When Was the Last Time You Had a Miracle Morning?

Have you ever had a miracle morning? When was your last miracle morning?

The reality is that very few of us have ever had a miracle morning, let alone multiple miracle mornings. I was the same way until I was introduced to The Miracle Morning: The Not So Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod.

I absolutely love this book.

Be Curious

Before I go any further, I have to let you know that when I coach people, I don’t coach on right or wrong. In my eyes and through my experiences, pretending to be right and pointing a finger at someone or something to be wrong is completely out of whack!

Instead, I see being curious between right or wrong. Naming yourself or another person right or wrong would be judgmental. This week, I want you to be curious.

What would it be like to respond to another person’s point of view rather than reacting? Maybe, you’d see another point of view, a possibility, or an opportunity. That’s what being curious is all about.

From Struggling Morning to Miracle Morning

Now that you’re curious, I want to get back to Hal Elrod’s first book, Miracle Morning. I’ll admit, when I first heard about this book, I was skeptical about getting everything done before 8am, which is actually in the title! Despite being skeptical, I was also curious, so I dove in with an open minded. And was I surprised!

What is it about the morning that makes us want to hit the snooze button, crawl out of bed, feel victimized by our everyday lives, and feel bloated from the food we ingest, not getting enough sleep, and worrying about money? Our stress levels are just sky high!

If you’ve worked with me before, then you already know that I’m a huge believer in ritual and structure to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Before I started to practice living a Simple Clean and Whole lifestyle, I woke up most mornings feeling tired, sluggish, bloated, congested worried, and really at a loss of purpose. Once I started to get going in the morning, those feelings would subside, but they didn’t disappear. They were definitely on the back burner.

What happens to most human beings is that we get so comfortable in the lives we’re living that we start to truly live below the midline. Once we’re living below the midline, we become anchored in soul sucking habits and patterns.

The Miracle Morning provides a tool to get you uncomfortable in a different routine so you can eventually move to a place of comfort that is beneficial to your overall health and well being. It’s not a Bible, it’s just a way for you to shake things up a bit. It’s a way to move out of a place of comfort that might be keeping you stuck in a state of possibilities and opportunities without actually seizing any of them!

A Client’s Story

I have a male, very successful client who took the same train to work every morning. He walked the same path on his way to work, stopped at the same vendor on the street for coffee, ordered from the same diner for breakfast, and continued his day in that pattern. After a while of this very midday, run of the mill day, he was tired, bored, unmotivated, cranky, and basically, walking through life asleep.

Even though he was compensated with money from his amazing career, he lacked the self-motivation of diving into his own passion and pursuing what makes him tick. Instead, living on that midline in life actually made his life very mediocre—even with all the money.

Eventually, he gained weight, had issues with going out for extra drinks, and wasn’t moving enough. And then, his relationships began to fade. He wasn’t living a Simple Clean and Whole lifestyle. And living Simple Clean and Whole isn’t just about food. It’s about what vice you use to distract yourself from the truth, just as my client was doing.

I introduced him to Miracle Morning. He made a 21-day commitment to take 80% of what resonated him most in the book and put himself to the test. One year later, he takes a different route to work every day. He stops at different vendors along the way, walks a bit at lunchtime, and goes to the gym before work.

This is a person who was a man of ritual. He was much too comfortable with his routine, and as a result, it anchored him below the midline in life. Eventually, he felt really stuck. This is exactly what can happen to all of us! I honor my client for his ability to be curious without judgment and to take another view.

Find Your Miracle Morning

Miracle Morning is filled with useful information, but you don’t have to take everything from the book and try to apply it to your own life. I believe in 80-20, which means you should open 80% of yourself up to being curious and keep 20% of the side of you that questions things. You need the 20% to learn from because being imperfect, making mistakes, and running into obstacles is where we find the best information.

Remember, there are so many ways to shift an old pattern into an entirely new habit!

Here are some of the points that I took from Miracle Morning:

  • I’m living more in my passion.
  • I lowered my stress levels.
  • I wake up with purpose.
  • I have more energy.
  • I have a desire to take care of myself.
  • I have increased accountability.

Whether you consider yourself or label yourself a “morning person,” this book is a great read. In fact, think about losing that label a bit and allowing some room to shift out of an old habit. Who knows? You might wake up to a whole new miracle morning!

Let Vulnerability Lead You

I had an incredible experience this weekend without even planning it. Isn’t it so funny how the universe gives you exactly what you need when you least expect it?

In the next few weeks I will be moving from my home in Summit, New Jersey and settling into our new lifestyle living between New York and Colorado. (Most of my clients work with me through Skype, FaceTime or online group programs, so no matter where I am I can take you with me! I will certainly miss my locals, though!)

Talk about change, transition, and shifting. I got it all.

Experts say that whatever you preach/teach is what you will experience. Not only do you teach on these experiences, they will fall on your lap even if you don’t want them or haven’t planned them. For me, I have been teaching so much on life shifts & vulnerability – about bravely stepping into the unknown, embracing uncertainty, and seeing life as being an open-ended journey. Like the abyss… scary stuff! It truly takes vulnerability to access courage and compassion that comes with life shifts.

So, this weekend I walked into the unknown: a new home, a new space, a new town.

What I realized then that I had not foreseen was that I was beginning to go deeper and deeper into my teachings – in my own life.

It was time for me to do my own inner work of being vulnerable in a situation that jolts my belly and sends my intuition into doubt & fear (with my monkey mind on red alert.) Yes, I still have those moments! These are the moments that could either turn into a catastrophic hurricane (tossing you around and beating you down,) or a chance to turn inwards and grow.

While the old patterns and habits are knocking at my door, I have a choice. (Yup, we all have choices!) I can spin out of control and feed the hurricane with manmade wind – OR I can root down into my authentic belief system. Now, remember, the Simple Clean and Whole belief system was not always my system. My system used to be defined by anxiety.

The practice of living Simple Clean and Whole is not just about nutrition. It is a lifestyle practice. Part of the practice is always looking within, being gracious and loving and curious with myself.

I ask these 5 questions to bring me back to balance & moderation:

  1. What foods nourish me, even though I only want to ingest comfort food? (For me that would be sugar!)
  2. What kind of movement do I need to clear my head, when all I want to do is hibernate?
  3. What kind of people do I want to surround myself with, when all I want to do is hijack others to complain with me?
  4. What tools have I cultivated that help to ground me, when all I want to do is revert to my old negative ways?
  5. What truly makes me feel good? (Not just temporarily.)

For the next several blog posts I will be featuring women and men who also keep intentionally bringing themselves back to the Simple Clean and Whole lifestyle when all of life’s obstacles (like unknowns, new changes, and hurricanes!) keep getting thrown their way!

These individuals have touched my life in many ways and I can’t wait to share their stories with you. We are all in this together, and no one is exempt from finding their own way!

This summer, I will be digging deep into my new digs… making my house a home! I will also be working on the extended all-new online SHIFT program, AND…

Stay tuned for Simple Clean and Whole’s 7 day Farmers Market Cleanse in mid-July!!

Until then, let your vulnerability lead you to practice courage and compassion.

Stay tuned for my first guest next week, Meghan French. She is the unbelievable brand and web designer who I have been honored to share my vision with.

Cheers to being vulnerable!