Six things to include in your morning ritual
- Not enough time? Wake up earlier
- Meditation, exercise, reading and writing
- Change yourself, change your success
I had coffee with a loan officer, Pete Brown, a couple of weeks ago. He gave me a book "The Miracle Morning for Real Estate Agents"
He said that he had been following the guidelines spelled out in the book and he has seen a big change in his life and business. Two of the four authors were Michael Reese ad Jay Kinder. I had seen both at a seminar about 10 years ago. They both were very successful agents. So I thought it might be a good book to read.
It describes how to institute a morning ritual into your routine that will have an impact on all aspects of your life, especially your business life.
It gets down to the true crux of the problems in your life. YOU. Until you fix yourself and improve who you are, all of the procedures and to-do lists you make will never stick. You'll eventually go back to your old ways and nothing will change. It's kind of like dieting. The weight never stays off if you don't find a sustainable way of eating that becomes your natural way.
The basic steps are are based on SAVERS where each letter stands for a key part of the plan for self improvement.
You wake up one hour earlier each morning a spend it on the following:
S is for Silence
A is for Affirmations
V is for Visualization
E is for Excercise
R is for Reading
S is for Scribing
You go to your quiet space and meditate. There are many books that teach various techniques. Don't worry about the details. Just close your eyes and relax. Be still for about ten minutes.
My favorite system of meditation I learned about 30 years ago. I attended a weekend seminar and learned The Silva Mind Control technique. It allows you to easily relax and get to a mental level where you can work on the next two letters, Affirmations and Visualization.
They have a great idea for making your affirmations more believable to your subconscious mind. Many people are taught to repeat affirmations telling yourself that you are what you eventually want to be. Let's say that you want to be happy. It's a mistake to tell yourself that you are happy over and over. It's also a mistake to tell yourself that you want to be happy.
The best way to do it is to tell yourself that you are committed to becoming happier and happier.
In my Silva training, we were advised to say something like
"Every day in every way I'm getting better and better"
I like both because it's not lying to yourself. It's more believable so I think it will work better on the subconscious level of the mind.
While you are in your quiet space, visualize what you want. If you are nervous about an upcoming listing presentation, visualize what you want to happen. Try to see yourself with the results you want.
In my Silva training, we were taught to visualize a big screen and project scenes of what we would like to see happen.
Sometimes you can call your imaginary advisors onto the screen and ask them for advice. This is what in "Think and Grow Rich" used. His imaginary advisory group include Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln and others.
Work some kind of exercise system into your routine. I'm doing 25 deep knee bends before every cup of coffee.
Read at least 10 pages of a book per day.
My commitment is to read at least one book per week. I committed to then write a book report post here at Activerain for each book that I read. It'll be my personal Cliff Notes.
Another point they make is that it's worthwhile to reread some books. I've read hundreds of books over the years and they slowly fade from my memory. So go back and reread them. As life changes, you might pick up on things that you initially missed because they were relevant to your life at that time.
Take time to write. I have that covered with my Activerain posts. But they suggest keeping a personal journal. Then, in the future, go back and reread your journal. I've done that with my blog. Last month I took time to go back over the years and reread a lot of my Activerain posts. It was really refreshing to read some of the stuff I had written ten years ago. I had forgotten a lot of it.
They challenge you to do this for 30 days and see what happens.
I'm into day 8. I will report back to you in 22 more days and share my experience.