Have you ever had a miracle morning? When was your last miracle morning?
The reality is that very few of us have ever had a miracle morning, let alone multiple miracle mornings. I was the same way until I was introduced to The Miracle Morning: The Not So Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod.
I absolutely love this book.
Before I go any further, I have to let you know that when I coach people, I don’t coach on right or wrong. In my eyes and through my experiences, pretending to be right and pointing a finger at someone or something to be wrong is completely out of whack!
Instead, I see being curious between right or wrong. Naming yourself or another person right or wrong would be judgmental. This week, I want you to be curious.
What would it be like to respond to another person’s point of view rather than reacting? Maybe, you’d see another point of view, a possibility, or an opportunity. That’s what being curious is all about.
From Struggling Morning to Miracle Morning
Now that you’re curious, I want to get back to Hal Elrod’s first book, Miracle Morning. I’ll admit, when I first heard about this book, I was skeptical about getting everything done before 8am, which is actually in the title! Despite being skeptical, I was also curious, so I dove in with an open minded. And was I surprised!
What is it about the morning that makes us want to hit the snooze button, crawl out of bed, feel victimized by our everyday lives, and feel bloated from the food we ingest, not getting enough sleep, and worrying about money? Our stress levels are just sky high!
If you’ve worked with me before, then you already know that I’m a huge believer in ritual and structure to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Before I started to practice living a Simple Clean and Whole lifestyle, I woke up most mornings feeling tired, sluggish, bloated, congested worried, and really at a loss of purpose. Once I started to get going in the morning, those feelings would subside, but they didn’t disappear. They were definitely on the back burner.
What happens to most human beings is that we get so comfortable in the lives we’re living that we start to truly live below the midline. Once we’re living below the midline, we become anchored in soul sucking habits and patterns.
The Miracle Morning provides a tool to get you uncomfortable in a different routine so you can eventually move to a place of comfort that is beneficial to your overall health and well being. It’s not a Bible, it’s just a way for you to shake things up a bit. It’s a way to move out of a place of comfort that might be keeping you stuck in a state of possibilities and opportunities without actually seizing any of them!
A Client’s Story
I have a male, very successful client who took the same train to work every morning. He walked the same path on his way to work, stopped at the same vendor on the street for coffee, ordered from the same diner for breakfast, and continued his day in that pattern. After a while of this very midday, run of the mill day, he was tired, bored, unmotivated, cranky, and basically, walking through life asleep.
Even though he was compensated with money from his amazing career, he lacked the self-motivation of diving into his own passion and pursuing what makes him tick. Instead, living on that midline in life actually made his life very mediocre—even with all the money.
Eventually, he gained weight, had issues with going out for extra drinks, and wasn’t moving enough. And then, his relationships began to fade. He wasn’t living a Simple Clean and Whole lifestyle. And living Simple Clean and Whole isn’t just about food. It’s about what vice you use to distract yourself from the truth, just as my client was doing.
I introduced him to Miracle Morning. He made a 21-day commitment to take 80% of what resonated him most in the book and put himself to the test. One year later, he takes a different route to work every day. He stops at different vendors along the way, walks a bit at lunchtime, and goes to the gym before work.
This is a person who was a man of ritual. He was much too comfortable with his routine, and as a result, it anchored him below the midline in life. Eventually, he felt really stuck. This is exactly what can happen to all of us! I honor my client for his ability to be curious without judgment and to take another view.
Find Your Miracle Morning
Miracle Morning is filled with useful information, but you don’t have to take everything from the book and try to apply it to your own life. I believe in 80-20, which means you should open 80% of yourself up to being curious and keep 20% of the side of you that questions things. You need the 20% to learn from because being imperfect, making mistakes, and running into obstacles is where we find the best information.
Remember, there are so many ways to shift an old pattern into an entirely new habit!
Here are some of the points that I took from Miracle Morning:
- I’m living more in my passion.
- I lowered my stress levels.
- I wake up with purpose.
- I have more energy.
- I have a desire to take care of myself.
- I have increased accountability.
Whether you consider yourself or label yourself a “morning person,” this book is a great read. In fact, think about losing that label a bit and allowing some room to shift out of an old habit. Who knows? You might wake up to a whole new miracle morning!