The Miracle Morning (Book Review)

Happy Thursday, Lovelies! If you’ve been following along here for a while now, you’ll know that I’m a huge proponent of having a solid morning routine. I had never really done any research into the matter, but I always knew that my days are better when I start them off on the right foot. Enter The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

I first heard about the Miracle Morning while listening to the Creative Warriors podcast by Jeffrey Shaw. In a recent episode, Jeff interviewed Hal Elrod — the author of the bestselling book The Miracle Morning. I knew right away that I had to get my hands on a copy of this book that teaches exactly how to achieve what I have been trying to accomplish with my morning routine for years.

In a recent post, I talked about the importance of slowing down. One of the ways that I try to slow down is to start my day off on the right foot by waking up slowly. The Miracle Morning teaches us just how to do that in an organized manner and I am totally hooked!

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THE MIRACLE MORNING

One of my favorite quotes is when Hal talks about the importance of starting your day off right:

“How you wake up each day and your morning routine (or lack thereof) dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life. Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days — which inevitably create a successful life — in the same way that unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life. By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.”

Reading that passage is when I realized that I had done the right thing by purchasing this book!

THE 95% REALITY CHECK:

Hal does a great job of explaining how about 95% of our society settles for less than they want in life:

“According to the Social Security Administration, if you take any 100 people at the start of their working careers and follow them for the next 40 years until they reach retirement age, here’s what you’ll find: only 1 will be wealthy; 4 will be financially secure; 5 will continue working, not because they want to but because they have to; 36 will be dead; and 54 will be broke and dependent on friends, family, relatives, and the government to take care of them.”

So how do we rise above mediocrity and join the top 5%? Hal tells us that we have to acknowledge the 95% reality check, identify the causes of mediocrity, and then draw our line in the sand:

“Your entire life changes the day that you decide you will no longer accept mediocrity for yourself. When you realize that today is the most important day of your life. When you decide that now matters more than any other time because it is who you are becoming each day based on the decisions that you are making and the actions that you are taking that is determining who you are going to be for the rest of your life.”

LIFE S.A.V.E.R.S.:

The principles within The Miracle Morning are all things that we have heard of before. All ways that successful people have used to advance in their careers, their physical wellbeing, and their relationships. What makes The Miracle Morning so powerful is the way that Hal has put these principles together to give us the very best start to our day.

Since beginning my own Miracle Morning routine last week, I have started to feel more peaceful, motivated, empowered, inspired, grateful, and energized. I owe this all to Hal’s “Life S.A.V.E.R.S.” Here’s a quick breakdown for you:

  • S. (Silence): Meditation, prayer, reflection, deep breathing, gratitude — these are all ways of sitting in silence and achieving a sense of peacefulness to start your day.
  • A. (Affirmations): Affirmations are basically mantras that you repeat to yourself. They are a way to change your programming. A way to change the negative thoughts and beliefs about ourselves that we have been carrying around.
  • V. (Visualization): Also known as mental rehearsal, visualization is the practice of creating mental pictures of specific behaviors and outcomes occurring in your life.
  • E. (Exercise): You do know how important a daily exercise routine is, right? The mental and physical benefits of exercise are well documented, kids… if you’re not already exercising it’s time to start! (Even if that means a short 10 minute walk around the block)
  • R. (Reading): The key here is to learn from the experts. One of the fastest ways to get where you want to go is to model successful people who have already been there, done that so to speak.
  • S. (Scribe): This is Hal’s fun play on writing or journaling. Taking the time to put your thoughts and feelings on paper not only clears your mind, but it also allows you to look back and see your progress once you get a good log going.

HABITS 101:

You know how they say that it takes 21 days to form a habit? Well, it’s not always that simple. Hal breaks down his theory on forming habits and I think it’s definitely more accurate than most other theories I have read. When starting your own Miracle Morning, I think it’s important to keep this in mind.

Hal writes that a habit normally takes 30 days to form and he breaks it down into 3 stages:

[Days 1-10] Phase One: Unbearable

“The fist 10 days of implementing any new habit, or ridding yourself of any old habit, can feel almost unbearable.”

The key here is to push past the first 10 days. Would you be willing to deal with just 10 days of seeming agony in order to develop a habit that will change your life forever? I know I am!

[Days 11-20] Phase Two: Uncomfortable

“After you get through the first 10 days — the most difficult 10 days — you begin the 2nd 10-day phase, which is considerably easier. You will be getting used to your new habit.”

During phase two, you are really starting to hit our stride. Things get a little easier but still require discipline and commitment. But don’t worry! You’re almost there!

[Days 21-30] Phase Three: Unstoppable

“Phase Three is where the actual transformation occurs, as your new habit becomes part of your identity. It transcends the space between something you’re trying and who you’re becoming. You start to see yourself as someone who lives the habit.”

Phase three is the goal, but it still requires commitment. It can be too easy to drop off after the second phase thinking that you’ve already made it. Phase three is where this habit cements in as a part of you though, and should not be ignored.

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod is a book that has forever changed my life. Learn about the importance of a morning routine and start living your best life today!

HOW THE MIRACLE MORNING IS CHANGING MY LIFE:

Let me start by saying that I am definitely still in phase one of incorporating this new habit into my life. I’ve been waking up early for some time now, so that part has not been too difficult for me, but I have been struggling with staying consistent with this new Miracle Morning routine. Don’t get me wrong here: I have stayed consistent with it for the last 5 days, but I have been really pushing myself to get there.

What I love about the Miracle Morning is how it pushes me to do the things that I have always known I needed to do. Up until this book came along, I had been great about keeping up with my meditation practice, but not so much with exercise. I knew that I needed to start journaling and visualizing more, but I hadn’t incorporated it into my daily routine.

Now I have a morning routine that incorporates these important daily habits and sets me on a great course for the rest of the day. I know that by starting my day with the Miracle Morning, that I am giving myself the momentum that I need to advance in the areas of my life that are important to me.

To help me stay on track, I’ve included a Miracle Morning tracker in my bullet journal. I’m going to be writing a whole post on my bullet journal system really soon, but here’s a little peek at what my tracker looks like:

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod is a book that has forever changed my life. Learn about the importance of a morning routine and start living your best life today!

I highly encourage you to check out The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM). In addition to the book, there is a great Facebook support community and you can sign up for Hal’s email list to gain access to some awesome workbooks and journal prompts to help you get started. You can check them out at www.miraclemorning.com.

What do you think about The Miracle Morning? Would you be willing to start your own Miracle Morning and start living your best life over the next 30 days?

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Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy – Boho Berry Paperie.

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