Monday, January 2, 2017

The Miracle Morning

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 The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod review by Tomes and Tequila Blog
I have the winter crud at the moment, so I have spent a few days sitting on my bum under a blanket on the couch perusing the internet from my phone...basically being a slug. I've been running a fever, hacking up a lung, and haven't felt like doing anything...which really just means I've spent an unusual amount of time on Instagram and Pinterest dreaming of what my life will be like when I feel better again. Y'all know I am a big fan of self-help books in general, but give me the flu and I am doing some intense plotting for how to change my life for the better.

So as I told you over here, I have recently become enamored with bullet journaling. I'm waiting for my supplies to arrive from whatever blizzard buried truck they are in at the moment, but have started outlining how I would like to set up my journal, etc. While scouring the #bujo porn on the interwebs I kept seeing repeated spreads dedicated to S.A.V.E.R.S. and miracle mornings, and finally decided to figure out what on earth these people were tracking. I was on YouTube when the curiosity became overwhelming so I typed in Miracle Mornings and up popped a crap ton of videos of both the author Hal Elrod speaking about his book and a myriad of folks discussing how his book had changed their lives. Their enthusiasm (and my fever-adled brain) convinced me to purchase the book immediately on my Kindle and read it in one sitting.

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM) is a small (172 page) motivational powerhouse of a self-help book.

Now, before y'all think I have lost my mind, I am going to start out by saying...Hal Elrod is not a writer. He says he's not a writer, and as a huge matter how hard I try not to get all high and mighty with my reviews and such...I have to say I agree with him. This book could've used a better editor, and it is written sort-of like an infomercial. The difference in writing styles between this book and How to Live a Good life by Jonathan Fields, for example, are night and day...even though the ideas that they are writing about share certain similarities, and I think go hand in hand.

But, there is a reason motivational speakers are called that...they motivate people...and Hal Elrod is definitely motivating, and excited to share his Miracle Morning idea. You could probably find the key information from this book without buying it, but if you find this idea interesting at all I would suggest just buckling down and buying the book because it excited me like mad.

So the crux of this book is that you wake up earlier than normal and start your day with the S.A.V.E.R.S. Program. S stands for Silence. A for Affirmations. V for Vision. E for Exercise. R for Reading and S for Scribe.  You would start your day with intention and goals in mind instead of rolling out of bed at the last possible moment, after hitting the snooze 5 times and getting ready with just enough time to get to work.

This book uses the verbiage of business people. The author's background is in sales, and there are other versions of this book marketed to different professions like real estate agents, etc...but I think, and I'd say that the women of Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest would back me up on it, that this plan could be implemented by just about anyone.

Is this book for everyone? Absolutely not. If you already wake up bright and early, with a smile on your face and a routine in mind, then you should probably write a book yourself! My husband wouldn't benefit from it because he already has a pretty good early morning routine going. He's been telling me for over 20 years that I needed one myself. But for some reason it sounds different coming from the mouth of Hal Elrod.
So, writing style aside, all I can say for this book is...before I'd even completed it I'd joined a Facebook group for people practicing the Miracle Morning and found an online accountability partner. Last night I took my journal and wrote out how I'd like to implement the SAVERS program, and what time I should get up to go through the routine before work. I downloaded the Headspace App on my phone since I've never really tried meditation...picked which book of the Bible I'd like to start working through next. I downloaded some new personal development podcasts to listen to while walking on the treadmill, and found some affirmations on Pinterest. I am eager and ready to go! I plan on kicking 2017's ASS...if I can stop coughing up a lung.

I'm giving this book 4 stars, mainly because it's got me so fired up. Have you ever read a book that had you making changes before you'd even finished it? Do you have a great morning routine in place that helps you to start your day off with a bang? Let me know in the comments here or over on my Facebook page.

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