Several weeks ago I mentioned on Instagram that I purchased The Miracle Morning and wondered if anyone else had read it and what their thoughts were about the book. Well after that post, I didn’t do much reading. Instead, this book sat on my nightstand or I’d place it in my work tote bag with the intention to read it and never got around to it.
Hold on. Let me back up a bit.
For the past few months I was struggling. I was trying to juggle my job, business and life and felt like I was failing miserably. I didn’t feel like I had enough time, I was exhausted and out of sorts. I knew in my heart that I needed to make some changes but was unsure of where to start. Before hearing about The Miracle Morning, I had read a few articles about how various business leaders start their day and that many of them talked about how they would get up early in the morning and do their own morning routine before starting their workday. They also detailed how doing this, made them better in all aspects of their lives. Then I listened to Hal Elrod on The Lively Show podcast and something about his book spoke to me and I wanted to check it out. It was the combination of the book and the articles had me think to myself…
“if you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done,”
I bought the book and as I said above, I didn’t even crack the book open. It wasn’t until after Memorial Day that I decided to start reading the book. As I read the book, I learned about the 6 activities that make up the Miracle Morning which are Silence, Affirmation, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing (or journaling). I also learned helpful tips on how to execute these activities each morning. Shortly after I started reading the book, I decided to set my clock to wake me up an hour earlier than my normal wake up time and I slowly started to apply what I was reading to my morning. I’ll be honest, those first few days were rough but with time getting up got easier and I learned a few things about myself.
1. I had more energy.
I know it sounds crazy. I thought by waking up an hour early I would have been exhausted all day but instead I had so much energy to tackle my day and it surprised me that I gained more energy when I was convinced I’d be tired.
2. I noticed a HUGE difference in my day.
There was one day that I decided to sleep in and not do the miracle morning routine. That day was so awful, I was exhausted and I felt like I was all over the place the entire day. I could easily see the difference of doing this routine to not doing it and that changed everything for me and convinced me I needed to keep going with this routine.
3. I am more focused.
By spending an hour each morning it allowed me to focus on my own development as well as my personal and business goals. Every morning I focused on my goals and by doing so it allowed me to think of new ideas for my business, streamline processes and gave me a lot of clarity.
4. I gained more discipline.
Even on days I didn’t want to wake up or said every excuse in the book, I pushed through all that resistance to do this routine. By getting up and practicing these actions I was forming a habit that I started to look forward to in the morning.
5. Personal Growth
One thing that I’ve discovered from reading this book is how much I neglected my own personal development and when you run a business taking time to grow and develop personally benefits your business tremendously. The Miracle Morning routine gives me the ability to read books that have been on my “to read” list and has also given me time to think about new ideas and processes for my business. In the mix of tackling my to do list and doing everything else for my life and business that personal development was the last thing on my list and through this morning routine I can see how valuable my own personal growth is to all aspects of my life that I now make it a priority.
This book is about setting a morning routine that enables you to be successful throughout your day. While the idea of creating a morning routine seems so easy to do, I struggled with it on my own. What I liked about this book is that it offered me a practical road map to get started. I had a series of activities that I can do in the morning before checking social media or email. I could spend quiet time in the morning meditating, reading and focusing on my goals and how to accomplish them. If you’re looking to make a change or want to start your own morning routine, I definitely recommend this book.