What’s being widely regarded as “one of the most life changing books ever written” may be the simplest approach to achieving everything you’ve ever wanted, and faster than you ever thought possible.
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.
– Taken from the Amazon book description
Read that again, and tell me what the description is actually saying.
Not a heck of a lot, is it? That’s because Hal Elrod is different from the authors I usually read – he takes a decent idea, wraps it in feel-good ideas and words, and sells it directly to your subconscious mind. Considering he’s a celebrated former salesman for the (in)famous CUTCO cutlery company and a well-paid motivational speaker, it all sort of makes sense.
Spoiler alert: it’s this approach to selling self-help solutions that makes me detest the book/franchise.
I’m going to write an acryonym below, and that will give you the entire meaningful content of the Miracle Morning franchise (book, workbooks, talks, etc.). Ready?
That’s it. Admittedly, these are six techniques that have been employed by very successful individuals for a long time, but the entire thrust of the book is that you do all of these, back to back, in the first hour of your morning.
Silence refers to some form of meditation. This can be prayer, contemplation, zen meditation, yoga, whatever. Meditation has a host of known benefits, from improved focus to psychological “grounding” (don’t ask me to explain – it’s too hard), so this is a good practice for anyone and everyone.
Affirmations and visualization are described in the classic self-help book, Think and Grow Rich. Basically you “reprogram” your conscious thought patterns and behaviors by establishing false memories of success and generating subconscious optimism and focus on a particular result.
Exercise and reading are both great ways to improve yourself. There are known physical, emotional, and psychological benefits to learning new things and to working out.
“Scribe” is a dumb word referring to journaling (because “SAVERJ” didn’t work out so well – maybe JARVES would have been better?). Keeping a journal improves focus in daily life, idea retention, and long-term memory.
It doesn’t take long to cover, but you could spend upwards of $10 and a number of hours of reading, listening, etc. for the same material.
It’s designed to take money from the kind of people who want to improve their lives, but can’t self-motivate enough to do it themselves. As such, it’s full of simple language patterns, repetitions, and semi-hypnotic language which is accessible to anyone who can read a sixth-grade required reading text.
The accessibility is dragged down substantially by the sheer number of words squeezed into every idea. It would read better as a blog post or three, but there’s much more money to be had on the author/speaker circuit.
There are some good ideas in this book, but it’s bogged down by the blatant salesmanship. If I were to write a book like this, here’s what I’d prescribe:
- Wake up an hour earlier than you currently want to. Ideally, you want to wake up in time to see the sunrise (for whatever reason, that seems to invigorate people).
- Start the morning with calisthenics and/or a cold shower – something to get your blood pumping and shock you out of slumber.
- If you can, get outside and breathe the magical morning air (at sunrise – see how things go together?).
- Meditate, pray, etc. before your usual daily routine would begin, just to get your mind ready for a new day.
- If you have a life goal of some kind, practice affirmations and visualization. If you don’t have a goal, get one.
There you go. Not too long, not too complicated, but each piece has been shown to produce more energy and focus throughout the day. (And it’s a free gift from me to you!)
I do heartily recommend that you study Hal’s empire-building technique, though. His appearance on The Art of Charm podcast merits multiple “viewings”, mostly to listen for the things he isn’t saying. When his book Beyond the Bestseller becomes available, I’d be very interested in what insights he shares.
A remarkable man with a disappointing product.