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Not too long ago I left my full-time public servant job to pursue my passion full time. It didn’t take long before I realized that I needed concentrated focus, a solid plan, and some kick-ass habits to make this work. I was spinning my wheels, going nowhere fast, and my focus was on about 3-5 different projects at once. It was a recipe for short-term disaster.

I love listening to podcasts and audiobooks. One day, frustrated from overwhelm, I came across a book called The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. It promised life changes by simply following 6 simple habits in the morning that he calls S.A.V.E.R.S. I started putting these habits into practice right away. The rest is history.

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I’m not perfect at practicing these, but I do them as many days a week as I can. Some days I practice for 10 minutes and others an hour and a half. That’s the beauty of it. You choose how much time you want to commit. The funny thing is, the more you practice, the more time you’ll want to commit to it.

Of course, the book goes over much more than what I’ll cover here, so I highly recommend you get it. Here are the 6 habits that I practice as often as I can. I prefer to do them early in the morning, but the choice is yours.

Silence

IMG_20160325_064044Silence can simply be taking a moment to savour the moment while sipping your morning coffee, or it can be prayer or meditation. Personally, most days I choose to meditate.

Believe me, this doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m a high energy person with a million thoughts going through my head every minute. This is why I typically practice mantra meditation which is the repetition of the same words over and over for a set period of time or occurrences.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1458914965848{padding-top: 25px !important;}”]

Affirmations

affirmations 2Writing down affirmations and reading them every single day. You can have one or several and you can switch them up as time and circumstances change.

I use an app called Evernote to do my journaling and also keep my affirmations in there. This way no matter where I go, it’s on my smartphone and at my fingertips.

This is the list of affirmations that I’ve been using for February and March. I just take a few minutes and read them over 3-5 times.

Here’s my disclaimer. No one ever got to where they want to be by simply repeating lines of text. ACTION is key! The purpose of the affirmations is to begin a change in mindset. The more we say something, the more we believe it, the more chances we’ll take action. Try it![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1458926757215{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}”]

Visualization

imageVisualization can take on different forms. One way is to sit with your eyes closed and visualize every single detail of something you wish to have or accomplish. I prefer a method using a vision board.

For a few years I would cut and paste actual images from magazines and create physical vision boards, but this year I found an amazing app called Success VisionBoard and created some digital ones. I have several different boards: family, relationship, work/money, self care, and my home.

I play fun music and take a few minutes to look at each board and imagine the life that I am creating.

The photo pictured here is my self-care vision board.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Reading

When I say reading, I don’t mean Harlequin romances, sci-fi books, etc. Those are fun too, but not for this purpose.

Fill your brain with good stuff! Develop your mind and open yourself to new ways of doing and thinking. Read self-development books, listen to podcasts, or find blog posts like this one.

Personally, I do most of my reading digitally. I listen to audiobooks or podcasts when I exercise, and will skim through my favourite blogs in the evenings. I also have an e-reader for my “real” books.

Listening while I exercise kills two birds with one stone and helps the time go by faster. I especially love to listen during long walks.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1458926766123{padding-top: 25px !important;}”]

Exercise

quad stretcher 2Even being a yoga teacher, this is the easiest one to skip! If anything, I at least take 10 minutes to stretch in the morning, but typically try to put in a 45 minute session. Recording a yoga video for My Yoga Playground is a whole different experience than doing my own personal practice.

In the summer months, I bike the trails all the time as an added form of exercise.

Whatever you do, do something. Go for a walk, take the stairs, take up running, join an a class in your community or online, but get moving! 5 minutes is always better than no minutes, so start today!

Scribing

journalingScribing is writing. Over the years I’ve taken up journaling on and off. Typically I’ve only done it when times were rough, but recently I’ve taken it up as a regular practice and I write about anything and everything. I especially try to focus on the good things, but also let it all out when I’m having a bad day. Keep your dirty laundry off of social media and put it in a journal instead. It will benefit you in so many ways.

In addition to a quick journaling session in the morning, I try to write down up to 10 things I was grateful for at the end of the day.

As mentioned earlier, I keep my journal digitally. I use the Evernote app. This way my journal is with me at all time on my smartphone. This works for me, but some people prefer the feeling of actually writing with pen and paper. Do what works for you.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1460836039820{padding-top: 25px !important;}”]

Putting It All Together

There’s no particular order to do the SAVERS in and if morning doesn’t work for you, find another time or spread it out through the day. Personally, I get up at around 5:30am most days and by the time the rest of the house wakes up at around 7 I have it all done. It’s an amazing quiet time that I wouldn’t get otherwise.

Embracing these habits will put you in a frame of mind and give you the energy you need to tackle anything you need to succeed in your life. Give it a try.