Book Review: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod




The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod


What It’s About:

The main takeaway is that starting your day in a proactive and intentional way (specifically in regards to personal development) will make major, life-changing differences in the way your life unfolds. 

Hal Elrod takes 6 of the most effective strategies that super-successful people 'swear by' and shows you how to package them all into a morning routine that you can follow simply by getting up a bit earlier than usual, whether it be by 6 minutes or 60 minutes. His message is that you need to make time to be growing and improving yourself so that you can become the kind of person that attracts success and accomplishes your goals. It's about creating the 'miraculous' (hence miracle morning) change of becoming the kind of person who takes charge of their personal development and their life. 

The six strategies, or "Life S.A.V.E.R.S." as he calls them are:

Silence: a few minutes spent in silence, through prayer or meditation (or both!)
Affirmations: reciting, preferably aloud, the statements that you have written to affirm your purpose, goals, and vision.
Visualization: time spent imagining what your "Level 10" life feels like, looks like, smells like, tastes like, sounds like, etc. as though you are already living it.
Exercise: something to get your heart pumping
Reading: specifically self-help books or significant & meaningful texts like scripture
Scribing: writing, journalling about how goals are going, things you're grateful for, intentions for the day, etc.

He tells his story of how he arrived at these particular six and also provides guidance on the what-is-it/how-to of each of them. You can also add your own specific additions that line up steps you want to take to reach your own goals (ie. practice piano for 15mins). He also reassures that these six S.A.V.E.R.S. are most effective first thing in the morning, but will definitely be of benefit done at any time of day.

What I loved:

This one is a life-changer, folks! The whole concept of making time for personal development isn't groundbreaking,...but maybe it kind of is, too. How many of us set aside the time daily to listen to our hearts and take steps towards the life we want to live? I love the following quote he shared:

"Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become." ---Jim Rohn

It's worth mentioning that he doesn't just mean career/financial success (though he does mean that, too, of course), he's referring to success in any area of your life that you want to make better...organization, weight loss, parenting, dream-catching, etc. etc. etc. 

I liked that he highlighted the need to enjoy and appreciate where you're at now, too. It's not about "I'll like my life/myself only once I've accomplished...(blank)." I don't like when that message gets lost in self-help books. I'm always grateful when that concept of loving BOTH places (the present and the future) is honoured.

I've been putting my own "Miracle Morning" into practice for a couple weeks now and it's made a HUGE difference, y'all (I'm allowed to use y'all because I lived in Oklahoma once). I'm happier, feeling more focused, not struggling to keep my head above water all the time, feeling more fulfilled and accomplishing my goals...and enjoying my quiet time to hear myself think! Hashtag Mom of Four. I really liked writing out my affirmations and getting clear with myself about where I want to be heading.

What I didn’t love:

The whole tone of the book is a bit cheesy and...sales-y(?) for lack of a better term, but only because Hal Elrod is a salesman/motivational speaker type by trade. It's just the way they talk, I find. Ha! Don't let it turn you off, the whole concept of starting a morning intentionally and taking time to develop your character is gold.

I also wonder if this book would have been overwhelming at a different stage in my life (whaaaat, wake up early with children that don't sleep?? Self-development when I am grieving?? YA RIGHT)...or if the idea of even just 6 minutes first thing in the morning, or bits of intentionally reflective time throughout the day, would have grounded and guided me through difficult times. Guess I'll never know about that in hindsight...

Elaborating on that: I think there's a time and a season for striving in life, for reaching for better things and for focusing on personal growth by pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and taking healthy risks...and a time for resting and healing when "reaching for the stars" (haha) is put on hold to gather strength and repair damage. Implementing a morning practice like this feels like a striving thing for me. BUT! I wonder if that's just because that's what I'm ready for right now. I think even in a resting and healing season of life, it could be helpful in that it gives you the space to be still and hear yourself...and gives you the time for healing practices like prayer/meditation/affirmations/reading for joy and greater self-understanding. Take that thought for what it's worth.

I’d recommend this book if:

You want to make your life a little (or a lot) better.

I think that it's an especially good read if you're feeling a little overwhelmed or lost...or like you're not getting any traction on your goals or in your life in general. It's a great audiobook, too, as it's read by the author (my fave).

ALSO...there are a bajillion (exactly) versions of this book that are written for specific life choices (that is not the best way to describe what I mean, but oh well). There are versions called "The Miracle Morning for Parents & Families" and "The Miracle Morning for Network Marketers" and "The Miracle Morning for Real Estate Agents" and "The Miracle Morning for Writers" and so on and so forth. I've only read this first, generalized one, but am curious as to how the other ones differ. If any of you have read any of them, fill me in!


Comments

  1. Yes to the tone haha - my husband started to read it and was like no way! But I loved implementing the ideas. And yes to phases of life - I had a pregnancy and then a new baby after reading it originally and doing the SAVERS for awhile and i felt like i wanted to do it but i finally decided for that stage i really needed sleep and i needed to chill out a little. I think just implementing six minutes is still so helpful as opposed to not doing anything! But I didn’t have that hour for awhile. When the baby was finally sleeping at night then i started again. And it’s been great! Helps me get ready for the day and my mind in the right place and it helps me be a better mom.

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    1. Yes to that last sentence; helps me feel like I'm starting out with perspective and having given myself some attention before giving everyone else attention for the rest of the day! haha

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