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285: How to Have a Miracle Morning and Organize Your Day With Hal Elrod
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Dot Com and this episode is all about maximizing your you are morning routine. I am here with Hal elrod who is on a mission to elevate the consciousness of humanity one at a time he's the author of the international bestseller color the miracle warning as well as his newest book the Miracle Equation and he's doing just that after overcoming multiple near death experiences that we talk about in this episode showed an impacting millions of lives. He has dedicated his own life to showing others how to overcome their challenges so that they can fulfil their unlimited potential this. This is a super fund episode. It has really practical tangible things that you can implement in your own morning and I hope that you will enjoy it. As much as I enjoyed recording it. howl welcome to the podcast? Thanks for being here. It is a pleasure really. Thank you so much for having me well. I'm so excited to chat with you because I am a huge believer in the power power of a story and I know from a little bit of research about you and from reading your books that you have actually quite an amazing story that has multiple chapters so to start are with those people who are not familiar with you. Can you just give us an overview of who you are and your story and how you got to this place that you are now yeah. I'll do the high level because I'm I'm. I'm a keynote speaker and very long winded and if I if I start to get into the story which we can dive into each one but <hes> I you know all of a sudden all all all realize I haven't even taken a breath Aetna Mike twelve minutes into my story but <hes> so high level <hes> when I was I grew up very average or mediocre. If you will meaning I I I was a C. student. I wasn't <unk> an athlete. I wasn't it wasn't popular. I didn't you know didn't really have other than all the gifts that breach born with unique gifts. I didn't really wasn't born with any really amazing standup talents balance on and <hes> and then when I was fifteen I <hes> fell into a job. Dj Edit Dj digits cool dances and weddings and anniversaries and then I got hired as radio station and are not became my dream was to be a radio DJ and then fast forward it nineteen a buddy of mine <hes> almost tricked me into going to work with him and he was in sales else and he sold cut co cutlery and I had no interest in being in sales I was. I was at another radio station at that point. After college and I met the manager <hes> Jesse Bovine and ended up Jesse really sold me on the idea that you know having setting my own schedule and having no ceiling on my income and <hes> it was kind of an all the experience I could gain. I decided to give it a shot and <hes> I started selling cutlery and in my first ten days I broke the all time company record which meant I had sold more kitchen knives in the first in days of anyone that had worked before me in fifty years and that was kind of a crazy thing for me because I went from being this average kid to like WHOA I. I didn't know I had this in me. You know and I think that all of us we have so much more within us so much more potential than we have yet to tap into a year and a half later. I was giving a speech at a cut. Co Conference points and <hes> driving home after the speech in a brand new Ford Mustang about me. I knew car <hes> I was hit head on by a drunk driver eighty miles an hour and my car spun off of the drunk driver and the worst was actually yet to come you think what what's worse than a head on with a drunk driver at eighty miles an hour but the car behind me. I spun in front of them and they crashed into my driver's side door at seventy miles an hour and crushed my car door into the left side of my body and instantly I broke eleven bones and I broke my femur and half. I broke my pelvis. In three places. I fractured broke. My arm. Mike humorous buying my bicep half shattered. My elbow broke all the bones around around my I mean Izhak. It was shattered severed my ear and began losing a lot of blood and that night I bled to death. I was dead for six minutes on the side of the freeway anyway <hes> after they pulled me out of the car the car was kind of keeping me alive and I <hes> I bled to death. I was clinically dead for six minutes rushed to the hospital in a coma for six six days. I flatlined twice more in the coma and when I came out of the coma was told by doctors that I would never walk again and permanent brain damage and <hes> at any the age that's tough to take but at twenty at a lot of goals that are involved you know walking again and the use of my brain and I decided that I would not accept the doctor's diagnosis as the ultimate fate that that I I was going to believe I could walk again and have faith that I could walk again until I was proven otherwise and I had accepted that I would and I go well. Maybe I'll never walk again. If I never walked again I told my dad I'll be the happiest person that you've ever seen in a wheelchair because I will not let a wheelchaired chaired define my quality of life. I will not let it define my emotional wellbeing and the power of the mind body connection three weeks after the crash two weeks after him out of the coma. The doctors came in with routine x rays and they said we don't know how to explain this. How your body is healing so quickly that were acting let you take your first first step today on therapy and even me being faithful and hopeful and optimistic. I was thinking maybe I could walk in like a year not in three weeks or two weeks except woke up and I took my first step in the rest is kind of history as they say and then all kinds of wrap up the big picture story with <hes> just two other other pieces in two thousand seven the US economy crashed that was kind of what I would call my second rock bottom the car accident being my first during my second rock bottom when the economy crashed kinda crashed with it. I was an entrepreneur and my business failed. <hes> couldn't pay the mortgage. I lost my house. I physically started declining in terms of I my body fat. Percentage tripled in about six months. I wasn't exercising. I was depressed. I was scared I didn't know how to turn it around and <hes> I created this morning ritual. This was like my desperate attempt to turn things around. It created the morning ritual. I wanted to create the ultimate morning ritual. The idea was that I was studying the world's most successful people just googling and looking for what are they what are their rituals and routines. I need to Sir changing things in my life. I want my life to change and a kept coming. Russ morning rituals that I'm like. Nah Not a morning person what else do and long story short there long story longer anger. I got <hes> I decided to create. I'm going to create notches morning ritual. I'm GONNA create the ultimate morning ritual like the best personal development practices in the history of humanity and I'm going to combine all of with them and the next morning I woke up over the course of an hour. I meditated for ten minutes ten minutes of affirmations ten minutes of visualization. A ten minutes of exercise is ten minutes of reading and ten minutes of journaling and that morning I went from being depressed and scared to going wow I feel inspired tired. I feel motivated. I feel energized still optimistic. If I start every day like this it's only a matter of time but I thought it'd probably be again like six months to a year of this slow congratula compound effect but within two months of doing this morning ritual didn't have a name <hes> it would just personal development in the morning that I did at five. AM and within two months I more than doubled my income I went from the worship of my life physically to deciding to train for a fifty two mile ultra marathon never run before and and I completed lead the marathon <hes> you know six months later and I went to my wife and I said Sweetie I would. I go we we just officially have surpassed the the highest two months ago. We were in debt and couldn't pay the bills. We just surpassed the highest monthly income we've ever had which at that time was twelve thousand dollars a month and I said it feels. It's like a frigging miracle that this little morning. Ritual is like how it's changing my life and she goes. It's your miracle morning and I could yeah miracle morning and you know it wasn't a book editor. wrote it down and now the miracle morning is a book and it sold one point seven million copies. It's translated in thirty seven languages practice everyday by mill over a million million people and then the last part of the story is a two years ago. I woke up unable to like couldn't control breathing and <hes> turned out <music>. I took eleven days of me having my lungs sixteen pounds of fluid drained from my lungs every day and a half I'd go to the ER and have a giant needle stuck in my back actively ribcage and it took them about a two weeks to figure out what was wrong but I was diagnosed the very rare aggressive form of cancer acute lymphoblastic leukemia and I was given a thirty percent chance of surviving. I you know I have to two small kids. They were seven. My daughter is seven at the time. My son was four and you know for any anyone but especially apparent you know the idea of leaving your family without the father <hes> was terrifying and <hes>. I made the same decision that I made when I was told I would never walk again and I thought I will maintain unwavering faith that I will beat this cancer and live a long healthy life with my children until proven otherwise and <hes> I'm very grateful to say that after the most difficult year of my life where I was in the Er fighting for my life many times and almost dead and lost twenty five percent of my body weight at six feet. Taller was one hundred and twenty seven pounds but <hes> <hes> I'm about a year of being cancer free and in remission and now on a mission to elevate the consciousness of humanity maybe one person at a time and that that brings us to today that's incredible and I'm so curious because I feel like when presented with a really tough scenario in life hyphen. You've definitely had a couple of those people can go a couple of different ways and I often super people fall into that like why me mentality and I'm curious. Why do you think it it is that you didn't ask why me or take those answers that you were given from the doctors at face value. What do you think in you made you able to resist that then to choose an alternate path and I think I know pretty pretty close to exactly. Why and I and I can't take all the credit for it. It was really a mentor of mine when I was in when I was in my cut CO training on date too. I think my manager and Mentor Jesse top US what he called. The five minute rule and he said look sales is a microcosm Mike Rowe Qasem for life <hes> when you go out there. You're going to have goals and you're going to have dream you know Bishen. You'RE GONNA be working towards things and you're going to run into obstacles and challenges and adversity versity <hes> you're going to be working towards a goal and beyond track and then you're GonNa have your biggest order for the week. They're going to call and cancel and he said this is just it's just reality. There are a lot of things that happened that are out of your control and you can only control the things that you can control and he said so. The five minute rule is that whenever something happens that is unpleasant center painful or scarier difficult he he taught us to literally set our time run our phone for five minutes and five minutes to complain cry Vent Punch. Wall like whatever you know just like fill the pain feel the emotion and he said when the timer goes off you take a deep breath and you say three powerful words can't change it it and you remind yourself that I can't go back in time and change it so there's no value in in in continuing to feel upset about it. The only intelligent agent choice that I have really to make is to accept it fully and be at peace with it and then be proactive to move toward where I wanna go in my life or in my work <hes> <hes> get on the phone. Make more calls whatever it is in that in that setting and so I had when I first learned the end by the way this is one of those important lessons. I teach now even when I speak I mean it's so it's crazy to think twenty twenty years later. I'm teaching this to thousands and thousands of people in in live audiences and online but it's still this five minute role where when I first learned that like most people are like you know I thought can I get a five day Roy. It'd be pissed off for like five days like five minutes is not enough and sure enough the first few times. I did this little five minute rights at the time earn timer go off go. I'm still mad like still upset right and and then but here's the interesting thing that happened when we when we elevate our consciousness will become consciously justly aware of a different way of thinking or living a better way of thinking or living and we start we'd be aware of it and we stay present to it and we live in alignment with it. It changes everything for us and what happened is after a few days. Maybe a week of doing this where you know at first. I thought there's no way I can get over it and five minutes. I would set the timer for five minutes and I'd go son of God can't believe that lady cancel the appointment. I've been working on this for weeks. Gosh Gosh Darn it. Oh man and then I pick up my phone and look at the timer and I'd have you know four minutes and thirty two more seconds and I'd go. I'm over it like wh why sit here in stew on something I can't change for another four and a half minutes when I could probably make three more calls and schedule another appointment to make up for that one and so the five minute rule became kind of the five second rule where I just needed five seconds to go son of upset and fill it for a second but then I just moved on and so nope I applied that in every area of life not just my career not to sail so when I would be in traffic I remember when I literally can picture myself on this freeway in Sacramento when I had this in this first time there. I realized this applied to traffic Ennis's for anybody. You don't have to get cancer being a horrific car accident to apply the five minute rule and apply this idea of accepting the things you can't change but when I was in traffic one day I went. I was frustrated. I was running late and I didn't know I was going through my head all the phenomena. I'M GONNA lose this appointment or I'm GonNa lose his stuff things that we're all out of my control and we'd been I can't change the pace of the cars in front of me. I can't change that. I'm running late and I can't change the way the person reacts when I get there. That's not up to me but I can choose how I spend every moment in this car and to me. This is a metaphor for life. I like we can choose how we spend. Every moment of our lives regardless of what's going on around us. It doesn't matter what's going on around what's going on inside of us that determines our emotional wellbeing all being in quality of life and so traffic became a sense of joy for me. I went. Hey when I'm in traffic. I'm just going to be grateful grateful for everything I'd be grateful for. Is it time to slow down and think thank and <hes> you know and the day I was diagnosed with cancer because I had twenty years of practice seventeen years at that time of practicing this five minute rule the <hes> the day. I was diagnosed with cancer. I called my wife because she was out of town. When I found out and I was told I had a thirty percent chance of surviving and I called her and I said sweetheart what I'm going to tell. You is probably going to be the hardest thing ever told you but I want to preface it by saying I believe. This is the best thing that's ever happened to me. It'll probably probably be the most difficult thing that's ever happened to me and and for our family but I believe it's the best thing because this is going to give me the greatest opportunity to learn and to grow and become better than I've ever been before as a husband as a father as a leader as a human being and I also believe it's GonNa allow me to impact more people than I have even imagined and you know I will be honest. She did not take that same stance of being the best thing that ever happened that what day <hes> in fact I don't. I don't know if she's still quite there yet but yeah I mean that that it really stemmed from that simple realization that there's no value in feeling sorry for yourself or dwelling on something after the fact after thirty happen and sadly a Lotta people are suffering over their childhood. You know it's they're still suffering with things because when the when the you know the abuse or something that happened when we were kids and we think it's the abuse that's causing us pain to this day but it's not the abuse it's that we haven't made the decision to just accept it and and be at peace with it <hes> three so that for me was was the biggest difference that's amazing and you mention your parent as well as a mom of sex. I just thought about how amazing amazing intangible that is to use with our kids you know and they're upset or they're facing something given those five minutes and I've had like a neuroscientist and movement specialists on here before that I said you know kids are great because they actually do express their emotions with their body and they shake it out and they yell and they do all that but give them a time limit on like what get it all out and then that empowers hours and you're like hey. I'm setting the timer. Do whatever you want right. Here's a pit like give them a punching bag. You know what I mean like right like make it fun and then they could literally be upset and then kind of laughing and you know and it will help open. I get through faster at that's a great a great connection of parenting <hes> He. I love that and you've also mentioned the word miracle a couple of times and I'm truly impressed by your ability to keep a really positive mindset in the face of some pretty drastic life. <hes> you know challenges but I'm curious how you would define the word miracle because I feel like that word. Can maybe have different meanings to a lot of different people. I'm glad you asked that because you're right. It's a really loaded word and I think that for a lot of people it has a bad rap and it has about route for one of the few reasons right <hes> I think the biggest one is miracles are thought of as random passive acts or events <hes> and if you're religious. Maybe you believe that you know God creates miracles right so you really all you can do is pray and then but again passively sit back and wait right or hope. I personally a big believer for in in personal responsibility right with my car accident. I own ownership. I'm going to walk again with cancer. I'm going to beat cancer with the miracle morning. I'm going to change millions of lives like I'm not GonNa hope that Oprah fines me. I'm not GonNa hope that this miracle drops in my lap. I I believe in the power of personal responsibility and I really believe that you know along those lines that to the degree that we take responsibility for everything in our lives determine the degree of of power that we have personal power to to change or affect things in our lives and so the way that I define miracle is really more of a practical actionable measurable way and and so I find miracle has any meaningful outcome that is beyond the realm of what you currently believe is probable for you know break that down in a meaningful outcome right so it's it's you know for me. It was beating cancer doesn't get much more when your life's on the line. There's no outcome more meaningful than than living right than than actually making making it through another car. Accident was walking again on when I was with with our with my career right it was I wanted to reach millions of people with this miracle morning message and I didn't ought to do that. I didn't have an audience at number platforms. Have anything you know and by the way I will tell you like goal is to do it in one year and I was ninety nine point nine percent short of my goal the first year I was ninety nine point seven percent of short of my goal still up to the second year and it took me six years but I just kept out I kept I kept at it so any meaningful outcome beyond on the realm of what you currently believe is probable for you and that word probables important. I didn't say possible and the reason is this <hes> if you're if you're an optimist I would. I would consider myself a an optimist to the point of delusion. I come very optimistic right which it's worked out for me but but I always say there's a fine line between optimism and delusion and I I why do cross it quite often but at err on that side. I think be okay with that but we don't pursue that which is possible if you're an optimist you believe anything is possible but we don't pursue that which is possible we do that which is probable right. Katie think about it like you know. When is the last time that you were that anybody like I have this goal this dream and I think that the odds of achieving it are slim to none so I'm GonNa give it everything I have right like. We don't work that way and that's why most people sat to my new book. The miracle equation is all about is it's like how do you move your biggest goals from possible to probable to inevitable because for most people will we have these big goals in these dreams in these things we'd love to achieve but because we don't believe they're probably we never even try. We what's probable is hey. I know that if I show up to work I'll get a paycheck and I can at least buy food and pay my rent or my mortgage or my in by the you know my car payment and that at at least there's certainty there at least that's probable someone to keep doing that because I don't know that all these goals and dreams and the life that I really want. I don't know that it's very probable in fact what we do. Is We check what I call her rear view mirror in our subconscious mind and we look for evidence of what's probable and if we've never done something before four right if you want to start a business or write a book or you know lose weight or or whatever the goal or dream whatever your dreams are if we check the review and we go tash. There's nothing in my past that shows that that gives me evidence that I could do these things. I've never done them but if you look at the world's most fulfilled people successful people people happy people are that are made the big impact in the world and and even just in their own lives they all had to step out on faith and I'm talking about faith in themselves that they could do something that when they check their review there was no evidence they could do it. They had never done it before but that you have to do that. You have to step out on faith and that's the first step up. Stepping out on faith is the first step to move your biggest goals and dreams from possible which is existing in a void of nothingness everything is possible and nothing is like possibility that doesn't matter what's possible you have to move your big goals from possible or probable and the first step in doing that is stepping out on faith and I believe I'm doing it in writing right putting it in writing so that you have it's it's tangible physical you can hold it in your hands or at least you know look at it on your iphone but but to step out on faith that you can do something that you've never done before and that first step just step of considering it right and in putting it on paper is is considering it not just as a thought in your head. It's fleeting but actually where it's a little more tangible and then once you consider it start to read that every day in marinated and then get get support it with what if that were to happen what why would that be meaningful to me how could change my wife. How could that change my family's life right and write those things down. Put Him in front when you look at them every day and then you're. I think it was Mark Victor Hansen. I love when he said this and I I remember this. I give a speech Gush Ten years ago and he said look p people never make changes UNIM- paraphrasing of course they said people never made changes because they they think they have to go from where they are now to where they want to be and they've got like make one on leap there or make a complete one eighty and he said that that's challenging mentally challenging to even think about that he said don't don't try to make a leap he said just lean lean into the changes that you wanna make and that's what. I'm talking about here right as you you write on paper well. What might my dream dream. Look like what might that mere tangible measurable miracle. Look like what would that look like and then support it with some you know some bullet points underneath. What would life be like if I were to do that and then ask yourself how how might I do that and the first step is often a google search right people coming there like how I wanNA write a book but don't even know where to START I go. Have you googled how the words how to write a book Nego. No that's pretty low hanging fruit. I would start there yeah right and all of a sudden. You're going to have ten thousand article. That will tell you exactly how to do what you now. Thank you have no idea how to do your your five seconds away from learning how to do it right so the point is and this is a long answer your question but a miracle is any meaningful outcome outside the realm of what you believe is probable for you and the first step in achieving said miracle is to step out on faith. Put it in writing of what that miracle would be for you. What that big goal aw or dream would be for you and then just start leaning leaning into and if you've waited year you know if you've spent your entire life not pursuing your biggest against goals and dreams well? What's another just to start. Just you don't need to rush. Just take the next month to Journal about it just journal four-month right. What what would it look like? What would that make your life like? How might you do that right and just lean into it and then you can start actually formulate a plan and then in that by the way the second decision of the miracle equation it is extraordinary effort and that's where it doesn't mean that you need to work eighty hours a week right. I'm just means doing one thing every day. That just means the leaning every day. Extraordinary Henry effort is not about working long hard hours can be but that is that's what has to be. It's about consistent effort. If you do one thing everyday that moves you closer to your goal or dream. Your success is inevitable. The only variable is timing and most people they just never get out the gate because they check that review mirror and they go nothing in my past says that I can create this extraordinary future but you can and then one day you'll look in your past. You go wow I can create anything I want for my life. I love that I think two important things that I've noticed in my own life that you just mentioned is that consistency variable certainly <hes> my husband oftens doing the right things long enough consistently and it takes all of that but I also love that you brought up taking ownership and extreme ownership because that's another thing I really have tried to instill in my kids in my own life because I think it's one of the most freeing freeing things we can do like you said we have no control over the things that happened to us in a lot of cases certainly not how other people may talk to us or act toward us but we always do have control of our own reaction and our own actions in our life. I think when you make that mental switch it's a whole new world of freedom and I love that you talk about that so much <hes> also I feel like especially with the miracle morning. There's a lot of people in the world who know a lot of the good things that we should be doing and we know that we should eat healthier and exercise ties more and get enough sleep and all of these things and meditate and journal and it's the actual tangible shift like making that actual habit is often the most difficult part so I'm I'm curious. If you have any tools for people to make those changes stick or to really truly commit them into a habit yeah. A couple of things number one is when I was writing the miracle morning. That was my biggest insecurity as it was writing. Is I go. How am I going to get people to actually do it right because I'm like 'cause go. Everything was saying make sense. This is good. I should do this but I but I but I I was going every people. Most people have a limiting belief that says I am not a morning person that the majority of society eighty winds surveyed. It's like seventy two percent. I think I am not a morning person might be higher than that and I thought how am I gonNA enter into a conversation that they've had in their head for the last ten fifteen twenty thirty forty fifty years their entire lifetime. That says no no no. I'm officially not a morning person like been there done that tried. It doesn't work for me like you know and so. That was my biggest insecurity so we'll does this. The fact that now well over a million people around the world the miracle morning on a you know an average of five to six days a week. <hes> is is is is evidence that you can do it too right. I mean do it being the miracle morning but do it being the things that you need to do and I'm going to unpack to answer questions on how how did that on and there's a few things first and foremost right and we talked a lot. I just talked about with the leaning into it. Righteous start small put him on paper right <hes> in the Miracle Good Morning. It's a really great tool to start and I'm not saying this because I wrote it and I'll make a dollar if you buy it. I'm saying this because I've seen this transform so many people's. People's lives right millions of lights. Is that how you start. Your Day sets the tone the direction the context for the rest of the day in in other words a away. I'd like to put that actually this is from Steve Pavlina who I was read his book when I was writing the miracle morning he said if you win the morning you win the day right so most people start their day with a lack of self discipline and procrastination is how they started so meaning. If you hit the snooze button that is by default. Oh procrastination. You're procrastinating on starting your day and you know I stay in the in the book <hes> I say kind of jokingly but but seriously I said you think about how crazy it is to you know we all want to have this amazing happy successful extraordinary life but when the alarm goes off in the morning dot is life's first gift to you. It's life's first opportunity and it's also life's I challenge and most people the alarm goes off and it's like we're saying to the universe or to our own star on being our own selves thing yeah. I know I say I want an extraordinary life but not as much as I lay here unconscious for nine more minutes right and then we hit the snooze button and then he goes off again. You're like I want to be happier and healthier and more successful but rather lay here for nine more minutes and we're literally giving a message message to our subconscious and says I don't have the discipline to get my butt out of bed in the morning. Let alone create the extraordinary life that I really want however if you can change that one an habit and that's the miracle morning I think where it so. It's doing this for so many people really is a miracle is if you can learn how to and that's the book teaches you. How do you snooze button if you're not a morning person and I can guess impact on me right now. I don't want to keep you like in mystery and make you buy the book like here's how on there's a there's a whole chapter on this in the book. It's called the Five five-step snooze proof wakeup strategy and I'll just give you the most important step. The most important step is move your alarm clock across the room actually to number one is set your intentions before bed so before forbade you need to say. I'm waking up tomorrow at this time. Even if I feel tired and actually have you can actually download if you go to <hes> T M M Book Dot Com as in the miracle morning. TM MTN book dot Com you can download the bedtime affirmation and this is what I used in my own life and I put it as a bonus for the book on but it's word for word how to set your intention the night before so that when you wake up in the when the alarm goes off the morning <hes> you like jump out of bed and you're excited and if you think about anytime Katie eighty that you were excited to wake up in the morning like did you celebrate Christmas growing up for example yeah absolutely okay so and I always caution when I say that because if someone didn't celebrate Christmas I don't WanNa the word I'm looking for. You know like make you feel left out so think about like the first day of school or a vacation. Let's just think of any time in your life. When you went to bed had like like a schoolgirl writer. Schoolboy does excited like I can't wait for the morning you know and for me. It was Christmas kid and Katie. Let me ask you but was it hard for you to wake up Christmas morning definitely not it was hard to stay asleep on Christmas morning exactly so did you. I'm guessing you did not snooze on Christmas morning. Correct definitely not so here's what that shows that shows that we all have the ability to wake up and jump out of bed but what was the difference you had the intention before or bed to wake up the next morning with excitement and enthusiasm because there was something you were looking forward to and when I was not writing the Miracle Good Morning before it was a book when I was doing the miracle morning in my own life. I realized I have the ability to wake up excited. I know I do because if there's ever something I'm excited to wake up for a week up but most of US wake up and we're like I or we go to bed and our intention is the opposite of excitement. It's <hes> I gotTa wake up tomorrow at six. Am I and go to work again and I I don't WanNa do that and I went. I have the ability to wake up excited every day but I have to take responsibility response ability to access that ability by creating my own intention before I go to bed of what the morning is going to be alike so in my mind in my body in my emotions before I go to bed. I set my intention for what I'm going to feel and do when I wake up in the morning and most people are very unintentional about the morning they leave the morning up to those first few moments when the alarm goes off. It's usually on her bedside table and our level of self self-discipline is close to a zero. Maybe it's a one or two right is reach over. You hit the snooze button you reach over you. Hit the snooze button the first episode of your intention before bed if you WanNa map on how word for word approach and how did that go team book Dot Com you can get the free thing <hes> the bedtime information but the second logistical step is you have to move your alarm clock as far across the room as possible so if you can reach it on your bedside table even if I set my intention still usually fail because I turn it off the I hit the snooze button while I'm still half asleep right and so for me <hes> the alarm clock is across the room. It's actually in my bathroom which is within hearing distance yet to hear it but that forces me out of bed across the room so if you do do that alone that starts your day with intention it starts it with purpose it starts with discipline and now and then go to your miracle morning and now you're the the point of the miracle morning owning is really to put yourself in a peak physical mental emotional and spiritual state every day so that you are at your best. You are essentially essentially think of it this way every day. The miracle morning insures that you become a better version of the person you were when you went to bed the night before and when you start your day like that it's it's hard to not have a great day like you are on fire and you win the morning and then and then you're you're the best version of yourself to win the day so that's you know that to me is like the Lynch pin strategy. It's the one thing you do that. Affects everything else all cut myself off and then you know I could talk for an hour ron strategies of getting yourself to do the things that you know you need to do that. You don't feel like you have the discipline to do. I mean we can go a little deeper on that but <hes> but first katie any thoughts questions or comments on that I love that and I would love to go deeper on that because I think you explain it really well and what I've read of your work and I think that is the biggest struggle for so many people because I see people and I've done it myself. Get in that cycle of like you know I'm GonNa Start Training for a new thing and I'm like all about it for three weeks and then it kind of dies down or they eat really clean for three weeks and then it dies down to. How do we maintain that like. How do we even if it's that thing that so exciting to us. How do we maintain that enthusiasm over the longtime so I'll tell you an external and an internal strategy the extra strategy I'll start start with. Which is accountability? I believe that accountability is arguably one of the if not the single most determinate factors in taking ourselves also the next level and the if you think about it you look at the world's most successful anybody right <hes> meaning athletes. CEOS they all have a high a degree of accountability and it's a huge factor in their success. You know you show me an athlete especially as they were younger. You know growing up right. Maybe they hit a level of maturity where or they don't need much accountability of course but you know you. I don't think you'll find an athlete. That doesn't credit their coach. If there if they didn't have practice scheduled every day at three pm mm with a coach that would kick their butt off the team if they weren't there on time they probably wouldn't practice the three they would have been home playing video games right <hes> you know you look at a CEO. Oh you know forty or fifty year old CEO if they didn't have to answer look at all the accountability in their world. They've got they have stockholders. They have to answer to the of an executive assistant. They have an executive active board right the employees. They have a just a general company and if it wasn't for all those source of accountability they probably screwing off a lot more but as they you know as their screw often they're watching youtube video and then they go shoot. I've got that meeting it to that. Meeting is a source of accountability that gets them off the youtube video off of you know no words with friends on their phone and get them to do the thing they need to do and if it wasn't for the source of accountability they probably wouldn't do it now. What we have to realize is why we resist and resent accountability and once you understand the source of resistance then then you go okay it is time for us all to grow up and I include myself from this and <hes> and actually embrace accountability so you think about this. I believe the reason most human beings resist resent and avoid accountability. Don't cost is because it was forced forced upon us as children. Our brains were developing. You think about you know my parents made sure. I eat my vegetables. I want my vegetables. If it wasn't for the accountability for MOM and Dad I would would not have beaten <unk> right. I didn't WANNA take a bath but they made me take a bath. They held me accountable to take a bath most days. I WANNA go school right unless you're one of those weird kids that love. My daughter loves of school but I was like I did. I don't want to go to school right with it. got me out of bed. They had to fight me out of bed and I went to school. My teachers hold me accountable to turn homework in and study and take tests and so on and so forth breath if it wasn't for the accountability that was forced upon us by the adults in our lives as kids. I think that most of us would be malnutritioned uneducated dirty little kids right and but what happened was we didn't ask for any about accountability and whenever nobody was looking we avoided it because it was forced on us and then the problem is we turn eighteen and maybe you leave the nasty. Go off to college and I don't know about you but <hes> I jack. I was like screw vegetables. I lived at Jack in the box folks looking back. I don't even know how I didn't have a heart attack twenty you know but but I- Jack in the box I'm like screw. I mean whatever I want. I'm staying up till two three four five. AM Playing Video Radio Games. I'm like it was it was a downward spiral of mediocrity for and if it wasn't for me finding a mentor at age nineteen when I started Sonko and him I'm getting my stuff together holding me accountable and I I had accountability gifted back into my life and because of that I became the person that I am today I developed discipline and consistency and self belief and and and the various APPs roots of an achiever and why did I develop up those because of accountability and I'll I'll tell you how much accountability I had the first ten days when I broke that company record. I didn't break that company record. I mean I did but it. It was because of my mentor I had to call him every morning. When I woke up at a specific time I had to call him at seventy M so I was awake in ready to be on the phone by seven thirty am then I had to call him after every single appointment that I did during those ten days and let him know how I went and that was that we can manage mindset expectations because I was new to sales and I had a lot of no sales a lot of disappointment he would man he would remind me it was okay and keep going in this and that I had to call them for every single Eddy County end of every day so his philosophy was he wanted to wake me up every morning and he wanted to put me to bed so he could manage expectations and that level of accountability so I I did Sixty two appointments so I talked to Him Probably Ninety Times at least ninety making ninety phone calls to someone that and because about accountability I broke the all time company record now I earned it. I was nineteen. I earned thirty eight hundred dollars lers during those ten days which is a fortune for me. You know for most people to a lot of money. It was insane harmony and who I am. I literally can look back. Those was ten days shaped who I am. Today and accountability was the number one key to that and so I would that in fact we'll just we'll we can leave it at that on that's it and and and in the Miracle Morning I talk about that in the book. How important accountability is I encourage everyone to find an accountability partner and if if you are wondering well I don't I don't. I'm interested in this but most of my friends are like they're not into this kind of stuff. You know maybe they are the miracle morning. Community <hes> is as a facebook group that I would invite everyone to join. It's free. It's we're not selling anything there it right now. There are two hundred last two hundred nineteen thousand people from over one hundred countries in there and arguably you go in there to scan through the post and you will be inspired. It is one of if not the most loving non-judgmental cool supportive growth oriented communities on or off line that I have ever seen case studies being done right now about this community and you can go in there and let people know what time zone you're in that you want partner and typically you'll find one you know within within an hour and and someone that's on this journey with you and and when when you go in there you find there are people that have been doing the miracle morning for over a thousand days in there. Are People just like you. It'll be it'll be day one for them but <hes> but yeah it's a great skull the Miracle Morning Community and if you can also get a miracle morning dot com and scroll down. There's a big picture that says joined the community and it'll take you over there so either way you can find it. I'll make sure that's linked in the show notes as well as Amazon Dot. FM when it comes to a morning routine do you think that there are specific a framework that is pretty much good for everyone or are there like different variables that are gonna work better or worse for different people and if so how do you identify which things need to be in your own. Miracle Morning Yeah. It's a great question I <hes> so in the Book Doc Chapter Nine. Out of ten. I think it's one of the last chapter nine is customizing the miracle morning to fit your lifestyle in chapter. Ten is the Miracle Morning Thirty Day challenge and we could actually that. Will you know that's something I could touch on his like. How do you change your behavior. You lean into it and then you commit to a thirty day challenge <hes> meaning you do it every day. You have someone holding you accountable and the thirty days it you've acclimated this new habit and it could be a habit of getting rid of a bad habit like quitting soda or smoking or it could be a habit like be adding a morning enrichment. You've never been a morning person <hes> and again I mean you you think about if you're at all having self-doubt around this because maybe you tried and failed in the past make changes. You know they're hundreds. Words of thousands of people not facebook group. That will tell you hey. I didn't know I could do it. I didn't think I could do it and I did. It and I'm now a morning person right so so yes customizing so here the way that I encourage folks like I. I'm a big believer in a I don't know at all in fact I know closer to nothing all right a big believer in that a student of life student everything so I don't think that I know it all first of all number two I. I rarely think there's a one size fits all for everybody in that exists too often however the the miracle morning is made up of six practices which I mentioned earlier but let me give you a more memorable framework. This is my brilliant wife. I was writing the book and I go sweetie. I've got these six practices is is these are like most timeless personal practices in the history of humanity but I don't i. I need to organize them so people can remember them or they like flow together. I said all lease offers are so smart and you know they <hes> they <hes> Stephen Habits got like the seven habits a Stephen Covey's seven habits highly effective people and Robert cusack. He's got like the cashflow quadrant and all these authors smart enough to create like a framework and I don't I don't know any way to connect these practices and she goes why don't you consult at the Sorus and see if you can arrange some of the wording so it creates an acronym that people can remember and I give her kiss on the lips. I'm like you're so brilliant. I'm like that might work right and so meditation became silent which actually liked because a lot of people like to incorporate prayer into their silent time right on and journaling became became describing <hes> which <hes> you know it's a fancy word for writing but it created an acronym which could not be more fitting for what what what the practice is in the acronym is <laughter>. Sabres or I call these the lifesavers right but save e R s so the I s for silence. These are the six practices of the miracle morning by the way the first for silence the A is for affirmations the visas for visualization the es for exercise the ours for for reading and the SS for Scribe Ing Right so those are the savers and I believe it's the perfect acronym because these the literally are the six practices that have proven an over centuries that they will they can save you and save me and save all of us from missing out on the life that we really want the missing out on living door full potential so they really are the lifesavers right. It's such a fitting acronym and you I would encourage people to do is for the thirty he'd H. Challenge do all six of these because you don't fully know the benefits or if something resonates with you until you actually give it a fighting chance right. Give it a fair chance so do all the six savers for thirty days. Now you can customize the order <hes> and you can even change the order over time you can experiment and play with these right so you've been example sample. I start with meditate. I start with silence on many people though and I don't know the percentage but <hes> a lot of people have said how Gosh I tried meditating but then I fall back asleep asleep they go. I'm not awake enough for it to you know I need to start with exercise so they moved to the front and they wake up and they do some stretching and yoga and some jumping Jackson push ups and run or whatever they want right and then in terms of the duration the savors the I added the savers it I did <hes> ten minutes each because I it's my first day of thought and doing an hour all do ten minutes each right and then that works. I've evolved where I usually do thirty minutes of reading and then I do five minutes of the other sabres roughly <hes> five to six minutes. I guess what would be but so I like to read longer and then I do and so I I just I meditate for six minutes. Do the other ones for shorter periods of time exercise. I do up. There's an APP called seven minute workout and it's a great APP. It's a full body workout in seven minutes <hes> in the book in that chapter. There's something called the six minute miracle morning and this came about because most of us have an all or nothing mentality which is like Oh. I woke up later or today after Lee released so I've only got like ten minutes or fifteen minutes so I guess I'll skip my miracle morning today and one day I had that internal dialogue and I went wait a minute. What if I were to just do one minute each of the sabers what if I were to sit down and just close as my eyes and meditate and calm for one minute and then I pull out my affirmations and I read them for a minute and close my eyes visualize you know my most important important priorities being executed flawlessly today for just a minute and then I jumped up and I do a sixty six jumping jacks get my heart rate flowing at the blood going right for a minute. I thought a self help book that I'm reading and reader page for a minute and then I journal great before for just a minute and I did that that day and I went the benefits. It's got eighty percent of the benefit with one tenth of the time and there aren't many things you can do with that kind of return on investment. I went this is incredible and that's why I put it in the book because I look. I don't advocate that you do a six minute every day. You can't go that at deep but it just shows that it doesn't have to be all or nothing so the answer to your question is I would start your first mirror wanting thirty challenge and by the way Mosul their thirtieth channel like when I gave a speech speech and you know people weren't necessarily reading the book yet. They don't have someone who don't have the book yet. I always say look for your first thirty days. Just start your challenge by waking up thirty minutes earlier earlier. Don't even go the full hour to make it easy. Just lean into it right lean into it thirty minutes earlier and just do the car just read. That's it. It couldn't be easier. Wake up thirty minutes earlier and just read the miracle morning and then once you get to the first the chapter on the sabers and you start reading up the S. and I teach you a really simple meditation practice right then you can incorporate s in art and then when he gets the section on the next day on affirmations at a enriches lean into it gradually and then at the end of the thirty days you can decide what you WANNA do. I don't visualize everyday predate for whatever reason visualization has never resonated with me but I do use it. If I'm going to have a specific thing I'm doing like if I'm giving a speech all run through movie in my mind of visualization but there's some European community I often will serve Ango. which sabres do you like better than others which resonate and blows my mind that some people like visualization? Is the number the number one thing that impacts their life in their day for me. It's affirmations and some people to go yeah. I don't I don't I don't I I struggle with that right so I always say for the first thirty today's dual six savers play with the order play with the duration of each and then at the end of thirty days create your own miracle morning and then while you're doing the beauty of it is the miracle morning takes a minute to learn a lifetime to master because you know meditation. I mean I've read master. MEDITATORS say that after ten years of meditating everyday they started to feel like they were getting pretty good at it pin years right and then after twenty years they started to feel like they were starting to kind of master it in thirty years they actually mastered it and I'm like so each of the sabers you can just you can in play with you can adjust you can keep them fresh. You can try new modalities new affirmations new methods of you guided meditation. You can do meditation APPs right so I mean these are. 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I dot com forward. Slash Wellness Mama and the code owed wellness twenty for twenty percent of our time's flown by you're such an eloquent speaker. If you questions I loved ask at the end of the first being. Are there a few things that you feel like people either. Don't know or misunderstand about what you teach yeah <hes>. I think that one is the idea that the miracle morning is about waking up earlier now granted a you may need to wake up earlier depending on if you wake up now at the last minute. Most people wake up because they have to write. They literally go. What's the last minute that I can wake up and not like lose my job. Have my children taken away from me. Get divorced right. I call it your mediocre morning where you're like. It's last moment I wake up up and not have my life fall apart now. If you're waking up in that way then yeah you need to back up the alarm thirty minutes <hes> but a lago wake up and they just the first half hour of the day rather their day is spent just checking facebook and scrolling their phone check an email so it's really not about waking up earlier as much as it's about waking up better batter it's waking up and dedicating the first part of your day to elevating your own consciousness putting yourself in that peak physical mental emotional and spiritual state so you can become a better version of who you are when you went to bed the night before the first thing is that it's not about you know being being digging up super early getting a little earlier and the benefits though are so profound that trust me. It's it's worth going to bed thirty minutes earlier. If that's what it takes right thirty minutes less than net flicks at night to have a radical shift in your life life is is very worth it in the other thing that I would share his that personal development is is not enough that that is actually my new book that just came out the miracle equation that kind of why I wrote it. Is that <hes> I've been in the past. I've been guilty of being what I would call a personal development junkie and I think a lot of us us fall into this trap where once we learn personal about meant we start reading books listening to podcasts learning all these new ideas. We get excited and we're like wow I'm. I'm like A and we start. Almost our ego can get fed like wow I I know more than other people. Other people aren't recall my friends and family aren't reading these books and listening to these learning stuff and they need to like. I'm I'm smarter than they are right. So that's one thing is ego can get you become part of it. Anyone who's younger that was I was for sure part of my journey on but just a big part of it is we actually trick our our brain our subconscious into thinking that learning and growing in and of itself is enough to improve our lives and while it improves our lives at a certain level like you know if you learn new ways of looking at life like the things we talked a five minute role for example right. That's like an internal thing that you learn and if you implement it you start to see that wow I can. I can be free from my emotional pain like I don't need to feel. I don't dwell on things infiltrating. Just let them go. After five minutes that does change your life but for the most part we you have to actually change our behaviour to change our life and and what the problem is when you think that just learning is enough to change your life. <hes> you know learn reading books on finances. It doesn't increase your income. Reading books on finances doesn't <hes> increase your savings right reading books on finance or on on on being healthier doesn't make you healthier right you actually have to change your behavior and so while the miracle morning is arguably one of the most effective practices says for personal development. You have to compliment it. You have to follow it up with a process for goal achievement and that's the miracle equation is it's okay. You're learning the morning. You're doing your miracle morning. You're growing your evolving. You're elevating your own consciousness. You're becoming a better version of yourself great but you you can do that and still stay in your comfy. Come the comfy confines of Your Comfort Zone like stay in your house and keep going to work and not doing anything differently. You've gotTa have okay. I need a process. I need a method for getting out of my comfort zone and actually getting clear on defining clarifying planning manning my biggest goals and dreams and creating a process that will make my success in achieving those goals and dreams inevitable and that is that so that's to me the biggest mistake will make thinking the personal development is enough. It's only half the equation so to speak and I wrote the miracle equation is that is the okay now. Here's the process for goal achievement that you you that will support your practice that you have for personal but elements. You can actually take these this growth. You're experiencing and turn it into a tangible upgraded in reality that you can that creates measurable results in Your Life Such a good point <hes> secondly is there a booker a number of books that have drastically changed your life and if so what they are in the book that changed my life probably more than anything <hes> is called conversations with God and it is you know I i. I I always the word God is also like miracle to loaded word in some people are religious and some people are spiritual and some people are atheist and so you know you you get lot different reactions on I read that book when I was twenty years old and by the way to be very transparent you know I grew up Catholic. <hes> I then started studying a lot of the world's religions and just I'm. I'm happy to help people where I kinda my stance on on this to me. I seek truth and wisdom in all religion in all spiritual practices even atheist. I like I mean I try to look at all of it and not think that there is one right way and that everybody else is wrong that my way is the right way. I try to go hate everyone has there's you know. I'm looking for truth always to me like I said I I I I lean toward. I know nothing or very very little compared to what I what I can learn so much. Learn grow on conversation with God <hes> it's. It's definitely definitely not a religious book <hes> I would say it's spiritual for sure but I'll be I read it when I was twenty and <hes> you know in the author Neil Donald Walsh just conversations with God book for which it's like technically. He's written doesn't over dozen books. I'm actually reading book for Right now. Which is probably why that book is on my mind. You know the whole series on yeah yeah. That's that's a book. That really opened my eyes. Encourage you to you know to read it with an open mind. An inconsiderate in the book for me was very very very impactful <hes> in just how I live my life and how I view my life and my purpose in life in my place in this world and how it can make the the biggest most positive impact and so so good as actually on my kindle right now and I'm about to start reading and I'll make sure it's linked. Oh that's awesome book wonder before the first one. Oh cool cool google yeah excited <hes> any parting advice or takeaways you. WanNa make sure we leave with the audience today yeah the there's one that I you know for me. This has become a major affirmation Russian <hes> which I won't go into we'll go down that rabbit hole but I define affirmations as you'll see in the book very differently than most people do. They're not really using affirmations to program your mind mind and your behaviors for success on and <hes> the the the way that <hes> might most important affirmations and this is the parting wisdom sistema leave you with is that you know as human beings. I think that we all <hes> we have trouble <hes> creating space in terms of time between where we are are and where we want to be we look at where other people are and we compare ourselves or we look at where we think we should be your could be in and we were. We were in this place of often scarcity versity man. Why am I not there right now. I want to be there now. In its brain doesn't is number patient where it goes okay. There's GONNA be <hes>. Let me take it might take me five years to get there right like I needed to find this journey in and be at peace with where I am and an and do something every day to move in closer. We look at where we want to be and go. I'm not their way out there. Why is it taking so long. Why am I not you know and and we have these feelings of scarcity inadequacy and so here's the lesson and I think that <hes> you know probably took me hindsight to learn this and I share this us. Oh 'cause I tell people. Don't wait for hindsight. Don't don't don't suffer for years the way that most people do to get to this place and and here's the lesson is that when we finally get to the place in our lives when when you finally place in your life or your business in Eerie of your life that you've been working so hard for for so long been wanting for so long you almost never look back and wish it would have happened any sooner instead. When you get to the place that you've been working for so hard for so long in any area of your life or just in your life as a whole aw you look back and you go the timing and the journey were perfect in every obstacle in setback along the way was was a necessary part of my evolution to become the person that I needed to be to create the life that I've always wanted and with that hindsight with that wisdom to bring that into your life right now they're the lesson. Is the applicable lesson is be at peace with where you are. You're right now on your journey. Even if it's difficult or painful while you maintain unwavering faith and put forth extraordinary effort to you get to where you want to go and know that when you finally get there the timing will be perfect. That's a perfect place to put a pin in it for today but thank you so much much for being here. I know that you are busy in. It's an honor to chat with you today. You are so welcome Katie. Thank you for having me on. It's it's an honor and <hes> your your special human being because because I felt like that was everything I talked about was like threw me like you brought out the best in me the divine so yeah. I'd use some special no jobs so thank you thank you so much and thanks to all of you for listening and sharing one of your most valuable asset your time with both of us today were so grateful that you did and I hope that you will join me again on the next episode of the Wellness Mama podcast. If you're enjoying these interviews would you please take two minutes to leave a rating or review on itunes for me doing this. This helps more people to find the podcast which means even more. MOMS and families can benefit from the information. I really appreciate your time and thanks as always for listening.