Hal Elrod

The Miracle Morning – it’s a miracle I got through it…

Author: Hal Elrod | Publisher: John Murray Learning

What if you could wake up tomorrow and any – or EVERY – area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change? The Miracle Morning is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more ENERGY, MOTIVATION, and FOCUS to take your life to the next level. It’s been right here in front of us all along, but this book has finally brought it to life.

Are you ready? The next chapter of YOUR life-the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagined-is about to begin. It’s time to WAKE UP to your full potential…

I can’t remember who recommended The Miracle Morning to me; it might have been a fellow crunchy in a Facebook group. But in the spirit of continuous improvement, I’m always up for a good self-help book. Sadly, this was not a good self-help book…

There were things I liked very much about The Miracle Morning. The author has a very inspiring personal story, overcoming serious injuries after a car crash, debt and depression, business setbacks. I’m not going to lie, it does make you more inclined to listen to what he has to say! Hal Elrod is also a compelling and engaging writer, with a strongly motivation style, which made the book smooth and easy reading.  I also thought that The Miracle Morning was very relatable.

There was one particular personal quote, something which a friend said to the author, which I thought was excellent advice: “What do you hate worse, running… or your current life situation”. Apply that to just about any difficult or boring task you need to get done, which you know will make your life better!

I liked all the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. A few words of wisdom, which we could all do with from time to time. However, the book is absolutely chock full of personal recommendations. It was like the review section of an Amazon product listing! I got heartily sick of it.

Like many American self-help books, or self-help books in general, there was a lot of repetition and self-promotion. I don’t mind a bit of that, but I found my attention wandering when the author started repeating the same list of benefits I would undoubtedly see if I just got up an hour earlier, and spent that time being productive. It felt like padding for a book with very little real substance.

While I generally agreed with the author’s comments and suggestions, I thought a few points were, at best, speculative. When you’re talking about how much sleep people need, I think the author may need to revisit his science. When he was talking about why people don’t achieve their full potential, I don’t think he had the full picture; it felt overly simplified. I would also question statements such as, “women have more self-limiting thoughts than men”. I don’t think that’s actually true. And how do you know? Have you done a poll? How have you corrected for bias, age, socio-economic standing etc? No, this book definitely lacked some real solidity.

And why all the acronyms…? WUML (wake up motivation level), PIES (physical, intellectual, emotional spiritual parts of your life), Life S.A.V.E.R.S… I found them a little hard to take seriously.

Overall, while I thought the author made some good points about how to set yourself up for the day the right way, I found The Miracle Morning lacking in substance and originality. Will I be setting my alarm an our earlier every morning? No. Absolutely not. But I was reminded to re-visit my own morning habits, to make sure I’m setting myself up for success – so not a total waste of my reading time.

3 Archimedes

Do you have a favourite self-help book? Or is this a genre you avoid?

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