In his #1 bestselling book Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod Author and International Keynote speaker, shares the six crucial steps you can take every morning to help jump-start the day to a successful and fulfilling life.
The tips Elrod shares are simple and practical, much discussed and rated by successful entrepreneurs, yet for those who prefer to avoid routines, you may find it difficult to embrace… that is until you hear his reasoning behind them.
If you dread facing mornings and think it’s simply because you are not a morning person, it may be worth putting that thought aside and reading this book.
Not a proponent of one-size fits all solutions
For a long time I’ve put off reading this book because I had heard of so many entrepreneurs expounding the value of starting work at 5am (and I thought that was one of the hard and fast rules of the Miracle Morning routine). I simply can’t get my brain going at that hour of the morning, well not for any length of time. I generally can’t last the day if I start that early.
However, we’re not all cut from the same cloth – how early can you start your day?
I was pleased to discover you can adopt the Miracle Morning routine without rising before the roosters.
While Elrod’s book doesn’t require you to get up at 5am, his theory is:
‘If You Win The Morning, You Win The Day!’
The emphasis is on what you are thinking when you wake, and those first few things you do to start your day to helps to head you towards a better life, and achieving your goals.
Elrod came up with the name the ‘miracle morning’ after he discovered the miracle results he achieved using the same six steps each day to take him from being over $50k in debt, being in the worst physical shape of his life, and deeply depressed, to doubling his income, training for an ultra marathon which he competed in a few months later, and becoming totally positive and fired up, in less than two months.
Elrod created the acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. to represent his routine of the most commonly used six practices of successful people.
Practicing purposeful silence through prayer or mediation each morning can help you to fight stress.
Affirmation’s are Elrod’s favorite practice of the six.
Articulate what you want: what is your goal, what is your dream. e.g. I am commited to earning $….. in the next year.
It’s important to re-affirm every day what you want and why you want it. Plus commit to when you will do it!
Visualize yourself doing the things you need to do to reach your goals. Visualize what you want and also visualize yourself taking action for the day ahead and create the emotional enjoyment of doing (those things you don’t want to do).
We all know that exercise keeps your body healthy and helps to spur on your success. The key here is to get it done in the morning, in case ‘other’ things come up and you have no energy left to do it at the end of the day.
Hal Elrod does 20 minutes of yoga every day, following a DVD.
Robert Kiyosaki author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad has read Miracle Morning three times and he does three minutes of exercise each day.
As Elrod says, just one minute of ‘jumping jacks’ really gets the blood pumping.
Read in the morning to focus on personal growth. Aim for ten pages of a professional development book per day. Imagine reading 18 books a year on subjects that can motivate, educate and inspire you.
Write each morning. Elrod recommends the 5 minute journal.
Journaling has really taken hold over the past few years, with journals available for almost every topic imaginable. Journaling helps to ground you, and bring you back to what’s important to you.
Elrod shares how much happier he was after journaling and how he felt more gratitude for his life because of how his own writing allows him to focus on his lessons learned (what he has achieved so far) and new commitments (the goals he has for the future).
But There’s Nothing New Here – You Say!
No doubt your wondering what the fuss is about – none of these practices are new, they have been around for years, some of them for centuries.
But here’s the thing – the magic starts when you do all six things every morning as then according to Elrod and his thousands of followers, you get to see amazing results REALLY FAST.
If you are going to try out the miracle morning process, be sure to tailor the steps to your personal needs, as there is never one strategy or solution that fits all.
Behavioral psychologist BJ Fogg of Stanford University believes there are only three different things that can change behaviour long term.
- Have an epiphany
- Change your environment
- Take baby steps.
The Miracle Morning is all about baby steps!
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“Focus on who you are becoming rather than what you are doing” ~ Hal Elrod