and journal for 5-15 minutes. If my dog’s staying with me, I take her for a long walk before jumping in the shower. I then eat a hearty breakfast and prioritize my to do list before tackling my workload.
I know there are a lot of skeptics out there, but I truly believe in the power of a solid morning routine. It’s only been a few weeks since I’ve implemented this, but it’s already made a world of a difference. I’m that much more focused throughout the day, and I feel so powerful, like I’m this unstoppable force.
I want to share a quick story with you guys because something wild happened yesterday. As usual, my alarm went off obscenely early. I typically don’t have problems waking up, but I hit snooze because I was especially exhausted. I almost fell back asleep, but I couldn’t because it was too loud. I was legit yelling at myself in my head! “Kim, get up! Don’t be weak – you got sh*t to do. I’m not kidding, get your @$$ out of bed! Once you turn the lights on, you’ll be fine.”
Nothing like that’s ever happened to me while I was in theta so it freaked me out in the best way possible. I think the affirmations and visualizations I’ve been doing have rewired, or at least started to rewire, my subconscious. I’m one of those people that believe mental strength is the ultimate strength so I’m thrilled that my research & experimentation’s inspiring change.
Not gonna lie though, I didn’t always feel this way. In fact, I was a skeptic myself, but I’ll try anything twice because how else are you going to grow? And if all these successful people are talking about the importance of “x,” there has to be a reason why. I’m curious to hear what you guys think about my routine or AM routines in general. Do you have a strict routine? Let me know by commenting below.
Photography by the uber talented Sung Shin! If you enjoyed this post, make sure to check out “How-to Develop Good Work Ethic” and “How-to Make Sure Your Week Doesn’t Suck.” By the way, I take topic requests, so feel free to reach out or comment with suggestions. Until next time, friends! Keep it real and hustle hard.