“Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.”
The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod, is all about waking up early to supercharge your performance throughout the day.
In The Miracle Morning, Hal discusses how the average person does not devote the necessary time to personal development. By waking up early and carving out time to work on themselves, people can become the best versions of themselves.
If you aren’t a morning person, Hal gives a strategy for increasing your “Wake up Motivation Level”. His strategy includes setting intentions before bed (last thought in the night = first thought in the morning), moving your alarm clock across the room, brushing your teeth, drinking a full glass of water, and getting dressed in your workout clothes.
Once you are awake, Hal’s morning program is called S.A.V.E.R.S. and stands for:
Hal suggests spending time in each of these 6 areas. Depending on the morning, you can spend as little as 6 minutes on all 6 sections or take as long as you want to complete all 6.
For me, I spend about 10 minutes on the first 3, 10 minutes on exercise (some body weight exercises and stretching), 30 minutes on reading (Goal of reading 75 books for 2017), and 10 minutes on Scribing. The importance of the completing each of these tasks is outlined in the book. I hope to focus more on Silence and Visualization in the coming months.
“Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world.” If we are at peace with our inner being, we will be at peace with the world around us.”
Before reading The Miracle Morning, I was waking up around 7:30 AM, getting to work at 8:30 AM, and while I was performing well, I wasn’t achieving greatness. After a month of the S.A.V.E.R.S. program, I’m waking up at 6:30 AM, getting some personal development time in, and getting to work at 8:30 AM. I’ve noticed my mind is sharper and I’m able to focus with a greater intensity than before.
Some memorable quotes and passages from The Miracle Morning:
I recommend The Miracle Morning to anyone looking to supercharge their performance and improve their life. Like I mentioned above, The Miracle Morning is a quick read, has many motivational quotes and passages, and gets you fired up to improve your life!
Readers: are you a morning person? What is your strategy for personal development?
Yesterday morning, I sat down with The Alchemist and 6 hours later finished it. Wow, what a book. I’ve read a fair number of books in the past few years, but none of them have kept me on the edge of my seat like The Alchemist.
The Alchemist is a story about a boy who is searching for his “Personal Legend”. Essentially, a person’s “Personal Legend” is that person’s purpose, destiny, calling, etc. The boy realizes he is being called by the world to go find his “Personal Legend”. The Alchemist tells the tale of the boy’s journey.
In the beginning of The Alchemist, the boy has a dream about treasure and he goes to see a gypsy about it. The gypsy tells the boy the treasure is by the Pyramids of Egypt. After his meeting with the gypsy, in which is didn’t like, he meets a peculiar character who introduces himself as the King of Salem. The King know all about the boy’s past and present, and tells him he should go searching for the treasure. The King speaks of each person’s Personal Legend and that by going to search for the treasure, the boy can realize his Personal Legend.
In addition to speaking of each person’s Personal Legend, the King talks about language of omens. “Everything in life is an omen. There is a universal language , understood by everybody, but already forgotten.” Omens are signs of the world and if interpreted and watched for, can enable humans interact and communicate with the world and non-human beings. Omens are very important for people trying to realize their Personal Legend.
Initially, the boy is a little bit hesitant, but then he then sets off on an epic journey that spans from Spain to Egypt. Along the way, he is confronted with different challenges and has to overcome them. He has to deal with thieves, to learn about being a crystal merchant, learn the ways of the desert, and speak the language of the world. At the end, he finds his treasure, but only because he followed through in trying to find his Personal Legend.
Here are some quotes and passages which had an impact on me:
The Alchemist is a must read. The takeaways for me include living in the moment, never getting too high or too low, and realizing all things happen for a reason.
Have you read The Alchemist? What did you think?
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To me, being good with your personal finances means:
My advice is to figure out where you are with your finances, identify your goals and find a path to get there. Eventually, I think people should create a financial plan, which looks at:
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