Book Report: The Miracle Morning
The Miracle Morning, By Hal Elrod, is a self-help book that has a morning routine for people who want to live up to their full potential. Hal Elrod had made it up after he had hit rock bottom in his life, and realized that in order for him to turn it all around he needed to make a conscious decision to do it. He also realized that he needed to work on himself as well. Hal grabbed a pen and piece of paper, and started writing down the most life impacting activities that he could do within an hour. Thus, he came up with the Miracle Morning Life S.A.V.E.R.S. Each letter in S.A.V.E.R.S is an activity that he did for 5-20 min, here are a couple of them.
One of the activities in S.A.V.E.R.S is Silence. Sitting in a purposeful silence alms the mind and gives it clarity. Forms of Silence include meditation, prayer, reflection, deep breathing, and gratitude. Silence is probably one of the most important S.A.V.E.R.S because it gives you a chance to slip away from reality for a little bit, and center you mind. A quote from Matthew Kelly, Hal Elrod's favorite author, states "You can learn more in an hour of silence than you can in a year from books" (Kelly, 55) I think that that is very true. If you sit and ponder about yourself, life, or anything else with purpose, you can gain a new perspective on it.
The second activity in S.A.V.E.R.S that I thought was important was exercise. I think exercise is an important activity in S.A.V.E.R.S because it give you energy and helps wake you up. You should always incorporate at least 10-20 mins of something that will get your blood moving and your lungs burning. It helps your body and your mind, and gives you a chance to do it before your day wears you out.
The last activities in S.A.V.E.R.S that I thought was important is Reading. Reading is a good way to exercise your mind and get your imagination going. Another quote from Matthew Kelly is "Reading is the mind what exercise in to the body and prayer to the soul. We become the books we read." (Kelly, 81) The book we read influence our imagination adding to the world inside our heads. They reflect our interest and fuel new ones. They overall become a part of us and who we are. Thus, affecting what we do.
While reading through Miracle Morning I caught on to some lessons that I could apply to my own life. One lesson is that in order to make a change in your life, you have to change your mindset and be willing to give up that old habit. I also realize that sometimes you can hear something over and over again, but the meaning never really clicks with you. Then one day it does. I realized that the reason for that is because it takes you to be in a certain mindset for you to really get it. I realize that in order for me to make changes in my life, I need to be able to give up my old habits, and change my mindset.
~The Boy, Age 14