★★★☆☆ – 3 stars out of 5
This book opens up explaining that the life you’ve always wanted is within your grasp and the real secret may actually be waking up earlier. Elrod’s Miracle Morning and Level 10 life approaches to goal setting and completing tasks has become widely popular and motivating for a number of people. After reading this book and applying the ideas to my own life I can certainly see why. However, when it comes to a full review of this book I think its important to break it down into two parts: the ideas and the writing style.
The ideas and tips that Elrod offers are inspirational and, when you follow through with it, feels like a true transformation. They are things that seem like they should be obvious (taking time each morning for yourself) but somehow aren’t (which is where the extended title comes in). Its about taking time to focus on yourself and meet some of your basic needs, telling yourself that you can do it, and visualizing what your success will look like. There were a few suggestions that Elrod made that I disagree with based on research that I’ve read. For example, he advises putting off eating breakfast until after the SAVERS routine (roughly 1 hour after waking up) but I’ve read in several studies that its the most beneficial to your health if you eat breakfast within 1 hour of waking up. Small points like that but, as with any self-help book, ones that you can shape to fit your needs and lifestyle.
As for the style of writing, however, that’s where the 3 instead of more stars comes in. The book isn’t too terribly long but you have to wade through a lot of repeated infomercial talk to get to the point. I didn’t expect to have a one page “this is how you succeed at life” but I felt like the book could’ve lost over half of its “just keep reading and you’ll find out the secret” and it wouldn’t been just as helpful of a book.
If you’re looking to take hold of life and willing to wake up a little earlier to do that (whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, like me) then I recommend this book to you. Just be prepared to flip through a lot of pages without any real substance.