Back in July of 2015, I was going through a very challenging time. I actually felt like I had been going through a very challenging time for about 20 years. Ok that is an exaggeration, but that was where my head was at then. When you’re a single parent with four kids and there are college expenses and activity expenses – oh and let’s not forget how expensive it is to feed those kiddos and their friends who are always over – things can feel overwhelming. I had recently discovered the Jame Altucher podcast and was an avid listener.
I would do a five mile walk in the evenings, listening to my positive audio to keep me going. One guest in particular had caught my attention – Hal Elrod. His story was so compelling and he was talking about his book “The Miracle Morning.” Let me tell you that at the time, mornings were anything but a miracle. They were more like “how many times can I hit the snooze button before I can just barely get everything done in time to get the kids to school and get myself to work?” Ah those were some fine times. Do you have a time in your life where you look back and say “I don’t know how I did that?” Of course you do – we all do. THIS was one of those times in my life.
Even though my divorce had been final for 6 years, I was still dealing with issues – disagreements, fights, money – or lack thereof – contributions and I was also discovering that my relationship of three years had been built around lies. Not my proudest moment. I thought – wow I’m just a loser. I can’t meet a good man to save my life so I think being alone is the way to go, I need to improve my circumstances for my kids – I can’t keep having these misfortunes. I need to be a good example.
Enter Yo’ Pal Hal. After listening to the podcast (Podcast here, Write up here I immediately went and got Hal Elrod’s book The Miracle Morning. In this case I wanted the audiobook version because I liked spending my time walking productively – both getting exercise and feeding my brain and spirit.
The concepts were not hard to grasp and the case for starting out my morning in a positive way was compelling. Hal breaks down the steps into an acronym “SAVERS.” This makes it easy to remember each step and to get through them easily. When I changed my mornings, suddenly my days didn’t seem as hectic. Things started to go RIGHT. I felt prepared for my day. I felt good personally and I had a spring in my step.
Almost immediately, I saw my circumstances change. And it wasn’t because of some woo woo luck, it was because I was taking charge of my day and thus my life. I was able to perform better at my job and I was keeping a calm head about my challenges and addressing them one by one.
I was able to dig my way out of my financial hole and start having some money to do more for the kids and even for myself. I grew in my career and was able to takes steps towards my mission in life – which is to be a guide for other single parents who are struggling.
I can only say that The Miracle Morning was one of those pivotal changes I made in my life that caused an incremental growth. Now, Hal Elrod’s book is a great movie. I was able to go to the premier in Sedona, AZ to see it and wow was it inspiring! I highly recommend that you both read the book and see the movie. I know it will inspire you and hopefully it will help you grow and change the way it did for me.
How you start your day can make all the difference. Start your Miracle Morning!