Miracle Morning is a book by Hal Elrod published in 2012. It is a self-help book that exclusively focuses on morning habits and routines as tools with which it is claimed that you can improve your life.
A 3 Minute Summary of the 15 Core Lessons
#1 Wake Up Early More than anything else, those wanting to take advantage of their morning time and truly create a miracle morning routine need to get up early. The morning hours are precious and spending too much time in bed will truncate the actual productivity you can enjoy and prevent you from fulfilling the other steps of your miracle morning routine.
#2 Form a Routine Beforehand The author suggests that it’s smart to form a miracle morning routine before you actually try to implement it. This relates to our ability to make successful habits stick. It’s a lot harder to get into a morning routine if we aren’t sure exactly how the morning will go and what our goals are. Plan your routine ahead of time and it’ll be easier to commit to it.
#3 Get a Good Night’s Sleep Elrod stresses the importance of sleeping every night even if you can only steal a few hours before you must rise again. The quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity, and he suggests that getting four hours of high-quality sleep is better than trying to stay awake the entire night and continue on till morning.
#4 The Six-Step Method Hal Elrod has a six-step method for all morning routines that combines development practices from his personal experience and his study of other successful entrepreneurs. It follows the “S.A.V.E.R.S.” acronym, with each letter standing for a different step in the entire method. These are number #5 - #10 below.
#5 Silence The first step suggests that you should spend the first minutes of your morning with a period of silence. Rather than relying on an alarm clock that blasts music or immediately turning on the television, you should enjoy a blissful period of silence that will grant you to focus on your need to tackle the day ahead and achieve all of your goals. If you pray, you can take this time to do so. You can alternatively meditate if that works better for your spirituality.
#6 Affirmations This is the next step in the method, and it requires you to vocally identify your important goals and recite affirmations about how and why you will achieve them. Like with the routine itself, it’s important to identify these affirmations before you go to bed. Say these every morning in an organised manner and you’ll start to believe in them.
#7 Visualisation The third step in the routine is to visualise the completion of each task or goal, and particularly with visualising the end of a productive and stress-free day. In this way, you’ll imagine the actual process of achieving your goals and the rewarding finish line that can motivate you to continue even when things get tough.
#8 Exercise The fourth step in the routine emphasizes the importance of exercise. It’s already well-known from medical personnel and uncountable numbers of books that regular exercise is a critical part of personal health and happiness. But even if you don’t have time to hit the gym, you can still perform a simple exercise routine, such as push-ups or jumping jacks, that will get your blood flowing.
#9 Reading This is the fifth stage in the routine. Elrod suggests that you spend some time reading in the morning after you fix your morning cup of coffee or breakfast. Reading engages the brain far better than any other type of recreational activity. You can use this time to improve yourself or read for pleasure; it doesn’t matter what you read about, just that you read.
#10 Scribing The final step in the routine discusses writing. Elrod states that writing provides excellent benefits across all aspects of your mental health and life. Not only does it improve this skill that you will use daily but it also helps you express yourself in more eloquent in mature ways. A journal is a great way to stick to this part of the morning routine.
#11 Enjoy the Life You Have Currently Elrod says that too many of us wake up already envious of the lives of others or our life in the future. It’s important that we enjoy the lives that we currently have even as we pursue our dreams and chase after goals that can lead to improvements. Enjoying the life that you have is a great way to wake up happy every morning and stop yourself from getting off on the wrong foot.
#12 Don’t Isolate Incidences Elrod stresses the importance of looking at all the events in your life as part of a big picture. This will prevent you from skipping working out for a day or doing something bad for your health once per week. Don’t look at things as isolated incidents and instead consider every action you take to be part of the broader story of your life and unique goals. Thinking of every action as isolated is a quick way to accidentally become a slacker.
#13 Tell Yourself Your Sleep is Adequate While it’s true that most people need between 7 to 8 hours of rest every night, you need to go to bed with a good attitude about the quality of your sleep. Telling yourself that you wake up in a great mood and your sleep will be restful is a good way to boost the quality of your sleep regardless of the quantity.
The above start to your morning will set you up for any day. Use this great start to the day to consider your career goals and the opportunities available to your join the nuclear industry.