Saturday, May 4, 2019

Book Summary: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Main Takeaway: 

Get up an hour earlier each day and follow the steps outlined in life S.A.V.E.R.S - Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing (writing). Doing these in the morning jump starts your day and puts you in the mood to succeed.

My thoughts:
I had recently started following a similar plan on my own, so this book came at a great time to guide me. It is one of the best books I have read this year.

Author's Backstory:

The author was a top salesman at Cutco. He had a stellar sales performance record. He came close to death when crashing his car head-on. Later on, he had what he called a “worse” life experience when he lost everything. This book shows how he used motivation to bounce back from two very different but terrible life tragedies.

Summary & Notes:

•It is good to write in your books as you read them (highlight, make notes). They are for you to learn from, not to keep pristine.

“Why is it that when a baby is born, we often refer to him or her as “the miracle of life,” but then go on to accept mediocrity for our own lives? Where along the way did we lose sight of the miracle that we are living?”

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” —Oprah

There is not a big difference between average and mediocre.

You don’t have to settle for less than what you really want in any area of life merely because others do.

Why not achieve great success in every area of life, at once? Happiness, health, money, freedom, success, love, etc. It is possible. (He calls this the level 10 life).

Success starts by how we wake up in the morning (what do you do when you wake up each day?)

Three Arguments Posed by this Book:

1.  “You are just as worthy, deserving, and capable of creating and sustaining extraordinary health, wealth, happiness, love, and success in your life, as any other person on earth.”

2. You must work each day and dedicate time to being the person you want to be.

3. “How you wake up each day and your morning routine (or lack thereof) dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life.”
If you are not a morning person, you should work to try to be. What we tell ourselves holds us back. Anything that is uncomfortable can be overcome in time.

It takes 21 days to build a habit, but 30 days to own that habit. Don’t take a break after 21 days and think you got it.

Over time you will feel like you don’t want to sleep in anymore because the method is so powerful.

“…how you spend the first hour of your day becomes the key to unlocking your full potential and creating the levels of success you desire.”

“Your level of success, will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become,” —Jim Rohn

“Our outer world will always be a reflection of our inner world.” (Your level of success will always parallel your level of personal development).

The big challenge is finding the time. This is why the morning works so well. Get up earlier and do those things you want to do.

“It’s been said that the first hour is the rudder of the day. If I’m lazy or haphazard in my actions during the first hour after I wake up, I tend to have a fairly lazy and unfocused day. But if I strive to make that first hour optimally productive, the rest of the day tends to follow suit.” (

“If you want your life to be different, you have to be willing to do something different first.”

The author chose six activities that would be most impactful and began by doing 10 minutes each (you can change the amounts of time you spend on each activity).

A statistic from the Social Security Administration states that after 40 years of working, for every 100 people, only 1 person will be wealthy, 4 will be financially secure, 5 will have to continue working, 36 will be dead, and 54 will be broke and dependent on others.

Only 5% are successful in creating a life of freedom. You have to work to be in that top 5%.

“We must embrace the fact that if we don’t commit to thinking and living differently than most people now, we are setting ourselves up to endure a life of mediocrity, struggle, failure and regret—just like most people.”

What are the causes of mediocrity?

•Recreating our past (rearview mirror syndrome)

•You have to change your thoughts. We think the same thing each day.

•Your past does not equal your future.

•Lack of purpose. (You have to live a life of purpose).

•”the average person takes life one day at a time, and has no higher purpose beyond merely surviving.”

•Isolating incidents. (Thinking that each choice we make only affects a particular moment or circumstance).

•Lack of accountability (“Accountability is the act of being responsible to someone else for some action or result.”)

•Lack of personal development. (Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development).

•Lack of urgency. (most people don’t have a sense of urgency in improving their lives). “Now matters more than any other time in your life”, because what you are doing today is making you who you will be in the future.
•Mediocre center of influence (We are like the average of the five people we spend the most time with). This is true in every area of life.

How do you have a life of purpose?

Answer: Wake up each day and live life in alignment with your purpose in life (to become the best possible version of yourself).

“Keep in mind that you can change your life purpose at any time. As you grow and evolve, so will your purpose. What’s important is that you choose a purpose—any purpose—and start living by it, now.”

“Every time you choose to do the easy thing, instead of the right thing, you are shaping your identity, becoming the type of person who does what’s easy, rather than what’s right.”

“It is often said that “misery loves company”, but so does mediocrity. Don’t let the fears, insecurities, and limiting beliefs of others limit what’s possible for you.”

"When you hit the snooze button repeatedly, you're doing two negative things to yourself. First, you're fragmenting what little extra sleep you're getting so it is of poor quality. Second, you're starting to put yourself through a new sleep cycle that you aren't giving yourself enough time to finish. This can result in persistent grogginess throughout the day.” —Robert S. Rosenberg

Also read: Sleep Smarter: 21 Proven Tips to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success.

Ways to increase your wake-up-motivation level:

•Before bed, set your intentions.

       “Your first thought in the morning is usually the last thought you had before you went to bed.”

•Move your alarm clock across the room.

•Brush your teeth right away when you wake up.

•Drink a full glass of water.

•Put on your workout clothing.

“Our life situation is the set of external circumstances, events, people, and places that surround us. It’s not who we are. We are more than our life situation.

Your life is who you are at the deepest level. Your life is made up of the internal components, attitudes, and mindsets that can give you the power to alter, enhance, or change your life situation at any given moment.”

“Your life is made up of the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Spiritual parts that make up every human being—or P.I.E.S. for short. The Physical includes things like your body, health, and energy. The Intellectual incorporates your mind, intelligence, and thoughts. The Emotional takes into account your emotions, feelings, and attitudes. The Spiritual includes intangibles such as your spirit, soul, and the unseen higher power that oversees all.” (This is also discussed in “Choose Yourself” by James Altucher).

Silence: Meditation, Prayer, Reflection, Deep Breathing, Gratitude.

(It is important that you leave your bed for this)


“Those who overcome the temptations of mediocrity and achieve everything they want in life have an extraordinarily compelling why that drives them.”

““The #1 skill of influencers is the sincere effort to make a person feel that he or she is the most important person in the world.” —Marshal Goldsmith, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”


“The greatest gift we can give to the people we love is to live to our full potential.”

(Personal note: As a Christian, this could be said to be a powerful witness.)


Learn from experts

10 pages a day will equal to 3,650 days a year.

Scribing (Writing) 
Write in a journal each day, and look back to see your growth.

“My journaling method ranges from being a very specific, structured process—listing what I’m grateful for, acknowledging my accomplishments, clarifying what areas I want to improve on, and planning which specific actions I’m committed to taking to improve—to being pretty traditional, just a dated entry with a synopsis of my day.”


“Whether it’s our routines or our relationships, it’s our responsibility to actively and continuously make them the way we want them to be. Remember, the moment you accept total responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you claim the power to change anything”

Your quality of life is created by the quality of your habits.

“Your life has been and will continue to be created by your habits. If you don’t control your habits, they will control you.”

It takes 21 days to create a new habit. The first part will be unbearable, they will get easier. In the end, you will own that habit and learn to love it and integrate it into your life.

If someone else can do something, so can you.


Elrod, Hal. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM). Miracle Morning Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.

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