Hal Elrod shares with us the six habits that will transform your life before 8am, in his book The Miracle Morning*. The Miracle Morning is a self-development book aimed to motivate and improve your morning routine, by showing you how to wake up each day with more energy and focus. Elrod starts by talking about his experience in a fatal car accident where he was brought back from death at the young age of twenty. His anecdotes show true passion within his character and we can see that he isn’t one to give up easily. Overall he comes across as genuinely nice guy, with a powerful and interesting message.
Elrod writes about his discovery to waking up early and going through a fixed routine. Providing both productivity and relaxation before the day has even began. He refers to this routine as the life S.A.V.E.R.S.
The Life S.A.V.E.R.S.
These practises are designed to give you the best start to your day by making small improvements in the key areas of your life. Such as your mind, body, career, relationships and any other areas you wish to improve.
Clear your mind and start your day in peace. Mediation, prayer, reflection, deep breathing, gratitude.
Affirmations are positive statements which you repeat to yourself in a way to support your success. The repetition of affirmations leads to belief.
Create a vision board full of inspiring things. Use your board to vision what you really want, who you need to be and what you need to do to become this version of you.
Exercise in the morning! If you don’t make time for exercise you’ll probably have to make time for illness.
Mirror the people and the stories which you admire. Read something which inspires you and which will enhance an area of your life.
Spend some time capturing your thoughts and ideas, review lessons and acknowledge your progress.
One of my favourite things about The Miracle Morning is that it can be aligned with your goals and dreams. You can mix it up every so often to keep it new and exciting. I’ve tried a variety of morning routines, some for when I have one hour to spare and the others when I have only twenty to thirty minutes.
Elrod provides powerful feedback from fans of The Miracle Morning. Fans who have tried and who continue to follow the life S.A.V.E.R.S. I have to say, these techniques are surprisingly life changing. Does your morning really impact your life that much? Elrod teaches us why starting our day of on the right foot is incredibly important and worthwhile.
Elrod does well in explaining how most people are living life far below their potential. He asks us to embrace the fact that if we don’t commit to thinking and living differently than most people are doing, then we are setting ourselves up to a life of struggle and regret. Elrod believes that the majority of people will resign themselves to a life of mediocrity as they passively accept whatever life gives them.
Identify The Causes of Mediocrity
Many causes of mediocrity are listed in The Miracle Morning, but one which stands out to me the most is rear mirror syndrome. Elrod believes that we limit our minds by continuously reliving and recreating our past. We believe that who we were is who we are, therefore limiting our true potential.
Draw a Line in The Sand
Decide who we are and what we are going to start doing differently from this day forward. “Realise that today is the most important day of your life.”
You Snooze You Lose!
This old saying seems to have much more meaning that I ever realised. Elrod discusses how we can change our life by making small changes every morning. He believes that each person should wake up with a purpose, a purpose to create the life we desire. By simply changing our approach to waking up in the morning we can make a huge difference to our lives. If you’re a snooze-aholic like me then I would recommend following his five step snooze proof wake up strategy.
Elrod writes that it takes thirty days to incorporate a new habit, as opposed to the twenty one day belief. He divides the thirty day time frame into three ten day phases and explains the challenges faced with each stage. It’s helpful to keep this in mind when you start new habits such as a new morning routine. You are more likely to stick with it if you know what emotions and roadblocks to expect.
[Days 1-10] Phase One: Unbearable
I think Elrod is spot on when he writes that the first few days of a habit can be easy and exciting but as soon as the newness wears off, reality sets in. You hate it, it’s painful and it’s not fun anymore. Making the first ten days “feel almost unbearable” If you are prepared for the first ten days, if you can understand that initially it will be challenging but only temporary, then you are on the road to success.
[Days 11-20] Phase Two: Uncomfortable
Phase two is considerably easier than the first ten days. You’ve started to get use to your new habit but you still need to be disciplined and committed. While your new habit is no longer unbearable it’s still easy to fall back to old behaviours. Keep going, “you’ve already gone from unbearable to uncomfortable.”
[Days 21-30] Phase Three: Unstoppable
Your new habit is now changing from something you’re trying to something you’re becoming. It’s becoming part of your identity. Phase three is when you can really start to enjoy the habit, the enjoyment is what will make you continue it in the future.
Me and my Miracle Morning
I love the idea of The Miracle Morning. Like most of us, my days are really busy and finding time for these daily practises can be difficult. After reading this book I’m incorporating a routine into my mornings and discovering which practises work best for me and my goals. I’m definitely still in phase one when it comes to waking up early. Some days I’m happy to wake up early and others I just can’t resist the snooze button!
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to start their own morning routine. Having the right practises in place can help get you to where you wish to be in life. Hal Elrod’s voice is incredibly motivating, he is a huge fan of self-development and wishes to help others to progress. This book provides great encouragement and helpful tips to the reader and shares inspiring stories from those who follow the life S.A.V.E.R.S.
From my own experience, after trying the six steps recommended I found that some of them suit my lifestyle and goals more than others. This is why Elrod talks about customising the steps and finding a routine which works for us. If I hadn’t read this book I may not have found the inspiration to start my own morning routine.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the Miracle Morning. Are you ready to start your own morning routine and create the life you desire?
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