The Miracle Morning Book Review (from the 3 Ideas Books Club). Have you ever wondered why some people live good lives and why people struggle?
To say I wondered will be underestimating it. I was and am fascinated by the topic of success. Over the years I’ve studied hundreds of really successful people to find the common traits.
I started paying attention to what they do and how they are different from others.
The first thing, which I immediately noticed is that all successful people I know are punctual. Well, but there are a lot of unhappy punctual people. This is true, but if you do pay attention you’ll notice that the overwhelming majority of successful people are punctual. Whereas the overwhelming majority of unsuccessful people are not punctual.
Then I noticed that those people who I really admire keep their word. They are proud of that.
Thirdly, the overwhelming majority of successful people exercise at least 3 times a week. Now I know for a fact that people, especially after their 30th are not just born with stunning bodies. Those who exercise have the willpower. Again, I hardly know any successful person who does not exercise.
And finally, an overwhelming majority of successful people I know meditate. I have been an avid meditator since 2006. This practices alone have increased the quality of my life by 1000% and I had a pretty good life before!
That is all very well and you may agree that these habits if developed and automatised can help. However what brings a consistent feeling of satisfaction? What can make us fulfilled amid the big and small life storms?
The ‘Miracle Morning’
Well, I didn’t know the answer until I read the ‘Miracle Morning’ book by Hal Elrod. In essence, what this guy is saying is this: if you wake up early (by 7 am) and do a certain morning route your life will be consistently good. Being
a convinced night owl all my life, quite naturally I instantly dismissed the idea. It did not make sense to me. How will waking up so early in the morning help me improve my life? I did wake up at the crack of dawn to go to the airport several times and I was miserable.
I dismissed the entire idea as nonsense until I came across an article (cannot credit the author because I don’t remember where I read it). This article completely struck me as they’ve scientifically proven the direct link between a person’s quality of life, success and waking up earlier. They’ve also dropped a few names and their waking hours: Einstein (3am) Benjamin Franklin (5 am), Richard Branson (5.45am), Elon Musk (7 am), Bill Gates (4 am), Oprah Winfrey (7.15am), Wolfgang Mozart (6 am), Sigmund Freud (6am) etc.
In his book, Hal also explains the importance of creating a certain morning routine, which will set up the tone for the day. He called it ‘THE LIFE S.A.V.E.R.S.’. Where each letter has a meaning:
S is for Silence (15-minutes of meditation for me. There are three stunning, my favourite meditations of all times by Esther Hicks. There are also tons of free meditation apps. I currently use these two: No1 and No2.
A is for Affirmations (30 positive aspects of life for me)
E is for Exercise (I exercise 6 times a week. I went back from 85kg to 52kg twice. This was when I was pregnant with my girls. There is a 3.5-year difference between them. I love yoga and do it whenever I can, just for pleasure. However every morning I do planks for 12 minutes. I use a free app.)
R is for Reading (I LOVE READING, as you’ve probably has guessed by now. Books are like loyal, very clever friends which always have answers and never betray).
S is for Scribing (I’ve recently adopted Dan Sullivan’s (from Strategic coach) habit, which he started 25 years ago of writing in the journal every day what he wants, WITHOUT explaining and/or justifying. Just pure wants. Over these 25 years (approx.. 9,125 days) he missed only 12 days. I started the same habit. I write all my wants in the past tense as if they’ve already materialised. What an interesting game! I’ve used millions of paper journals! I converted to the free journey app, which I can access from any device. It does not use any space is always with me).
The Opposite of Insanity
Albert Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. Equally, it will be true to say that developing a morning routine and doing it over and over again will bring you the same amazing results over and over again.
This book transformed my life. I know it will transform yours too. If you stick with your newly developed morning routine for at least 60 days – you’ll be hooked for life.