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"The Morning Miracle" by Hal Elrod - Book Review

Updated: Jun 8, 2022

I will start off by saying I absolutely loved this book. I already have a very strong morning routine but the routine suggested in this book has completely changed my life. It has given me more direction and a time frame. I love specifics, and although some people say they don't want such a strict routine - with parameters comes freedom.


I could go on about how important it is for a solid morning routine, and those who say they don't like routine have absolutely no idea what they're missing. My strict routine is what allows me to be spontaneous. They truly go hand in hand. Ask any successful person if they have a routine and I guarantee you the answer is yes.


I will share my highlights from this book with you, but I strongly suggest you read it for yourself. Reading is honestly one of my favorite activities... it is never a waste of time. Unless you're not reading something good - if so stop. Don't finish the book. Move on. Time is of the essence.


One concept that I seriously loved from this book is the level of commitment. The word commitment has really stuck with me. Using it daily, drilling into my core the level of commitment that I have for certain things, is no longer up for discussion in my mind. I know I am committed and that my friend is so beyond powerful. There is no stopping me because I am committed, there is a level of self-confidence, empowerment, courage, and joy that comes from the knowledge that you are committed to something and it is simply a matter of time before it is achieved. Or perhaps it's not something to achieve but just be. However, the result of being committed to something is never a failure.


Introduction

  • It's official: anything is possible when you are committed. pg. xxx

  • Start running he said. It'll help you feel better and think clearer. pg. xxxi

  • "There is always a way... when you're committed." pg. xxxii

Taking Your Life Head On
  • It begins with accepting total responsibility for every aspect of your life and refusing to blame anyone else. The degree to which you accept responsibility for everything in your life is precisely the degree of personal power you have to change or create anything in your life. pg. xxxiii

  • blame determines who is at fault for something, responsibility determines who is committed to improving things. pg. xxxiii

It's your time, this is your story
  • Know that whatever you are in your life right now is bother temporary, and exactly where you are supposed to be. pg. xxxiii

  • The bigger the challenges, the better the story. pg. xxxiv

  • What do you want the next page to say? pg. xxxiv

grab a pen
  • Personally, I used to struggle with this, because I am a bit of an obsessive-compulsive perfectionist and anal about keeping my things looking clean and neat. pg. xxxiv

I love this section because it speaks to me so much. For so long I was hesitant to fold a corner, write on the page, or highlight it. I've been highlighting for years but still never folding pages or writing with a pen. The encouragement to write in the book made it so much more interesting. I was so involved, making notes to myself, and reminders. It's easier when you go back as well and scan through the book.


1. It's time to wake up to your full potential


You've got to wake up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction. - George Loriner
  • Where along the way did we lose sight of the miracle that we are living? pg. 3

Creating your "level 10" life
  • 'Is there a difference between average and mediocre? Not so much.' pg.4

  • There is nothing that says you have to settle for less than you truly want in any area, just because most people do. Even if most people include your friends, family, and colleagues. You can become one of the few people that actually achieve extraordinary success in EVERY area of your life, simultaneously. Happiness. Health. Money. Freedom. Success. Love. You really can have it all. pg. 4

  • It's simple. It's simply dedicating purposeful time each day to become a Level 10 person that is capable of creating, attracting, achieving, and sustaining Level 10 success in every area. pg. 4

  • It all starts with how you wake up in the morning, and that there are small, simple steps. pg. 4

  • 1. 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-works, children, community, and anyone whose life you touch - that you start living in alignment with that truth. pg.5

  • 2. 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 consistently attracting, creating, and sustaining the levels of success you want. pg.5

  • 3. 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. pg.5

2. The miracle morning origins: born out of desperation

desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever belived in, can hope to escape. -William S. Burroughs
To make profound changes in your life, you need either inspiration or desperation. -Anthony Robbins
why debt was worse than death? pg.14
  • The only comfort I found was my own bed. pg.15

The morning that turned my life around
  • Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become. pg. 16

The success parallel:
  • our outer world will always be a reflection of our inner world. pg.17

Our first challenge: finding time
  • it is in the morning! The first hour is the rubber of the day. pg.18

Our second challenge: doing what's most impactful. pg.19
  • The morning that transformed my entire life: pg.20

    • Silence.

    • Reading.

    • Affirmations.

    • Visualization.

    • Journaling.

    • Exercise. (motion creates emotion) pg.21

3. The 95% reality check

One of the saddest things in lif is to get to teh end and look back in regret, knowing that you could have been, done, and had so much more. -Robin Sharma
The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short. -Abraham Maslow
  • what can we do now to ensure that we don't end up struggling, like the 95% majority will? pg.29

Step 1: Acknowledge the 95% reality check
  • First, we must understand ad acknowledge the reality that 95% of our society will never create and live the life they really want. We must embrace the fact that if we don't commit to thinking and living differently than most people now, we are setting ourselves up to endure a life of mediocrity, struggle, failure, and regret - just like most people. Realize that this will include our own friends, family, and peers if we don't do something about it now and set an example of what's possible when we commit to fulfilling our potential.

    • Physical

    • Mental and emotional

    • Relationships

    • Financial

step 2: identify the causes of mediocrity

Rear-view mirror syndrome:
  • my past does not equal my future. pg. 33

Lack of purpose:
  • the secret to overcoming mediocrity is to live a life of purpose.

  • The next 12 months would be: to become the person I need to be to create the success, freedom, and quality of life that I truly want. pg.35

  • Yes, you can have more than one. pg.35

  • Selflessly adding value to the lives of others. pg.35

  • A universal life purpose. pg.35

  • to become the best version of ourselves. pg.34

Isolating incidents. pg.35
  • Make the mistake of thinking that skipping that workout only affects that incident, and you'll make a better choice next time.

  • Nothing could be farther from the truth.

  • The real impact and consequence of each of our choices and actions - and even ur thoughts - is monumental.

  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: "How you do anything is how you do everything" pg.37

  • Every time you choose to do the easy thing, instead of the right thing, you are shaping your identity, becoming the type of person who does what is easy, rather than what is right. pg.37

  • Discipline creates lifestyle. pg.37

  • The reality is that this type of action is programming our subconscious mind with the instructions that it is okay for us to not follow through with the things we intended to do. pg.38

  • Always remember that who you are becoming is far more important than what you are doing, and yet it is what you are doing that determines who you are becoming. pg.38

Lack of accountability
  • Highly recommended: get an accountability partner. pg.39

mediocre circle of influence
  • We become like the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Who you spend time with may be the single most determining factor in the person you become and in your quality of life. pg.40

  • Seek out people who believe in you, admire you, and can help you get where you want to go in life. pg.41

  • Don't let the fears, insecurities, and limiting beliefs of others limit what's possible for you. pg.42

Lack of personal development

Lack of urgency
  • Life will work itself out. How is that working out for everybody? pg.44

  • Now matters more than any other time in your life, because it is what you are doing today that is determining who you are becoming, and who you are becoming will always determine the quality and direction of your life. pg.44

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. pg.45

  • Your entire life changes the day that you decide you will no longer accept mediocrity for yourself. pg.45

  • WHereas being extraordinary - which leads to extraordinary - which leads to extraordinary levels of success is a result of choosing to learn, grow, and be a little bit better each day than you've been in the past. pg.45

  • Robin Sharma: "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." pg.46

4. why did you wake up this morning?

You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction. -George Lorimer pg.47
Your first ritual that you do during the day is the highest leveraged ritual, by far, because it has the effect of setting your mind, an setting the context, for the rest of your day. -Eben Pagan pg.47

You snooze, you lose: the truth about waking up

  • consider that what you are actually doing is resisting your life. pg.49

  • the tone of our morning has a powerful impact on the tone of the rest of our day. pg.50

  • When are you going to develop yourself into the person you need to be to create the levels of wealth, health, happiness, success, and freedom that you truly want and deserve/ When are you going to actually live your life instead of numbly going through the motions looking for every possible distraction to escape reality? What if your reality - your life - could finally be something that you can't wait to be conscious of? pg.51

how to wake up with more energy (on less sleep)

  • how our sleep affects our biology is largely affected by our own personal beliefs about how much sleep we need. In other words, how we feel when we wake up in the morning. pg.52

  • It is a self-fulfilling, self-sabotaging prophecy. pg,52

  • significantly impacted by how we told ourselves we were going to feel when we woke up. pg.52

  • The mind-body connection is a powerful thing, and I believe we must take responsibility for every aspect of our lives, including the power to wake up every day feeling energized, regardless of how many hours of sleep we get. pg.53

  • Seven hours...Eight hours...Nine hours...The hours of sleep I got didn't change how I felt when the alarm clock went off in the morning. As long as I told myself before bed that I wasn't getting enough sleep, and that I was going to feel tired in the morning that's exactly how I felt. pg.53

  • Bedtime affirmation in the morning: "Thank you for giving me these five hours of sleep tonight. Five hours is exactly what I need to feel rested and energized in the morning. My body is caple of miraculous things, the least of which is generating an abundance of experience of reality, and I choose to create waking up tomorrow feeling energized and excited to take on my day, and I'm grateful for that." pg.53

The secret to making every morning feel like Christmas

  • Imagine if this is what every day of your life was like. pg.54

  • Getting out of bed with purpose - and dedicating time each day to developing yourself into the person you need to be to create the most extraordinary, fulfilling, and abundant life you can imagine. pg.55

5. the five-step snooze-proof wake-up strategy (for all of the snooze-aholics)

If you real think about it, hitting the snooze button in the morning doesn't even make sense. It is like saying"I hate getting up in the morning, so I do it over, and over, and over again." -Demetri Martin
I'd like mornings better if they started later. -Unknown
Increasing your wake up motivation level(WUML)
  • Step 1: Set your intentions before bed

  • Step 2: Move your alarm clock across the room

  • Step 3: Brush your teeth

  • Step 4: Drink a full glass of water

  • Step 5: Get dressed in your workout clothes

  • I believe we should earn our morning shower by breaking a sweat first! Five-step snooze proof wake-up strategy: pg.62

    1. Set your intentions the night before

    2. Keep your alarm clock across the room

    3. Brush your teeth

    4. Drink a full glass of water

    5. Get in your workout clothes

Miracle morning bonus wake-up tips. pg.63
  • TMM bedtime affirmations

  • Turn your light on first thing when your alarm goes off.

6. The life s.a.v.e.r.s: six practices guaranteed to save you from a life of unfulfilled potential

success is something you attract by the person you become. -Jim Rohn
An extraordinary life is all about daily, continuous improvements in the areas that matter most. -Robin Sharma
Your life is not what you think it is
  • Most of us are so busy trying to manage, maintain, or even just survive our life "situation" that we don't take the time to focus on what's most important - our life. Our life situation is a set of external circumstances. pg.68

  • Your life is who you are at the deepest level. pg.68

  • Your life is made up of the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual parts that make up every human being. pg.68

  • Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world. By focusing time and effort each day on developing your PIES, and constantly becoming a better version of yourself, your life situation will inevitable - almost automatically - improve. pg.69

S is for silence

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and decetive resolves itself into crystal clearness. - Mahatma Gandhi
You can learn more in an hour of silence than you can in a year of books. -Matthew Kelly
  • Purposeful silence pg.73

  • Matthew Kelly: The Rhythm of Life pg.73

  • Do the opposite of what most people do - start every morning with a period of purposeful silence. pg.73

    • Medication

    • Prayer

    • Reflection

    • Deep breathing

    • Gratitude

  • it is very important that you don't stay in bed for this, and preferably that you leave your bedroom altogether. pg.74

  • Living room couch, where I already have everything set up that I need for my Miracle Morning.

  • Affirmations, journal, yoga DVD, the book I'm currently reading pg.75

mEDITATION
  • Studies link regular meditation to improvements in metabolism, blood pressure, brain activity, and other bodily functions. It can alleviate stress and pain, promote sleep, enhance focus and concentration, and even increase lifespan. Meditation also requires very little time. You can take advantage of the benefits of meditation in just a few minutes a day. pg.75

  • guided and individual meditations pg.76

Miracle morning meditation
  • Before beginning your meditation, it's important to prepare your mindset and set your expectations. pg.76

  • Quiet your mind and let go of the compulsive need to constantly b thinking about something - either reliving the past, stressing, or worrying about the future - but never fully present in this moment. pg76

  • "just being", not thinking, not doing, just being. pg.76

  • this is a time for you to let go of your compulsive need to constantly be thinking about something. pg.77

  • imagine inhaling positive, loving, peaceful energy, and exhaling all of your worries and stress. pg.77

  • (On the inhale)"I breathe in peace..."(As you exhale)"I breathe out love...I breathe in peace..."(Inhale)..."I breathe out love..." pg.78

  • Think of daily meditation as a temporary vacation from your problems. pg.78

  • It took me three or four weeks of practicing. pg.79

A is for affirmations

It is the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. Once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. -Muhammad Ali
You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. This is done by making an affirmation which clicks. -Florence Scovel Shinn
  • "I am the greatest!"Muhammad Ali affirmed these words over and over again - then he became them. pg.83

  • Affirmations are one of the most effective tools for quickly becoming the person you need to be. pg.83

  • Your self-talk has a dramatic influence on your level of success in every aspect of your life. pg.83

How affirmations changed my life. pg.84
  • Shouting things like, "I am in control of my destiny! I deserve to be a success! I am committed to doing everything I must do today to reach my goals and create the life of my dreams!" What a weirdo, I thought. pg.84

  • Justified limiting belief pg.85

  • is a miraculous organism caple of healing itself, and my memory can improve, but only in proportion to how much I believe it can improve. So, from this moment on, I am maintaining the unwavering belief that I have an excellent memory, and it is continuing to get better every day. pg.86

  • I created affirmations for every area of my life that I wanted to advance. I began using affirmations to improve my health, finances, relationships, overall happiness, confidence, as well as any and all beliefs, mindsets, and habits that needed an upgrade. Nothing was off-limits. There are no limits. pg.86

How's your programming?
  • Five simple steps to create your own affirmations

    • Step 1: What you really want pg.88

    • Step 2: Why you want it. Adam Stock, "the wise begin with whys" pg.88

    • Step 3: Who you are committed to being to create it. Being (Who you need to be) and doing (What you need to do) are prerequisites for having what you want to have. Get clear on who you need to be, and are committed to being. pg.89

    • Step 4: What you're committed to doing to attain it. Be sure to include frequency(how often), quantity (how many), and precise time frames (what times you'll begin and end your activities.) It is also important to start small. Decide when you will increase it. pg.89

    • Step 5: Add inspirational quotes and philosophies. What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshal Goldsmith. "The #1 skill of influencers is the sincere effort to make a person feel that he or she is the most important person in the world. pg.89

    • Another reads: "Follow Tim Ferris" advice: To maximize productivity, schedule 3-5 hour blocks or half-days of singularly focused attention on ONE single activity or project, rather than trying to switch tasks every 60 minutes." pg.90

Final thoughts on affirmations
  • five simple steps to create your own affirmations pg.87

    • Tap into your emotions while reading them. Take responsibility for generating authentic emotions and powerfully infusing those emotions into every affirmation you repeat to yourself. pg.90

    • Combining physical activity with affirmation is a great way to harness the power of the mind-body connection. pg.91

    • When you come up with a new goal, dream, habit, or philosophy you want to integrate into your life, add it to your affirmations. pg.91

    • Be consistent with reading your daily affirmations. pg.91

    • Visit www.MiracleMorning.com/resources to:

      • Get help creating and perfecting your affirmations...

      • See a sample of my own personal affirmations...

      • View and download highly effective Miracle Morning affirmations on everything from losing weight, improving your relationships, increasing your energy, developing extraordinary self-confidence, making more money, overcoming depression, and much more... pg.92

V is for visualization

Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probably, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible. -Cherie Carter-Scott
See things as you would have them be instead of as they are. -Robert Collier
  • After I've read my affirmation, I sit upright on my living room couch, close my eyes, and take a few slow, deep breaths. For the next five minutes, I simply visualize myself living my ideal day, performing all of my tasks with ease, confidence, and enjoyment. pg.96

Three simple steps for miracle morning visualization
  • Step 1: Get ready pg.96

  • Step 2: Visualize what you really want. "Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens talented, fabulous? Acutually who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ' pg.97

  • Step 3: Visualize who you need to be and what you need to do. And make sure you see yourself enjoying the process. pg.98

  • Neil Farber, "Vision boards are for dreaming, action boards are for achieving." pg.100

E is for exercise

If you don't make time for exercise, you'll probably have to make time for illness. -Robin Sharma
The only exercise most people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, sidestepping responsibility, and pushing their luck. -Unknown
  • Eben Pagan, "Start every morning off with a personal success ritual. That is the most important key to success." pg.103

  • Importance of morning exercise. pg.103

  • aerobic exercise in the morning pg.103

  • yoga pg.103

  • Meet the pen and only...Dashama

    • Applications for the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life.

    • The key is to learn which techniques to practice when you need a remedy and use it to your advantage to bring yourself into balance. pg.104

    • try some new sequences as you feel ready. pg.105

R is for reading

A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. -Mark Twain
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to he body and prayer is to the soul. We become the books we read. -Matthew Kelly
  • The fastest way to achieve everything you want is to model successful people who have already achieved it. pg109

    • The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco

    • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

    • Secrets of Millionaire Mind by T.Harv Eker

    • Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey pg.109

How much should you read?
  • Reading ten pages read per day is not going to break you, but it will make you.

  • 3650 pages a year

  • 200-page personal development books

  • 18 personal development books pg.110

S is for scribing

Whatever it is that you write, putting words on the page is a form of therapy that doesn't cost a dime. -Diana Raab
Ideas can come from anywhere and at any time. The problem with making mental notes is that the ink fades every rapidly. -Rolf Smith
  • By getting your thoughts out of your head and putting them in writing, you gain valuable insights you'd otherwise never see. pg.115

  • Journaling has become one of the most gratifying and fulfilling practices of my life. pg.115

My first journal review
  • review and relive my entire year pg.116

  • new appreciation for how much I had accomplished during the past 12 months. pg.116

  • lessons I had learned pg.116

  • Gratitude 2.0 pg.116

    • first back to the future moment pg.116

  • Accelerated growth: lessons learned and New Commitments pg.117

    • Gain clarity

    • capture ideas

    • review lessons

    • acknowledge your progress pg.116

Gap focus: is it hurting or helping you?
  • Human beings are conditioned to have what I call gap focus. pg.117

  • can be detrimental to our confidence and self-image, causing us to feel like we don't have enough. pg.118

  • High achievers constantly overlook or minimizing their accomplishments, beating themselves up over every mistake and imperfection, and never feel like anything they do is quite good enough. pg.118

  • "Gap focus" can be healthy and productive if it comes from a positive, proactive, I am committed to and excited about fulfilling my potential perspective, without any feeling of lack. pg.118

  • The highest achievers - I am doing the best that I can in this moment, and at the same time, I can and will do better. pg.118

  • Focus on the 100 things you did right. pg.119

  • Structured, strategic process pg.119

  • You did accomplish, what you're grateful for, and what you're committed to doing better tomorrow. pg.119

Effective journaling
  • Choose a format - digital or traditional. pg.119

  • Get a journal - to have it for the rest of your life there is something to be said about getting a nice, durable journal that you enjoy looking at. (www.TheWinersJournal.com) "Five-Minute Journal"(available at www.FiveMinute-Journal.com) pg.120

  • Decide what to write: pg.121

    • Gratitude Journals

    • Dream journals

    • food journals

    • workout journals

  • Listing what I'm grateful for, acknowledging my accomplishments, clarifying what areas I want to improve on, and planning which specific actions I'm committed to taking to improve. pg.121

Do you want to write a book? pg.121
  • They can't find the time

  • only become a bestseller

  • but a book that creates a movement.

final thoughts on the life S.A.V.E.R.S.
  • everything is difficult before it's easy. pg.124

7. The six minute miracle morning (real results in six minutes)

On the one hand, we all want to be happy. One the other hand, we all know the things that make us happy. But we don't do those things. Why? Simple. We are too busy. Too busy doing what? Too busy trying to b happy. -Matthew Kelly
I don't have time to wake up early. -Unknown
  • Oh, you're busy? weird, I thought it was just me. pg.127

Imagine if the First six minutes of every morning began like this...
  • Minute one...Envision yourself waking up peacefully in the morning, with a big yawn, a stretch, and a smile on your face. Instead of rushing carelessly into your hectic day - stressed and overwhelmed - you spend the first minute sitting quietly, in purposeful silence. pg.127

  • Minute two...Pull out your daily affirmations

  • Minutes three...Close your eyes, or you look at your vision board, and you visualize.

  • Minute four...Write down the things that you're grateful for.

  • Minute five...grab your self-help book and invest one minute reading a page or two.

  • Minute six...Moving your body for 60 seconds.

8. Customizing your miracle morning to fit your lifestyle and achieve your biggest goals and dreams

We all have the same 168 hours in a week. -Katie Heaney
  • what you choose to eat is even more critical and why you choose to eat what you eat may be most important of all. pg.134

When to eat
  • Digesting food is one of the most energy-draining processes the body goes through each day. pg.134

  • Eating after your miracle morning. pg.134

Why to eat
  • Are they based on health? Energy? Dietary restrictions?

  • Most people eat the foods they do based mainly on the taste, and at a deeper level, based on our emotional attachment to the foods we like the taste of. pg.134

  • Start valuing the health benefits and energy consequences of the foods we eat as much as or more than the taste. pg.135

what to eat
  • drink. pg.135

  • A diet rich in living foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables will greatly increase your energy levels and emotional wellbeing. pg.135

  • Maca pg.136

  • Chia seeds pg.136

overcoming procrastination: do the worst, first
  • working on your most important tasks first in the morning. pg.137

  • Eat That Frog! pg.137

  • Brian Tracy shows how getting things done in the morning leads to mental rewards. pg.137

  • Wake up with purpose. pg.137

Waking up early on Saturday gives me an edge in finishing my work with a very relaxed state of mind. There is a feeling of time pressure on weekdays that aren't there on weekends If I wake up early in the morning, before anybody else, I can plan the day or at least my activities with relaxed mind. -Oprah Winfrey
  • When I'm preparing for an upcoming speech or seminar that I'll be presenting, I allocate more time during my Miracle Morning to practice and rehearse my performance. pg.139

  • Humans need variety. It's important that you keep your Miracle Morning feeling fresh and new. pg.140

  • Whose fault is it that it's boring? And whose responsibility is it to make it fun again? pg.140

  • The moment you accept total responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you claim the power to change anything in your life. pg.140

9. From unbearable to unstoppable: the real secret to forming habits that will transform your life (in 30 days)

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 those things themselves; they just get on and do them. -Don Marquis
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you doing. -Jim Rohn
  • It's been said that our quality of life is created by the quality of our habits. pg.143

  • You must identify, implement, and maintain the habits necessary for creating the results you want in your life while learning how to let go of any negative habits which are holding you back from achieving your true potential. pg.143

  • If you don't control your habits, your habits will control you. pg.143

  • "Habit Mastery" pg.143

Habitual failure: New Year's resolutions
  • millions of well-intentioned people make New Year's resolutions, but less than 5% of us stick to them. pg.143

Addicted to the old: change is painful
  • you can change any habit in 30 days, if you have the right strategy pg.145

The miracle morning 30 day habit mastery strategy
  • A positive new habit pg.145

  • emotional challenges a mental roadblocks pg.145

  • Dividing the 30-day time frame necessary to implement a positive new habit into three ten-day phases. Each of these phases presents a different set of emotional challenges and mental roadblocks to sticking with the new habit. pg.145

[Days 1-10] Phase one: Unbearable
  • seemingly unbearable first ten days are only "temporary". pg.146

  • prepared for these first ten days. pg.146

  • the reward is, of - just the ability to create everything you want for your life. pg.147

[Days 11-20] Phase two: Uncomfortable
  • will require discipline and commitment pg.147

[Days 21=30] Phase three: unstoppable
  • positively reinforce and associate pleasure with your new habit pg.147

  • Transformation pg.148

  • Your new habit becomes part of your identity. It transcends the space between something you're trying and who you're becoming. pg.148

  • reinforcing the habit makes it difficult to get back on. It's days 21-30 where you really start enjoying the habit, which is what will make you continue it in the future. pg.148

but I hate running
  • keep moving forward. pg.152

  • possible pg.152

  • really believed pg.152

  • it was probable pg.152

  • that finish line, we had given ourselves the gift of freedom from our fears, our self-doubt, and our self-imposed limitations. pg.153

are you ready for true freedom?
  • The Miracle Morning 30-day Life Transformation Challenge will enable you to overcome your own self-imposed limitations so you can be, and have everything you want in your life, faster than you ever thought possible. The Miracle Morning is a life-changing daily habit, and while most people who try it, love it from day one, getting yourself to follow through with it for 30 days - so you can make it a lifelong habit - will require an unwavering commitment from you. pg.153

  • On the other side of the next 30 days is you - becoming the person you need to be to create everything you've ever wanted for your life. Seriously, what could be more exciting than that? pg.153

10. the miracle morning 30-day life transformation challenge

An extraordinary life is all about daily, continuous improvements in the areas that matter most. -Robin Sharma
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. -Neale Donald Walsh
  • Take a minute to do this now. pg.161

  • Miracle Morning will always start with the preparation you do the day or night before to get yourself ready mentally, emotionally, and logically. pg. 162


Conclusion


Let today be the day you give up who you've been for who you can become
Everyday, think as you wake up, "today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can." -Dalai Lama
Things do not change. We change. -Henry David Thoreau
  • "Don't wait to be great!" pg.165

  • Replace your judgments with empathy, upgrade your complaining to gratitude, and trade in your fear for love. pg.177

  • The average person lets their emotions dictate their actions, while achievers let their commitments dictate their actions. Make bold moves toward your dreams each day; refuse to stop, and nothing can stop you. pg. 178

An essential bonus
Ask for feedback from people with diverse backgrounds. Each one will tell you one useful thing. -Steven Jobs
  • I was ready for a quantum leap in my potential. pg.171

  • In fact, the only thing that would hurt my feelings was for them to hold back because doing so would only limit my growth. pg.171

  • purpose of this exercise a second and reminded myself that the purpose of this exercise was for me to grow and improve. pg.172

  • "Constructive feedback and my new commitments #1: Call Mom at least once a week. pg.172

  • that it didn't matter how accurate each of his criticism was because that was how I was showing up for him. pg.173

  • I gained more self-awareness and grew more in a week from reading those responses than I had grown in the previous five years combined. pg.173

  • but it was life-changing. pg.173

  • the email that will change your life. pg.173

  • Replace your judgment with empathy, upgrade your complaining to gratitude, and trade in your fear for love. pg.177

  • They say misery loves company, but so does mediocrity. Don't let the limiting beliefs or OTHERS limit what's possible for YOU. pg.178

  • The moment you accept responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you tap into your power to change anything in your life. pg.178

  • Know that whatever you are in your life right now is both temporary and exactly where you're supposed to be. You have arrived at this moment to learn what you must learn so that you can become the person you need to be to create everything you've ever wanted for your life. pg.178

  • Who you're becoming is far more important than what you're doing. And yet, it is what you're doing that is determining who you're becoming. pg.178

  • The average person lets their emotions dictate their actions, while achievers let their commitments dictate their actions. pg.178

  • Make bold moves toward your dreams each day, refuse to stop, and nothing can stop you. pg.178












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