One of my (not so secret) passions is devouring personal development books. I love learning about other people’s paths to success, and I think Charlie Jones hit the nail on the head: “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
Enter my newest series: QLQB Reads. My goal is to provide reviews that cover the basics of the content while giving you enough insight to decide if you should read it for yourself, all in a quick (and easy!) to read format.
If you’re not currently a reader, getting into the personal development genre can be scary. Lucky for you, I’ve got some of my favorites queued up on Amazon for you here. I am a reader and a listener: if you’re afraid of physically reading, audiobooks are an awesome alternative.
Today we’re talking about The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. TMM is my current favorite personal development book because it’s so easy to implement in your own life. And because it works!
What is The Miracle Morning? The Miracle Morning is a way of structuring the first hour of your day so that you set yourself up for maximum success. It gives you more time to be productive, and it may even turn you into a morning person.
This book is for you if: you feel like you need more hours in a day. If you don’t think you’re a morning person. If your day job doesn’t energize you and you need to rediscover your passion. It’s also for you if you feel like you’re a little lost or you’re in a bit of a funk.
Top three takeaways:
- The Miracle Morning consists of starting your day at least an hour earlier and then going through your morning routine called SAVERS: Silence (or meditation), Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing. Then, a healthy breakfast.
- Want to be better at waking up? Put your alarm clock across the room, force yourself to brush your teeth and drink a glass of water, and then either take a shower or put on your gym clothes. He’s right, after all of those steps, you don’t want to get back in bed.
- You are as rested as you convince yourself to be. Hal insists that you can feel rested or exhausted after any number of hours of sleep, and that it totally depends on how you convince your mind to view the number of hours. I totally have to agree: before, I thought I needed seven hours, but after a few Miracle Mornings after only five or six hours, I still felt rested and ready because I went to be pumped to wake up.
Three favorite quotes:
- “There is nothing to fear, because you cannot fail – only learn, grow, and become better that you’ve ever been before.”
- “Our outer world will always be a reflection of our inner world. Our level of success is always going to parallel our level of personal development. Until we dedicate time each day to developing ourselves into the person we need to be to create the life we want, success is always going to be a struggle to attain.”
- “Always remember that where you are is a result of who you were, but where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be from this moment on.”
How I’ve adopted the Miracle Morning into my life: Over the last week, I’ve begun getting up at 6:00 AM and starting my day with the SAVERS method. I leave for work feeling energized and accomplished, and I can honestly say that I look forward to my morning routine. I tried waking up at 5:30 AM yesterday and overslept, so I may need to ease myself into waking up even earlier (but I totally want to).
Should you read it? Yes! Yes yes yes yes yes. This is my favorite self development book since I first discovered Brian Tracy, and I love that guy. Miracle Morning is a quick read, and should definitely be on your list.