SAVERS Method: Habits That Will Change Your Life

The SAVERS method is a way to start the day that consists of 6 steps to perform each morning. Read this article to find out what you need to do!
SAVERS Method: Habits That Will Change Your Life
Elisa Martin Cano

Written and verified by the doctor Elisa Martin Cano.

Last update: 09 October, 2022

The SAVERS method is based on six morning exercises to help you achieve your goals, both personally and professionally. More than a method, it’s a philosophy of life that will change the way you see things and help you focus on your goals.

In this article. we’ll tell you what it is and how to carry it out.

What is the SAVERS method?

The SAVERS method was created by Hal Elrod and was published in The Miracle Morning. In it, he explains the six steps you should take in the first hour of the morning to focus your life and achieve everything you set your mind to.

Hal Elrod suffered a serious accident from which he miraculously recovered with hardly any consequences. In this book, he talks about his experience and what he has achieved with his philosophy of life by carrying out this ritual.

The method name is an acronym made of the first letter of the 6 steps you must take each morning. The steps are:

  1. S for silence
  2. A for affirmation
  3. V for visualization
  4. E for exercise
  5. R for reading
  6. S for scribing (writing)

It’s based on the belief that your day is greatly influenced by how you start it. Therefore, if you start the day focused on what you want to achieve, it’ll be easier for you to achieve it.

On the contrary, if you spend the first moments of your day paying attention to other less important things, such as checking WhatsApp or email, throughout the day you’ll deviate from your goal more often.

Person waking up in the morning, ready to start the SAVERS method steps.
The SAVERS method proposes starting the day thinking and meditating to tackle your objectives.

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What are the steps you need to follow?

The first thing you should know about this method is that you’ll have to get up an hour earlier every morning. For some, this might seem like an unnecessary effort, but the author highlights it as essential to have enough time to carry out all the steps.

1) Silence

You should stay silent for the first 5 minutes when you wake up. This will reduce your stress and anxiety levels. You can spend this time meditating, reflecting, focusing on breathing, or establishing a goal for the day.

2) Affirmation

You can do this through the repetition of certain phrases, purposes, or goals that make you feel better about yourself. You can use phrases you came up with, phrases from songs, or books.

The idea is to repeat the phrases every day to improve your mood and self-esteem. That way, you’ll start your day with much more motivation and energy to achieve what you set out to do.

3) Visualization

This step will also take five minutes. You’ll need to dedicate time to visualizing yourself as if you’ve already achieved the objective you set for yourself.

It may sound strange, but by repeating phrases that remind you that you can do it and imagining that you have done it, it will be easier for you to focus on achieving your goal.

4) Exercise

You should dedicate at least 20 minutes to this step. In these 20 minutes, you’ll choose some type of exercise that you like to do. This will serve to activate your body and fill you with energy.

We recommend choosing an aerobic exercise because it will activate you more. However, you can do any exercise that makes you feel good, be it a small yoga class, pilates, or running.

Woman doing yoga looking out at a city skyline as part of the SAVERS method.
Doing 20 minutes of exercise in the morning is part of the method.

5) Reading

Like exercise, you’ll also spend 20 minutes reading something you like. It can be the newspaper, a novel you’re reading right now, or any text that motivates you or focuses your mind.

6) Writing

Finally, you’ll spend the last 20 minutes of this ritual writing. By writing, we mean you should write ideas that come to mind, the goals that you have or simply keep a personal journal.

It’s best to do it by hand in a notebook dedicated exclusively to this purpose.

The SAVERS method in your routine

The author, and many followers, claim that by carrying out this routine continuously, your life and your way of seeing things will improve. Therefore, it will be easier for you to achieve your goals.

However, you’re the only one who has the power to change your life, and you should put in the effort to follow this or any other routine that helps you reach your goals. You don’t have to do it exactly as the author proposed, but you can adapt these principles to your daily life.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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