I came across an incredible personal development book that’s really changed how I’ve gone about improving my poker game. It’s Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning, and I’ve got to say that this is the perfect book for anyone looking to develop good habits that can lead to great success in whatever endeavor you’re a part of.
Where you are is a result of who you were. But where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be. – Hal Elrod
The meat of the book is all about Hal’s Life S.A.V.E.R.S.: These are exercises that help you experience the spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional benefits of Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing. These help to develop beneficial habits in your life that lead to feeling more energized, focused and less stressed so you can accomplish more each day than you would without.
Waking up before the rest of my family every day and doing my own Miracle Morning has led to some great improvements in my life.
Through meditation, prayer, reflection, deep breathing or practicing gratitude you can reduce levels of stress, bring calm and clarity and help you to stay focused at the tables.
Affirmations, repeated to yourself once or twice daily, allow you to develop the mindset and the determined focus you need in order to get to the next level.
There’s a simple formula that Hal Elrod uses for affirmations, and it goes like this:
I am committed to (activity you want to do that will produce the ideal result) , (specific frequency) , so that I can (ideal outcome) by (target date).
Here’s my current affirmation:
I am committed to studying one topic every week for at least one hour per day so that I can become adept in that specific topic (Mastery vs Overload), and I’ll put what I’m focused on into play each session so that I can move up in stakes by May 1st.
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Visualization is actively imaging what you want out of life, and envisioning how you’re going to achieve it. Many professional athletes and high achievers use visualization.
Here as my visualization board with things I want to do, places to go, who I want to be:
We all know the benefits of exercise (controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep, puts the spark back in your sex life, fun) and as poker players spend many hours on their butts everyday, exercise has to be one of the best things we can do for ourselves.
Reading is the fastest way you can acquire new knowledge. Learning poker, self improvement, history, whatever, can be done very efficiently through books. And when you’re done reading the book it shouldn’t look as if it’s never been pulled from the shelf. My books are dog eared, written and highlighted all over with curved and broken spines. You can tell I’ve tried to get all the info I can from the books I read.
Putting your thoughts down on paper (journaling, blog writing, letters, writing a book) is a good way to relieve stress, crystalize your thoughts, gain new perspectives or just record things for posterity. You can write down your insights, ideas and inspirations to help you flesh them out and to bring them to life in other aspects of your life.
I can’t recommend enough to you to begin your own Miracle Morning.
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Until next time, study smart, play hard and make your next session the best one yet!