Author: Hal Elrod
|The Miracle Morning (2012) is a self-help book by Hal Elrod, a near-fatal car crash survivor who was brought back from death. Elrod begins the story by connecting with his readers. He says that there is at least one thing he knows for sure he and his readers have in common. They want to improve themselves and their lives and this came to be done by having a proper morning routine that he describes step by step.|
Hal Elrod claims that by taking charge of your morning and making the morning your ‘me time’ a person can achieve great success in health, happiness, relationships, finances, spirituality, and even business. In this small guide of only two hundred- and two-pages Elrod tackles every small morning ritual from brushing your teeth, setting an alarm, affirmations, visualizing the ethics of prayers, and exercising, and how each one of these helps us to feel more aligned and active.
The author mentions several big names like Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Howard Schultz, and Deepak Chopra who have inculcated a proper morning regime in their lives which has boosted their energy and has eventually made them successful.
The Miracle Morning Summary Key Points
Why you cannot seem to progress? The Rear-view mirror syndrome and isolating incidences:
Rearview mirror syndrome refers to looking back and linking anything bad that happens in your life to a bad incident of the past. This is a pessimistic view of life that brings to a halt any sort of progress in your life.
Isolating your actions is another aspect that undermines personal and professional growth. You cannot treat every occurrence in your life as an isolated, single, and secluded event everything that you do good or bad has an effect and eventually become the force behind what shapes your personality. If you find yourself looking at a piece of cake and saying it’s no big deal I will start my diet from tomorrow you are making your mind believe that it is normal and healthy to add that many calories to your diet and this exception that you are making just for once will certainly turn into a consistent bad habit. These two factors can seriously put the stopper on your growth as per Hal Elrod as these little decisions become the norm.
Know your why for getting up early in the morning
The first step according to Elrod is knowing why you wake up in the morning. Most people if they got rid of their familial or corporate responsibilities will choose to snooze sleep in but the phrase You Snooze, You Lose has a far deeper meaning than it appears to give. By snoozing multiple times, you are resisting or at least denying your day and ultimately what your life has to offer. Most people dread mornings and this is the first and foremost step that needs to be addressed in the ritual of miracle morning.
He also suggests that people need to stop believing that there is a “magic number” and that the number of hours they sleep will guarantee that they wake up fresh the next day. If you keep telling yourself that you are not going to feel fresh just because there are not eight hours for you to sleep your brain will accept it and that in the words of Elrod is “a self-fulfilling, self-sabotaging prophecy.”
Make sure to place the alarm on another side of the room the night before. It will help you to get up and move your body as soon as the alarm rings. This follows with you immediately turning and going to the bathroom for brushing your teeth. Next, you have to drink a glass of water that will act as a minimal and simple fuel for your miracle morning routine. From here begins your ritual of six steps that will transform your mornings and eventually your life.
Stop. Breathe. Be still. Be in the moment.
This is the first step of Hal Elrod’s cultivated miracle morning routine. For this, you have to go to any room of your house other than your bedroom and sit in silence. Sitting in the silence you can either meditate or pray to align yourself and feel centered. This step will bridge the gap that you have with yourself and will make you feel connected with your inner self. Silence the voice that is constantly reminding you to stress and worry about million other things from the past and future. Be fully present in the present.
Constantly talking to one’s self is not something crazy rather a person needs to be very careful about what he says and repeats to himself. As the famous boxer, Mohammad Ali said that affirmations lead to belief and belief becomes conviction and things start to happen. Every morning tell yourself that you are perfectly capable of the life you want. Affirmations either work for or against you so you need to develop them consciously. Let them help you in overcoming the fears, insecurities, and limitations of your past.
By creating mental images of what you want you can help generate it in the real life. The majority of people are constrained by their past. Creative Visualization helps to build the image that will occupy your mind ensuring you that the most compelling and thrilling thing is yet to happen and it is your future.
Five minutes or one hour. An exercise routine is very important. Either choose, yoga, lifting, or cardio but you need to move your body. If you are not preparing to exercise you are preparing yourself for illness.
You do not need to reinvent the wheel. As a fifth step of, your morning routine read and learn from the experts who have already achieved what you want from your life. Before you begin reading each day, ask yourself why you are reading that book. Stay focused and cut the distractions.
The final S of the miracle morning routine is scribing. WRITE. From bizarre ideas, any thoughts that come to your mind, anything that is stressing you or is in your mind write it down. You will soon realize that it is simple yet effective. Capture ideas, review lessons, acknowledge your growth and document your insights, ideas, breakthroughs, realizations, and successes.
The Miracle Morning Quotes
“This is a time for you to quiet your mind and let go of the compulsive need to constantly be thinking about something—either reliving the past, stressing or worrying about the future—but never living fully in the present” Hal Elrod
“Visualize your major goals, deepest desires, and most exciting, would-totally-change-my-life-if-I-achieved-them dreams. See, feel, hear, touch, taste, and smell every detail of your vision. Involve all of your senses to maximize the effectiveness of your visualization.” Hal Elrod
The Miracle Morning Review
The six-step morning regime for a successful day and successful life can be successfully implemented from six to sixty minutes. The author provides you with multiple testimonials from successful people who have or had a proper morning routine curated just for themselves. Following the steps to miracle morning can certainly increase productivity and put you in a growth mindset. The narration is not preachy at all and the author’s playful writing style makes the reading for beginners who are approaching a self-help book for the first-time easy.
To Whom I Would Recommend The Miracle Morning Summary
- To the freshman who has trouble getting up early.
- The workaholics who do not have hours to spend on morning routines.
- And to anyone who feels disconnected with themselves and their purpose.