A long time ago, I read Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning and remember an acronym that has changed my life since. That acronym, if it didn’t already clue in for you is SAVER. It’s an acronym that represents the different activities that Hal has found made his mornings incredible and has set him up for success no matter what happens. I recently re-read Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning and found it a good reminder of what I need to do to win my mornings and win my day.
What is the acronym?
SAVER stands for:
Silence does not necessarily have to be meditation but for a lot of the best performing athletes, businessmen, leaders and entrepreneurs in the world, it certainly does. It is a way of making sure that you clear your mind, maybe thinking about what you are grateful for and giving thanks that you have a great day to look forward to.
I remember when I was doing the five minute journal for a while, one of the sentences that I wrote down every day was what I was or wanted to be. So I would write down things such as “I am a great management consultant” or “I am a good son” or “I am a best selling author”. These were things that I wanted to implant into my brain. These were statements that I wanted to believe in myself. Hal advocates the same practice to define what is important to you, what are your priorities and to repeat those every morning.
Visualization is a huge part of how athletes and performers execute on the big stage. What should you visualize? Visualize your goals. Visualize what the best day that you could have would look like. Visualize how you want to interact with the people you meet that day.
I know, we never have enough time to go out and exercise so why not do it the first thing in the morning? I was also reading Tony Robbins Awaken the Giant and there was something in his book that made me realize another benefit of exercise – action can change your mood. Try this small exercise now – get up and start dancing and tell me whether at the end of the dancing, you are smiling and laughing. It’s the same thing in the morning, maybe you feel really sluggish and tired but as you get up and do burpees or jumping around on a small trampoline, you feel more energetic.
Have a novel that you’ve been hoping to dig into for a while? Want to do more reading but can’t find the time to do it? Just like exercise, do it first thing in the morning before all the troubles and stress of the day get to you and you will always have the time. I prefer reading non-fiction but you can also read fiction as well – it’s best if you can read something that you can learn from. You don’t have to read for a long time but even a few minutes every day adds up to many hours or days over time.
Write! Every single day, I try to write something – doesn’t have to be great, doesn’t have to be long, doesn’t even have to be coherent but I try to flex my writing muscle every day so that I can slowly improve as a writer. That doesn’t have to be your goal but there’s something incredibly meditative, powerful and cathartic about writing and reflecting on the things that have happened to you in the past day, week or month. Write how you felt about your co-worker getting that promotion over you. Write what you learned about making a mistake at work. Write how happy you are about your friends getting married. Write about where you want to see yourself in five years and why. Reflecting on your past is an investment that you are making towards your future.
There you have it! A simple acronym to help you win your mornings and thus, win your days. What practices do you do in the mornings? And how will your morning practice change?