The Miracle Morning Summary

One Paragraph Summary Hal Elrod has written a book on the routine that got him through the aftermath fo a horrible car accident that nearly cost him his life. He calls it the miracle morning routine. It consists of six simple steps that, when done regularly, will pave your way to a more focused, fulfilling life.

The Miracle Morning Summary

The Miracle Morning—The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 A.M.)
A book by Hal Elrod

  In his Book, Hal Elrod outlines a simple morning ritual with six activities that can change the way you approach life, and that supports your long-term goals in life.

By reading the book, you will find out why hitting the snooze button in the morning is a kind of self-sabotage that is detrimental to your goals.

If you examine the first 40 years of 100 Americans, you will find that over half of them are supported financially by friends and family. Over a third will have died. Five will have to continue to work, four will have made a good living, and only one of them will have become wealthy.

The average American hates their work, is depressed, is overweight, and has several thousand dollars of debt.

In short, most Americans do not live the life they want.

By writing the book summary, I learned the following three things:

  • What Rearview Mirror Syndrom is
  • Affirmations and Visualizations are just tools
  • Now matters more than any other time in your life

Key Ideas

Nothing changes in your life without action.―Hal Elrod

Rearview Mirror Syndrom

If you want to improve your life, it is a good idea not to dwell too much on the past. You need to transform your thinking and open up yourself to long-lasting change.

Perhaps you know somebody who cannot commit to their partner because an earlier relationship did not work out.

This behavior is also known as the Rearview Mirror Syndrom. You suffer from RMS when you base all your future decisions solely on your past experiences. Doing this will have a huge, negative effect on your life because it will prevent you from trying new things with a beginner's mind.

Another thing that might prevent you from bringing positive change into your life is that you look at things in isolation. For example, you might think that it is not essential when you miss a workout, because tomorrow is another day you can work out.

T. Harv Eker reminds us in his book the Secrets of the Millionaire Mind that this mindset is preventing your success:

How you do anything is how you do everything.—T. Harv Eker

The one workout you are doing today is more critical for your long-term success than the hypothetical one you planned for tomorrow.

Early bird

Many successful people have one thing in common; they are early risers. And most of them have some kind of morning routine they follow strictly. They do not hit the snooze button on their alarm clocks.

If you hit the snooze button, you probably do not look forward to the day ahead. You will know that people who are suffering from depression report that getting up and facing the day is a big problem for them.

You need to create anticipation for the day ahead. Create a morning routine that you are looking forward to even the night before. Do you remember the feeling you had as a child when you received a lot of presents the day before? You got up early to play with your new toys.

Find a way to be excited about the day ahead.

Wake Up Motivation Level

Elrod tells us in his book that it is vital to increase our Wake Up Motivation Level. Imagine a scale of one to ten. One means you have no motivation to wake up and prefer to hit the snooze button another couple of times. A ten on the scale says you are full of anticipation for the day ahead.

There are simple things you can do to increase that level. First, you should get enough sleep to ensure you are not tired the next morning. You should also place your alarm outside of your bedroom to ensure that you cannot hit the snooze button.

You should also have a simple morning routine like going to the bathroom to wash your face and brush your teeth. After that, it is good to drink one big glass of water. You dehydrate while you sleep. Watering your body like a plant will remove any tiredness you might have.

The Miracle Morning Routine

A critical aspect of the miracle morning is to feel less stressed. Many successful people, like Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah Winfrey, and Sting, use meditation to reduce stress and be more creative.

Thus, the first step in the Miracle Morning Routine is the Miracle Morning Meditation.

Sit in a quiet, comfortable place. Close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath. Breath naturally without any effort. Every time a thought comes to your mind, simply let it go and focus on your breath again.

Start with short sessions and try to make it a habit. When you think you mastered to make meditation part of your life, you can start to make the sessions longer when you feel like it.

Affirmation and Visualization

When you want to achieve something, you should ask yourself what exactly it is you want to accomplish. Then you should ask yourself why you want it in the first place. And you should ask yourself what you will commit to doing to get it?

If you want to achieve something, you should ask yourself what exactly you want to accomplish. Then you should ask yourself why you want to achieve it at all. And you should ask yourself what you will do to make it a reality?

You can use visualization to get answers to these questions. Imagine what it will be like when you have what you want.

When you have all the answers, write them down and turn those answers into positive affirmations. You can use these affirmations by reading them out loud to yourself. This practice will positively program your thinking.

As you think, so shall you become.—Bruce Lee

Morning Exercise

What do you need to do to have more energy throughout your day? What do you need to do to keep your body in good health? What can you do to feel less stressed?

The answer to all these questions is exercise.

We all know how important it is to exercise regularly, but still, many of us don't make working out a habit of ours.

We all have busy days, and we need to do the essential things first. Therefore it is a good idea to make exercising part of your miracle morning routine.

Focus on personal growth

If you want to live a happy, fulfilling life, you need to have clarity and focus. Reading and writing are tools that bring you exactly this.

You should spend between five and ten minutes of your morning routine writing. Thoughts, feelings, and insights are all great topics to cover in your daily diary.

The author recommends having two sections on your page: Lessons Learned and New Commitments. This way, you can record what you have already achieved so far. Also, list what mistakes you want to avoid in the future. Fill the new commitments section with the changes you want to bring to your life.

Writing gives clarity.

One of the best ways to learn from others is to read the books they have written. Reading only twenty minutes per day amounts to about eighteen books over a year. Focus your selection of reading material on the things you want to achieve. There are books on all topics, so it shouldn't be too hard to find good books in your area of interest.

Reading gives insights from others.

Customize the miracle morning to your needs

When you want to apply the miracle morning routine to your daily life, it can be tough to make room for it. One could easily spend one to two hours with exercise alone.

Try to bring small changes into your life. Your goal is to make the miracle morning part of your daily routine. To see results, you need to follow the routine daily and not only once every other year. Therefore it is best to start small and customize the routine to your personal needs.

The author gives an example of a minimum routine you can start with and build upon:

  • Minute one: meditate
  • Minute two: recite your affirmations
  • Minute three: visualize your day going perfectly
  • Minute four: write down what you are grateful for and what you want to achieve
  • Minute five: read two pages of a book
  • Minute six: do some crunches and push-ups

When you followed this abbreviated session for thirty days, you can build upon it and increase the time you invest.

First Insight: Rearview Mirror Syndrom & Limiting Believes

Always remember that where you are is a result of who you were, but where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be, from this moment on.―Hal Elrod

Often experiences made in the past become limitations we never try to overcome.

A teacher telling you that you are not good with math will let you avoid everything related to math.

You cannot invest in a relationship because someone broke up with you in the past.

The author calls this constant looking into the past to make decisions for tomorrow the Rearview Mirror Syndrome.

We believe that who we were yesterday is who we will be tomorrow. Scientists say that we have around 50000 thoughts a day. But 98 % of the ideas we have today are the same we had yesterday. Still, if you are willing, you can change your thoughts. Open yourself, and you will find a way to recognize and overcome your limitations.

Your past does not equal your future.

If we allow ourselves to take opportunities and try things we have never tried before, and even repeat something we have failed previously, we can become someone we did not know the day before.

Second Insight: Affirmations and Visualizations

There is nothing to fear because you cannot fail—only learn, grow, and become better than you've ever been before.―Hal Elrod

I have read quite a few self-help books. Affirmations and visualizations is a topic which is written about often. Still, I think I haven't grasped the idea entirely.

As I see it at the moment, affirmations and visualizations can help to sharpen your focus. If you write down statements and read them out loud to yourself every morning, it is a powerful reminder of what you decided is essential in your life.

Well, I already have a morning routine I love, and I will add affirmations and visualizations. I will see how it goes.

Third Insight: Now matters more than any other time in your life

Remember this truth: now matters more than any other time in your life, because it's what you are doing today that is determining who you're becoming, and who you're becoming will always determine the quality and direction of your life.―Hal Elrod

Do you know who you want to become? If you know the answer to that question, it becomes a lot easier to act upon it today. And what you do today determines the direction you are heading. It's simple as that.


Having a good morning routine will allow you to grow and bring you on track to a more happy and fulfilling life. If you follow the six simple steps, you will find that it will have a hugely positive effect on what you are trying to achieve.

Keep in mind that your morning ritual should be something you are looking forward to. Customize the routine to your needs. It should make you so excited that you will never again hit that snooze button on your alarm again.


  • Don't hit the snooze button
  • Have a morning routine that you follow religiously
  • Do not look at things in isolation
  • Do not base future decisions solely on your past experiences
  • Create anticipation for the day ahead
  • Increase your Wake Up Motivation Level
  • Place your alarm outside of the bedroom
  • Avoid the snooze button
  • Meditate
  • Start with a short meditation session and build upon it
  • Examine your self-talk
  • Turn your thoughts into positive affirmations
  • Read your affirmations out loud to yourself
  • Use visualizations to achieve success
  • Ask yourself questions like, What do I want? Why do I want it?, and What am I committed to doing to get there?
  • Make time to exercise to keep your body healthy
  • Exercise in the morning because you are less likely to drop your routine
  • Read a minimum of ten pages per day (= 18 books a year)
  • Write ten minutes in the morning to accelerate your personal growth
  • Write about your thoughts, feelings, and insights
  • Start small to ensure you can endure
  • Cut the time you spend on a specific section, but cover all six areas

The Miracle Morning Summary—related resources

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