Kirsty Dawe is co-founder and managing director of Really B2B, a marketing agency based in the UK. Kirsty was hard pressed to choose just one business book to review, but she has – and we are delighted to include her review of Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning. If you’ve heard lots about this book but aren’t sure if it’s one for you, we’re confident Kirsty’s review is a good place to start.
I can safely say there is one book that has changed my life. I’ve always been a fan of reading for personal development, having devoured Think and Grow Rich, How to Win Friends and Influence People, The Secret and nearly everything by Jim Rohn and Tony Robbins.
Over the years I’ve focused on gratitude, visualisation and mindfulness in varying capacities and I like to think of myself as relatively successful as a result. But it was using the approach recommended in Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning that I can honestly say has accelerated my success beyond even my own comprehension in the past year and a half since I read it.
This one is for all the busy, hectic people who say they don’t have time to focus on themselves.
In the book, Hal puts himself in the position of the on/off personal developer – he talks about the tremendous adversity he suffered as a young man which gives the book context and how he started his personal development journey, delivered great success in his life and then relapsed a number of times. Sound familiar?
Miracle Morning is Hal’s excellent, prescriptive and step by step programme to ensure you are able to commit to working on yourself every day in order to fast track success in your life. In simple terms the programme focuses on getting up one hour earlier every day and breaking down that hour into 10 minute segments, based on what is most important. He calls these categories SAVERS
1. Silence (meditation)
6. Scribing (journaling)
Hal spends a whole section giving you practical advice on how to get up that one hour earlier, including no snooze button, drinking a big glass of water and cleaning your teeth straight away (it works). I really think he gets that most people will not have the desire to lose any sleep, and works to overcome this objection effectively so he doesn’t lose readers at the first hurdle.
He also breaks down each of the SAVERS individually — again super practical advice on implementation of each element. He even provides a link to a section of his website that includes affirmation templates, for example, to really help you get started. I really appreciated this on the meditation side of things which was all new to me.
Based on sound evidence using examples of other consistent early risers such as Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson, he works to persuade you of the impact the programme will immediately have on your day to day in the short term, and your success in life in the long term. Even if you already get up early to get to the office or for kids, he is clear that the one hour extra will make an unprecedented difference, even talking of getting up at 4am himself when he upped his one hour Miracle Morning to two. He really does give you no excuses.
Before reading the book I was a little despairing about how to find some time to focus on me. Building a business with 3 children under five (“work harder on yourself than you do on your job” and all that), this book gave me all the tools to make it happen. And Hal’s style of writing is super motivational — as I read I was thinking “yes, I can do this” or at least very determined to give it a try based on the success he cites.
Is it easy to do? No. Do you find it tough every day for the first few months? Yes. But after a time it absolutely becomes a habit and the visible benefit you see in your life will make you addicted. I urge you to trust me on this one and give it a try.