The Miracle Morning Challenge | Days 19-22

Day 19

The Miracle Morning looks different on Saturdays, at least is does for me. Saturdays are the ONE day I can kind of sort of sleep in around the edges. Today, I did just that. I’m exhausted after the first week of teaching, and I think it’s important to allow ourselves to enjoy an unhurried morning when we get one.

I’m on day 3/66 of my personal business challenge. Yesterday, I made myself get the task done right after school and before heading out for an event with the hubby. Today, I knocked it out first thing. It’s actually liberating to do something you dislike first thing because then everything else seems easy after that.

Today’s take aways from The ONE Thing.

“Everyone has one person who either means the most to them or was the first to influence, train, or manage them. No one succeeds alone. No one.”

  • When I read this today, I immediately thought about my teachers. I know the number one reason WHY I became a teacher is that, for me, teachers were the adults who took time to connect with me. With them, I felt safe and cared for and challenged. As a child, I always enjoyed spending time with my teachers versus time with my friends. I always wanted to help them grade papers and do tasks in the classroom.   After this first week of teaching, I feel exhausted and filled up all at the same time. I simply LOVE being in a classroom with kids. Their outlook on life, their willingness to be silly, and their way of thinking about things all keep me on my toes and challenge me to think differently too.

“Passion for something leads to disproportionate time practicing or working at it. That time spent eventually translates to skill, and when skill improves, results improve. Better results generally lead to more enjoyment, and more passion and more time is invested. It can be a virtuous cycle all the way to extraordinary results.”

  • I feel like in the course of the past two years I have found a passion that allows me to teach in a new way. As I was reading today, it hit me that my passion isn’t fitness. I know that sounds strange coming from a health coach. Instead, my passion is people. It’s that personal connection that fuels me. I love connecting with someone and helping them see that they are capable of achieving their goals. They can quit negative thinking. They can dream and set out to achieve those dreams. Fitness is a tool to help people do those things. Fitness helps people feel better. I know it is a simple shift, but I think I’ve been trying to focus on fitness and that’s not my strength. My strength is helping people find ways to feel better. My focus is the healthy happy part, and healthy doesn’t mean just fitness.

So, instead of looking at others and trying to be a coach like them, it’s taken me two years to realize that I need to be a coach like me. That is a freeing thought to finally get to.

Day 20

On Sundays, my Miracle Morning happens in the car while I’m waiting on the kiddos during their religious education class. I love the silence of the car. It’s like I’m in my own little bubble.

Today’s take aways:

“The ONE Thing becomes difficult because we’ve unfortunately bought into too many others— and more often than not those “other things” muddle our thinking, misguide our actions, and sidetrack our success.”

  • Throughout the process of the Miracle Morning, I have realized that I have been trying to do too much and as a result not done the things that need to be done. I have made a readjustment to my approach to my business, and, for the first time feel laser focused in regards to what I must do each day. I have a list of things that would be “nice” to do and prioritized it in order of importance and connection to the ONE thing I know I must do each day.

“A to-do list is simply the things you think you need to do; the first thing on your list is just the first thing you thought of. To-do lists inherently lack the intent of success.”

  • I am completely guilty of feeling like I need a list to keep me on track. The problem is, I fill the list with things that are truly just distractions keeping me from doing the things that SHOULD get done each day vs. the things that are fun to do. There are a lot of thing that are fun about my business, but not all of the fun things drive growth forward.

“Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list— a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results. To-do lists tend to be long; success lists are short. One pulls you in all directions; the other aims you in a specific direction.”

  • This is simple and straightforward. Instead of creating a list of endless things that would be really nice to get done, we should be making daily lists of the top one thing that must be done. When we do the one thing that will move us closer to the next one thing, that’s when the magic starts to happen.

Day 21

Monday mornings have take on a different meaning now that I’m teaching again. I don’t mean this in a bad way at all. It’s just that the realization that I CAN’T sleep in has hit me, which makes getting up and doing the Miracle Morning all the more important to help me get off to a strong start for the week.

I’m now on day 21 with 30 days to go in the challenge. With that said, day 31 will simply mean that I stop blogging about the experience. I will absolutely continue with the Morning Miracle routine.

Today’s take aways:

“Multitasking is a lie.”

  • I have been so guilty of this for so long. I have an “I can do it myself” attitude and try to do everything. Instead, I wind up not doing ONE thing well (yep—I’ve totally bought in to the idea of The ONE thing). Since starting Miracle Morning, I have installed an extension on my computer that puts a focus welcome screen on a new tab. It’s called Momentum and is on Google Chrome. Instead of a blank Google search screen it asks “What is your main focus for today?” This has helped mindless searching and scrolling come to a screeching halt.

As Steve Uzzell said, “Multitasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time.”

  • This is so very true. When you try to do everything, you wind up doing nothing well. My new goal is singular focus each day. It has actually become liberating to get my one thing done each day vs putting it off because it scares me.

Chronic multitaskers develop a distorted sense of how long it takes to do things.

  • Again, I know this one to be personally true. I have found that my daily Power Hour, the hour where I focus on getting my daily vital business activities done, has been far more productive when I start with the One Thing mindset.

Day 22

When I read The ONE Thing the first time, I remember reading this chapter. But, holy cow——reading it the second time was like having a brick dropped on my head. When I think about discipline in terms of my business, I know that I have been disciplined in being “busy.” There hasn’t been a day where I didn’t somehow work on my business. However, I haven’t been focused.

This quote jumped out at me like a neon light today: “Success is about doing the right thing not about doing everything right.”

I have been spinning my wheels trying to do everything right vs. doing the most important thing well. This particular definition is freeing for someone like me who tends toward perfectionism.

Other takeaways from today’s reading:

“The truth is we don’t need any more discipline than we already have. We just need to direct and manage it a little better.”

  • I know that I have the discipline. When I think back to the times when I was working full-time and going to graduate school finishing the degree in one year, I KNOW I can do what needs to be done. Period. It’s time to tap in to that part of me again.

“When we know something that needs to be done but isn’t currently getting done, we often say, “I just need more discipline.” Actually, we need the habit of doing it. And we need just enough discipline to build the habit.”

  • I am so guilty of this. While my excuse may not be that I need more discipline, I am good at excuses. They help justify why I haven’t done what needs to be done. The problem stems from the fact that I have been trying to do everything versus doing the one thing that must get done daily.

“Sustain the discipline long enough on one habit, and not only does it become easier, but so do other things as well. It’s why those with the right habits seem to do better than others. They’re doing the most important thing regularly and, as a result, everything else is easier.”

  • Now on day 22 of the Miracle Morning and on day 6 of my 66 day personal business challenge, I am already feeling somethings are becoming easier. For example, I got up today at 4:30 because I have to be at work early. NOT doing my Miracle Morning wasn’t an option for me. So, I adjusted and got it done!