The (6-minute) Miracle Morning

“On the one hand, we all want to be happy. On the other hand, we all know the things that make us happy. But we don’t do those things. Why? Simple. We are too busy. Too busy doing what? Too busy trying to be happy.”
—Matthew Kelly, Bestselling Author

One question I often get about The Miracle Morning, is regarding how long it should be. You may remember that—when I first had the breakthrough realization about how my level of success (and me fulfilling my potential) in every area was being hindered by my limited level of Personal Development—my biggest challenge was finding time to implement daily Personal Development…

As I’ve developed The Miracle Morning, I’ve realized the need to make it scalable so that even the busiest amongst us can make the time for our personal development.

Here is an example of a 6-minute Miracle Morning for those days when you’re extra busy and pressed for time, or for those of you that are so overwhelmed with your life situation right now that you are feeling stress just thinking about adding one more thing. I think we can all agree that investing six minutes in our Personal Development is reasonable, even when we’re busy, and I think you may be pleasantly surprised when you see just how POWERFUL (and life-changing) six minutes can be!

Imagine that the first six minutes of every morning begins like this…

Minute One… (Silence)

Imagine waking up in the morning, and instead of rushing carelessly into your hectic day—feeling stressed and overwhelmed—imagine that you instead spend the first minute sitting in purposeful Silence. You sit, very calm, very peaceful, and you breathe deeply, slowly. Maybe you say a prayer of gratitude to appreciate the moment, or pray for guidance on your journey. Maybe, you decide to try your first minute of meditation. As you sit in silence, you’re totally present in the now, in the moment. You calm your mind, relax your body, and allow all of your stress to melt away. You develop a deeper sense of peace, purpose, and direction…

Minute Two… (Affirmations)

You pull out your daily Affirmations—the ones that remind you of your unlimited potential and your most important priorities—and you read them out loud from top to bottom. As you focus on what’s most important to you, your level of internal motivation increases. Reading over the reminders of how capable you really are, gives you a feeling of confidence. Looking over what you’re committed to, what your purpose is, and what your goals are re-energizes you to take the actions necessary to live the life you truly want, deserve, and now know is possible for you…

Minute Three… (Visualization)

You close your eyes, or you look at your vision board, and you visualize. Your Visualization could include your goals, what it will look and feel like when you reach them. You visualize the day going perfectly, see yourself enjoying your work, smiling and laughing with your family, or your significant other, and easily accomplishing all that you intend to accomplish for that day. You see what it will look like, you feel what it will feel like, and you experience the joy of what you will create…

Minute Four… (Scribing)

Imagine, pull out your journal, and in your journal, you take a minute to right down what you’re grateful for, what you’re proud, and the results you’re committed to creating for that day. Doing so, you put yourself in an empowered, an inspired, and confident state of mind.

Minute Five… (Reading)

Then, you grab your self-help book and invest one miraculous minute reading a page or two. You learn a new idea, something that you can implement into your day. You discover something new that you can use to feel better—to be better.

Minute Six… (Exercise)

Finally, you stand up and you spend the last minute, doing jumping jacks for 60 seconds and getting your heart rate up and getting energized and waking yourself up and increasing your ability to be alert and to focus.

How would YOU feel if that’s the 6-minute you started your day with? How would the quality of your day—your life—improve?

Please leave a quick comment below and tell us how The Miracle Morning has or (you believe) will impact YOUR life.


  1. I’m adding a test comment to this test post. One two three.

  2. This is a test to see how cool the DISQUS feature really is, although it looks really cool so far – so that's a plus!

  3. Hal thank you this is awesome. The days im at my best are the mornings i start out with a purpose. And there's nothing worse than feeling let down after I sleep past the buzzer and I miss my MM time. This is such a realistic look at something easy that although not much, is a choice for growth instead of quiet complacency! There is now NO excuse to make every morning Miraculous!
    What a gift, Thank you!

  4. Ben, you're very welcome… And thank YOU for sharing your valuable comments. I appreciate YOU, my friend… :^)

  5. Definately a refreshing technique worthy of praising in a comment! haha

  6. Thanks Clint! ;^)

  7. Thanks Clint! :^)

    Your friend,

    “Yo Pal” Hal

  8. Thanks Clint! :^)

    Always with Gratitude,

    “Yo Pal” Hal

  9. Very innovative, thanks Hal

  10. You're very welcome. Thank YOU for your thoughtful comment! :^)

    With sincere gratitude,

    “Yo Pal” Hal

  11. I think this is a great idea. I often feel so busy and know that I don't take time to reflect and think forward as you're saying. I'm going to try it out , thank you for investing so much energy in wanting to help people.

  12. Erica,

    Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Please keep me updated on how The 6-Minute Miracle Morning® helps you! You can always send me an email at

    Your friend,

    “Yo Pal” Hal Elrod

  13. I really enjoyed reading this very much. I hope more people will do the same and follow their affirmations. Life is too beautiful ..

    Self Esteem Affirmations

  14. Hi Kriza,

    Thank YOU so much for your comment!

    With sincere gratitude,
    “Yo Pal” Hal

  15. I'm a student, and I pretty much have no time- or feel like I have no time- but I really want to change my life, and I really want to try this. 
    I would love to read your book, can't wait until it comes out!

  16. Hi Hal,
    This is great stuff! (as always) This is an excellent way to start the day! No matter how busy you are! I've recently taken on a lot more in my life & this quick, simple, yet very effective approach to starting the day off right helps so much! I really appreciate this Hal!

    Thank you!
    Mike Lonzetta

  17. Thanks Mike! I appreciate you, brother!!

    Your friend for life,

  18. Thank you for your thoughtful comment!

    With sincere gratitude,
    “Yo Pal” Hal Elrod

  19. This is awesome and simple… anybody can do this… starting today

  20. This is awesome….I am an all or nothing type of person so on days when I can't fit a whole hour into the miracle morning I skip it but not any more I have a new program that will work for the busier days. Thank You :)

  21. How would I feel if I started my day with these 6 minutes every day?

    I think I’d feel jittery. Like a monkey mind. 1 minute of each of these things (while in themselves being valuable) would not give me any peace. I’d feel I could not “sink down” enough and fully “get into it”. 1 minute is soo short!

    I think I’d do 6 minutes of just one of these things. And a different one every day.
    Or I would take one hour for this whole routine.

    Nevertheless, great that people are implementing this.

  22. Agreed! :^) Thanks for commenting Mike!

  23. Great to hear, Mary! You’re very welcome. :^)

  24. Hey Tom, excellent insights. The “normal” Miracle Morning is an hour (You can get your FREE Miracle Morning “Crash Course” at; this is just an option for days when you don’t have a full hour available. Thanks again for commenting Tom!

    With sincere gratitude,


  25. wow the effects are epic. Thanks a lot! I just starting reading the book and did the savers routine @ minute each. I am glad to wake up everyday to have a clearer purpose and it does feel like christmas, I even woke up earlier then my alarm ^^

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