Hey Bookish People,
Like many people, I’m always looking for ways to improve my life. As a book nerd this often leads to reading my fair share of personal development books. One that I had heard about in various contexts was the book Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I’ve heard worshipful reviews of this book and also some not so flattering reviews.
My own review of the book falls somewhere in between. I’ll start with the good.
I’ve heard over and over again that waking up early is the key to success and since I am a morning person this was an easy pill to swallow. That’s why I wake up at 5:30am, when most people I know are sound asleep, to get work done. I knew it would be a good fit for me because I love to wake up before everyone else on the weekends and sit in peace and quiet with a good book anyway. So that’s easy enough to embrace.
Hal also emphasizes the use of his daily S.A.V.E.R.S: Silence, Affirmations, Visualizations, Exercise, Reading and Scribing (journaling). On a given morning I actually do most of these things. I just don’t do them all at once nor do I do them every single day. The one I really don’t do is visualizing, other then when my guided meditation calls for it, because it’s something I struggle with personally. It feels a little woo-woo even if I can understand how it can play a real role in goal accomplishment and I struggle to do it or make time for it. At least I know where I can personally improve.
Hal does say that the miracle morning is yours to structure in a way that works for you and that it doesn’t have to take place in the morning allowing for some flexibility. I personally feel best when I do a lot of these things in the morning but I do push my exercise closer to mid day when I break my intermittent fast (a post on that later). Overall I find that making time for these things just makes me feel like I’m taking care of myself. It feels luxurious to wake up and clear my mind, write, and take a few minutes for learning.
I like the general idea.
Now for my not so favorite things about the book.
The book could have been a long article. It’s a short book to begin with but it honestly felt like it dragged on for the sake of filling up space at times. I also didn’t personally click with Hal so that didn’t help much. I think I’ll stop there with the negativity.
Try it Now
It seems like a no-brainer but the one tip I actually implemented right away while reading the book was to drink water when I wake up. I usually camp out in front of my coffee pot waiting to pour my first cup but instead I’ve been using that time to drink a glass of water before my meditation. To be perfectly clear, I’m doing this while waiting for my coffee, but I do feel better after rehydrating.
You should wake up early and work on self-development but beware the book is 50% fluff. Oh, and drink some water when you wake up.
Have you read the Miracle Morning? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments and feel free to connect with me on Instagram!