How to Create a Miracle Morning

Release date: November 25, 2020
Duration: 44min
Guest(s): Hal Elrod
Hal Elrod

Hal Elrod, most well-known for the book, “The Miracle Morning”, shares important insight with Robert Kiyosaki and The Rich Dad Radio Show. In the wake of what has proven to be a difficult, chaotic year for most, it seems timely and appropriate to share these topics and thoughts by the author.

Long before Robert Kiyosaki hosted Hal Elrod on The Rich Dad Radio Show, he had the chance to meet author Hal Elrod and discuss his book, “The Miracle Morning”. The book (and the conversation) highlighted a drastic difference in the way Robert and wife, Kim spent their mornings. Robert woke to news, business, coffee and chaos.. Kim, on the other hand, spent her mornings connecting with nature, meditating and reflecting. The book centered on the premise that what we do in the earliest hours of waking would shape our day, our health and our productivity. This struck a chord for Robert, and he would implement these changes, these prescribed routines, into his mornings.

These practices proved to be inherently productive. In the time since committing to “The Miracle Morning”, Robert has seen improvement in his health, blood pressure and has prevailed over diabetes.

“The Miracle Morning” started as an easy routine for Elrod, back in 2008. This was at a time when the United States Economy had begun to crash, and subsequently, Hal Elrod crashed along with it. He lost over half of his coaching clients, which amounted to half of his income. His home was foreclosed on, his body fat percentage had tripled and he was battling depression. During this six-month, downward spiral, Elrod looked for solutions to bring his life back on track. He found, in this hunt for an answer, that many successful people were consistently and actively participating in morning, routine practices of sorts. Elrod didn’t see himself as much of a morning person, and only after reading a particularly eye-opening article, did he begin to question whether a routine or ritual wasn’t exactly what he was missing. He realized that if he wanted to change his life, he had to change. To create a better life, he must create a better version of himself. For Elrod, the question then became, ‘When?’

In Elrod’s own words, “Setting a morning routine would set the tone, context and direction for the rest of the day.” He began to take his research further, looking to understand the personal development practices and habits of successful millionaires and billionaires, athletes and CEO’s. Combining this information he gathered, he created what is now the fundamental backbone of his book, SAVERS, an acronym that dictates each step of a successful morning ritual; Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing.

The secret recipe, as Elrod found, was the combination of these key actions, and stacking them up to each other to create one, solid routine. Elrod began to practice SAVERS, and within two months, the transformation in his life was dramatic. In the midst of the economic collapse of 2008, Elrod doubled his income. He went from being in the worst physical shape of his life, to running a 52-mile Ultra Marathon. He found his depression had lifted.

One morning, Elrod told his wife he felt that what he had come up with and what he was doing was something of a miracle. His wife coined his routine by responding; “It’s your miracle morning!” The name stuck, and although there were no thoughts of a book or future movie, many of Elrod’s clients also implemented “The Miracle Morning” and found themselves completely changed, much as it had done for Elrod, himself.

Elrod found he had a responsibility to share this success, this method, with the world. He wrote the book in three years, and on December 12, 2012, he self-published. Since then, “The Miracle Morning” has been picked up by traditional publishers, and sold and translated into thirty-six languages.

The idea to create a movie based on Elrod’s book would come later, from a friend and Miracle Morning community member. The filmmaker wanted to produce a documentary based on the success and transformations of those who followed the routine. To showcase the routine and the results.

It took some persuading for Elrod to consider the endeavor, but the idea that he would reach, and ultimately help, a vastly increased audience within the television medium was persuasive. He gave the go-ahead, and work began, becoming a six year project. At Elrod’s request, the documentary would follow the morning routines of Robert Kiyosaki and wife, Kim, Brendan Burchard, Laila Ali (daughter of Muhammed Ali), Mel Robbins, Robin Sharma and more, all followers of his method. Then, the hammer dropped.

Half-way through filming, Elrod was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. He was told he had a 30% chance of surviving. For Elrod, this meant he would quit filming and working on the documentary, and focus his attention to healing.

His producer, however, was insistent that he include this journey in the documentary. Put Hal Elrod and his battle with cancer into the movie, come what may. Elrod was resistant, but ultimately allowed him to film and continue the work by including this intimate struggle and fight for health and healing. Now, Elrod says he is grateful that he was persuaded to include this part of his life in the documentary.

At the time of his diagnosis, Elrod made a priority of visiting his Oncologist immediately to state, emphatically, that he did not wish to take chemotherapy. He intended to fight his cancer holistically. His doctor was sympathetic to his desire but insisted it would not work, in this situation. Hal Elrod’s kidneys were failing, his lungs were failing, and his heart was close behind. According to his Oncologist, if he didn’t begin chemo within twenty-four hours, he faced death within days, or at most, weeks. Elrod took one day to make his decision, and started chemotherapy, as advised, shortly after.

According to Elrod, however, there were two significant decisions he made during this time in his fight against cancer. The first was to treat himself holistically, alongside his chemotherapy treatments. Not to choose between the two, but to complement his treatment with all the world had to offer in holistic practices. This included acupuncture, ozone sauna treatment, a multitude of supplements, organic juicing and coffee enemas.

The second action he took was to treat his mind and mental health. With unwavering faith and affirmations, he pushed himself to keep mentally healthy, to avoid falling into negativity and keep fear at bay. In his weakest moments, he fought these fears with the self-written affirmation that he would “live to be 100 years old, alongside his wife and children.” This inner wellness and commitment to affirmations could be summed up by Elrod here;

“We have…like 40 trillion cells in our bodies. It’s our little army and they do what they’re told. And if you live in fear, they manifest what you’re afraid of. But if you live in faith, they manifest what you’re investing your faith into.”

In a matter of months, Hal Elrod was in remission, and now he is four months out of chemotherapy and cancer free.

Hal Elrod’s “The Miracle Morning” is made up of the practice of what he has termed SAVERS, and can be completed in any order, for any length of time. These are the six most proven, ancient, and effective practices in the history of humanity, Elrod says. Though many successful people are found to practice one or two of these, it is uncommon, until the birth of The Miracle Morning, to find those who practiced them as a whole, all together, for higher impact.

The morning practice looks like this:

S- Silence. This is starting your day with meditation or prayer or both. It is a calming and quieting the mind, and allowing “…the wisdom of God or higher consciousness or your own infinite intelligence to rise to the surface.” Avoid the phone, screens, news, even coffee.

A- Affirmations. Elrod impresses upon us that this is perhaps one of the most important practices to get exactly right, as affirmations as a whole, have been misunderstood and ineffective. He explains, the ‘I am’ statement that often counters reality and truth is not likely to be effective. You cannot lie to yourself, say ‘magic words’ and call them an affirmation, expecting results. Instead, he encourages us to follow three guidelines to create effective affirmations.

Affirm what you are committed to, in a “no matter what, no other option” statement. Second, affirm why it is crucial to you or meaningful to do so.

Third, affirm the specific actions you’ll take to achieve this and when.

“An affirmation is simply a reminder of what is important for you to focus on, for you to thank, for you to feel, for you to believe.

“What are you committed to? Why is it crucial…why is it meaningful for you? What are the specific actions you’re going to take and when?” —Hal Elrod

V- Visualization. Elrod explains that this key concept is widely used in the most successful areas of our society. For example, world renowned athletes such as Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, and Michael Jordan, all talk about their success with visualization. It is the ability to see yourself perform and excel, a rehearsal in the mind, before the event. Like affirmations, a misunderstood act of visualization can be counterproductive.

Many are taught to visualize the end result, and that’s not enough to create successful visualization, says Elrod. There are two parts; visualize the end goal, but also visualize the steps and actions you have to take to get there. The best time to do this is during your morning routine, with a clear and sound mind that’s optimized to visualize these components.

E- Exercise. Exercise is a key component but that doesn’t always mean you must take an hour at the gym, according to Elrod. It can be simply stretching, or similar forms of movement that get your blood flowing.

R- Reading. Reading each morning in this routine can be a few pages in the morning, a chapter or two of a self-help or inspirational book. Imagine that each morning you are reading a little bit more, coming closer to learning something, ingesting something, that could transform your life; finances, marriage, health.

S- Scribing. This is journaling. Every day, Elrod writes down three things he is grateful for. He also creates a to-do list of ten items and writes down the top three activities that will propel him further, or impact his life. The act of writing it down gives them a greater weight in your day.

“Any one of those changes will change your life. When you do all six, it truly is a miracle morning.” —Robert Kiyosaki

To see Hal Elrod’s documentary, The Miracle Morning, head to The world premier happens on December 12, 2020, and comes with a live training and Q&A. You’ll be able to get a digital download of the movie, for a full package price of $19.95. A trailer is available on the website as well, and we encourage you to take a peek and see if The Miracle Morning speaks to you.

**We’d like to be clear that the information, teachings and beliefs in this blog are intended to be educational and informational. While we believe these methods to be helpful and beneficial, we do not recommend or condone taking this information in place of, or against, professional medical advice.