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As quickly as I started, I stopped. Essays in high school were challenging enough, let alone a book. Our team went on to finish 1 in the company and break the all-time annual record. I might even write that book that had been swimming around in my head the last couple of years. I also met Ursula. We were inseparable and I had this feeling that she could be the one.
I had to give it one more year, but this time I had to give it my all. I was terrified, but committed. I also concluded that I had an obligation to write that book and share my story with the world. I worked days straight, selling and writing, with a level of discipline which eluded me the first 25 years of my life. I was fueled by passion to do what I had never done before: to venture from my painfully comfortable realm of mediocrity—from which I operated my entire life—into the space of being extraordinary.
Then, the unthinkable happened. My parents were devastated; I was not. So, I did. I agreed. I ended up loving it. My first client saw measurable results in his life and business, and I was passionate about helping others, as their coach. My coaching business took off, and I went on to coach hundreds of entrepreneurs, salespeople, and business owners. Shortly after, I gave my first paid speech when I was hired by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to be the featured keynote speaker at their national conference.
I started speaking and sharing my story at local high schools and colleges. The United States economy crashed. Overnight, my income was cut in half. Mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially—I hit rock bottom. Never in my life have I felt so hopeless, overwhelmed, and depressed. At a loss for how to fix my life yet again, I desperately sought answers to insurmountable problems.
I read self-help books, attend seminars, even hired a coach—but nothing worked. I finally confessed to a close friend how bad things had gotten which I had successfully kept a secret up until this point. His question: Are you exercising? My answer: I can barely get out of bed in the morning—so, no.
I was desperate, though, so I took his advice and went for a run. The realizations I had on this run became a turning point in my life details in Chapter 2: The Miracle Morning Origin — Born Out of Desperation , and I had the inspiration to create a daily personal development routine that I hoped would enable me to develop into the person I needed to be to solve my problems and turn my life around.
Incredibly, it worked. My findings completely shattered the paradigms and perceptions held true by most people, including me. Loving the results, I shared it with my coaching clients, who loved it just as much. They told their friends, family, and co-workers about it. I married the woman of my dreams. My coaching business was thriving; I had a waiting list for clients. My speaking career took off. I was giving talks and keynote messages at high schools, colleges, and corporate and non-profit conferences.
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The Miracle Morning spread like wildfire. I got emails every day from people telling me it was changing their life. I knew it was my responsibility to share it with the world, and that writing a book was the best way to do that. Slowly, I began to write again. I believe it is crucial for us to embrace the perspective that anything another person has overcome or accomplished is simply evidence that anything—and I mean anything—you need to overcome or want to accomplish is possible for you, no matter what your past or current circumstances. It begins with accepting total responsibility for every aspect of your life and refusing to blame anyone else.
The degree to which you accept responsibility for everything in your life is precisely the degree of personal power you have to change or create anything in your life. It is important to understand that responsibility is not the same as blame. While blame determines who is at fault for something, responsibility determines who is committed to improving things. You have arrived at this moment to learn what you must learn, so you can become the person you need to be to create the life you truly want. You are in the process of writing your life story, and no good story is without a hero or heroine overcoming their fair share of challenges.
In fact, the bigger the challenges, the better the story. Since there are no restrictions and no limits to where your story goes from here, what do you want the next page to say? The good news is that you have the ability to change—or create—anything in your life, starting right now. There are no limits. Grab a Pen Before you read any further, please grab a pen or pencil so you can write in this book. As you read, mark anything that stands out which you may want to come back to later.
Underline, circle, highlight, fold the corners of pages and take notes in the margins so you can come back and quickly recall the most important lessons, ideas, and strategies. Personally, I used to struggle with this, because I am a bit of an obsessive- compulsive perfectionist, and anal about keeping my things looking clean and neat.
Then I realized that I needed to get over it, because the purpose of a book like this is not for it to remain untouched, but rather to maximize the value we extract from it. Now, I mark up all of my books so I can revisit them anytime and quickly recapture all of the key benefits, without having to read the entire book again. The next chapter of your life is about to begin… 21 Where along the way did we lose sight of the miracle that we are living? When we were born, everyone assured us that we could do, have, and be anything we wanted when we grew up.
I recently read an alarming statistic: The average American is 20 lbs. Even if only a fraction of this statistic is true, Americans need some serious waking up. What about you? Are you maximizing your potential and creating the levels of success that you truly want—in every area of your life? Or are you ready to stop settling, so you can start living your best life—you know, the life of your dreams? Sadly, so few people ever come close to living the life of their dreams 22 Most people resign themselves to a life of mediocrity, passively accepting whatever life gives them. Even people who are highly successful in one area, such as business, tend to settle for mediocrity in another area, such as their health or relationships.
Not so much. You can become one of the few people that actually live the extraordinary life all of us deserve. You really can have it all. What if I told you that it all starts with how you wake up in the morning, and that there are small, simple steps you can start taking today that will enable you to become the person you need to be to create the levels of success you truly want and deserve—in every area of your life?
Would you get excited? Would you even believe me? People have been jaded. I understand. Then, over time, I learned a few things that changed everything. It is absolutely crucial—not only for the quality of your life, but for the impact you make on your family, friends, clients, co-workers, children, community, and anyone whose life you touch—that you start living in alignment with that truth. Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days—which inevitably create a successful life—in the same way that unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life.
By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible. I know this because thousands of people around the world have already transformed their lives using The Miracle Morning. For some, it has allowed them to tap into a deeper sense of purpose and meaning in their lives. Just read a few of the Success Stories in the opening pages of this book, and you will see the profound effects. And, while you can still sleep in any time you want, you might be surprised to find you no longer 25 Imagine that.
Time and time again practitioners of The Miracle Morning compare waking up every day to the feeling they had as a kid, waking up on Christmas morning. It feels that good! Imagine how great it will be to start every day like that. I know these are bold claims to make, and this list of benefits might even sound like a bit of overpromising—a little too good to be true, right? I assure you there is no hyperbole here. You can improve any area of your life. With your help, I believe we can change that statistic. Never forget that who you are becoming is the single most important determining factor in your quality of life, now and for your future.
Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. I am grateful to use not only my successes, but also my failures, to help others in a way that can empower them to overcome their own limitations and achieve more than they ever thought possible. My 1st Rock Bottom: Dead at the Scene As you know, my first rock bottom was almost my last when, at age 20, I was hit head on by a drunk driver and died at the scene of the accident. It was The United States economy was in the midst of the worst recession since the infamous Great Depression of the s.
In the years after surviving my 28 This time it was a complete mental, emotional, and financial breakdown. Seemingly overnight, the successful enterprises I had built were no longer profitable. Over half of my monthly income disappeared. I was suddenly unable to pay my bills. I had just bought my first home. I was engaged to be married, and we were planning our first child. Buried in debt, behind on my mortgage, for the first time in my life, I became severely depressed. I was at the lowest point in my life.
Could things have been worse? But was this the worst they had ever been for me? I had hit my rock bottom. Most people would assume that being hit head on by a drunk driver, breaking 11 bones, suffering permanent brain damage, dying for six minutes, and waking from a coma to face the news that you may never walk again would be hard to top.
You see, after my car accident, I had people taking care of me. In the hospital, my family never left my side. I was constantly surrounded by visitors—friends and family coming by daily to check on me and shower me with love and support. I had an incredible staff of doctors and nurses overseeing every step of my care and recovery.
My food was prepared and delivered to me. Life in the hospital was easy. Nobody felt sorry for me. There was no one there to oversee my care and recovery. Nobody brought me any food.
I was on my own this time. People had their own problems to deal with.
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A domino effect led to struggles in every area of my life. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially—you name it—I was a mess. I had so much fear and uncertainty that the only comfort I found each day was my own bed. As pathetic as it may sound, what got me through each day was the peace of mind from knowing I could eventually crawl into bed and temporarily escape my problems.
Thoughts of suicide circled my mind daily. Not that I would ever have actually followed through with it. Suicide is not only one of the most 29 But the thoughts were still there. I woke up feeling depressed, as I had been for weeks, but this morning I did something different. Now, make no mistake, I was not a runner. In fact, running for the sake of running was one of the only things I can honestly say that I despised.
However, my good friend, Jon, told me that whenever he was feeling stressed or overwhelmed, going for a run enabled him to think more clearly, lifted his spirits, and helped him come up with solutions to his problems. I was desperate. I had nothing to lose. I was going to go for a run. I had no idea that, on that run, I would have one of the most powerful, profound, life-changing breakthroughs in my entire life.
Listening to a personal development audio from Jim Rohn, he said something that although I had heard before, I never really got it. You know how sometimes you hear something over and over again without actually implementing it, but then one day it finally clicks for you? It just takes you being in the right state of mind to really get it? Well, that morning I was in the right state of mind—a state of desperation—and I got it. This one philosophy was going to change my entire life.
The Success Parallel All of a sudden, it hit me! It was like a tidal wave of reality that came crashing down, and I became present to the fact that I had not been developing myself into the person I needed to be to attract, create, and sustain the level of success that I wanted. On a scale of one to ten, I wanted Level 10 success, but my level of personal development was at about a two—maybe a three or a four on a good day. I realized this is the problem for all of us. We all want Level 10 success, in every area of our lives—health, happiness, finances, relationships, career, spirituality, you name it—but if our levels of personal development knowledge, 30 Our outer world will always be a reflection of our inner world.
Our level of success is always going to parallel our level of personal development. Until we dedicate time each day to developing ourselves into the person we need to be to create the life we want, success is always going to be a struggle to attain. I ran straight home. I was ready to change my life. Our First Challenge: Finding Time I knew that the solution to all of my problems was that I had to commit to making personal development a priority in my daily life.
This was the missing link that would enable me to become the person I needed to be able to consistently attract, create, and sustain the levels of success that I wanted. Simple enough. Maybe you can relate? On the other hand, we all know the things that make us happy. We are too busy. Too busy doing what? Too busy trying to be happy. I considered the options: Maybe the Evening? But then I realized that the evening was really the only time I had to spend with her during the day.
Evening was not going to be the optimum time. Possibly the Afternoon?
Maybe I could schedule it in the middle of the day? Well, that extra 31 Aw, Come on — Not in the Morning! Then, I considered doing it in the morning—but I resisted. To say that I was not a morning person was a gross understatement. The fact was, I dreaded getting up in the morning, particularly waking up early, almost as much as I hated running. But the more I thought about it, the more a few things started to make sense.
First, by committing to my personal development in the morning, it would give me a positive motivational kick-start to my day. I could learn something new in the morning. I remembered a blog post that I read on StevePavlina. But if I strive to make that first hour optimally productive, the rest of the day tends to follow suit.
If I did it in the morning, before the rest of my life and my work got in the way, I could guarantee that it happened every single day. Executing my personal development first thing in the morning was looking to be the most advantageous option, but it was already hard enough to drag myself out of bed every day at a.
Feeling frustrated and a bit defeated, I was about to close my planner and forget the whole idea, when I heard the voice of my mentor, Kevin Bracy, in my head. Committed to making a change, I decided to overcome my self-imposed, life-long limiting belief that I was not a morning person and wrote into my schedule that I would wake up at a. I could exercise, but 32 So, I pulled out a piece of blank paper and I wrote down all of the most life-changing personal development practices that I had learned over the years, but never implemented—at least never consistently.
Activities like meditation, affirmations, journaling, visualization, as well as reading and exercise. I chose the six activities that I thought would have the most immediate and dramatic impact on my life, assigned 10 minutes each, and planned to try all six the next morning. The interesting thing was, looking at this list got me feeling motivated! All of a sudden the idea of waking up early went from something I dreaded to something more and more appealing.
That night, I could hardly fall asleep, I was so excited for the morning to come! When the alarm clock went off at a. It was effortless, it was invigorating, and it reminded me of being a kid, waking up on Christmas morning. There had been no time in my life when waking up was easier, when I felt more energized and excited about my day, than I did as a kid on Christmas… until today. The Morning That Transformed My Entire Life Teeth brushed, face washed, and a glass of water in hand, I sat up straight on my living room couch at a.
It was still dark outside, and something about that felt very empowering. I pulled out my list of life-changing personal development activities I had learned over the years but never implemented. One by one, I implemented each one. Silence Sitting in silence, praying, meditating, and focusing on my breath, for 10 minutes. I felt my stress melt away, felt a sense of calm come over my body and ease my mind.
This was different from the typical chaos of my hectic mornings. For the first time in a long time, I felt peaceful. Like most of my books, it was one that I had started, but never finished. I read for ten minutes, and picked up a few ideas that I was excited to implement that day. I was reminded that it only takes one idea to change your life, and I felt motivated.
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Affirmations Having never before harnessed the power of affirmations, it felt amazing to finally read the self-confidence affirmation from Think and Grow Rich aloud. The affirmation was a powerful reminder of the unlimited potential that was within me—and within each of us. I decided to write my own affirmation. I jotted 33 I felt empowered. Visualization I grabbed the Vision Board off my wall. I had created it after watching the movie The Secret. I rarely took time to look at, let alone use it as the visualization tool it was intended to be.
For ten minutes, my focus shifted from image to image, pausing at each one to close my eyes and feel, with every fiber of my being, what it would be like to manifest each into my life. I felt inspired. Journaling Next, I opened one of the many blank journals I had purchased over the years. Like all of the others, I had failed to write in for more than a few days—a week at the most.
On this day, I wrote what I was grateful for in my life. Almost immediately, I felt my depression lifting, like a heavy fog which had been weighing me down. The simple act of writing down the things I was grateful for lifted my spirits. I felt grateful. Then I flipped over onto my back and did as many sit ups as my out-of-shape abs would allow.
I felt energized. It was incredible! I had already experienced what was one of the most peaceful, motivating, empowering, inspiring, grateful, and energizing days of my life—and it was only a. Nothing Short of a Miracle For the next few weeks, I continued to wake up at a.
Then, so incredibly happy with the way I was feeling and the progress I was making as a result of my morning routine, I wanted more of it! So, one night while getting ready for bed, I did what was unthinkable at the time; I set my alarm clock for a. Falling asleep that night, I wondered if I was out of my mind. Surprisingly, it was just as easy to wake up at a. My stress levels dropped dramatically. I had more energy, clarity, and focus.
I felt genuinely happy, motivated, and inspired. Thoughts of depression were a distant memory. You could say I was back to my old self again—although I was experiencing so much growth, so rapidly, that I was quickly surpassing any version 34 And with my newfound levels of energy, motivation, clarity, and focus I was able to easily set goals, create strategies and execute a plan to save my business and increase my income. Less than two months after my first Miracle Morning, my income was not only back to the level it had been at before the economy crashed, it was higher than ever before.
I knew this powerful morning personal development routine was something I would eventually start sharing with my private coaching clients, so I needed a name for it. Considering that the transformation I was experiencing was so profound and happening so fast—having gone from broke and depressed to financially secure and excited about life, in less than two months—that it felt like a miracle, the only appropriate name was The Miracle Morning.
Trust me, I am not a morning person! She committed to waking up at 6 a. I offered her some encouragement and wished her luck. On her coaching call one week later, Katie was on fire! When I asked if she actually woke up at 6 a. So I woke up at a. Hal, it was amazing! I had to tell my other coaching clients about this. Within a few short weeks, dozens of my clients were sharing with me that they were experiencing the same types of life changing benefits during their own Miracle Mornings. Some of my clients told their friends and co-workers about how The Miracle Morning was changing their life.
It spread through the online world like wildfire. People start posting about The Miracle Morning on Facebook, tweeting about it on Twitter, and even proudly posting videos of themselves on YouTube, up early and doing The Miracle Morning. Crazy, right? Who In the Hell Is Joe? I started to realize there was something to this whole Miracle Morning thing.
Boy, was I about to be pleasantly surprised. Look at the information and download the free audio. Check it out, and I hope your life will be blessed. This is the moment I realized that The Miracle Morning is truly life-changing and I had to share it with the world. It became clear to me that, while I never intended for it to be anything more than my little morning routine, I had a responsibility to share The Miracle Morning with as many people as possible, so it can transform their lives the way it did for me.
Now, when he answered, I heard something I had missed before, regret and sorrow. I saw in his eyes the doors of his past opening as he visited locked-away, painful memories, such as losing his mother, his wife, and his regretful, abusive relationships with his own children. There were times that we'd have to pause while he'd sigh deeply, gathering himself before proceeding.
Those moments were magically transformational for both of us. That day, a miracle occurred. This miracle wasn't one of childhood fairy tales, but rather consisted of moments in time, silence, and self-reflection. Those three elements transformed both our lives.
That day, my grandfather made the decision to stop drinking. He chose to change. Each holiday season, I still think of that John Denver song. My grandfather's life journey significantly impacted my life, and truth be told was an instrumental part of my decision to enter into the counseling profession. Raychelle Cassada Lohman n , M.
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