This masterpiece “The Miracle Morning – The not so obvious secret guaranteed to transform your life before 8am” by Hal Elrod is about becoming a better version of ourselves. A way we can improve our health, happiness, productivity, success, relationships and any field of our lives.
By having an own Miracle Morning routine we do by setting the alarm 1 hour earlier, we can start our day extremely positive and learn how to handle stress and become more focused.
Miracle Morning is not only a book but a community where thousands of people already shared their success stories. For many people it would be no chance to set the alarm one hour earlier but it is only our mindset. Once you get your intrinsic motivation waking up is not only no problem anymore – it will become a motivation.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein
It´s time to wake up to your full potential
Create your “level 10” life
We all seek for our “level 10” life when it comes to relationships, success, healths … No one will say “I´m good with a level 7 relationship”.
Becoming a “level 10” is simple. It´s simply dedicating purposeful time each day. If we use 1 hour every day for an improvement, we have spent 365 hours a year. If we for example use a part of this hour to read 15 pages a day of books about selfdevelopment, we´ll have read more than 5.000 pages by the end of the year.
You´ve got to wake up every morning with determination if you´re going to go to bed with satisfaction.
- Georg Lorimer
Now the “morning” steps in
Almost all people find excuses like “how should I get an extra hour every day? I come home late after work / I have family / I have a second job / I need to study after classes / what about my social life with friends?”.
My opinion – as Hal also states – is that we can never commit to an extra hour which we want to get out of an afternoon or evening. Too many distractions are waiting and after exhausting days the chances of skipping our routine is very high.
The only possible and most effective point in time is our morning. When ever we need to get up – 6 am, 8 am … we just need to set our alarm one hour earlier and dedicate this whole hour for our morning routing. By doing it in the morning we don´t have all the excuses that accumulate during the day (“I´m tired / I don´t have time …”).
Very important: Not a single moment using for emails, Whatsapp, Facebook or any other distraction before this hour is over. This hour “doesn´t exist” for our busy day – only for ourselves.
Now, new excuses come up “I´m not a morning person”, “I need more sleep”. Thinking about the benefits of getting up earlier helps to overcome our fears and excuses:
- If we want to become a better version of ourselves then yesterday, we need to be willing to do something different first.
- If we can start our day focusing on ourselves and using the time to become a better version, we feel happy and start with a feeling in the day that we have already done something positive and meaningful.
- After our morning routine we start with more energy and focus in our day and become of course more productive.
- By spending time for a short morning fitness workout our energy level will increase and we become healthier and just feel better by the time. We´ll sleep better in the nights and it will become easier to get up in the morning – full of energy.
“Life´s too short” is repeated often enough to be a cliché, but this time it´s true. You don´t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It´s not just pointless; it´s painful.
- Seth Godin
The miracle morning
So, how to spend this hour?
Hal explains in his book the different parts of his miracle morning in great detail. Summarized his advice contains:
This is a mix to start mindful in your day containing meditation as well as selfdevelopment and exercises for our fitness and health. I think everyone should build his/her own morning routine, so I did for example the following routine:
- Health: After getting up I´ll brush my teeth and drink a glass of water.
- Silence: I´ll to 10 minutes of silence / meditation
- Fitness: I´ll do a 15 minutes workout including squats, pushup, situps, stretching …
- Affirmation: I´ll take a shower and repeat my affirmations – only focusing on them
- Wisdom: I´ll read and summarize for 20 minutes
Note: After my alarm I don´t look at my Smartphone until my hour is over. Also when I use my PC to summarize my readings I don´t even open my Outlook or any social media. All of this can wait until I completed MY morning routine.
The 95 % reality check
One of the saddest things in life is to get to the end and look back in regret, knowing that you could have been, done, and had so much more.
- Robin Sharma
As Hal states approximately 95 % of our society settles for far less than they want in life, wishing they had more and living with regret.
So, what can we do joining the other 5 %?
Step 1: Acknowledge the 95 % reality check
Many of us live with a daily struggle – physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally and financially. Most settle for less than we actually want and are capable of. Realizing this is the first step to get out of the struggle.
Step 2: Identify the causes of mediocrity
Hal points out that the so called “rearview mirror syndrome” is the most crippling cause of mediocrity. We limit our potential in the present, based on the limitations of our past. There is one paradigm we should keep in mind: My past does not equal my future!
Also a lack or purpose is crippling. People can be asked when they get up in the morning “What is your purpose today?” and most people “Don´t know”. Find a purpose like “I want to become the best version of ME”.
Isolating incidents manipulate our development as well. Often enough we think about the missed workout as not dramatic. But every choice and action we take – no matter how little this action is – is determining “who we are becoming”. Everything affects our way to a better person. Whenever we think about skipping a workout or staying in bed, we need to remind ourselves on “this is not who I want to become!”
Step 3: Draw your line in the sand
Start your changes now – not tomorrow or next week. If we don´t change immediately, we won´t change at all. There are statistics that if you make a plan and you set your kickoff 3 days in the future, it´s almost sure that you won´t start at all.
The Life S.A.V.E.R.S
Six practices guaranteed to save you from a life of unfulfilled potential
The soul of the book is a set of sex practices including Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing.
Silence: is about starting your day mindful and in peace. It includes meditation and being focus for a better life quality.
Affirmations: are proven practices for positive thinking and manipulation of our emotions. By setting own affirmations we get rid of bad emotions, fears and strengthen our belief in ourselves. We´ll focus on our goals and the versions of ourselves we want to become.
Visualization: involves the fact that we need to picture and imagine our goals. This is highly motivating and also influences our thinking, our believe and our energy level.
Exercise: improves our health and physical fitness. By starting our day with a short workout we bring up our heart rate, become more focused and get into the day with more energy.
Reading: is an important part of our selfdevelopment. Spending time for reading and learning on a daily basis leads to many new ideas, new believes and learnings which of course help us to become a better version of ourselves.
Scribing: is about journaling and keeping a diary. Write down your daily emotions, successes as well as failures and let them help you tomorrow.
Customize YOUR miracle morning
Off course, your miracle morning can be customized and has not to be like the illustrated one in the book. As mentioned before I also created my own miracle morning which fits for me the best at the moment.
Our routines don´t have to be carved in stone. Our routines will evolve month by month – maybe week by week in the beginning.
Maybe your thing will be meditation where you can find your focus easily and you feel comfortable to do your meditation session for 30 minutes instead of 10 or 15. And you can´t find help in journaling but affirmations really brings you up. We need to find our personal miracle morning in my eyes.
Your Call to Action
- (Read the book for the maximum in motivation! It´s worth it and way more illustrative than any summary!)
- Overcome the misconception of “I´m not a morning person”. Don´t accept any excuses.
- Set your alarm one hour earlier, no matter if this means 10am or 5am.
- Build your own morning routine at least including the parts of silence, exercise, health and reading.
- Stick to it every day. Make it accountable by having a partner and/or a calendar/list.
- Become a better version of YOU.
The morning miracle by Hal Elrod truly is life-changing book. No – it´s literally a movement!
Be open-minded, don’t be afraid of getting up early and give it a chance. It´s one hour every day which is our way to become the best version of ourselves!