The Miracle Morning – My Experience and Results
About six months ago, I was looking for something to listen to while doing some chores. I decided to try listening to a podcast (something I'd only ever done very infrequently). Serendipitously, I stumbled across Hal Elrod's “Achieve Your Goals” podcast. Let me tell you, I'm so thankful I did!
Hal discusses topics related to– you guessed it– achieving your goals. He brings [great!] guests on the show who have achieved major financial, professional, and personal goals in their lives, and interviews the guests about how they got to where they are now, what strategies helped them get there, and what mistakes/failures they encountered along the way. It's really good content and very actionable and results oriented.
Since then, I've been listening to the podcast like an addict, downloading all the old episodes and listening to each new one as it comes out. Along the way, I learned that Elrod has written a couple of books, one of which is “The Miracle Morning.”
First, I bought “The Miracle Morning for Real Estate Agents” thinking that I could share it with a friend of mine who is a realtor. Unfortunately, I wasn't really taken with the writing style of the book, and found it something of a turn off. (That book has a co-author.)
However, I did begin to practice the “Miracle Morning.” The Miracle Morning is a specific morning routine that encompasses practicing several of the most highly recommended practices: mediation, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, and journaling. The idea is that a lot of people think doing some of these things could help to improve their lives. However, most people struggle to find time (and remember) to do these things with any consistency. (Without consistency, none of these things are very good for producing results.)
I did the MM routine pretty consistently for about two weeks, but, like I said, I hadn't been very impressed with the book, so I wasn't very inspired to keep up the habit. I let work & laziness get in my way and soon was skipping the routine more often then not.
About two months ago, I decided to buy the original Miracle Morning book. It is SO much better. This book has literally changed my life in so many ways.
I have done the MM routine for the last 33 days straight, and I can't see myself quitting any time soon. So many positive things have happened in my life, and I have had so much more focus & joy in my life.
Here's some things I've accomplished in the last two months:
- Grown my business from four employees to eight.
- Gone from 75 clients to over 150!
- Reached 1000 likes on Facebook for my business
- Consistently completed 45-minute workouts 3 times/week
- Went from 36% body fat to 23% body fat
- Eaten the best/healthiest I ever had in my entire life
- Finally conquered my eating disorder
- Started writing my first book
- Resumed my piano lessons
- Read 3 books
- Reached out to so many people and made several new friends
- Saved $5000 towards the down payment of our next home
- Completely organized and deep cleaned my entire house from top to bottom
- Gotten rid of half of our belongings (because they were just cluttering up our lives)
The list could go on, but I think you get the picture! It's been an amazing fall SO FAR. All this happened in just about two months.
Here's what I do for my Miracle Morning Routine:
Exercise: This is the only part of the MM routine that I do not do every single day (I probably eventually will, but for now it was just too much). My current exercise routine involves going to the gym every M, T, R & Sa for a serious 45-60 minute weight lifting session. I'm following the “Burn the Fat/Feed the Muscle” workout routine.
Meditation: Five minutes of silence. I breathe in for 4 counts/ out for 4 counts. I focus on my breath; when my mind wanders (about 17.5 times/minute) I simply bring it back to focusing on my breath.
Affirmations: I have written out positive statements about what I will do to achieve each of my current goals (for this quarter) and I read through them for 5 minutes. If I have time left over, I'll copy one of the statements into my journal.
Visualization: For five minutes, I sit in silence and imagine, as vividly as possible, myself completing each of the important tasks I need to do today to reach my goals by the date that I've committed to.
Journaling: Ten minutes of writing in my journal. This changes a bit every day. If I am inspired about an idea, I'll write about that, if something significant has happened in my life, I'll record that. Otherwise, I'll write down three things that I'm thankful for and why.
Reading: I read 10-15 page of a non-fiction book. I enjoy personal development books, but you could read about anything that adds value to your life. In the last month I've read “The Miracle Morning,” “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and “Personal MBA.” All three books were great!
I hope this explanation helps you if you are interested in starting a similar morning routine, or if you need ideas for improving a routine you already have. A big thank you to Hal Elrod for being such an inspiration and a great teacher!