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Recently I was introduced to the famous little book, Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8 am by Hal Elrod, about taking life by the horns and getting more accomplished through a miracle morning routine.
This was an interesting book to read because I am in the process of writing my own nonfiction book that teaches something. So, at first, I was fascinated at how similar the structure of the book is to the way I am being told to write my book.
Miracle Morning starts with the author’s story about the various lows he has experienced in his life: the first being a horrific car accident he suffered at 20 years old; the second being the depths of despondence he suffered a few short years later. During one of Hal's worst moments, a friend suggested that he go running. Having nothing better to do, he tried it.
He was listening to an audio lecture by Jim Rohn that stated:
Gobsmacked, he ran home determined to change his life for the better. What he ended up conceiving and implementing is what Hal calls his Miracle Morning Routine, a series of six practices that help to prepare anyone for a successful day.
As he experienced the success and focus achieved through his routine, he began sharing the routine with others. One day, he stumbled across a random Youtube video of a stranger raving about his Miracle Morning Routine. He had started a movement!
I really enjoyed the chapter where Hal explains how he experimented with his sleep schedule to see which made him more tired: the amount of sleep he got, or the attitude he had towards the amount of sleep he got. He came to an interesting conclusion (which I highly suggest you check out for yourself, as I won’t do it justice in these few words I’m writing!)
Optimization of Your New Habits
After he’s introduced his core morning ritual, he then offers some suggestions for making it fit into your busy life. For instance, he suggests trying a 6-minute version for people who are really busy (basically one minute per activity). He also discusses whether or not the Miracle Morning routine should be continued on weekends as well as how breakfast impacts your day.
Hal closes out the book with a short discussion on habits including the difficulties and strategies of incorporating a new habit (or morning routine) into your life.
I have to say, after reading the book (which I read during my usual just-before-bed time), I felt inspired. But I did not manage to find the motivation to put any of the book into practice.
Personally, I don’t really have a good enough why for my subconscious and conscious mind to make the effort to get up extra early and follow-through. So the book has been on my nightstand, waiting to go back to the library for weeks!