the Miracle Morning

by Hal Elrod

As a business owner, do you take as much time to work on your “self” as you take to work on your business?  If not, you should so you can be most effective for your clients, your employees, your business and, ultimately, YOU and your family.

When I read the Miracle Morning, in addition to finding the content to be motivating overall, I found several comparisons between the points Hal Elrod made about how to transform our personal lives and the actions we take (or should take) to transform our businesses.  So, it begs the question  . . .  if we know what to do to build a strong, healthy company, why do we often overlook doing the same for our own personal well-being?  Or are we missing some key priorities for both our own personal health and the health of our business?

Here are some points Hal indicates are causes of mediocrity in our lives that, as I’ve noticed, can also be causes of mediocrity in businesses.

Lack of Purpose – Do you know your life’s purpose?  Or as Simon Sinek says, your “why”?  If not, that may be why you struggle sometimes to get moving in the morning.  Knowing your mission in life, helps you determine what you need to do each day – what your priorities should be for that day, week, month, etc.  Knowing your “why”, your purpose, will give you the energy and motivation to stay focused and achieve your mission rather than just getting by – falling into the trap of mediocrity.

The same is true for your business.  If you know “why” your organization exists, you can align your company goals with your purpose – both for the long-term and short-term.  When you communicate this to your team, you help motivate them and give them clarity on how they can contribute to your company’s success.

Lack of accountability – As Hal says . . . “Accountability is the act of being responsible to someone else for some action or result.”  Even though we may not realize it, we’ve been held accountable all of our lives – starting with our parents, teachers, etc.  We knew then, and we know now, that when we’re held accountable to get something done by a certain time, we’re more apt to make it happen.  Doing things half-heartedly (experiencing mediocrity) doesn’t feel good.

Our employees, clients and partners feel the same about mediocrity – they don’t like it.  Setting clear expectations and then holding individuals accountable creates a win/win situation.  Employees will know how they can help your company succeed and your clients will be happy because you delivered on your promise.  Very likely, this may result in repeat business with your clients and better employee retention.

In the Miracle Morning, his chapter on “The 95% Reality Check” offers additional points about the causes of mediocrity and how one can avoid them.  When I read this chapter, I continued to see parallels between transforming my personal life and transforming my business.  I imagine you may find similar parallels.  If you want a reality check on your business, feel free to take this Organizational Check-Up (click on “Individual Account”).

The final takeaway I’d like to share about his book is the six daily practices that help motivate and energize us to make positive changes in our lives.  Hal calls them his Life S.A.V.E.R.S.

Silence

Affirmation

Visualization

Exercise

Reading

Scribing

While these “S.A.V.E.R.S.” can benefit us in our personal lives, similar practices can be helpful for our businesses.  I truly hope you’ll read his book.

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