Those of you who know me well will know that I love to read. Back in my younger days I was a lover of historical fiction, but these days I’m a bit of a self help book addict. I find that good old Dr Seuss quote “the more that you read the more you will know and the more that you know the more places you’ll go” to be pretty much spot on when it comes to reading self help books, and I unashamedly have several of these types of books sitting on my side table at any one time.
One of my most recent reads is the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (I may just be becoming Hal’s biggest fan, just quietly). Hal’s energy for life is infectious, and I’ve found his regular podcasts to be just what I have needed on more than one occasion. Despite meeting many challenges in his life (think near fatal car crash and cancer diagnosis), Hal lets none of this get in his way and has the most positive attitude of anyone I have ever come across before. Having read the Miracle Morning and listened to many of Hal’s podcasts, it seems to me that the key to much of Hal’s success comes down to the implementation of a routine he calls “The Miracle Morning”.
Hal created the Miracle Morning routine after going through a tough patch in his life and business. He started to research what sorts of things successful people did each day that contributed to their success, and he found that time and time again there were six things successful people did each day (and in particular, each morning) that set them up for success: Meditation, Affirmations, Visualisation, Exercise, Reading and Journalling. To make these a little easier to remember, Hal substituted meditation for silence and journalling for scribing and hey presto, the Miracle Morning life SAVERS were born!
So when do you do these life SAVERS when you already have such a busy day? In the morning of course! Hal’s advice is that the best time of the day to action your life SAVERS is the start of your day, before all of your other daily commitments get in the way. For most people this usually involves getting up a little earlier each day (30-60 mins is all it takes)
The Miracle Morning steps you through each of the life SAVERS and gives you pointers based on Hal’s own experiences of how to implement the SAVERS in your daily life. There are also a load of other helpful resources available for free on Hal’s website which assist you further to put the Miracle Morning into practice in your daily life. It is a fun and easy read, and Hal’s writing style is incredibly engaging.
I’ve been practicing the Miracle Morning routine now for about 2 months. I get up 30 minutes earlier than usual, and spend about 5-10 minutes on each of the Miracle Morning life Savers. This process has really helped me to gain focus and I have found that by doing it in the morning when there are few distractions (and the kids are still asleep) I do actually get it done.
I must admit that I usually only commit to a 5 day a week Miracle Morning routine (I need a couple of sleep ins a week), but it really has proven to be a great start to the working day. Of all the life SAVERS the one I am enjoying the most is meditation. I always thought meditation was something I just didn’t have time for, but even a short 10 minute guided meditation can help set your mood right for the day. I highly recommend checking out the free Insight Timer app if you want to get started with meditation (try the beginners meditation course in there to get started).
Aside from the value of giving you a good morning routine, the Miracle Morning book has challenged by thinking in many ways. It’s given me time to read, to journal and to exercise – things I haven’t had much time for since the kids came along – and all of those things have helped me to focus my attention on the things that are important to me.
This is one of those books that could quite easily change your life. A highly recommended read!
P.S. Also check out Hal’s Achieve Your Goals Podcast – this is one of the best podcasts I’ve come across yet.