It’s time to wake up to your full potential. –Hal Elrod

“Life’s too short” is repeated often enough to be a cliché, but this time it’s true. You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless; it’s painful. –Seth Godin

Yesterday, a friend of mine lent me a book and he highly recommended it by saying it completely changed his life. Out of great curiosity, I went through the cover and the successful stories shared by other readers. The more I go into the book, the more I’m touched by the compelling story and thought-provoking messages it tries to deliver. This book is “the Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod.

Hal, died at the age of 20, for 6 minutes, and luckily came back to life. So this book is a story about his changes in life–Wake up our full potential.

Last night, before I went to bed, I told myself that I need to get up early to squeeze some time to discover the great messages in the book before I go to work. Bearing this curiosity, I fell asleep…

Early in the morning, I was called back from dream and last night’s idea popped out of minds. Thankfully, I’m feeling like a revolutionist who takes the accountability to make some dedication, leaving no excuse to staying in bed. Within few seconds, I have cleared my minds and buried myself into the book. Fortunately, I grasped 3 principle ideas.

From Hal Elrod’s words, a world of different ways of life and a life journey of bumps are unveiled to me. In brief, this book can be interpreted as a “morning book”, talking about starting a day at 4, 5 a.m. or as early as possible. But the underlying messages are tapping our potentials to make a difference in life—don’t set up limits in our life. As his mentor Kevin Bracy once says, “If you want your life to be different, you have to be willing to do something different first”. Actually, Hal made it and achieved a splendid life out of the mastery from the god of death. From his exponential-curve self-growth, he shares some of his quite simple beliefs:

Message one

“… Even when life is difficult or challenging—especially when life is difficult and challenging—the present is always an opportunity for us to learn, grow, and become better than we’ve ever been before. You are in the process of writing your life story, and no good story is without a hero or heroine overcoming their share of challenges. In fact, the bigger the challenges, the better the story.”

Message Two

What matters equally comes to the breakdown of our rooted spirit of “change”. Mistakenly, most of us see the world in stability. However, what we learn is totally different from the reality—the outside world evolves and changes everlastingly. For certainty, the same rule can be applied to our own life. Largely, we bear the Rearview Mirror Syndrome (RMS). According to Hal’s interpretation, “We mistakenly believe that who we were is who we are, thus limiting our true potential in the present, based on the limitations of our past.”

Nevertheless, as a matter of fact our past does not equal our future. Even standstill, we are moving with the earth and inside ourselves, our spirits and our physical world are changing unstoppable. Hence, it is of critical importance to have an evolutionary mindset.


Otherwise, we are limited by our interpretation of the world and we would trap our own potentials. We could waste our power and talents probably without the awareness and courage to put them into use. Under development of our own potential is a mask of failure and it is prelude of being under achievers rather than dream chasers.

Message Three

Last but not least, our lifestyle is the secret to make a difference. Actually, this is the essence in the book. To start a new day with the first slice of sunrise is a great fortune and an amazing experience.

Here is what I did this morning at 5 a.m.:

  • Read 70 pages of Hal’s book the Miracle Morning
  • Do 35 minutes jogging for 5,7 km
  • Listen to Radio Français and BBC

Can you imagine this? I go to bed around 22h30 in the evening, get up at 5 and accomplish many things like getting empowered as a “solar panel”, absorbing every inch of the sunshine and the freshness in the air. “Energetic” is the only word I can tell.

I’m grateful to have the chance to open a different world of wonders.

See you tomorrow at 5 A.M.


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