Gratitude

My 10 minute meditation this morning was a guided meditation about positivity and gratitude.

Positivity and gratitude is something I try to live my life by and have done now for many years ( I think it comes from being a huge fan of the Secret). When you live your life with positivity and gratitude good stuff happens.

When you are grateful for what you already have (instead of focusing on what you don’t have) opportunities come about to bring you more things to be grateful for, it’s like magic.

Gratitude lists are a really good way to set the tone of gratitude and they can turn a bad day into a good day in an instant, because you start focusing on all that is good in your life.

When I go out for a run, I list in my head all the things I am truly grateful for

For example;

I am truly grateful for my two beautiful, healthy, children who show me so much unconditional love and who I love unconditionally in return.

I am truly grateful to my wonderful loving, supportive husband, who allows me to follow my dreams.

I am truly grateful for my fantastic new job, which allows me to spend more time with my family who I love deeply.

The list goes on, about my wonderful parents, my great friends, my dogs, my home, everything I can think of that I’m grateful for.

I then send out a huge thank you with all my heart for all the wonderful things I’m grateful for and by the time I’m done I’m in a wonderful positive happy mood.

Why not give it a try???

Snooze you Lose

At 6 am this morning, I awoke to the sound of my alarm going off in the hall (I leave it out there so I have to get out of bed and can’t just press snooze and go back to sleep). I got out of bed, switched off my alarm and got back into bed….What????

The moment my head hit the below my head and my body went to war. My body was saying “I’m staying right here” and my head was saying “get up, you have set yourself a challenge to do this for 30 days”

In that instant, I thought back to the chapter in the book (The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod) called ‘snooze you lose’

Let’s pretend I’m stood in front of you right now and I’m offering you 2 choices.

Choice One: you can live your best life, having more than enough time and energy to achieve all your goals.

Or

Choice Two: You can just lie around and chill and watch the world go by, while you do or achieve nothing.

Which would you choose???

I know I would choose the first option. I want to live my best life. I want to have the time and energy to achieve all my goals and I’m not going to get that by spending my morning in bed.

So in that moment of realisation, I jumped out of bed and did day 8 of my miracle morning routine and I’m so glad I did, because this morning I achieved my goal to run 5 miles before the end of August.

A Level 10 Life

Today marks 7 days of me waking up early and doing a personal development morning routine that is helping me to gain focus and achieve my goals.

The morning routine is called the Miracle Morning and it’s by Hal Elrod. I totally recommend it to anyone that is not living a full level 10 life.

Well you take each area of your life, Family, Friendships, Finances, Health, Work and score it out of 10. If you are not scoring 10 in a particular area of your life you use the clarity of thinking you get from doing the miracle morning to figure out how you can bring it up to a 10.

What is a Level 10 life??? I here you ask

A level 10 life is living every area of your life at 10 out of 10. Why would you settle for 5 out if 10 if you can have 10 out of 10? Why would you want to live a mediocre life style, when you can live an amazing life?

Anyway, I looked at my life and I am completely happy with my family and friends and my work. However, my finances are not at level 10, but then I have just changed my career path so it is to be expected, I suppose. The miracle morning is helping me to think clearly on strategies I can implement to increase my finances and it’s working.

My health is my biggest focus. I’m not scoring 10 out of 10 in that area at all. I want to lose weight, give up the booze and caffeine and maintain a regular exercise program.

Since I started practicing the miracle morning, I have done just that. I haven’t touched a drop of alcohol ( I have however had coffee). I exercise daily and because I’m following WW (formerly Weight Watchers) I’m eating healthy food and all this combined is making me lose weight, 8.5lbs of weight in just 7 days.

I feel amazing and I am achieving my goals!!

As an added bonus I also feel relaxed and able to deal with any situation (which is a miracle in itself with the kids being off school at the moment). The daily meditation and time to myself to read and visualise my future is just having nothing but a positive effect on me.

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again. I 100% recommend the miracle morning to anyone who wants to improve their life!!

Miracle Morning v sleep

I haven’t done my miracle morning routine this morning, not because I couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed, but because I am working this morning and I would have had to get up a 4.30am.

Now, I am really enjoying the Miracle Morning routine, but I also enjoy my sleep and 4.30am for me is just too early!! I don’t think I would feel the benefit of personal development if I am too tired.

It doesn’t mean I’m not going to still do it today though, it just won’t be in the morning.

I’m writing my blog now, I will meditate, read and do my affirmations tonight before bed, as I’m dropping off, I’ll do my visualisations and I’ll make sure to get in some exercise throughout the day.

So for those of you who are totally put off by the Miracle Morning routine, because it’s in the morning, perhaps you could fit in around what works for you too.

Personal Development at any time of the day will bring you nothing but good. Why not give it a try.

The Power of Affirmations

4 days ago I started doing the Miracle Morning as a means to motivate myself to live a healthier life style. I wanted to eat healthier food, do more exercise, stop drinking alcohol and coffee (I caved in after 2 days of no coffee) and just basically live my best life.

On Tuesday morning (day one) I looked in the mirror and for 5 solid minutes I repeated my affirmations.

“I am grateful for my healthy body, I love my life, I love myself”

I found this on the internet, I have never done affirmations before, so I had no idea what I should say.

I felt really silly stood talking to myself in the mirror, especially saying I am grateful for my healthy body when all I can see is the bloated, saggy face of someone who over indulged in holiday.

However, I went with it and tried to concentrate on what my body can do as opposed to what it looks like right now.

4 days later, after doing the same affirmation for 5 mins every morning I was feeling empowered. I can see my cheekbones again and my eyes were shiny. I ran upstairs to the scales and I’ve lost 4.4kg.

My plan this morning was to do yoga, but as I looked in the mirror doing my affirmations, I became more and more motivated to take my healthy body out for a run, so that’s what I did.

This Miracle Morning is quite possibly the best thing I’ve ever introduced into my life.

I’m even grateful for the bad stuff

Hi, today is day three of my Miracle Morning and today I really did jump out of bed when my alarm went off.

Yesterday was such a crazy day. It was my first day as a WW Coach on my own and everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong including my computer system not working and not being able to get in. (I did get in eventually)

It didn’t end there, my kids were little devils, I attended a meeting that didn’t go the way I wanted and finally I turned up for something in the evening to find someone else there too.

Anyway, despite all those bad things happening, I didn’t lose my cool once. In fact I was quite happy. These were really good learning experiences and I actually felt grateful for them.

What????? I know I can’t believe it either and being grateful for bad stuff is such an amazing feeling to. I feel absolutely awesome this morning and it’s all thanks to the miracle morning.

Miracle Morning Day 2

I almost didn’t get up this morning. My alarm went off at 5am and I hit the snooze button. However, after hitting the snooze button I started thinking about how yesterday was such a productive day and how I wanted more if that.

So at 0502, I got myself out of bed, drank my glass of water and made my way down stairs for day 2 of my Miracle Morning Challenge.

Today I did the same 10 minute meditation and read the Secret for another 15 minutes. I did my affirmations for 5 minutes (didn’t feel quite as silly today, but it still feels weird talking to myself in the mirror) and 5 minutes of visualising about my future healthy body.

I did however mix up the exercise today and decided to give yoga a try. It’s not quite as good as a run, but I do feel like I’ve had a good stretch. I did the Sarah Beth 20 mins morning yoga stretch routine.

I am now sat cross legged on my living room floor, writing my blog on my phone.

So what are my thoughts on the Miracle Morning so far?

I’m certainly not at the “yippee I can’t wait to get up” stage yet, but I do have to admit, yesterday was an incredibly productive day. I achieved everything I wanted to and for the first day back from my holiday, I was very pleased with that.

I went to bed last night at 9.30, got a solid 7.5 hours sleep and now I’m up and ready for my day ahead!!

Today is the first day I go out solo as a WW Coach and I am feeling really positive this morning. Everything is prepped and ready, my miracle morning is now complete so I have 2 hours to get myself a healthy breakfast and get dressed and go.

The day is proving to be a winner already!!!

See you all tomorrow xx