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Identify It and Let It Go

I am completely fascinated and motivated by Hal Elrod's book The Miracle Morning. This is mostly because I know the power my morning (and evening) routine has over how well I feel each day and how well I sleep each night.

This past week was a true testament to the power of my consistency. I spent Monday night on a redeye flight, where I got less than three hours of sleep sitting up in a very uncomfortable seat on my least favorite airline, Frontier. But when you are desperate to get home, and your original flight is delayed, you do what you must. I needed to be home to prepare for a big media opportunity for our grand opening at RESET.


Unfortunately, the lack of sleep and the disruption to my morning and evening routines significantly affected my mental well-being. Ironically, I was in the midst of reading about the power of solid morning and evening routines, and this experience was a firm reminder of why this practice is so important to me.


Whether I set positive intentions, follow through, and master the morning and evening routine daily can make my day positive or challenging. That is for sure.


Today, I read about letting go of stressful feelings and preparing my mind and body for a peaceful rest by feeling gratitude before bed.


I liked the reminder that we can acknowledge our feelings and then let them go (for me, give them to God). Hal says we must bring that stressful feeling from our unconscious to our conscious mind. This allows us to acknowledge it, process it, and let it go. He provided a great affirmation to do this. Let's say you are feeling scared, not safe, frustrated, or sad; you could say the following:

"I am feeling (sad, scared, unsafe, frustrated) about _________________. I give myself permission to let go of this stressful thought and feeling, and instead, I am choosing to be at peace and focus on what I am grateful for so that I can feel blissful as I drift off to sleep."

Although this suggestion was noted for helping you sleep, I think it can be used at any time during the day. For example, when I was feeling tired, frustrated, or angry at myself or a situation, I could have simply acknowledged the feeling, repeated the above quote, and focused on something with a grateful heart. I could have chosen to realign my thinking.


This is normally how I would start my day, and because it didn't complete my miracle morning due to the redeye, I was in a funk. I now realize that just because I didn't have my "miracle morning" of prayer, exercise, and journaling that morning, I didn't have to be in a funk. I could have simply acknowledged the feeling and quickly switched my thinking over to something I was grateful for. I could have "identified it and let it go."


Most importantly, my lesson (which I seem to have to learn over and over) is that setting positive intentions each night before bed and waking up to my miracle morning (even if it is only six minutes, as Hal says) is powerfully important to my mental and physical well-being.


If you haven't read The Miracle Morning, I want to send you this book. It will change your life. Please request one on my blog, up2Him.com, and I will send you one for free.


Make each day (and night) a miracle. You can change your mental well-being, and I promise it isn't as hard as you think.


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“Identify it and Let it go” is great! I really like the part about resetting our thoughts anytime. I would love a copy of the Miracle Morning:)

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