How do you start your days? The snooze button used to be a huge part of my mornings along with grumbling, complaining and calculating the next time I would be able to get some sleep. It wasn’t great but it was fine when I was working a job because I had to get up and eventually get to work. The trouble started when I went out on my own. I thought I would wake up in the morning in a whirl of excitement and enthusiasm because at long last, I was working for myself. That was not the case.
I hadn’t factored in the pressure and intensity of working for myself – the reality that every choice I made could either make me or break me. I hadn’t factored in the fear of failure or some of the realities of dealing with multiple clients. I haven’t factored in the stress of being a solopreneur and doing every job from sales, to admin and everything else. The snooze button remained my dear friend. I didn’t wake up excited and motivated…at all.
I was having coffee with a friend and she mentioned that she was reading a book called The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I looked up the book, read the description and thought, “ this book will change my life.” I got a group of women together to read the book and do the 30-day challenge and it truly was life changing. Hal recommend doing what he calls the SAVERS, every morning before you start your day. Here’s a quick, Dawn style breakdown if The SAVERS:
- Silence – meditation or prayer
- Affirmations – the power statements that remind you how great you are
- Visualization – picture the completion of your goals, who you want to be, how you want to be
- Exercise – get that body moving
- Reading – tackle that list of books you’ve been meaning to read (10 pages a day)
- Scribing – journaling or work on that book you’ve been putting off
The SAVERS were all things I had been trying to consistently incorporate into my life, with little success. Somehow putting them all together and doing them in the morning works. And I am certainly not what you would call a morning person. Yet, I love my mornings now. I get up with purpose and intention and my days are much more focused and productive.
What plans do you have in place for your personal growth? If you’re a Lioness, I know you have a huge vision for your life and your business. The bridge between where you are now and where you want to be is your personal growth and development. It won’t happen by accident. You have to be intentional about it. If you want help putting a plan in place, shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.