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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  30,886 ratings  ·  3,005 reviews
The Miracle Morning shows how a morning routine built around 6 key practices known as "Life S.A.V.E.R.S" - silence, affirmations, visualisation, exercise, reading and scribing - can help you get more done and live your best life. Most people don't think they have time to change their lives or achieve their goals but Hal has proven you can start achieving your goals today b ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Teach Yourself (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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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.
Good methods. Bad writing.
Anelia Dobreva
Apr 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Peter Skaronis
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Acordul Fin
“There is nothing to fear, because you cannot fail—only learn, grow, and become better than you’ve ever been before.”
I am a morning person, generally, mornings are actually my favorite time of the day, but I haven't been using this to my advantage so far, so for a while now, I've been wanting to come up a plan than will help me make the best use of this time of the day and this book has offered me a decent direction. We'll see if I manage to stick to it and if it will have a significant imp
Mar 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Hal Elrod
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Amanda Antonelli
Oct 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Anne D.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so painful to finish. So. Damn. Painful. Actually I am lying. I could not finish it entirely.
The principle, waking up earlier, is pretty straightforward to understand and I personally agree with the author's claim that an early morning routine can change one's life. BUT... this guy has NO scientific reasoning, making basically the core of this book pure BS. Arrogant BS.
"Oprah does all of the 6 thingy you should absolutely do in the morning (affirmation, visualisation, etc..)
and s
Venus Blancia
This is probably my version of "I accidentally tapped my Kindle and I got no choice for Siri had finished reading it for me by the time I commanded her to remind me of my to dos." I did expect a lot from this book when I heard Hal's interview at 88 cups of tea with Yin Chang, one of my favorite podcast hosts. It was so promising, inspiring and all positive. I even made contacts with Hal several times in the TMM community letting him know how wonderful he is. Though I was expecting more, I know p ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book built around a really good idea “Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development." -Jim Rohn As a first-year college student that was focusing purely on academics and letting my emotions and body go, I found this very interesting. When I didn't feel good physically or emotionally, I noticed my grades, body, and failed relationship (It's been a rough year) were also not very good.

Hal Elrod offers The Miracle Morning for waking up early, working on self-care, and
I struggled with this book because of three sometimes competing ideas: 1. the author fails to acknowledge how privileged he really is, 2. waking early for self-improvement goes back to at least Benjamin Franklin/the Puritans, and 3. he's not wrong. The heart of the book is solid-making time to focus on emotional/spiritual/physical health is actually incredibly important- and the author's emphasis on positivity and personal responsibility resonated to me. However, I can't shake the feeling that t ...more
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