Good morning everyone and welcome back to Lady Hunter Blog. I am beginning to find my rhythm again with blogging after a very up and down few months, trying to get the new website sorted and also find inspiration during some very uncertain and frankly irritating times. What I find quite funny in my personal situation is that 2020 seems to have taught me so much more than pretty much every other year and I am actually extremely grateful for certain parts of what this year has shown, one of which being creating a heavy focus on helping myself mentally and properly digging in to my personal development journey.
Back right at the beginning of what is now being referred to as ‘Lockdown 1.0’ I was feeling extremely anxious as my control freak brain could not cope with the massive changes going on and the uncertainty of what was to come. I spent a good few weeks sleeping a lot, using ‘self-care’ as an excuse to basically do nothing and eating/ drinking my weight in everything purely out of boredom. To cut a not so interesting story short, I decided to take action and invest some time into myself. I started to take part in something called a miracle morning each day with my Arbs team, starting at 7am on ZOOM and lasting for an hour. This small and simple task has been one of the most life changing things I have ever done, and I have actually managed to create a sustainable habit for myself getting something extremely good out of the lockdown situation.
In this blog post I thought I would simply outline what I get done in that hour before my day really starts to hopefully inspire you to give it a go and see if you can notice any changes. However, to begin with I have one thing to recommend you do first which can be done on it’s own or as part of your miracle morning. Purchase the book ‘The 5 AM Club’ by Robin Sharma. This is the book that started it all for me and kept me committed to creating this daily habit for myself. What’s incredible about it is that it is written as a story, making it super exciting whilst also teaching some incredible and valuable life lessons.
So, let’s break down the hour.
7am to 7.20am:
Gratitude – dedicate a specific notebook for your miracle mornings and each day you will want to write these things. Start with your gratitude… ‘today I am grateful for…’ write as many things on the page as possible and they key to this is to make them super specific. This way, during your day you will look for those things and always be living in a beautiful state of gratitude.
Affirmations – I love this one! Affirm what you want and watch it come true! Each day I write ‘it’s the last day of the month and I am/ have’…
Visualisation – the power of visualisation is HUGE! Spend 5 minutes visualising something you want to create/ have. Close your eyes and picture it… the trick with this is the feeling. You need to feel yourself in the moment.
7.20am to 7.30am:
Meditation – okay, I’m going to be honest with you, I absolutely hated meditation when I first started and if I’m being even more honest… it still isn’t my favourite thing. I find it so hard to focus and my mind wonders off about 100 times, however what is important is that I am continuously trying and believe it or not… I am getting better! You have to be persistent with things like this. My favourite tool I have used so far for meditation is an app on my phone called ‘Insight’.
7.30am to 7.50am:
Reading Time – again, reading was never my favourite thing, but guess what? That’s because I hadn’t found what I really enjoyed reading! Now… I am absolutely HOOKED! I cannot put them down and they are without a doubt the best part of my miracle mornings. A few of my favourite that I have read include:
Mel Wells – Hungry for More
Robin Sharma – The 5am Club
Robert Kiyosaki – Rich Dad, Poor Dad
T Harv Eker – Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
Rhonda Byrne – The Secret
7.50am to 8am:
Motivational Video – The best way to end your miracle morning… get inspired! My favourite ones are the ‘law of attraction’ coaching on YouTube, however if you just pop in motivational videos so many incredible ones will come up!
Podcasts – one of my favourite things to do now is to listen to inspiring podcasts daily. The only way I really remember to do this is to always make sure my phone is connected to my car and listen as I drive. I am guaranteed to get at least 10-15 minutes in a day and it is totally uninterrupted listening utilising what would normally be pretty wasted time.