My first critique of the book is its title. I would suggest that they rename it, “The Morning Warrior.”
I stumbled upon this book when I was looking to get my time (and essentially my life) more organized and to start to really begin to become a morning person. Now I know what you will most likely say right now, “I am not a morning person!” I know, I know, neither was I. There was nothing more enjoyable than jumping right back into bed after praying fajr. The day that I would attempt to stay up after fajr I was always groggy, tired and essentially miserable.
Almost all of the personal development books and lectures I listened to always iterated the same thing, all successful people are early risers, so I eventually accepted that I need to get this “morning routine” idea down. So my quest led me to look up books about becoming a morning person, and hence how I stumbled upon “The Morning Miracle.”
Hal Elrod had me sold at the tagline: “The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM).” That was exactly what I was looking for.
From the very first chapter, it was like this book was written specifically for me. Hal starts off by talking about the effects of the mindset you have before you even start. If you think this routine will work, it will work. If you think you can never get this morning routine down, then you will never get a morning routine down. Then he prescribes a remedy for the snooze syndrome, which we are all guilty of having.
Then he speaks about the importance of having a purpose and a drive to waking up. A drive that is stronger and more desirous than sleeping in for another few hours. A drive that would make you want to jump out of bed in the morning! If you have one, then great, if you don’t, it is highly recommended to take some time and think about what your talents are and what goals you want to set for yourself.
Then he gives you his secret formula to creating and maintaining a thrilling morning routine that will literally transform your life and most importantly your productivity, all before 8 am! As Hal says, “Not all hours of the day are the same.” The morning routine touches upon the following aspects: silence, affirmations, visualizations, exercise, reading, and scribing.
After testing his morning routine out for the past two weeks, he is 100% correct. Not all hours of the day are the same. The morning times are much more clearer and easier to get a lot more work done in.
Most importantly, we have the dua of our Prophet (saws),
It was narrated from Sakhr Al-Ghamidi that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:”O Allah, bless my nation in their early mornings (i.e., what they do early in the morning).”
so imagine every morning having the blessings of The Prophets dua for whatever you do in those early hours. How productive will your mornings be? There is only one way to find out, try it out yourself!
If your already a morning person, what drives you to wake up early? If you’ve read the book, what were thoughts on it?