The book “The Miracle Morning” has dozens of reviews with happy customers claiming that every morning feels like Christmas.
Sounds like a bad joke, doesn’t it?
There’s no way. Especially not with me being a chronic late-nighter. Sure, i’ve been doing this Miracle Morning thing for a while, and yeah, it feels good. Some of time. But often, it’s only above average. And yeah, I suppose there was one day that did actually feel kinda like Christmas morning… now how did that happen?
Sorry for the self-narrative but I learned something amazing by practicing these miracle mornings. Just to bring you up to speed, a miracle morning is when you get up 30 min. to an hour early to engage in a bit of self-improvement. Meditation. Affirmation. Visualization. Exercise. Read. Write. All of the best self-improvement activities in a single morning.
It really makes a fantastic jump start to your day. When have several activities that excite you planned for the moment you get up, that can really put a jump-start on your day. It really helped me out in the first 2 months I was doing it.
But… it still felt like it was missing something. It was good, but not the earth-shattering greatness that I read in the reviews. But I did have a few mornings that felt darn close.
I talked with a few friends about it. One friend told me to move towards what I wanted instead of moving away from what I didn’t want. The other helped me figure out what I wanted in the mornings.
I wanted to wake up relaxed and enjoy my morning unfold. I wanted to enjoy the grey hour when there’s no color, just a pale grey light slowly building and illuminating the sky. To fully awaken as the light grew, and to feel time seem to stretch out where 5 minutes lasts for 20. I wanted to be excited to take on my day.
Once I new exactly how I wanted my morning to feel, it was almost too easy. For the last 15 minutes of my day, before going to bed, I imagined what it would be like when I woke up. I imagined waking up and being excited. I smelled the brewing of my cacao tea, and felt the growing power of the grey light. I felt the triumph of getting better at my exercise, and the joy of the shower afterwards.
I imagined all of this at night. And do you know what? The next morning when almost exactly how I pictured it. It was one of the most wonderful mornings of my life.
Now, don’t expect everything to go exactly right every time. It still doesn’t for me. But I know how to get better. And I keep adding things that make my morning what I want it to be. It’s amazing. And now I can see how this could end up feeling like Christmas every day.