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In December of 2012, a remarkable book hit the virtual shelves of Amazon.com, called The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM). In it, author, success coach, and keynote motivational speaker Hal Elrod explains the benefits of a powerful morning routine. This book continues to be a wonderful wake-up call for personal growth.
If you haven’t already heard the story of Hal Elrod’s amazing physical and emotional recovery from what was considered a fatal car accident, you can listen to it here. In this episode of JournalTalk, Hal shares the six key habits he cultivated to redefine himself and his career. (Yep, one of them is journal-writing!) I asked Hal how to develop a life-changing morning routine, even if you are not a “morning person.” This hour is jam-packed with great advice, a few laughs, and as always, a valuable journaling prompt!
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Another great interview. I would like to hear what he has to say to shift workers. I have become a habitual snooze-button-presser.
Hi Janet, I think Hal’s core message is to find your “start to the day” and make it count. For those who work the red-eye, or swing shift, or are working when the sun is coming up, then their “morning” might actually be in the P.M. according to a clock. Hal says whatever time you need to wake up, set the alarm for XX minutes earlier, and make that time win for you! 🙂
Dear Janet – My tip for snooze-button-pressers, as I mentioned at the start of this episode, is a little counter-intuitive. First, stop trying to wake up early. We’re only playing games with ourselves by setting the alarm early, then ignoring it when it goes off. Better: set the alarm for the last possible moment you actually need to get out of bed. Once you can actually follow-through on getting out of bed when the alarm goes off, then you can start to adjust 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes earlier. Hope that helps!
Great interview! I have written on my wall Ted Turners similar quote of “early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise!”. The problem I’ve been having is what to do when I get up, and this podcast is perfect to help me. I’m guilty of trying to meditate when waking up and falling asleep. Been getting into Journaling in the evening, but having the time to write in the morning can help with my goals for the day. Great job!
Dear Mario, thank you for this comment. I enjoyed the quote you shared. I’m glad you’ve got some new tools for getting up. What I found helpful to break the “meditating myself back to sleep” habit is to first keep moving when the alarm goes off. Stretch my legs, roll over, kick and squirm in the bed, until I can get up and put some sweats on. THEN, I start meditation. Hope that helps!
I really enjoyed your interview with the author Hal Elrod, Nathan. I learned a lot of useful tips to move my morning in the right direction. Thanks for keeping it entertaining and lively without sacrificing important information. Keep it up!
Dear Anthony, thank you for the comment, and for your positive feedback on the podcast format and content. I’m glad you got some tips for moving your morning routine in the right direction, and I wish you great success, including mindfulness and support for all your goals.
Great podcast, I really admired his bravery and not giving up attitude on his life challenges