This is a case of the right book at the right time. I was ready to invest in my morning routine and Hal Elrod’s book The Morning Miracle got me from “I just can’t handle it,” to “OK, I’m ready to do this.”
Hal’s premise is that in order to be successful, happy and to have a transformed life is to be intentional and focused in the morning routine that you implement.
Let me say right off the bat that this is not an especially well-written book. However, I’m finding myself more and more drawn to non-fiction books where you feel like you can get to know the author as you are reading–and man, Hal’s presence leaps out of this book. Which is a good thing, because he’s attempting to convince you to get up an hour earlier to implement a morning routine of Silence, Affirmation, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, Scribing (journaling; remember it with “SAVERS”) which is a daunting task*–at least for me, Grumpy Gus that I am in the morning.
But Hal (I can’t bring myself to call him “Elrod”) makes it his mission to be your personal cheerleader in this. He has an entire chapter devoted to how to get yourself out of bed when you make a habit of snoozing ’til the last possible moment (“The 5-Step Snooze-Proof Wakeup Strategy”). He gives a description of each of his six steps and advice on how to implement them, and advice on how to do the 6 steps outlined above in just 6 minutes, if that’s all you can manage.
Throughout the book you can tell Hal is on your side. This, to me, is where a lot of self-help books fall down, but not Hal! He genuinely wants you to feel better, be happier, and see lasting positive change in your life and you that concern leaps off the pages. This is the single greatest strength of the book. On the downside, some of his steps of the Morning Miracle are described more clearly than others, and thus, are easier to implement. But it’s Hal’s “You can do it!” attitude kept me reading through to the end.
If you’re trying to make a big life change, desire to live with more gratitude or simply want to become more consistent in your morning quiet time, The Morning Miracle will give you not only the rationale and roadmap to do it, but the motivation as well.
* For all its steps, if you are doing a morning quiet time, you are probably already doing several of the Miracle Morning steps. For example, on a good day, I’ll read my Bible, journal and pray. I also usually walk Roxie. In Hal’s formula, that counts for Silence (prayer), Exercise (walking the dog) Reading (Bible), and Scribing (journal). So you may find you simply need to add affirmation and visualization to take full advantage of his method.
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