This year I’d love to share more about the books I’m reading with you all! I hope that these reviews give you more insight to what each book is about, and even if you don’t read the book I hope you take away some good information to implement into your life.
The first book I’m reviewing is The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8 AM by Hal Elrod
I decided to start with this book because I have been struggling with having a good consistent morning routine and wanted to change that! What you will find below is NOT a full synopsis of the book, but some of the main strategies and takeaways that I found useful.
I hope these bits of information help improve your morning! If you decided to implement or try any of these strategies please tell me about it in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!
Now for the highlights….
The 5-Step Snooze-Proof Wake Up Strategy
The first thing you want to do each day is increase your Wake Up Motivation Level (WUML). I know most days my WUML is at max a 2, so here are some good tips to get that WUML up!
- Set your intentions before bed – Remember that your first thought in the morning is usually the last thought you had before you went to bed, so you want to go to bed with some positive affirmations on your mind.
- Move your alarm clock across the room – You want to engage your body in a little bit of movement and get out of bed.
- Brush your teeth – Doing mindless activities for these first few minutes gives you a chance to wake up. Not to mention that minty feeling will help you wake up as well!
- Drink a full glass of water – You are already dehydrated from your night’s sleep, so drink a glass of water as quick as you can to rehydrate your body.
- Get dressed in your work out clothes – Even if you move your body for just a few minutes, getting your blood pumping helps you start the day right!
The bulk of the book talks about what Hal calls “The Life S.A.V.E.R.S.” These are the components that make up a good morning routine and help you create good routine in your life.
Let’s break down The Life S.A.V.E.R.S.
S = Silence
First practice some purposeful silence to gain a calm, clear, and peaceful mind. This can look like meditation, prayer, reflection, deep breathing, or gratitude.
A = Affirmations
“Create affirmations for each area of your life that you would like to advance….Putting your affirmations in writing makes it possible for you to choose your new programming so it moves you towards that desired condition or state of mind by enabling you to consistently review it. Constant repetition of an affirmation will lead to acceptance by the mind and result in changes in your thoughts beliefs, and behaviors. Since you get to choose and create you affirmations, you can design them to help you establish the thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that you want and need to succeed.”
Here are 5 good ways to make your own affirmations:
- Figure out what you really want in all areas of your life.
- Define WHY you want these things so you understand your purpose for wanting them.
- Your life is only going to get better after YOU get better, so work on improving your inner world. “Being (who you need to be) and doing (what you need to do) are prerequisites for having what you want to have.”
- What actions do you need to implement to make your vision a reality?
- Find inspirational quotes that you can add to your affirmations.
V = Visualization
This is the practice of “seeking to generate positive results in your outer world by using your imagination to create mental pictures of specific behaviors and outcomes occurring in your life.” All the visualization stuff he talks about is really about understanding the law of attraction (i.e. put good stuff out…good stuff will come in).
Hal shares 3 simple steps to help with morning visualizations:
- Get ready. Put on some instrumental music in the background at a low volume.
- Visualize what you really want. Take time to create a clear mental picture of what you want.
- Visualize who you need to be and what you need to do. Visualize the positive actions you will take each day to make your visualizations a reality.
E = Exercise
All I have to say is…move your body! 🙂
R = Reading
Read at least 10 pages each morning and try to implement one thing you read into your life that day. By filling our minds with good content we can gradually improve our lives.
S = Scribing aka Journaling
Take time to document your insights, breakthroughs, ideas, and the lessons you’ve learned each day. You can even write down gratitude lists.
By journaling each day you will gain clarity on what you want to do, generate and capture ideas of what you want to be doing, review lessons you’ve learned, and see all the progress you’ve been making!
Here is an example from the book of how you could structure a good morning routine using The Life S.A.V.E.R.S. method:
I hope you have found these tips useful! Here’s to creating good morning routines!
Note: I have no affiliates with Amazon or Hal Elrod. These are just my personal main takeaways from reading The Miracle Morning.