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The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life: Before 8AM

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  26,679 ratings  ·  2,662 reviews
What if you could miraculously wake up tomorrow and any—or every area of your life was transformed? What would be different? Would you be happier? Healthier? More successful? In better shape? Would you have more energy? Less Stress? More Money? Better relationships? Which of your problems would be solved?

What if I told you that there is a "not-so-obvious" secret that is gu
Kindle Edition, 172 pages
Published December 7th 2012 (first published December 7th 2006)
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Stefano FaNo Understanding is not enough. Since you wrote this comment, have you implemented the routine? I've started reading 4 days ago and 50% through, I've…moreUnderstanding is not enough. Since you wrote this comment, have you implemented the routine? I've started reading 4 days ago and 50% through, I've woken up at 6:20 every day and feeling awesome! I would recommend you read the book. There may be some parts you can skip if you are familiar with the practices, but read all of the beginning of the book.(less)
Anne-Mari No it is not, there is a lot about affirmations, but there are other points too which help you to become the person you want to be. Who loves the life…moreNo it is not, there is a lot about affirmations, but there are other points too which help you to become the person you want to be. Who loves the life he/she has and who constantly drives for better self.(less)

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Perrin Lindelauf
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
First, the overall premise is not a bad idea. However:

The target audience of this book is someone who has never read any personal development books and views the whole genre suspiciously. For me, it smacked of a basic thesis, padded with a hasty potpourri of other people's ideas and coated with gushing "you can have the life of your dreams!" promises. I found myself having to skim through basic explanations of meditation and visualization to get at what Elrod was offering as far as original thin
Jan 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Good idea, terrible execution.

Save yourself the read, here's my short summary:

Get up an hour earlier. Do your face, teeth and drink a large glass of water immediately. Go into another room of your house (i.e. not your bedroom), and spend the hour doing the following: sitting in silence, say what you want to achieve and work on today, visualise how you want to live your day, exercise, read and journal.
Xavier Shay
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
So the writing is cringeworthy (over-the-top internet self-help blogger), but the technique rocks. I've been doing it a week and it's been the most productive and fulfilling week I can remember. Having described myself as a morning person for a while now without really being particularly good at it, I'm excited to be back on the wagon. It's a fast read (easy to skim most of it) and only a couple of dollars on amazon.
Manuel Antão
Oct 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

(original review, 2012)

“Why is it that when a baby is born, we often refer to them as “the miracle of life,” but then go on to accept mediocrity for our own lives? Where along the way did we lose sight of the miracle that we are living?”

“How you wake up each day and your morning routine (or lack thereof) dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life. Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focu
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
I'm going to do this review as a compliment sandwich. Good, bad, good.

Hal Elrod seems like a genuinely nice guy with a dramatic and interesting message. He's a near-fatal car crash survivor who was brought back from death and put back together during a long hospitalization at the age of 20. His character trait of resilience really shines through in the anecdotes he uses to illustrate his points-- he is not someone who rolls over and gives up on anything, and for that I salute him. He's someone
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I started reading this, got through maybe 2 and a half chapters, and skimmed the rest. This is a decent book. He gives good advice, and I'm sure it works for those who stick to it. (I haven't even tried it at this point.) It really is all about changing your mindset. That being said, there were a few things that bothered me. Most of the book is all filler fluff - he takes forever to make his point. You could literally read the first line of each paragraph and understand it perfectly. The other t ...more
Willem Spruijt
Not sure why this book has a close to 4 rating here:

- Very exaggerated way of writing. He could have done some of the chapters with 1/3 of the words.
- First 20 pages are only testimonials. Very annoying you can skip that.
- Tries to sell his 'starter kit' at least a dozen times in the book. What is this, weight watchers? Feels like my adblocker is switched off.
- Half of the book is captain obvious.
- The motivational way of writing ('YOU can do this!') is very repetitive and unnecessary.

Still 2 st
Nathan Whitley
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. I've been an early riser for several years and have fallen off the wagon for several years. I always need a swift kick in the pants to motivate me. This is helping.

My only reservation for this book is the use of the "95%" statistic. Every stat Hal gives is "95%". If you're going to give outrageous stats to motivate people it would be helpful if 100% of them were referenced and backed by actual scientific data. Other than that 95% of the book is worth your time.
Dec 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Good methods. Bad writing.
Dannii Elle
I thought I might do something a little different with this and, due to the nature of the book, instead of writing a standard review would instead chronicle how this has affected my life, over the coming weeks. As such, the rating may be likely to change.

As a brief overview the central idea this book puts forward is that creating a daily personal development routine can turn you into the person you need to be to help solve all your problems. You have the power to develop into the person you need
Oleksandr Golovatyi
The year has just begun, and this is the second book that impressed me very much and deserves to claim the best book of 2018. The book is read very easily, many interesting facts, reflections on health, efficiency and vitality. The book encounters many useful links to other authors. An interesting moment for me is that most of the books that the author mentioned in his book read before and totally agree on all the points.

The "Miracle Morning" book will help both "larks" and "owls" make your morn
Anelia Dobreva
Apr 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
I think this has been the fasted read I have had since highschool. Less than 24 hours. But that is not a compliment. The guy has a nice idea and a sensible self-improvement tool to offer but the essence of the book could have fit into half the volume of words or even less. It is repetitive. At several points I actually went back and forth a few pages because I though I'd accidentally skipped back on my reader. Add the pompous name, the excessive use of the word 'mediocre', the trademark signs ev ...more
Etant une lève-tôt convaincue, j'avais hâte de me plonger dans ce livre pour découvrir comment profiter au mieux de cette partie de la journée.

A la fin de ma lecture je ressors plutôt déçue. L'histoire de l'auteur telle qu'il la présente au début est très intéressante et inspirante, c'est indéniablement quelqu'un de très positif avec une grande force mentale.

Malheureusement on tombe vite dans les clichés du genre. Hal Elrod nous vante encore et encore les bienfaits de sa méthode, qu'il présente
Peter Skaronis
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!

All those years of listening to Jim Rohn and Tony Robbins, here comes Hal putting everything together in such a simple and profound way that is amazing.
As I grow older I realise that the simplest things create the biggest impact and the miracle morning seems quite basic until you try it.
You are awake at 5 am while most people are asleep and the silence allows you to see the bigger picture of things that I couldn't see before as a night owl.
your world is still asleep and hasn'
Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in an hour because I skimmed through most of the pages. It didn't really give me any new information or useful tips. Most things seemed too farfetched and bogus claims.. anyway I read it and don't recommend it. Waste of the $5.
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very compelling argument to wake up at 5am or about one hour before you usually get up, including weekends.

It advices you to do the following for approximately 10 minutes each of that hour:
Read - something constructive
Write - a journal or something else

This all makes sense and probably would make a great start to the day. I'm tempted to give it a go but personally would rather trim back most of the other ideas to 5 minutes each and give 30-35 minutes to exe
Vanessa {Book ♥ Soulmates}
LOVED it! I can't wait to incorporate this 6 step miracle morning:
• Silence - Meditation, Reflection, Prayer
• Affirmations - Repeat positive affirmations
• Visualization - Visualize your goals
• Exercise - A brief morning workout will help get your day started right
• Reading - Personal development is essential to your growth and towards attaining your goals
• Scribing - Keep a journal to share your thoughts, ideas, goals, and gratitude
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just reread this book as I felt it helped my life back in 2013 but have been feeling a bit off track recently and life has changed a lot so it was time for bringing back some morning discipline!

I find if I rush in the morning because I have gotten up too late or I am just too busy, my whole day is thrown off and even the rest of the week is out of whack. I have always found that easing into my day with relaxing routine in the morning gives me a good start. This book helped confirm that. We were
Mar 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
The worst of its genre of personality-driven personal development books. Repetitive, poorly edited, entirely available for free without the constant onslaught of Hal stories. Seriously. Like 2/3 of this book was hearing how 1 hour solved Hal's depression. This is not wrong about what makes a successful morning. It's just packaged idiotically.

The book was also a reminder of how little systemic injustice is accounted for in the white-guy-personality-cult-self-help world. All you have to do is tra
Hal Elrod
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Not sure why I picked this up-- perhaps just so many good things about it in the "ether"? perhaps a search to make things better?

I am 100% behind the practices he recommends (well, maybe not to read self help books-- so make that 83% behind) though this presentation doesn't provide evidence (other than anecdotall) supporting them (needless to say, that's something of a frustration to me) but I find the tone difficult to deal with and it reads empty to me (though I admit, I'm in the minority here
I think this is the most typical 'self-help' book I've ever read/listened to. It reminded me of every American movie I'd seen where there was a motivational speaker gearing up a huge conference room of people. It did, however, really make me sit up and pay attention at points, and has given me a new idea of a way I can potentially improve my life and maximise my time.

Hal Elrod's miracle morning isn't so much a genius idea as a great one that most people would probably want to actively avoid - ge
Thiago d'Evecque
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Sofre dos mesmos problemas de outros livros de autodesenvolvimento, ou desenvolvimento pessoal, ou produtividade, ou qualquer outro nome escolhido para evitar a vergonha do termo autoajuda: o conteúdo principal do livro caberia em um capítulo, mas precisamos nos esquivar das dezenas de histórias de sucesso, elogios e as evidências de que esse é o melhor sistema do mundo para chegarmos ao que interessa. Além disso, não sou nem um pouco fã da motivação estilo The Secret (basta pensar positivo para ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
This was recommended to me. Honestly it's not the most well written book. It's very repetitive at times. BUT the principles it teaches are so worth reading about. I've started my own Miracle Morning routine and all I can say is on the days I actually follow it I get so much more done on those days. This is a quick read and it is free on Kindle Unlimited so to all who can access this for free you should definitely download it and read through it.
Holden Johnson
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
the writing was a bit overdone, with some common success catchphrases and repested things over and over. That being said i cant argue with the results or message.
Iryna Viter
Людина, здатна власноруч будувати омріяне життя. Яка вона і як нею стати? На це питання намагається відповісти Гел Елрод, переконаний, що змінивши вашу щоденну рутину - а саме прокидаючись у 5 ранку - ви зумієте досягти шаленого особистісного та фінансового успіху.

Логіка така: хто рано встає, тому Бог дає. Чим раніше ви змусите себе вилізти з-під ковдри, тим більше часу у вас залишиться на саморозвиток. Для автора - це медитація, читання, позитивні твердження, візуалізація, письмо та фізичні впр
Amanda Antonelli
Oct 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
So the premise of the book isn't a bad one. Wake up earlier, do you for an hour or so, then go about your day feeling better. That's been something I've been motivating myself to do for a while now, and I thought the book might inspire me to follow through. Boy did it... not do that at all. One of the first things author Hal mentions is that he was a salesman for a living. That becomes painfully obvious as the book goes on. Every shlocky technique is thrown at you and it makes for a tedious read ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
I really hated that book. While reading, I imagined the author, not opening his arms looking at a sunset, but with a glittering jacket, a microphone, on a stage, with bright spots on him, willing to make me buy things I didn't need.
Where was the well-being, the love, the kindness, the peace ? In the 5mn reduced to 1mn of meditation/silence/prayer ?
Let's be clear, I want to be a better being, for myself, for those I love, for the world. I don't want to shout under the shower in the morning and en
Si comme moi, pour bouger vous avez besoin que quelqu'un vous guide, ce livre est fait pour vous.
Profitez d'une heure par jour pour vous, pour enfin vous accomplir.
Rien de bien nouveau dans le monde du développement personnel et du coaching , la différence réside dans le fait que Hal Elrod vous fait vous lever plus tôt.

Aller j'arrête de traîner, demain matin une heure pour faire du sport, créer, lire et penser à mon avenir. Et si cette heure change ma vie, je viendrai vous le dire!
Vanya Prodanova
От доста време насам исках да прочета за популярното движение - ставане в 5 АМ и да ползваш времето си за добър старт на деня. Доста търсих и проучвах докато разбера, че от тази книга е тръгнало всичко. Книгата не е лоша, но при мен имаше обратния ефект - вместо да ме надъха, тотално ме депресира.

Книжката е много малка, всичко е малко твърде хаотично вътре и се повтаря до втръсване. Личи си, че авторът е работил дълги години в сферата на продажбите, защото този стил на изразяване ми се струва т
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“Remember, the moment you accept total responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you claim the power to change anything in your life.” 29 likes
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