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Why The Miracle Morning Begins the Night Prior
First you tell me to wake up early to become more productive, and now you are telling me I need to start the night prior? Yes, that is exactly what I am saying. Let me explain the reason why your Miracle Morning needs to begin the night before.
The first reason for your Miracle Morning needing to begin the night before is due to mindset. What you think about before going to sleep will have a profound impact on what you dream about.
Here is a great example of this exact scenario:
Let’s say it’s a work night and you decided to go out for drinks with some friends to watch your team play. The game goes into overtime and ends much later than anticipated. You thought you would be getting home at 10pm, but instead, you don’t get back till 11:30pm. The game ending later doesn’t mean you now get to begin work later. Instead of having a nice 7 hours of sleep, you are stuck with 5 and a half hours.
Before going to sleep, what do you believe your subconscious will be repeating in your mind? If I were a betting man, your subconscious will be thinking about the need for your body to get 7 hours of sleep. Since you are only getting 5 and a half hours instead of 7, your subconscious will be repeating how tired you will be.
How do you think you are going to feel tomorrow morning when you wake up? Exhausted right? What if I told you there was a way to trick your mind? What if I told you there was a way to wake up feeling energetic even in the scenario you don’t get “enough” sleep.
How To Trick Your Mind:
Here is the trick. I leverage free materials provided by Hal Elrod at: https://www.miraclemorning.com/start-here/
Every night, before going to sleep, I read Hal’s bedtime affirmations. In these affirmations, you must detail the exact time you are going to sleep and the exact time you are waking up. You will then figure out how many hours of sleep this will give you. You then read this statement, “I am going to bed tonight at _:_ PM and waking up at _:_ AM, which gives me _ hours of sleep. This is PLENTY; in fact, it is exactly what I need to perform at a peak level tomorrow.” Full credit to Hal for the above. This is taken from his free bedtime affirmation document.
Believe what you are reading and you will increase the chances of feeling great when you wake up in the morning. This is the first actionable thing to do the night prior. Now let’s look at two other critical components.
Journaling To Get In The Right Mindset
Now that you have read your night time affirmations, it is time to continue focusing your mind. I have found two powerful things to write down before going to sleep. Again, mindset is critical here. For this, you can use any blank or guided journal. I use ‘Five Minute Journal’.
First Thing To Write
The first thing I write down is three amazing things that happened that day. This can be anything amazing that happened to you, a friend, or even family member. Think hard. The goal of this being to put yourself in a mindset of gratefulness. Think grateful thoughts and set your mind in a state of positivity.
Second Thing To Write
The second thing to write down is something that excites you about the day ahead. When I first started my Miracle Morning I did not do this. I started having difficulty waking up one or two mornings a week. Once I introduced writing this down, I found it much easier to wake up each morning full of excitement.
Last Trick To Set Your Miracle Morning Up For Success
There is one last trick I have found to beneficial when performing the Miracle Morning.
Set your alarm clock across the room!
Why? This forces you to physically get out of bed to turn your alarm off. Getting out of bed is the most difficult step to waking up. When you must get out of bed to turn your alarm off, you have now completed the most difficult step! It is too simple to turn over and hit the snooze button! Put your alarm clock across the room so you must get out of bed to turn it off!
Now we have our mind right going into sleep, the next post will focus on the Miracle Morning itself. I hope you can now understand the Why behind your Miracle Morning beginning the night before.
- Read bedtime affirmations (Hal’s exact one) before going to sleep
- Reflect on your day and write down three amazing things that happened and one thing you are excited for.
- Set your alarm clock across the room so you are forced to get out of bed to turn it off.