The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod claims it will transform your life by 8am if you follow 6 habits. I stumbled across this book on Because Reading when Berls posted her review of The Morning Miracle. As I was determined to implement a morning routine for 2018, this sounded like a book a needed to read, and a promise I needed to investigate. So I dived in.The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM by Hal Elrod
on 7 January 2016
Genres: non fiction, self-help
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Key Messages of The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
Set your alarm to off earlier. Get up when it goes off. No snoozing allowed.
Prepare the night before. Have everything you need for your routine assembled and go to bed on time.
Follower the SAVERS routine every morning; which is –
- Silence – this can be mediation, prayer, or whatever form of silence appeals to you
- Affirmations – it’s highly encouraged to write your own personal ones
- Visualisation – using your mind, or pinterest, or a vision board whatever floats your boat
- Exercise – self-explanatory!
- Read – non-fiction, self-improvement books
- Scribe – write/journal in whatever format you prefer, about whatever you want
Did The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod change my life?
In a word, no. However that didn’t mean it wasn’t worth reading, and I did pick up tweaks from it that have made my current morning routine more calming. I had been getting up early to write Morning Pages (3 pages of unconscious thoughts put down on paper every day). And Morning Pages fitted very nicely into Miracle Morning. The way I write Morning Pages includes affirmations and visualisation, so that was 3 steps ticked off in 1 (scribe, affirmations and visualisation).
I started incorporating silence into my routine by taking 3/5 minutes to meditate before I started my Morning Pages. This felt good as it quietened my mind down, and ensured I entered in to a nice relaxed zone before I started writing.
I didn’t want to include cardio exercise in my morning routine, as I have built a habit of exercising at lunch and in the evenings. Which works perfectly for me, and I don’t want to fix what’s not broken. So I decided I would add a short yoga sequence instead. I had been trying to practise yoga at night 3 to 4 times a week, but it’s one of the first things I drop if I’m feeling too tired to face it. Adding short practises to my morning feels great, and if I bail on an evening session, it doesn’t bother me now.
The last step involves reading. Considering I’m a book blogger, it’s ironic that this is the one step I didn’t even attempt. Mostly because I already take time to read non-fiction without having to actively plan for it. Reading, listening to audiobooks, and podcasts is part of my life so I just crossed this step off my list.
My biggest challenge
One of the biggest changes I had to make was to cull my impulse to hit that snooze button. When I hit snooze, I end up falling into a deep sleep and then when I wake up 10 minutes later, I’m twice as groggy. Even knowing this, it’s still a hard habit to break. Basically this is still a work in progress, and I’m about 75% successful with it now.
My verdict is I love the calming start to my day. My whole routine takes just over an hour. Instead of flying around the house like a hare, and tearing out the door to work feeling frantic, I now start my days with silent me-time. The sound of my morning is the clock ticking, the birds outside chirping, and my pen scratching across the page. That sense of peace is well worth the effort of getting up early. However this isn’t all down to Miracle Morning. I attribute most of gains to Morning Pages.
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I think there is nothing new in The Miracle Morning. It inspired me to consider tweaking my routine, and I’m very happy with my new additions. But it’s no miracle. Also I am a morning person. If you are someone who has free time in the afternoon, or after the kids leave the house in the morning, then that’s your time. There is nothing saying this all needs to be done by 8am. Or even all together. It’s whatever works for you and your life, and no one fit solution will work for everyone.
One thing that bugged me was the constant references back to his website. Stop that, I’ve bought the book, and I want everything in the book. Not to be jumping back to resources on a website.
Lots of inspiration and enthusiasm, but it’s no miracle. Or groundbreaking. That said, I have implemented some of the ideas and found it to be a motivating read.
Who should read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod?
If you are looking for ways to add more me-time to your life, then I’d say this is a good book to check out. Or if you are on a quest of self-discovery, the messages won’t be new, but they will reinforce the benefits of meditation, etc and how such practises can enhance your life.
Talk to Trish : Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it. What’s your morning routine, and are you happy with it?