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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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!


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.”


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.


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!


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

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.
  • Marie Wintzer

    Nice blog, Kara. The morning is definitely an important time and it sets the vibe of the day. “Be a proliferator of good-ass vibes” is such a fab quote :-) You can be proud of it!

    • Thank you, Marie! I wish I could take credit for that quote! I saw it somewhere on Pinterest I believe, but it has stuck with me and become a mantra of sorts :)

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    It is a life changer! I love your tracker and I can’t wait to see your bullet journal post!

    • Thanks Cynthia! The bullet journal posts is coming this month for sure :)

  • Love this! This post is coming right on time for me! I have been trying to implement a solid morning schedule, but its so hard having to tend to everyone as soon as you get up. I will stride to wake up early and actually have an agenda to slow down before jumping into the day! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Yanni! My morning routine takes about an hour the way I have it set up, but in the book Hal shows a way to do it all in under 20 minutes for those of us with busier schedules :)

  • Simplestylespirit

    This must be a sign. I have never heard of this book, and this is the second time today I’ve read something about it. Thanks for the detailed review!

    • You’re very welcome! It’s funny how things work isn’t it? “When the student is ready, the teacher appears” :)

  • I love love love this! I’m all about self-improvement and making fun charts in cute notebooks. What a better combination than what you’ve shared here! I’m going to have to check out that book. (I just love all of your posts!)

    • Aw! Thank you SO much Heather! I’m an obsessive note taker and list maker so the bullet journal system works great for me :)

  • I love my bullet journal and have quite a big habit tracker as I try to incorporate my routine into my daily life. Still I don’t do the same routine in the mornings everyday and I know I really should. I’m going to check out this book. I’m so not a morning person but really need to be! Stopping by from DYOB. Hope you’ll link up your post with our Small Victories Sundays Linkup too open all week long.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Tanya! I’ve definitely found that sticking to the same routine every morning (or as close as possible) has helped me to stay on track and keep focused on the things that matter. :)

  • I heard Hal Elrod on The Lively Show podcast a couple months ago. His story is really inspiring. I have my own version of this routine minus the exercise part. I think it would be really hard to complete this entire routine in the morning at this stage of my life but I definitely agree that each of these steps at some point during your day is key. Great review! =)

    • I totally agree, Marina! For the exercise part I just do a few minutes of yoga right after my morning meditation. I still work out later in the day, but I like including a few sun salutations into my ‘Miracle Morning’ routine

  • This is so great! P.S. Love the “proliferation of good-ass vibes”

    • Haha, thanks Taylor! I think that “proliferating good-ass vibes” is my new mission in life :)

  • Kate

    This book look awesome! I need to check it out – thanks for sharing!

    • Oh, you will definitely love it, Kate!

  • DT

    Great post.. I feel motivated just after reading it! Thanks for sharing..
    —DT | Here I Scribble

    • You’re welcome DT! Thanks for stopping by :)

  • I just re-branded my blog and one of the things I put on my about page is I never sleep past 8am. Ever. And I don’t have kids! Just furbabies! I gotta get that book! Thank you!!!

    • You’re welcome Amy! My fur baby wakes me up earlier than my daughter haha! You should definitely pick up a copy… great read and I’m truly reaping the benefits :)

  • I just heard Hal’s interview on the Smart Passive Income blog, and hearing his story about the car accident was just insane. One thing he said (and not sure if he mentions it in the book) is that he gives himself only 5 minutes to complain about something. After 5 minutes, you have to accept that you can’t change anything and move on. Definitely putting this on my reading list!

    • I haven’t listened to that interview yet, Catherine but I’m definitely going to check it out now! I love that 5 minute rule! :)

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  • I’ve been meaning to buy this book for two weeks now after I somehow stumbled upon Hal’s Podcast series. I’ve started my own morning routine with including exercise and mediation but there are still things I need to include, like goal reviewing. I think I might hit that purchase button just now…
    xx, Ronja

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  • I discovered you through pinterest and have already been devouring your blog posts and followed you on instagram! I even purchased the Miracle Morning book to see if it can help me maximize my potential. Thank you for such a great post!

    • Thank you so much, Kalieta! You’re gonna love Miracle Morning once you dive into it! It has totally changed me for the better, and my productivity is at an all-time high :) It’s good to have you here! :)

      • I believe you! And I also started a BuJo after seeing what you do! You’re such an inspiration :) I am happy to have found your corner of the web!

  • Maxime Vredeveld

    I started reading your blog because of the bullet journal posts. Slowly reading more and I really love what you’re writing. I’m pretty sure these things will help change my life. Thank you for that. Keep up the awesomeness!

    • Aw, thank you Maxime! I love to inspire and spread the love so I’m always glad to read comments like yours :)

  • nuggest

    Great post, Kara. I’ve also read Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod beautifully underline the inner power that can be translated in healthy habits. I’ve pulled some nuggets here You may find them complementary to your approach

    • This is SO awesome! Love the little nuggets! Brilliant :)

  • Elissa Miller

    Kara, what do you personally do for your scribing time? I would think you would have planned out your day in you bujo the night before so I’m curious as to what happens in the morning? And do you write it in you bujo too?


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  • Elizabeth (Plant Based Bride)

    What a great idea! I am downloading the book now to give it a read. Thanks for the suggestion, Kara!

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  • jbstudio

    I’ve just got to your site from pinterest and I’m in love! You blog everything I wanna blog about, everything I’ve been looking for (some I’m already trying). I’ll be following you and yes! I want to try the miracle morning.

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  • CJ Takeda

    Yay. Time to start my miracle morning after setting up my journal.

  • Candii K

    I found your blog yesterday, while doing a google search for Bullet Journals. Read that blog post then devoured the Morning Routine entry, searched for The Morning Miracle, bought it, read most of it last night and did my first Morning Miracle this morning!! Thank you for sharing, it’s much appreciated!

  • yopalhal

    Kara, thank YOU sooooo much for sharing The Miracle Morning with your readers!!! Seriously, this post is so detailed and thoughtful, and I am SO grateful that you are helping The Miracle Morning Mission: to Change Millions of Lives, One Miracle Morning at a Time! :^)

    With love & gratitude,
    – Hal

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  • Wonderful review Kara! I’m so excited to read this book. Thank you for recommending it.

    Diane Lynn

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  • Melissa Griffiths

    I know this is a bit old but I really liked the idea of the book and you gave a great overview! I’d love to know if you are still doing it or not!

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  • Wendy Montgomery

    I just ordered an audible of the book :) It is to get me off the laptop for an hour before I sleep. One of my many goals to get a good routine. So I can listen to it before sleeping :D
    So glad I found your blog today. It’s been very helpful and I’m only 1 day in!!
    Thank you :D xx

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  • Kelly

    I love this idea but I have a 2-year-old and 4-year-old and if I wake up a couple hours before them I won’t get any sleep lol! I know you have a daughter too. Is she much older? I just don’t see being able to do this in the near future but I would really like to. I’m woken up by one of the kids every morning and am just exhausted all day every day and it sucks. Since I’ve started BuJoing, I’ve at least started exercising and tracking that in my journal and even these two small actions have already helped but just curious your thoughts or advice on doing this with two young kids. Thanks!

    • Hi, Kelly! My daughter is 10 so it is a little easier. Over the Summer she was even doing my MM with me on some days which was awesome :)

      It can definitely be challenging with young ones, but remember that you can shorten this to as little as 6 minutes in the morning, and then focus on some of the major areas later on in the day.

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  • Chris

    Hi Kara. How is your progress going? I’ve been really curious about this book. Does it really live up to the hype?

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