The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Summary

While this book is very “self-help” heavy, Elrod offers many empowering beliefs and provides you with a morning routine that will allow you to feel happier, less stressed, more centered, and excited about life.

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Key Takeaways

The difference between blame and responsibility

“While blame determines who is at fault for something, responsibility determines who is committed to improving things.”

You may not be to blame for the unfavorable circumstances in your life, but you are responsible for improving those circumstances. Blame is a disempowering assignment of fault, whereas responsibility is a commitment to improving your life circumstances.

The present as an opportunity to grow

“Even when life is difficult or challenging—especially when life is difficult and challenging—the present is always an opportunity for us to learn, grow, and become better than we’ve ever been before.”

“Remember this truth:  now matters more than any other time in your life, because it’s what you are doing today that is determining who you’re becoming, and who you’re becoming will always determine the quality and direction of your life.”

When life is difficult, find a small way in the present moment that you can make it 1% better. It may not solve your problem or completely take you out of the rut, but even something as simple as taking a few deep and mindful breaths can make a difference.

You are capable

“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, community, and anyone whose life you touch—that you start living in alignment with that truth.”

It’s easy to think that the “good” life is reserved for the select few lucky folks who got dealt a better hand of cards. But that’s simply not true. You are capable and able to live a balanced and fulfilling life. It may take a lot of work to get where you want to go, but it’s up to you to decide to do the work and make your reality what you want it to be.

Start with yourself

“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.”

Your external reality will improve only after you have done the difficult and powerful inner work.

Minimize regret

“One of the saddest things in life is to get to the end and look back in regret, knowing that you could have been, done, and had so much more.”

No one wants to look back on their life and think about all of the things they could have done. Now is the time to start doing the things that excite you. If you wait, you might end up sitting in your deathbed with regret and no time to make it up.

Pay attention to who you spend time with

“Who you spend your time with may be the single most determining factor in the person you become and in your quality of life.”

You are a reflection of the five people who you spend the most time with. Don’t surround yourself with negative, unambitious, and angry people. Otherwise, you’ll end up taking on those qualities yourself.

The power of affirmations

“You can use affirmations to start programming yourself to be confident and successful in everything you do, simply by repeatedly telling yourself who you want to be, what you want to accomplish and how you are going to accomplish it. With enough repetition, your sub-conscious mind will begin to believe what you tell it, act upon it, and eventually manifest it in your reality.”

While I’ve never experimented with using affirmations, many highly successful people have done so to great effect. When you wake up and tell yourself that you are good enough, instead of whatever your default programming tells you, you might just start adopting this empowering belief.

Reading

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul. We become the books we read.” – Matthew Kelly

We become the information we consume. If you read alarmist news headlines that talk about how the world is such a corrupt and scary place, then you’ll start seeing the world that way. If, on the other hand, you read time-tested books that help you learn and grow, then you’ll find yourself in a more empowering and growth-oriented reality.

If you’re looking for good books to read, you can always visit my vetted reading list.

On the food we eat

“Keep in mind that digesting food is one of the most energy-draining processes the body goes through each day.”

“My point is this:  If we want to have more energy (which we all do) and if we want our lives to be healthy and disease-free (which we all do) then it’s crucial that we reexamine why we eat the foods that we do, and—this is important—start valuing the health benefits and energy consequences of the foods we eat as much as or more than the taste.”

Do you eat food for the taste or for your health? While it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing decision, consider that optimizing for taste may lead you to act at odds with your long-term desires, which include having more energy and avoiding deadly and painful diseases.

Overcoming procrastination

“One of the most effective strategies for overcoming habitual procrastination and maximizing your productivity is to start working on your most important—or least enjoyable—tasks, first thing in the morning.”

Do your hardest task first thing in the day. Not only do you have the most energy at this point in the day, but you will also be motivated throughout the day by having completed the biggest obstacle.

Take responsibility

“Remember, the moment you accept total responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you claim the power to change anything in your life.”

“Successful people aren’t born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do. The successful people don’t always like doing these things themselves; they just get on and do them.”

Take responsibility.

Your habits matter

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn

“It’s been said that our quality of life is created by the quality of our habits. If a person is living a successful life, then that person simply has the habits in place that are creating and sustaining their levels of success. On the other hand, if someone is not experiencing the levels of success they want—no matter what the area—they simply haven’t committed to putting the necessary habits in place which will create the results they want.”

Your habits determine the quality of your life. Bad habits are hard to break, and good habits take time to form. But it’s well worth the effort to break bad habits and form good ones. Because when your habits start working for you, not against you, life gets a lot easier.

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