Realignment at 50 (with the help of a morning routine from Hal Elrod).
Warning: The following is a change of subject from rehab and medical supplies to personal development and self help.
Having recently turned 50, I somehow went (okay, fell) into this mode of self-reflection and analysis only it was in the form of random questions, picture flying down I-95 and the exit signs read…
- Where are you?
- What have you done?
- What is your plan?
- What do you want to do for the remainder of your existence?
This, of course, was followed by all the self-talk throughout the day to try to make sense of these and other questions and formulate multiple answers to all of them. It drove me crazy for a few months. I talked with friends, relatives, customers and was reassured that this is normal at any of the “age milestones.” Thankfully, I have a great wife, two great kids, and a very affectionate (and spoiled) dog to help keep things real. The only problem was that I needed a way to get off this highway and find a new way to deal with this weird milestone and the road beyond.
Fortunately, there are a lot of really great business books and self-help books out there and I love to read as many of them whenever possible. Enter, The Miracle Morning (by Hal Elrod). Hal Elrod has been through some major highs and lows for a guy almost 20 years younger than me. I don’t want to give away the extraordinary details of his experiences and therefore recommend that you read it for yourself and gift it to at least one person that may appreciate a few of the many actionable suggestions.
This is an exceptional book in that it focuses mainly on the subject of developing a morning routine and the many benefits. We all have some sort of a morning routine, right? I mean, we wake up (whether morning, afternoon, or evening) and traverse through a certain list of actions or rituals to help us to get our day started. Through careful research, long term development, and personal experiences, Hal has created a very simple six-step routine for us to follow to help us get the most out of the day. He calls it Life S.A.V.E.R.S. and they can be performed within one hour after you first wake up. Here’s a brief overview:
- S – Silence: Meditate – try doing it for five minutes and work up from there.
- A – Affirmations – recite “positive” passages of your own or from others.
- V – Visualization – amateur and professional athletes are big on this.
- E – Exercise – run, walk, lift weights, etc… to get the blood flowing.
- R – Reading – read a subject that you really like.
- S – Scribe – write in a journal in a structured format to facilitate clarity.
Hal has also prepared an extensive list of references and downloads from his blog that go hand-in-hand with the subjects covered in the book. At about 140 pages, it’s a very easy read. I find myself going back to re-read certain topics and have found this book to be a great desk reference.
Results so far? Well, I finished the book about two weeks ago and I finally covered all of the six steps for the first time, this morning. Hey, I never said it would be easy but I can say that my first attempt at meditation was not as disastrous as I originally thought it would be. Morning exercise has been a part of my morning routine for the past few years and it is a great stress-reducer for me personally. Hal would have liked for a quicker start-up but I’m finally off to a pretty good start and it feels great to have a simple system of Life S.A.V.E.R.S. to help realign myself each day.
The Miracle Morning is available on Amazon. Click the link below to take a closer look.
Please feel free to leave a comment if you’ve read the Miracle Morning or to share your own morning routine.