I went on a marathon productivity and entrepreneurship podcast binge in the last 3 weeks and a common name and book title kept arising, Hal Elrod's The Miracle Morning.
The books core aims are to identify the 6 areas of self development that successful people do each day for achieving goals. Hal decided to try these six self development techniques and proceeded to look for the time in his busy schedule to fit them in. Turns out, Hal could only find 6 in the morning as the time that fitted his schedule and where he had any energy to try the 6 techniques.
The book covers techniques to make early mornings work for you, so if you are not an early riser you too can use Hal's book!
The six techniques Hal covers to achieve your goals:
Prior to reading his book, I've tried several of these techniques. I’ve tried guided meditation and mindfulness meditation on and off and felt it really did give me a sense of calm that was unusual for me.
I have never tried affirmations, but have heard of them and believe there is real merit to those and visualisations. I’ve seen positive thinking, positive thoughts and a positive attitude providing real advancements when I was totally focused and gunning on a vision, everything just seemed to fall into place.
Exercise and physical fitness is self explanatory and I cannot re-enforce enough how important it is to move and move constantly throughout your day and maintain a level of fitness. Even just walking is really beneficial for your health and fitness, and without your health none of the rest of these techniques are going to help.
I do a lot of reading, even more so in the last few months and it has helped my personal development as well as helped me cope with difficult situations by having a different take on situations and my way of thinking. If you struggle to consume books then I'd highly recommend Audible as a way to consume books whilst you work or commute to work.
I don't do a lot of Journaling but I do see value in it, the thing I struggle with is once the information is in there is reflecting and taking action on it. The act of writing it out is very beneficial, however.
My use of all of these techniques is sporadic at best, so imagine I (or indeed you) could take 1hr every morning to complete all of these items. That is exactly what this book outlines, 1hr in the morning to carry out all 6 techniques.
One of the other main parts of the book that resonated with me was the theory of positive thinking before bed, as it directly effects how you wake up. For example, if you go to bed at 11pm thinking 'oh no, I need to be up at 6am, I'm going to feel like crap' then guess what? You will feel like crap. However, if you go to bed thinking 'I can't wait for the morning, tomorrow is going to be a great productive day' then you will wake up positive and full of energy. I'd never thought of it like that before but when you think logically about it, chances are you have experienced the mornings you wake up for work feeling like crap but when on vacation you feel good - I wonder why that is!
Hal has a lot of supporting material for free which he explains in his book how to get too. I cannot recommend this book more I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day. In fact, I have scheduled to read it again already. If nothing else it's worth reading for his inspirational story, it really will put perspective on any tough ordeals you have ongoing in your life.