‘The Miracle Morning’ by Hal Elrod – Book Review

‘The Miracle Morning’ by Hal Elod- Book Review

How much time do you spend each day developing yourself?

Most people do nothing, yet everyone could afford to spend at least 6 mins a day on self development if they wanted to improve in some way. 

If you currently don’t have a morning routine, and you have goals or aspirations to achieve something this year, then this book might give you just the boost that you’re looking for in the New Year. 

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Hal Elrod’s book looks at the 6 common areas of self development that successful people do each day. He decided that if he did all 6 everyday, he would become successful too – and he was right!

The Miracle Morning explains how to incorporate the following into your daily routine:

Prior to this book I meditated infrequently, I had tried and stopped doing affirmations, I had never used visualisation or journaling, and I only read books to fall asleep at night. The only area I felt I did well was exercise. 

I had a morning routine in place but I wasn’t fully committed to it, and therefore my results were unsurprisingly inconsistent. I would do 4-5 in a row, but on weekends I would forget to do it, or think I’m entitled to a break. Writing that now sounds a bit stupid – a break from what? Development?! 

I’m now of the opinion that a structured morning routine helps sets the tone for the day and increases the chance of success. I’m now on my 9th day in the row for 2016, and I plan on going on to 30, 50 and eventually 100 before the end of 2016. 

Like eating healthy and exercising, I NEVER regret doing a morning routine, but I ALWAYS regret NOT doing one. 

I challenge anyone to complete 30 consecutive morning routines and to claim they have not developed in some way

If you DON’T have a morning routine in place, then you could benefit more from this book than I have as I was already experiencing the benefits on and off throughout the week. 

Even if you’re NOT a morning person, this book will help you put a spring into your step, help you grow everyday, and move you closer to the lifestyle you want. It has a dedicated chapter to people that claim they aren’t ‘morning people’.

I finishes with customising the routine to fit you and your goals/needs, and sets a 30 days challenge to build the habit.  

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in improving themselves. There aren’t many items that can change your life for £10!

He has free documents on his books website which you can use to help with direction, motivation and keeping you on track. 

If you’re interested, you can get yourself a copy on the following amazon affiliate link:

The Miracle Morning – by Hal Elrod

Have you read it? If so, what did you think? What areas do you get the most from, and what areas do you struggle with? Let me know in the comments below!


  • Mr Zombie

    Reply Reply 10th January 2016

    Good to know you can read, haha.

    Timely post Huw, with resolutions and goals being set. A morning routine is something I've considered but never quite got round to doing. Closest I've got is getting up early and doing an hour of study or writing before work. Similar to you, exercise is something I do anyway, so not a big step.

    Never tried meditation, any resources you could recommend?

    Journaling/scribing does appeal, how often do you have a good idea that is gone by the end of the day into the swirling abyss of your unconscious? For me, all to often!

    How long does it take each morning?

    Interesting post!

    Mr Z

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 11th January 2016

    Ha ha. It is indeed a handy skill!

    I wanted to put this one out for the New Year, just as you elude to. People are more open to trying something like this at this time of year.

    Meditation is a life changer. I rank it up there with exercise and eating healthily. I regularly read http://www.raptitude.com – you may have heard of it. He explore how to become a better human being, and is generally based around mindfulness. He released a course to help people start meditating called 'calm camp'. I haven't done it as I'm happy with my process, but knowing David's work I'd imagine it to be very good.

    The book 'The Power of Now', by Echart Tolle also explains how to live more in the present.

    For quick, FREE advice – try this clip from Barbell Shrugged. Mark Divine shows you how to do Tactical breathing and guides the team through 'box breathing'.

    Lastly, you could search 'guided meditation' on youtube and look for one around 10 mins to try out. Good luck!

    Journalling/scribing – It still happens, but it used to happen all the time. I always have a pen and paper at my side to make notes. It doesn't help that my memory isn't the best either, so I heavily rely on writing. I followed the 5 minute journal layout to get started and I've just expanded it over time. I write every morning and evening now.

    My morning routine is likely to be different to most just starting out…… As I'm my own boss, mine last between 90-120 mins. I dedicate specific time to develop every single day.

    Most people don't have that luxury, so 15-30 mins is plenty to start. Hal even shows how you can dedicate a minute to each in one chapter for a 6 minute MR.

    Here's a basic starter:

    1. breathing exercises/meditation. 5-10 mins
    2. Read out incantations/affirmations. 2 mins
    3. Visualisation. 2 mins
    4. Reading. 5-15 mins
    5. Journal. 5 mins
    6. Exercise/movement. 2-30 mins

    All of these numbers can be tweaked to suit your needs and goals.

    Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad it helped. Give me a shout if you need any further help, and let me know how you get on!


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