Review by Maria Cometti
Are you living up to your potential? Are you living the life of your dreams, or at least on your way there?
Many of us tend to settle for mediocrity in our lives. We know we want to be fitter, healthier, and have more energy. We aspire to volunteer, start a new career or business, or make an impact. So what is stopping us from living up to our potential?
According to Hal Elrod in his best selling personal development book, “The Miracle Morning”, our morning routine sets the tone for our day and consequently our life. Elrod begins the book by identifying the factors that keep us stuck in mediocrity. He then goes on to share the practices we can implement each day to live our own miracle mornings.
According to the Social Security Administration in the US, if you take a sample of 100 people at the start of their working careers and follow them for the next 40 years until retirement, here is what you will find:
- only 1 person will be wealthy
- 4 will be financially secure
- 5 will continue working because they have to
- 36 will be dead
- 54 will be broke and dependent on family, friends, or the government to take care of them.
These statistics are staggering. What can we do now to ensure we don’t end up struggling like the 95% majority will?
Elrod identifies the causes of mediocrity as the following:
Rearview Mirror Syndrome– we are continuously reliving and recreating our past. We believe who we were is who we are, which limits us to reaching our true potential. Elrod reminds us that where we are is a result of who we were, but where we go depends on who we chose to be from this moment on.
Lack of Purpose– most people just focus on getting through the day, taking the path of least resistance, pursuing short term pleasures, and avoiding the discomfort that would allow them to grow. We must come up with a life purpose that inspires us to wake up everyday and live in alignment with that purpose.
Isolating Incidents: we mistakenly assume that each small choice we make is only effecting the moment. For example, we think if we eat the French fries, or hit the snooze button on our morning alarm, or skip the workout, it is only effecting that moment. In fact, it impacts who we are and who we are becoming.
Lack of Accountability: accountability is being responsible to someone else for an action or result. Very little is accomplished without it. This is why fitness enthusiasts always advocate having a trainer or workout buddy; someone you will be held accountable to.
Mediocre Circle of Influence We become the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with. Are the people in your life encouraging and inspiring you to be a better person?
Lack of Personal Development: The famous quote by Jim Rohn “Our level of success rarely exceeds our level of personal development, because success is something we attract by the person we become”.
Once we identify the elements in our life that hold us back, we can work make a plan for improvement. Our morning thoughts, activities, and routine set the tone for the proceeding day and consequently our life. Elrod and many other highly successful individuals promote the importance of a morning routine.
Elrod choses the acronym SAVERS for the components that make up a Miracle Morning:
S for Silence: purposeful silence, prayer, or meditation
A for Affirmations: We all have internal dialogue that runs throughout the day and programs our subconscious mind. We must program ourselves to be confident and successful in all we do by telling ourselves who we want to be. With time, you will begin to believe our affirmations and it will translate into reality.
V for Visualization: Often used by athletes and celebrities, visualization includes visualizing exactly what you want to accomplish or attain, and rehearsing how you will achieve it, over and over.
E for Exercise: Exercising even just a few minutes each day can have a profound impact on our health, energy, and confidence. As personal development advocate Robin Sharma states, “If you don’t make time for exercise, you will probably have to make time for illness”.
R for Reading: Modeling is the act of finding someone who has achieved the results you desire and following their steps to achieve those results. Modeling is one of the proven methods of achieving success in any area. With the vast books and resources available via the internet, reading each day can help give us the tools and insight to achieve the results you desire.
S for Scribing: Our minds are chattering all day long, and it can be helpful to get this chatter out of our heads and onto paper. Scribing, journaling, or writing, each day can also show us our key insights and ideas that we would have otherwise forgotten.
Are you ready to have your own miracle mornings and achieve the results you want in your life? I know I am! September is a new season and the perfect time to craft your own miracle mornings. The review above is only a fraction of the insight you will find in the full book, so be sure to hop on Amazon and order the kindle version of “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod.
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