How Hal Elrod’s S.A.V.E.R.S Technique Helped Me Improve My Writing
Morning rituals are well-known.
It keeps you alert(mentally and physically).It sets the tone for how your day will go. It implies high-quality output.
But, how do you compile your own ideal morning routine?
One technique: Hal Elrod’s S.A.V.E.R.S. morning ritual. It’s more effective than anything else I’ve tested, and it inspired me tremendously.
As Hal Elrod proclaims, “Remember, the moment you accept total responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you claim the power to change anything in your life.”
Being busy: Not the answer.
Start your day with the end in mind and take actionable steps to get closer to your goal.
My problem: starting was hard. I’d sit at the computer and just stare at the screen, unsure where to begin. Easily distracted, my thoughts would drift away.
How am I suppose produce articles( yet alone improve my writing)if I don’t know where to start?
I came across a few videos to assist me in trying to discover productivity methods while digging through the famed ‘YouTube’ university. Again, I continue to plummet into a black hole; Aimlessly going through videos, absorbing a plethora of extremely vague concepts.
Then I came across the Miracle Morning by Hal. Hal’s goal is to wake up and take charge of each morning in order to improve all aspects of life.
The book goes into more detail but I’ll list the six steps in the S.A.V.E.R.S acronym below:
Silence. Affirmation. Visualization. Exercise. Reading. Scribing.
These are the six components which make up Hal Elrod’s S.A.V.E.R.S Technique. Hal has provided us with a well-researched method; a ritual derived from the morning habits of the world’s most productive people. His technique: Identify all their shared common rituals and distill it into a simple daily routine anybody can do.
Here’s a more in-depth rundown:
- Silence: Meditation, prayer, or mindfulness(simply being present and aware of your breath). Clear your mind and connect with a higher thought.
- Affirmation: Make short-term achievable thoughts. The secret is thinking in the present tense, as if they have already been accomplished.
- Visualization: See yourself achieving your goals. Go through your daily routine in your head or picture yourself giving a presentation you’re nervous about.
- Exercise: Get your body moving! Increase blood flow and improve your mood for the day.
- Reading: Spend time reading inspirational or educational pieces. It could be a few pages from a book, a blog post, or an article.
- Scribing: This step is about journaling. You should write. It pays off intellectually, spiritually, and gives you clarity in your thinking.
It’s taken me time to get up early and use the S.A.V.E.R.S Technique, but it’s well worth the effort! I’ve added my own spin, and I’d be glad to share what has worked for me.
Advice for Writers
There is no correct order to execute Hal’s S.A.V.E.R.S approach because it is a holistic system used in many ways.
Find what works for you and stick with it. The best way to improve your writing is to be consistent, even on the days when you don’t feel inspired.
This is how I put each technique to use on a daily basis.
Start each day with a Scottish shower
This was an interesting hack I got from Britain’s most famous spy(007). The “Scottish shower” is a piping hot shower that concludes with at least a minute of freezing cold water.
This routine wakes you up and also provides multiple health benefits, such as increased circulation, improved skin tone, and reduced stress levels.
The chilling cold water will quickly pull you into the present moment, banishing any thoughts floating in your mind. It’s essential to practice a little chanting aloud and really speak your affirmations to support you throughout the complete agony.
I honestly believe this was the “ah-ha” concept I needed to stay on track. I completed the silence and affirmation phases in one excruciating activity(now habit).
Get a vision board
I highly recommend making a vision board (if you haven’t already). You can use it as a screensaver on your computer or phone, or even better, make it into a physical poster you can hang up in your office or bedroom.
This will be a constant reminder to visualize your objectives. It should be very specific and realistic.
People like to make a vision board for each individual goal, while others prefer to make one general board with all their aspirations.
I would recommend starting with a general board and then making more specific ones as you become clearer about what you want to achieve.
Practice Copy work
This is yet another case of killing two birds with one stone. I discovered copy work from world-renowned blogger Tim Ferriss.
The aim is to imitate the writing style of a writer you like for 15–20 minutes each day. This is a fantastic method to apply the reading and scribing phases.
This will force you to read each sentence word by word and practice writing in the style of the author you’re emulating.
An incredibly effective way to improve your writing, while expanding your vocabulary.
Do push ups before every tasks
I do at least 20 pushups before every task. Simple, yet effective.
Both exercise and increased blood flow helps you think clearer and write more smoothly. And, this goes along with Hal’s S.A.V.E.R.S strategy as well.
The results: Better than I can hope for
If you improve just one area, you will improve your writing. If you improve all six, you will transform your life. That’s compound growth!
I’m happy to report my writing has improved tremendously since implementing Hal Elrod’s S.A.V.E.R.S Technique into my daily routine.
But, my writing has not been the only thing to improve…
My focus, productivity, and creativity have all increased as well!
I highly recommend giving the S.A.V.E.R.S Technique a try for yourself and see how it can help improve your writing (and life).