The SAVERS morning ritual in The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod helped me to stay motivated during the most stressful time of senior year in college.
The graphic above did a great job summarizing what the 6 rituals are:
- Silence: I still do meditation, but I’ve gradually transitioned to morning yoga, which I find has a one-stone-two-birds effect;
- Affirmation: the 5 Minute Journey below incorporate this neatly;
- Visualization: together with affirmation (positive self-talk / auto-suggestions), this will unlock the potential of your subconscious mind.
- Reading: if you’re religious, spiritual scripture is a great choice for the morning.
- Scribing: I had several failed attempt to keep a diary; I was finally able to keep this habit after I discovered the 5 Minute Journal format. I’ve been using it for over one year.
About gratitude items, Tim Ferriss recommended think about them in four categories to prevent autopiloting and repeating yourself: a old relationship, an opportunity you have today, something great that happened yesterday, something simple within sight (such as the electronic device you’re using right now).
Mornings can make or break your day! What do you do in the morning? What’s your thoughts on S.A.V.E.R.S.? Will you try it out? Comment below and let us know you want to join this “morning club” to rise and shine!
Remember the key to wake up early is to sleep early. Sleep with a purpose – know why you want to wake up the next day! 🙂 To sleep better, check out my book review of Sleep Smarter – the author recommends sleep by 10pm (because the golden sleep time is 10-2am).
Senior year can be a stressful time, but it pushed me to explore ways to optimize my day – SAVERS is definitely one of my biggest takeaway from that time. I organized a group of 7 people to wake up everyday at 5am to work out together. My senior year’s semester GPA turned out to be the highest in all four years of my college career. This is counterintuitive – I had more stuff on my plate (president of a new start-up student organization, NAAAP Temple; job hunting; taking actuarial exam…), and my classes were harder than before (I took an MBA class, two computer science classes, and capstone courses) – why did I do better? My morning ritual definitely played a part.