Read N Review: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

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If you are planning to make “wake up early” a New Year’s resolution in the coming year, then this book is definitely one you should have on your radar. I found out about The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life by Hal Elrod from blogger/influencer, Marianna Hewitt.  I read it this past summer, so a book review on it is waaay overdue.

The Miracle Morning is not just a book, it’s a movement, practiced by thousands of people around the world. Once read, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the highest rated books on Amazon with 1200+ five-star reviews. Hal Elrod wrote this book to help transform every area of a person’s life by simply changing how they start their day every morning, all it takes is a minimum of 6 minutes to make a difference and below you’ll see why…

Author, international Keynote Speaker, and success coach, Hal Elrod, has a life story that is worth writing a book about in and of itself. On December 3rd, 1999, at the age of 20, Hal was hit head on by a drunk driver and woke up from a coma 6 days later, only to find he had 11 broken bones, permanent brain damage, and according to his doctors, a slim chance of ever being able to walk again.

Not only was Hal able to find the strength to prove them wrong in being able to walk but he also went on to complete the challenge of running a 52-mile ultra-marathon, became a hall of fame business achiever, Keynote Speaker, and multiple #1 bestselling author. Permanent brain damage? What brain damage?

People from all over the world have left testimonials on how Hal’s book, The Miracle Morning, has completely transformed their lives in all aspects: health, happiness, relationships, finances, and spirituality. This book is about helping to create your “Level 10” life, simply meant to kick-start a proactive lifestyle, one in which you never settle for less. Hals say, “Most people resign themselves to a life of mediocrity, passively accepting whatever life gives them.” Does this sound like you? Probably so, as almost everyone has been guilty of settling on something at some part in their life. I’m certainly guilty of this as well.

I love this quote by Matthew Kelly, which is emphasized in the book, “On the one hand, we all want to be happy. On the other hand, we all know the things that make us happy. But we don’t do those things. Why? Simple. We are too busy. Too busy doing what? Too busy trying to be happy.”

When creating your perfect Miracle Morning routine you should consider the following types of practices: physical, mental/emotional, relational, and financial.  Along with this you should also consider a few other things in life, such as your circle of influence. The book quotes, “Research has shown that we virtually become like the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with.” So instead of surrounding ourselves constantly with lazy, weak-minded people, why not spend time with positive, successful achievers? “Always seek people who will add value to your life and bring out the best in you.”

According to Hal, these are the 5 steps to a snooze free morning to get your miracle morning started as soon as possible:

  1. Say positive affirmations before bed the night before.
  2. Put your alarm clock across the room.
  3. Brush your teeth as soon as you wake up.
  4. Have a glass of cold water.
  5. Change clothes and workout.

Further details on these 5 steps are provided in the book, but I will let you discover these on your own.

The Miracle Morning consists of six powerful practices, also known as the Life S.A.V.E.R.S. This consist of:

S – silence-strengthens spirituality. This could be meditation, prayer, reflection, deep breathing, and/or gratitude.
A – affirmations.
V – visualization. If imagining things in your mind is difficult, try creating a vision board.
E – exercise.
R – reading.
S – scribing, writing, or journaling.

Although these are the 6 different practices Hal recommends basing your miracle morning off of, it doesn’t necessarily have to be in this specific order and it doesn’t have to include all of the different Life Savers either.

For example, while and after I was reading this book my “miracle morning” went a little something like this:

  1. I woke up and read-usually about 20 minutes or 10 pages of my current book. So I started with R.
  2. Then I moved into S for scribing and wrote in my journal about my previous day or about the day of.
  3. After I had a small breakfast during reading and scribing, I’d move onto E for exercise and workout for about 30 minutes.
  4. After exercise, I liked to bring my heart rate back down by practicing S for silence and sitting still for 10-15 minutes by meditating, praying, and Visualizing at the same time.
  5. I then moved onto Affirmations as the last part of my morning.

Now doing the same thing over and over can certainly become stale so every couple of weeks, I like to switch up what my morning routine consists of. I most recently wrote this blog post on ‘5 Wellness Tips on the Perfect Morning Routine‘ inspired by this book. My morning routine is a bit different now but only slightly.

So you see creating a miracle morning for yourself is all about adopting new habits and sticking to them- something that isn’t always easy, but it’s possible. I still struggle with waking up as early as I want to, but I must admit, the difference of waking up earlier rather than later really does make a huge difference in my level of productivity for the day.

I’m curious- are you an early riser or the latter? Have you heard of this book or have you read it? What did you think? Will you be giving the miracle morning a try? Even if you don’t want to commit to reading the whole thing, you can get a glimpse of it here by receiving the first 2 chapters for free, along with a video and a PDF guide. Once you do read it, report back to me and let me know what you think! Maybe we can even be accountability partners. 😉

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -Albert Einstein

All my love,
Estrella

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15 thoughts on “Read N Review: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

  1. coatandcoffee says:

    Okay I totally want to read this! It sounds so interesting! The part about happiness makes total sense. We’re so busy trying to be happy, that we don’t actually do the things that make us happy. Genius! Also, loving the flatlay you did with the coffee. You KNOW that caught my eye haha. 😉

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

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  2. Marina Mexploring says:

    Thank you for the review, Estrella! I have heard about the book from some bloggers and my friends. It was good to have such a nice description of the book by you!
    The idea sounds good. And I am a late riser, yes. Always making promises to get up earlier – and then having problem with getting myself into bed before midnight 😆 in my dream life I get up early and do a lot of fabulous stuff – but so far it has been only in dreams)).
    Do you manage to keep that routine still?

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    • lacasabloga says:

      What time do you usually wake up in the morning? The routine itself, yes. I have been pretty good at maintaining it. So on the “perfect” mornings, they usually go a little something like this: read, write, workout, meditate. And the whole routine usually takes up about 1.5 hours of my morning, so I like to wake up early to get it out of the way although like you I am very bad about being an early riser and since my work schedule is different everyday, it’s doesn’t help that I don’t wake up at the same time everyday but that’s something I’m still trying to improve.

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      • Marina Mexploring says:

        Mm, that is a difficult question, I struggle to get myself earlier but so far with little success 🙂 In summer I wake at 8-9, trying to make it 7-8, in winter, when it’s dark, it can be even until 10. Since I stopped working full-time, I had this luxury and enjoyed it to the fullest 🙂 But it’s been a while now, and I want to get myself back to structure. I need also 9 hours, and I need to send myself earlier to bed to get those hours before 7am.
        In my morning routine I stick to writing and reading/listening to a podcast, but waver at exercise and meditation. Any struggles for you there? When do you get up, btw? 🙂

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      • lacasabloga says:

        Same as you..my goal is to wake up by 730, but now that I don’t have a 9-5 job anymore it’s difficult and on my “bad” days I’ll wake up at 9:30. I noticed that I don’t feel well if I sleep a lot, more than 8 hours, so I found my “magic” number of sleeping around 7 hours. But I tend to be a night owl and don’t go to bed until past midnight most nights, so it’s something I’m trying to balance😕

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      • Marina Mexploring says:

        I have heard that night owls have a longer day, you know, that in-built clock we have. Normal people have 23-24 hours, while owls have 25-26, meaning that when everybody is tired they are not. It is so typical for me. Like I can get up early or sleep bad and promise to me: “today we go to sleep at 11pm”. But later at night – I am full of energy and not tired, and can go to bed and lie there for an hour or two. I could only fall asleep around 10am when I worked in a school, got up at 6 and stressed a lot. That was not a healthy method in a long run :))
        Good luck on your morning project! Share updates 😉

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      • lacasabloga says:

        Thank you! Let me know how it goes for you too. The book was a good push to get me started on a morning routine which I have had a good job maintaining. Now the next step is waking up early 🙂 let me know if you end up reading it and how it goes for you too!

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      • Marina Mexploring says:

        I think I have got a good insight from your review – so the next step would be to start implementing smth 🙂 let’s see where it will take us. Right now I try to put more exercise into my life, but it is not always a part of morning. Anyway, I like the whole concept of “intentional life” and the morning routine fits well with it))

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      • lacasabloga says:

        Yes let me know how it goes. I personally like working out so for me it doesn’t feel like a chore like most people but I still don’t feel like doing it everyday too or I just don’t have time

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      • Marina Mexploring says:

        Ah, I notice that it’s summertime and the living is easy. I have energy for much more, and I even love working out 🙂 I lost my system of training, and when I am out, I don’t love it, but push myself. But when I am in the rhythm, it feels so good, being stronger again.
        I wouldn’t do it every day either, but it is good to stick to some schedule (not to rely on my capricious mood like I used to do :))

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