The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod teaches you how to start your morning in the best possible way.
- Stop snoozing your alarm
- Go to bed with a positive mindset about the next morning
- Develop a morning routine of exercises, silence and positive affirmation
What you do early in your day sets the tone for the rest of it. It can make everything fall into a vicious circle or it can give you the momentum to succeed.
The Miracle Morning is about building a routine to give you the positive momentum to get the most out of the day.
The 5 Steps
#1: Set Your Intentions Before Bed
This is the most important step. You are likely to wake up with the thoughts with which you went to bed. So go to bed with a positive frame of mind.
#2: Move Your Alarm Clock Across The Room
Having the alarm far away will not give you the time to even think “I’ll hit snooze now”. You are forced to get out of bed quickly and start the day with positive physical movement.
#3: Brush Your Teeth
Fresh sensation in your mouth.
#4: Drink a Full Glass of Water
After hours of sleep we often wake up dehydrated, which leads to fatigue. When we feel sleepy and tired during the day is often because of dehydration. Drink a glass first thing in the morning and you’ll feel better.
#5: Get Dressed or Jump In the Shower
Exercise or jump in the shower. The shower will wake you up and give you a freshness feel.
Life SAVERS are six morning practices that will help you reach your full potential.
Silence allows you to decrease stress and increase your self-awareness. You can meditate, pray or breath. And you can use silent time to set goals and priorities.
Visualize the compelling, exciting future you want to create. And let that image drive you forward.
Exercising will help you maintain your energy levels during the day. And of course, it will keep you healthier.
Elrod recommends 10 pages a day as a minimum goal.
Write down your ideas for 5-10 minutes a day.
The 6 Minutes Morning
Ideally your morning routines should be around one hour, but the author also gives a shorter Miracle Morning routine.
Minute 1 – Total silence, breath and slow your mind.
Minute 2 – Daily affirmations
Minute 3 – Visualizing
Minute 4 – Write what you’re grateful for and what you want to accomplish for the day
Minute 5 – Reading
Minute 6 – Exercise. Anything that will get your heart racing
Elrod recommends you do all of that before you eat, and recommends you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables (unless you want to lose weight: check the 4 hour body).
The 30 Days Habit
The author says that The Miracle Morning needs to become a habit so that you will implement it naturally (also read The Power of Habit).
Here’s how the progress of making it an habit will look like:
Days 1-10: Unbearable
You might want to snooze your alarm, you will hate it it’s far away and you won’t want to exercise. Stick through it anyway.
Days 11-20: Uncomfortable
You’re not yet used but it’s not as hard anymore. You will require discipline but you’re over the hump.
Days 21-30: Unstoppable
You start getting proud of what you’ve done and of your new routine. Now you really solidify your habit into your identity and they’re here to stay.
Real Life Applications
Tell yourself you got enough sleep
I loved the idea that the amount of sleep we need to get is often a myth. The author says that the key differentiator instead is your mindset. Tell yourself you will get enough sleep before going to bed and wake up telling yourself you’re energized.
There’s a lot of promotional messages spread across the book. It was a bit off putting.
The messages are great, and they could have possibly been delivered in a shorter space.
The Miracle Morning gives for granted you’ll be using an alarm. I believe waking up with an alarm is the best way to start your morning wrong. If you can avoid an alarm, avoid it.
The book is very action oriented and has lots of practical tips.
Mornings are important and do often set the the tone for the rest of the day.
I personally don’t buy into the idea of putting the alarm far away and the book was a bit too “strict” for me. I believe morning rituals should be more personalized and less about following some else’s guidelines.
But if you approach the book with the idea of how you can implement your own morning routine, then The Miracle Morning can indeed change your life for the better.