There’s nothing like a good self-help book to get me fired up and inspired to tell a friend or two about it! I used to be a non-reader but nowadays I can’t get enough of it. I enjoy self-help books especially because they give me the feeling that I have improved myself or an aspect of my life after reading. I was introduced to The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod a few months ago and to be very honest, at first I wasn’t into it.
I downloaded the Audible version and listened to it while painting walls of my family’s old home. My dad was the one who recommended the book when I broke down to him about feeling like I wasn’t reaching my full potential.
Essentially the book talks about waking up early, with intention, and devoting time to your personal development.
“Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.”
Like any motivational or self-help book or video, it’s all just words until you put it into action!
Like many others may feel, and as mentioned in the book, waking up early was not something I enjoyed and I labeled myself “not-a-morning-person”, as so many of us do. On top of that, I was already rising way earlier than my liking for my online teaching job that requires me to be teach during evenings in Beijing (starting at 4:00AM for me!).
After finishing classes, I’d quickly rush right back to sleep until I was fully ready to wake up. The problem? I felt that I was getting NOTHING done and my day was flashing by me. I truly felt that there were not enough hours in a day.
It took two times reading through the book and a friendly kick in the ass from my husband to finally put the The Miracle Morning into practice.
While the ideal “Miracle Morning” is to wake up early enough before you start your day to have personal development time, Elrod does state that you can essentially do your “Miracle Morning” at any time of the day, as long as you make time for it.
Keeping this in mind, I decided to do my “Miracle Morning” right after my online classes and stay up for the remainder of my day, instead of diving back in bed.
The first few times were rough without a doubt. I actually had “dabbled” in the Miracle Morning a few months prior but failed miserably at holding myself accountable or fully embracing the advice he gives in the book.
This time around I set my “Miracle Morning” at a time that worked for my schedule, still in the morning but not at an ungodly 3AM (before my classes).
If you read the book, you’ll hear the success stories, and cheesily enough, my story falls right in line with the rest.
I finally found out there ARE enough hours in the day, I CAN be consistently productive, I HAVE discipline, and the list goes on.
Hal Elrod doesn’t leave you hanging on how to go from a night-owl, late-sleeper, or chronic-‘snoozer’, to an early-rising- “Miracle Morning”- machine! I highly recommend the book or going to the website for two free chapters.
Applying all the tips on what to do during my “Miracle Morning” along with the mentality behind it, set me up for success.
I now can proudly say that every morning I dedicate 40min-1 hour to personal development and the progress I’ve seen in my mental and physical state is so rewarding. Coming from being a previous night-owl and a girl who needed a strong coffee to not be a groggy human at a 9-5 job, I now do yoga, meditate, say my affirmations, read, and go on a short walk, all before 8AM.
YES! It is possible.
Sometimes I do just a few of those activities but I prefer to get them all in. Why? Because for the first time in my life I am consistently improving, focusing and caring for ME every single day and it feels fantastic!
While I know I have a long way to go, with the “Miracle Morning” I finally feel like I am on the path to creating the life that I really want.
As “sales-y” as this post may sound, I’m writing it from a place of passion (in the morning of course 😉) and genuinely would recommend this quick read to anyone serious about not living a mediocre lifestyle.
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Have your read The Miracle Morning already? Do you have your own personal development plan? Let me know in the comments section below!