This month, I am reviewing Hal Elrod's Miracle Morning Book.
Whatever your situation, the beginning of a new day sets the scene for today. At every stage in our lives we hope for a fresh start at each awakening, and this is the same for:
- a child waking up to a happy family environment,
- a teenager emerging from under the duvet in a relaxed state,
- a young adult going off to that new job in a fresh state,
- a new parent feeling half-alive on precious few hours sleep and
- a person over that ‘certain age’ (as the French like to call it) waking with relatively few aches and pains and a renewed sense of joie de vivre
Those first hours of the day set the tone for our day of ‘work’, whether that's
traditional 9 to 5 or a day of caring for young children or elderly parents. Much has been written about these early hours and how a regular morning routine can form habits which set you up for success.
The Miracle Morning Book
There are many books, articles and blog posts written on the topic. Indeed I reviewed The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
, a book which created a
movement focused on getting the most out of the first few hours of the day. If you haven’t read the book you can order it here:
Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning book is quite tough for the night owls of this world. It does suggest an early start to the day. I tried waking an hour earlier and failed miserably. I like to wake with the sun – later in the winter, earlier in the summer. I was also thrown off by a personal event which threw me into disarray. It was a devastating event but one which was sufficiently serious to set me back. I don’t know about you but I find I revert to type when I face a challenge and it can take several weeks to get back on track.
I chose this book having heard Hal being interviewed by John Lee Dumas on the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast
how he recovered from a near-fatal car crash at the age of 20 suffering permanent brain damage and how he hit rock bottom in his life deep in debt, mentally, physically and emotionally drained. At the suggestion of a friend he took up running each morning and so was born the
of the idea of starting each day with a routine, now known as The Miracle Morning (TMM). He now travels the world as a motivational speaker and has written several companion books
to the original.
Hal’s research threw up some fascinating, but worrying, statistics which evaluated the outcomes for working people in the United States.
“… take any 100 people at the start of their working careers and follow them for the next 40 years until they reach retirement age, here’s what you’ll find: only 1 will be wealthy; 4 will be financially secure; 5 will continue working, not because they want to but because they have to; 36 will be dead; and 54 will be broke and dependent on friends, family, relatives, and the government to take care of them.”
He wanted to find a routine to daily life which would help him be part of the 5% with financial security.
“Your entire life changes the day that you decide you will no longer accept mediocrity for yourself. When you realize that today is the most important day of your life. When you decide that now matters more than any other time because it is who you are becoming each day based on the decisions that you are making and the actions that you are taking that is determining who you are going to be for the rest of your life.”
The Miracle Morning SAVERS
The idea behind the daily routine is that by putting aside a specific time in the day – he recommends first thing on rising – and following a series of activities you can become a Level 10 person who is able to make changes to all aspects of your life.
The acronym is Life: S.A.V.E.R.S
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The aim is that by the end of an hour or so you are set up for the day ahead with clarity and drive, less stress, focused on the areas you want to improve upon without fear of failure or being held back by limited beliefs.
Simple to say – difficult to do.
Hal Elrod’s easy-to-read book (it took me a single afternoon to read it from cover to cover) takes you step by step through the routine and provides you with suggestions for different ways of implementing the six stages and the reasoning behind them.
The book is filled with quotations from people he admires and testimonials from those who have successfully adopted TMM.
“…if I strive to make that first hour optimally productive, the rest of the day tends to follow suit.
Having been in not one, but two, desperate situations in his life, Hal has the desire to help us improve our physical, mental and emotional state, to strengthen our relationships and improve our financial situations by aiming for high and not accepting the situation 95% of people settle for.
I really related to his description of ‘Rear View Mirror’ syndrome:
“Our subconscious minds are equipped with a self-limiting rear-view mirrir through which we continuously relive and recreate our past. We mistakenly believe that who we were is who we are, thus limiting our true potential in the present….
This book is definitely one to read if you suffer from that internal self-doubt which undermines your self-confidence.
Changing Habits – the journey
If you have ever tried to give up smoking, take up exercise or go on a diet you’ll be only too aware of the challenges you face in the early days.
Days 1 – 10 Phase One: Unbearable
“The first 10 days of implementing any new habit, or ridding yourself of any old habit, can feel almost unbearable.”
The first ten days may be the worst but it’s fair to say that they are the most difficult. The euphoria of the first couple of days quickly disappears and uncomfortable feelings of dread can creep in. But push through it will get better. Don’t let your head play games with you during this crucial time.
Days 11 – 20 Phase Two: Uncomfortable
“After you get through the first 10 days — the most difficult 10 days — you begin the 2nd 10-day phase, which is considerably easier. You will be getting used to your new habit.”
During this phase the habits you are trying to change will become more entrenched into your routine. Don’t worry if you come unstuck one day. Just ignore it, don’t beat yourself up – move on
Days 21-30 Phase Three: Unstoppable
“Phase Three is where the actual transformation occurs, as your new habit becomes part of your identity. It transcends the space between something you’re trying and who you’re becoming. You start to see yourself as someone who lives the habit.”
This is where habits become part of your behaviour. This ten-day period is super important as you are now in a position where you are not having to think about your new actions as they are now becoming automatic.
Personally I would find that to go from a morning routine with none of this activities, to all of them in one fell swoop, quite a challenge. One suggestion is to spread out the changes across the day, finding a time which matches your existing routine and mood.
Alternatively, start with one and then add in the next as you feel the first has become a real habit which is providing you with a real benefit. Waking a few minutes earlier each week will then become a doddle.
So, will you start tomorrow with a new routine?
Let us know how you get on. I hope to be back on track in the morning!