The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

It’s Your Time, This is Your Story

Know that wherever you are in your life right now is both temporary, and exactly where you are supposed to be. You have arrived at this moment to learn what you must learn, so you can become the person you need to be to create the life you truly want.

You are in the process of writing your life story, and no good story is without challenges. You have the ability to change – or create – anything in your life, starting right now. And this summary will help you do that.

There is nothing that says you have to settle for less than you truly want, just because everybody else does.

Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod builds three imperative arguments:

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. It is absolutely crucial—not only for the quality of your life, but for the impact you make on your family, friends, clients, co-workers, children and anyone whose life you touch—that you start living in alignment with that truth.

In order for you to stop settling for less than you deserve – in any area of your life – and to create the levels of personal, professional, and financial success you desire, you must first dedicate time each day to becoming the person you need to be, one who is qualified and capable of consistently attracting, creating and sustaining the levels of success you want.

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. Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days – which inevitably create a successful life- in the same way unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life.

By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.

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.

The 95% Reality Check

Approximately 95% of our society settles for far less than they want in life, and never understand that they could be, do, and have all that they want. So, what can we do now to ensure that we end up in the 5%?

Step 1: Acknowledge the 95% Reality Check

It’s no secret that most people are living life far below their potential. Once we can acknowledge that, we can move on to the next steps.

Step 2: Identify the Causes of Mediocrity

To prevent mediocrity from happening to you, you must know what causes the average person to end up that way. One reason is because we carry our stress, fear and worry from yesterday with us into today. To move beyond your past and transcend your limitations, you must stop looking at your past and start imagining a life of limitless possibilities.

Another reason is that people don’t know what their purpose is. Choose a life purpose, anything you want, and align with it.

A third reason is isolating incidents. Realise that the real impact and consequences of each of our choices is monumental. Stop isolating incidents and start seeing the bigger picture. Everything we do affects who we become, which determines the life that we will ultimately create and live.

Another common reason is lack of accountability. Find someone to hold you accountable to what you do.

The next reason is a mediocre circle of influence. Research has shown that we virtually become like the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Who you spend your time with may be the single most determining factor in the person you become and your quality of life. If you are surrounded with lazy, weak-minded people, you will become like them. Spend time with positive, successful achievers and inevitably, their attitudes and successful habits will reflect on you.

Another reason is lack of personal development. Our levels of success will rarely exceed our level of personal development, because success is something we attract by who we become. Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development.

The last reason is lack of urgency. It’s human nature to have a “someday” mindset. Now matters more than any other time in your life, because what you do today determines who you will become, and that will always determine the quality and direction of your life.

Step 3: Draw Your Line In the Sand

Make a decision as to what you are going to start doing differently from this day forward. Not tomorrow, not next week, or next month. Today.

Your entire life changes the day that you decide you will no longer accept mediocrity for yourself. When you realise that today is the most important day of your life and when you decide that now matters more than any other time.

Why Did YOU Wake Up This Morning?

If you’re like most people, you probably hit the snooze button a few times each morning before reluctantly dragging yourself out of bed. Consider what you’re actually doing – resisting your life. Each time you hit the snooze button, and you think, “I don’t want to wake up,” you’re really saying, “I don’t want to live my life.”

The tone of our morning has a powerful impact on the tone of the rest of our day. If you wake up each day with passion and purpose, you will spend your day being passionate and purposeful.

For the most part, we need as much sleep as we believe we need. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you tell yourself you will feel tired in the morning, you will. If you don’t, you won’t. Experiment with this idea yourself, and then think about how many hours of sleep you really need.

The Five-Step Snooze-Proof Wake Up Strategy

Step 1: Set Your Intentions Before Bed

Your first thought in the morning is usually the last thought you had before you went to bed. So each night, consciously decide to actively and mindfully create a positive expectation for the next morning.

Step 2: Move Your Alarm Clock Across The Room

Moving your alarm clock across the room will force you to get out of bed and engage your body in movement immediately in the morning.

Step 3: Brush Your Teeth

Go directly to the bathroom and brush your teeth.

Step 4: Drink a Full Glass of Water

After 6-8 hours without water, you will likely be dehydrated, which causes fatigue. Rehydrate your body and mind as quickly as possible.