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Episode 4: “The Miracle Morning” By Hal Elrod

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On this fourth episode of The Manny Matsakis Show, Manny discusses “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod. Providing many guidelines and perspectives on how Hal Elrod sets up a secret formula on getting successful work done before 8am hits. Listen and enjoy all of Coach Matsakis’s advice on how to win on the field and to optimize your life with “The Miracle Morning”.

Episode 4: "The Miracle Morning" By Hal Elrod

Summary: On this fourth episode of The Manny Matsakis Show, Coach Manny Matsakis discusses the book, The Miracle Morning. Providing many guidelines and perspectives on how Hal Elrod, the author, sets up a secret formula on getting successful work done before 8am hits. Listen and enjoy this podcast and all of Coach Matsakis’s advice on how to win on the field, and to optimize your life with The Miracle Morning.


Coach Manny Matsakis: This is the Manny Matsakis show with me, Manny Matsakis, where you will gain insight on how to win on the field and optimize your life. This is episode number four. Today, we're gonna take a deep dive into a concept called Miracle Morning. I stumbled upon this like 10 years ago when I read a book by Hal Elrod that basically put everything together, where you are setting up your morning routine to make you successful before 8am you know, it's one of those deals like hey, you know, like the Marines we do more before anybody gets up concept. So I think that there's something to this quick disclaimer, I mean, this book is written in a very, what I would say very salesy way something that is interesting about that is that when you read it, there's a lot of salesmanship in this. And if that turns you off? Well, guess what, you can just listen to the parts that I think can help you the most. And I think that that's probably what's the most important part of this is because if that doesn't scare you, let's find out what this proven formula for success is, and see if it works for you.


Manny: You know, I've always believed that success leaves clues. So let's take a look at what some other people have to say about the Miracle Morning. All right, so here's a couple testimonials on the inside of the book. And here's the book. Everybody on the website can see what it looks like. And Hal Elrod and it's always interesting to see what people say is this first fella here, Tim Sanders, former chief solutions officer at Yahoo. New York Times bestselling author, he goes “Every once in a while, you read a book that changes the way you look at life. But it is so rare to find a book that changes the way you live your life. The Miracle Morning does both and faster than you ever thought possible”. Next one up is a fella by the name of Pat Flynn. He's a big time podcaster out there. I like to listen to him as well. He says this, “I've always been a night owl. So the idea of creating a morning routine was never an option. And it didn't appeal to me. Things were already going well with my current schedule. So why fix it if it's not broken, but I kept hearing about how valuable people's morning's routines are to their success, their mood, and their lives. So I made a commitment to give the Miracle Morning a shot. I've been doing it the last three weeks and already I'm seeing massive changes in my focus in my mood, and how much I'm able to get done”. And the last one here from a football perspective. This one is Rudy Ruettiger, who was the famous Notre Dame walk on football player, and inspired the Hollywood movie, Rudy. He's on here and he says, “ Look, the Miracle Morning is the one thing that can make immediate and profound changes in any or every area of your life. If you want your life to improve now, I highly recommend reading this book”. So those are a few of many testimonials of the Miracle Morning. And you know, the whole title is The Miracle Morning: The Not So Obvious Secret Guarantee To Transform Your Life Before 8am. So those are some highlighs. Now, it's interesting, in here he does tell a story. How Elrod tells a story, I mean, he has been an entrepreneur in his life. He was a really top performing salesperson in Cutco. Which, you know a few years back my quarterback in Emporia State Trent fuller was selling Cutco and I still have those knives! They’re the best knives!. And this is not an infomercial for Cutco, but they are fantastic knives. And so Hal started out selling those and when he was young, he had a devastating car accident that literally... he was on death's door. And then he came back a bit and started working his life, making things happen. He rebuilt his life. And really, then he crashed again. But this time he crashed financially. And so when you look at what, you know, this guy's been through, he wrote a book before this, and it was successful,very successful. But the publisher took all the money and ran away. So that was how he lost a bunch of money. financially and then he just said, hey, look, I'm gonna go back. I'm going to get my life in order and so forth, and the end product is this book The Miracle Morning and starting off I think there's some key points in here that make a lot of sense. You know, it's what I recently read, that makes a lot of sense to me. It's the average American is 20 pounds overweight, $10,000 in debt, slightly depressed, dislikes his or her job and has less than one close friend. Imagine that, less than one. So you have no close friends. So it's, it's wild to think that that is the average American. And even if some of this is true, we have some serious waking up to do and I think waking up it leads us right into the Miracle Morning. Now, he does discuss the concept of creating your level 10 and when he does this when I start reading, I start thinking like, okay, I've heard some of this stuff before. And it's interesting how you hear things and then but you don't really get it, you know, and a lot of this, the creating your level 10 is something that Tony Robbins has used in, in some of his motivational speeches and, and seminars and the like. So, you know, Tony, what he does is Tony comes out and he says, Okay, here's your wheel of life. These are all the different aspects of your life. You know, happiness, health, career, money, freedom, love all of these different areas. And then what he wants you to do is take a look from one to 10. Measure success in each area of your life. And with all these areas that Tony Robbins is is measuring in his wheel of life. He tells you to measure success in each area and see where it lies. Now do you really want to settle? Is it really worth putting yourselves in a position where you're not a level 10 in any of these and you're setting goals based on that? The three arguments that Hal Elrod starts to get into here are…

Number one, he goes, “You're just as deserving to create the life you want as anyone else”. So you deserve it just like anybody else. So don't start thinking, Oh, he can have it, and I can't, and you're coaching football, and you're trying to figure out why is this guy there, right? And then number two, he goes, “In order for you to stop settling for less than you deserve, which a lot of us do. You must first dedicate time in your day to becoming the person you desire”. And that's really important. And then the third part that Hal brings in as an argument, as he develops throughout this book is how you wake up each day and your morning routine, or lack thereof, dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life. And that is amazing. You know, I mean, you start to look at this and say, Wow, what are some of the benefits of doing what Hal Elrod is saying. And I want to share with you early in the book, he gives you some of the benefits involved in this and you start to realize, here's what you can expect to gain if you take into account what he's teaching in this book alright? “Wake up every day with more energy and empowered with the structure and strategy to start maximizing your potential. Lower your stress. gain the clarity to quickly overcome any challenge, adversity, or limiting beliefs that have been holding you back. Improve your overall health, lose weight if desired, and get in the best physical shape of your life. Increase your productivity and enhance your ability to maintain laser focus on your top priorities”. Now that sounds like a good idea there for especially when we work on all these projects,

“Experience more gratitude and less worry, significantly increase your ability to earn and attract more monetary wealth if that's what's important to you, uncover and begin living your life's purpose”. And then the last one he has here is, “Stop selling for less than you truly desire and deserve in any area of your life and start living in alignment with your vision for the most extraordinary life you can imagine”.

Now, all that would be awesome. I mean, let's not kid ourselves, I mean that we all would love to have this and he came up with all this. The system, the Miracle Morning out of desperation and it was just, he hit rock bottom. He was at a point where, sometimes you know people like this, where they come in and they sleep in day after day and they just feel like they're in their doldrums and moving along, and, you know, he got up, decided to go for a run and he listened to a guy named Jim Rohn. Jim Rohn is one of the top personal development guys out there in the history of personal development, he’s fantastic. And I would highly recommend Jim, and the quote that he heard while he was listening to Jim going on a run. Jim Rohn says your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development. Because success is something you attract by the person you become. Now, that's powerful, no matter what you think a personal development is so important. Where you and your personal development is, that's what I had to ask myself. On a scale of 1 to 10 I'm looking at things and my goodness, where am I in this? And years ago, I had to take a look at that and say, you know, I've always been a lifelong learner. I've wanted to get better at things. And, you know, I think about personal development, and I think, oh, my goodness, Hmm, what are some of my mentors that are the best I've ever seen? Did they have a habit for personal development? And I can remember as a young coach in the late 80s when I got to Manhattan, Kansas. After my first year there, we hired Bill Snyder, Hall of Fame coach, obviously. And I remember, you know, we would have parking slots outside of the football complex. And you know, the head coach had his slot there yet is like he was driving a Cadillac back then. So it pulls You always saw his car so as a GA, you know, parked out in the perimeter. And then I go by and I peek in his car as I'm walking up, you know, to go into the, into the football complex. And there they were. Personal Development cassette tapes, back then. And, I started realizing like, as a young coach, I'm sitting there wondering like, what was it about him? And I'm thinking like, this guy worked crazy hours. He invented the word, “The Grind”. You know, the concept. I mean, he was working crazy hours, and I’m thinking like, football takes up so much time. How could he have time for that? You know, for like personal development. I'm thinking like, we're doing so much. Where did he find time for this? And now I realize years later, that it's way more than that. It's like how can you not have time for personal development. When you think about, you know what Jim Rohn had said in his, in his audio tape while he was going for that run, you know, you wonder about that you really have a choice. If you want to make this deal happen. You've got to take the bull by the horns and make personal development important to you.

Here's Bill Snyder, a Hall of Fame football coach that has crushed it twice at Kansas State, a place that people say you cannot win there. And personal development was very high on his list in those early years and throughout, he was a lifelong learner. The guy is a fantastic teacher and educator and you can see how getting into personal development can impact not just him, everybody else in his program and we'll get to that. There's a few more things I'll share with you how I noticed that he was able to do that with us.

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More on that in a later time, I’m actually was just learning about this a little bit so now if you take a look at some other things here that I think are important for you to really notice is why is he Hal Elrod saying in this book, here's why do it in the morning. I noticed that Pat Flynn was earlier talking about like, I am not a morning person. I'm a night owl and all these things you know, and I actually in here I want to share with you one thing that how quotes Steve Pavlina and it's, it's in a blog post that he wrote under Steve pavlina calm titled the rudder, R-U-D-D-E-R, of the day and what he is saying Hear. He's basically saying, that it's been said that the first hour of the day is the rudder of the day. It's like, think about it on a boat. You know, you have the rudder that steers you. And it got him starting to think, you know, like, hmmm. He thought maybe I'll do it at night. Maybe I'll do it in the afternoon. Maybe I'll do it, a variety of different times. And when he read this blog, quote, it was like, Oh, boy, let me do this in the morning. And so he would wake up a little earlier than you normally would and he says, In his first Miracle Morning, which we'll get into the exact details of what is involved in that. He started out at 5am. So 5am, maybe early for some, some of you may not be for others either way. But he tested it out and said, hey, let's look at 5am you know, what can I do here? At 5am and when I do it, you know, how do I break it up? Alright, and basically what he's doing is from five to 6am, he's doing his Miracle Morning, and he takes 10 minutes of each of the following activities. Alright, so the first activity is silence. And then, you know, during a time of silence, he, he is in essence taking it and getting more and more involved in locking in, think about it as a way to get very focused and listen to yourself and what's going on. And then he would get into other things in there, he would do some reading some affirmations and visualization, and then journaling and exercise. And then he would get into all these different areas, and he said in one hour by following a rule routine that he would solidify later on, that he was able to dramatically change his life. Then all of a sudden he says, You know what? It's easy. I can wake up at 4am. So he starts doing it at 4am doesn't mean that's when you have to do it. It's just how it worked for him. He was so excited to get up in the morning and make this happen. And it started to become, at that point, a social media movement, YouTube, Twitter, and all these other people say, Hey, I'm starting my Miracle Morning, they would, and it was going all over the place. This was over a decade ago. And it started to change people's lives what he was doing, as he was helping people himself. And as you started to notice, he was getting results and those results started leaving clues for him. Now, he mentions in here, and I've heard this in a variety of different ways that 95. For that 95% of the population is basically lost. They're clueless, they're not making gains, you know, you want to join the top 5%. And that's important because if you really want to do it, right, you want to take a look at things and say, hey, how can I be above the mediocre people in this world? And he's saying here that you have to acknowledge a couple things. Number one, you have to acknowledge that 95% exists out there, right? And only 5% are out there that really understand what's going on. And so, I've heard before, like in football, they say, oh, you just got to, you know, beat the people because you don't have to compete against 5% of people because 5% of people are really, really good at what they do, and are masters of it. So just just show up and become a master and you have an opportunity to get really good and have a good record. So over time, once you get your program established, you could do that. So, you know, as he goes through this, and he's talking about this, he wants you to identify the causes of mediocrity and so forth and realize that so much of this is rearview mirror syndrome. And it's like looking in the past, thinking that is who you are right now. And you just got to realize that's just the way this deal is. So who we were, is not who we are. And what's what's interesting is that if you look at this and say, you know what? I keep having the same thoughts over and over. And what is amazing about it is when they start to register the thoughts people are having 50 to 60,000 thoughts a day. We have throughout the day, and 95% are the same thoughts. So it's very difficult to make things change. So this 5% is very, very interesting as a way to rise above. So your past does not equal your future. You know, you don't want to place unnecessary limitations on what you want for your life. And you want to think bigger. Now remember where you are as a result of who you were. But where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be from this moment on. So you can make a change at any point in time and that's what Hal Elrod is. You know, he's pontificating right here, telling you this. And that's how you want to work through this. And so I think another point of value for a football coach is you start to take a look within yourself within your staff within your players of how you're isolating certain incidents. It's almost like, Well think of it this way. How you do anything is how you do everything. So you go into your locker room and you see how, what how is that showing up right now? or How are things organized? Are the players helmets in the right place? Are there shoes there, is their stuff all over the floor? How are you showing up? It is basically going to tell you how you're going to play on game day. And how you do anything is how you do everything. And I think a lot of young men today don't get that when we're coaching them. They don't realize the key in everything that we do, it basically affects who we're becoming. So you can't just sit there and say, ah, you know what? I'll do it now. You know, now I won't do it now. Just procrastinate. Take some time off. Eventually it'll be okay. You know, it will all work itself out. And I think that is the root of mediocrity and putting yourself in a downward spiral. As a player, as a coach, when you just assume it's just gonna time will sort of work this deal out. And if you start to take a look at certain bad habits that a player might have, or you may have, and notice how much time it takes away from your day and getting things done, that can make some things pretty difficult.

Now, the next thing that I gleaned from this book that I thought was very powerful was something that you know, I think about like my father growing up, he was like, Hey, you know, you better watch who you're hanging out with. And and he's right, you know, he's totally right on this deal, because, you know, a mediocre circle of influence is probably the number one of the top, I’m gonna say number one, but one of the top reasons that we don't rise to the level we want to rise to. And, you know, I tell our players that, who are you associating with, you know, become the average of the five people we spend time with. If you haven't heard that before, but I think about so many times in my life when I've, when I have achieved certain things. I've been fortunate because I was amongst good people. And what's crazy about it is I can remember leaving Kansas State, going to Hofstra out in New York, and the work ethic that I had helped me so much there not to say that people weren't working hard at Hofstra but I did notice that and I also recall Bob Stoops mentioning that, you know, he left Kansas State and then he went to the University of Florida and was Like working in K State mode when he got there, and he noticed that wow, you know, he's able to get some things done then he started to balance things out in his life and so forth. But, you know, it is who you hang out with. It is how it all the influences of people that you hang out with can get you to play at a higher level. And I think as a coach, it's important to seek out the best people, you know, you want to join a group, a mastermind group per se, as you as you think through what that would look like for you personally, you know, what can you do, to get into a group and create something that helps you. You know another thing is, we start looking at personal development, you know, listening to a podcast like this, websites, blogs, YouTube, it's not like it used to be years ago, before I started coaching where this stuff didn't even exist. You could, the only way to learn anything, you just read a book. And you were fortunate you couldn't always go learn from those masters. You couldn't reach out to these guys, you'd have to write letters to them and hope you got a response. It is very difficult, you know, but I think finding that in your life is really important.


Manny: Next area that I think is the, I would say, the single most significant cause of mediocrity that he states in here is the lack of urgency, and I see this so much. If there's something like that, I can tell a young coach or somebody getting in the profession, if you really want to make a change, get urgent. It just is amazing to me. How many young coaches think that, oh, it's just going to happen and they don't get urgent about what it is they want because you're not going to impress anybody in the profession and I've seen good guys, like, really good people literally lose their job because of a lack of urgency. And it causes mediocrity. And what happens is, if one guy's urgent on the staff and one guy is not, the sheer level of difference with that, and the results that transpire, make a big difference. And there's a lot of friction that comes from that. So in this profession, it's vital that you are urgent, and we all want to be you know, we dream that I want to be the head coach of so and so, I want to do this. Well, you know, at some point, you have to draw your line in the sand and say, you know, this is who I'm going to be and this is how this is goingto work out.You have to make a decision. You have to make a decision, all this stuff before that causes mediocrity or contributes to mediocrity, you make a decision and make sure you cut off from any other possibility. Just get after it. I mean, think about the word decision. You know, it's comes from the Latin, like think of incision. Decision, cut it off. In other words, make a decision. And don't be wishy washy about it. It's like, you know, what do you really want? And then let's get after it. You know, ask yourself this, why'd you wake up this morning? You know, why did you wake up? You know, it's like, you can choose a variety of reasons to say I woke up because the sun came up or so forth. You know, why did you bother getting out of bed this morning? Just think about that for a second. Now, why do you wake up most mornings? Why do you leave the comfort of your warm, cozy bed? Is it because you want to? Or do you delay waking up until you absolutely have to, you know, it's like, you have to make a decision. And you've got to wake up, decide to wake up with determination and that is what you know, he's Talking about here and there are some great early risers that I never realized who these different people were. They were all over consistently very famous people that were early risers, Oprah Winfrey, Jon Gruden, Bill Gates, my fellow Greek, Aristotle, Albert Einstein, I mean you look those are some people over time that just used to wake up always woke up early. So let's say you still don't get it and you say I don't know I hate like Pat Flynn said earlier you know, I'm not I'm not a morning person, but you want to give it a you need to give it a try. Because obviously if these people are getting some results, why not at least test this out and find out if that works for you? So you know, I always thought you know, growing up you would hear different people maybe as a wives tale maybe was something else that said, you got to get eight hours of sleep or some and so forth. How much sleep Do you really need? I think you need as much as you believe you need in one area. But sleep deprivation as I've had, research can definitely be a struggle for you, for me and you. So you really want to watch, the type of sleep that you're getting, I think is what's very important. And I've noticed when I, when I use some kind of sleep app application, where I can gauge how my sleep is, how much REM sleep I'm getting, and so forth. And it will tell me if I'm getting enough deep sleep. So there are ways to gauge that from a scientific perspective but I think number one is you can experiment and find out what works for you. Now, I've tried a few. And basically here's what happens if I tell myself I'm going to wake up energized and ready to go. I generally do, and that is where I see the amount of sleep and waking up. And it also I think it depends on where you are at a certain point in your life. How do you know, when let's say you've got, you got a child and they don't go to bed or you know they're up at night crying or anything like that, that's gonna not give you as good asleep as you might not. So it depends on where you are in your life. Sleep can change and there are some ways to, to hack that so to speak, that are worth taking away even if it's like, Hey, take a 20 minute nap in the middle of the day or whenever you need to, to be able to recharge. But I think waking up early is what's important when you're looking at this Miracle Morning. And there's six parts of the routine. So if you think of it this way, six parts of the routine. 10 minutes each, and let's say you start at five And you wrap up at six. And he calls them the life savers, right six practices he guarantees to save you from a life of unfulfilled potential. So let's take a look at these six practices.


Manny: Number one is silence. And silence can come in a few different ways. One, you can choose to meditate. Some people do that, others guided meditation. And then is one way where you're listening to somebody say something to you. There's other things where you can meditate and deal with your brainwaves and see how they do and you're just, you're focusing in on that that's one way to do it. Another way to get into silence would be prayer, to use your Bible, if that's the case, whatever your religion of choice is or your book might be, you could use prayer, reflection, debrief, breathing. He talks about that and then he also talks about belly breathe As well, when you're doing your deep breathing, and then gratitude. So those are some things that are in the S in the savers. S-A-V-E-R-S is the acronym that we would use so that's the first one, silence. So you come up, you find 10 minutes and get silent. And generally you want to do this after you brush your teeth, you got everything set up. And I will say this that before you do your routine, it's always nice, like anything to get everything set up in advance. To put everything out, if you got your clothes, put them out in advance, so you don't have to, you know, you don't have to mess with your routine and make it easy for you to get through it. So if you're going to shower, right first thing, that's fine, if not, then you want to make sure you brush your teeth, get water, all that stuff before this thing starts. So let's say it does start at five o'clock and the first 10 minutes up to 5:10. You've worked on silence. Then the next one, the A stands for Affirmations. I was thinking about, and he talks about Muhammad Ali. “I am the greatest”. You know, and he was, it's because you know what all he used to say is it's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. Once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. And, you know, I think Muhammad Ali is correct in that because you could see his sheer confidence they would get by saying I am the greatest. You also see, in football, a lot of times you've got, oh, there's teams I've seen they'll do the haka, you know, University of Hawaii and, and some of the schools in Texas that are doing that. And they're basically creating an affirmation of some type. The All Blacks are my favorite of all the hacka’s out there and you know, what happens is, they're actually engaging their body into it, which becomes even more, or an affirmation becomes what I would call an incantation. And you keep saying something over and over and over and you start to believe that. So that's the A, for affirmation.

Then the next is V for visualization. And great athletes, I mean, they see it before it happens. You hear about Tiger Woods, Jack Nicholas, all these. Like, I saw the shot before I ever hit it. And where it landed, you know, it doesn't matter. It's basketball, football, any sport. If you see it before it happens, that's awesome. Now what you can do in that 10 minute segment for visualization as he mentions is, you want to be pretty much in the picture, not a spectator, you don't be watching, you want to be like right in it and see everything around you to make that happen. Another area when it comes to visualization, and I would recommend we'll put the link on this for you, Christine Kane. K-A-N-E, and she is an expert at vision boards and you know, have you ever put like photos on the refrigerator? You know, hey I want to look I want to play like this guy I want to know what Ray Lewis or whoever, if I’m a linebacker and you know their vision of what it is you want to become. And Christine Kane does a really nice deal online to share with you how you can do that. And, and that's the V in Savers, okay.

The E is exercise and obviously, exercise is important. You only take about 10 minutes, initially in this one hour, Miracle Morning Routine, but if you exercise, start slow move consistently just keep improving it. And obviously when you know he tells you your look, make sure you're physically able to do this. He recommends anything to get the blood flowing, it could be yoga, it could be I've seen people like jump up and down on trampoline Jumping jacks. I mean shoot Are you could go full on Jocko Willink and, you know get up and get your workout in before 4:30 every morning. That's what he does. So, you know that, I think it's important to get the blood pumping in there and that's what he's talking about to and it also I noticed that personally, if I've got some exercise in this, then I'm able to be even more stimulated when I'm thinking about and creating ideas. A lot of times I schedule ideas after a workout because they just seem to come to me from that perspective.

And then, you know, we wrap it up with the R, which is reading. Hal recommends 5 to 10 pages daily. You know, everybody, I think reading is important, I think, you know, you can only be as good as the material that you nourish your mind with and reading is basically for your mind And I think my target has changed over the years, I've always been a reader, I’ve enjoyed reading. But I think before you even get into this and say, Hey, I'm gonna read 5 to 10 pages a day or more. I personally make sure that I pick the right book, because that there's a high degree of getting it done based on what book I'd pick out, you know, so I've got to have the motivation, and I've got to decide what it is I want to learn and, and do that. So my target has ranged from anywhere from 24 to 48 books a year, is what I like to read. And, you know, and I, and I just go through and read it, and I like to take notes, and first I would just do it, a lot of that, but I start realizing that you want to be able to maybe to highlight and get through things and I'd like to spend maybe an hour a day reading. So it's more than the 10 minutes He's talking about but I've built up to that routine. And I've been able to do that. You can also listen to audiobooks as well, which is, I think, another powerful way to do that. One thing I would say, about reading, and in the last 10 years, I've been able to do this. There's a handful of books that I think are the great books, the books that really have made an impact on me, and I reread them, I make sure they're always on my list every year as a book that I want to read. And I think that's important. So you may want to reread the great books out there, because of how just reading them once. You never really get it. You go back and check those things out. And the last one, in the S.A.V.E.R.S. S-A-V-E-R-S, the S is actually scribing, which is journaling, and journaling is something I've fallen in and out of love with, a variety of times. I think it's a habit you have to create and and some people are better at it than others. You know, I have done them in different ways. I can't tell you if you're like me. How many times I've sat there and, bought a journal and started it and not finished it, youknow, it's almost like how many books have you boughtand not finished reading? You know, those types of things. Journals are that. Were that for me for the longest time, you know, and I go back and I’m like, Oh my God, this is five years ago, I'm looking at this journal. I never got through it, you know. So a couple things I do, which might be worth seeing here is, I use a particular journal as part of my Miracle Morning my morning routine. And this journal I use, basically I answer specific questions and I think that sort of guides my journal along the way.


Manny: So here are what amounts to questions that I answer every, every morning I do this. What happened the past day? That's the first question. The next one is, what were my biggest wins of the previous day? What lessons did I learn? Next, what am I thankful for right now? How am I feeling right now? What did I read or hear? Because I like to listen to things or, you know, and obviously reading something that's and then the next thing is off of that. What stood out? Alright. And then the final question I answered is, What can I do next to move forward on my goals? So those are the six questions I ask I answer for myself every day in my journaling process. So that's one type of journal I do and I've been able to be pretty diligent with that in the mornings and I do notice it does help because it Prime's my mind to think okay, now I'm going to get the day rolling properly. And now the next journal I have and this isn't, you know, for you guys watching this, this is always posted on a Friday the video, but you know, I've got this old school journal I like to buy these, you know, and it's pretty neat. You know, and I write in these and makes me think of Leonardo da Vinci or somebody and after I read something, or I study something, it could be anything, a TED talk, you know, reading books and so forth, whatever they are. And I go back and I come in here and I transcribe the notes I think are so vitally important. And then I just keep building these up now and this something like this. I may do it daily. I may do it two or three times a week. I may do it once a week but this is the another type of a journal I think is powerful to use. And, you know, it's funny, as I was putting the segment together, I start thinking about, hey, let me let me just show you guys something. I went back and I pulled this old journal out, you know, what, not my first, it's the first one that I finished from front to back, which is awesome. You know? And it was, I mean, just share this with you here.

So I look at this as like, Oh my goodness, I started February 4, 2001. Okay, 2001 and you know, I'm looking at this journal, I went through and it was as the season was going along, 2001. What was I doing? And I went all the way through the year. And would document everything I was doing back in those days, and just studying things. Sometimes I would, you know, I'd come out and I put like, Hey, here's a graph of something that I learned and I think there's a variety of different ways to do that. And it was pretty neat for me to go back and review this because I think if you review your journal, it has even more power to help you moving forward. And what I've done, and done it in different ways, I actually create an index. So I get an index card at the end. And as I go through and it's like, okay, like, for instance, in 2001. You know, I’ve got something in here… Football operations on pages 3, 76, 92. So I go back through and I give categories to all the different topics I might have been working on back then. I got “Program organization, pages 1 and 2, 9 and 10, pages 100-103”. You know so I’d go through all these and anything that would come up. Training camp, The program, Personal excellence, Recruiting calls ideas. You name it. Oh here’s something on punt return. I’m looking at this and I’m thinking I need to study page 128 because I label all these out here and let’s look at what we’re doing on our punt return at that point in time. Oh! Well that pretty cool, I’ve got a graph in there of, well that would be pretty famous for some guys in Lubbock, Texas. This is when I was coaching special teams at Texas Tech that October, and basically this weekend against Nebraska we had two put returns for touchdowns you know we’re doing really well with this. Wes Welker, what he was able to do on a punt return against Texas A&M. That's in here so our put return must’ve been really good back then. I can look back and see we're doing a wall return at the time and this is how it works, it's pretty neat to have this as opposed to say, let me just go watch some video of something because it actually helps the thought process. Hopefully that gives you some insight on the Miracle Morning and what Hal Elrod has been able to teach. Now, like I said, there’s a lot more to this book than just meets the eye. It's not a very lengthy book, so I highly recommend reading it. I think it is fantastic in many ways and you can get results by just doing this.


Manny: Now, moving on a little bit more from this particular book it's time now for some tips and reminders and this segment here, this is an inside access segment, I do a variety of different things on this but I want to share with you some things in my life that I think are important. What you can do utilize in your approach to optimize your life more than anything else. Let’s talk about to one of my favorite things that I've spoken about and will continue to share with you and these are an essential oil called peppermint. Peppermint this Doterra essential oil is fantastic, it's my favorite oil. It's the one I go through the most. I think our players love it, I know our players love it, I have been using it for a while but in this bottle it comes in an oil version, you know where I can really helps energy levels and so forth. You can hear me inhaling that, it's fantastic! It helps my energy level more than anything else so I've seen it in an oil like this, I also I have here, is a rollerball where you could utilize that and it’s got this edge on it and you can put it on the back of your neck. It really helps there and then I've even been able to get beadlets you can pop in your mouth and give you a nice nice peppermint flavor and helps open up the airways and so forth so I mean this particular oil is it so you can put it on topically which you just saw me do, you know put it on the back of my neck and so forth. You don't want to get it near your eyes cause it's very powerful. Aromatic, I can defuse it Use it in my office which I do often diffuse this in the meeting rooms and so forth. Keeps guys alert, because peppermint has a definite alertness to it and sometimes I’ll even put it in some water over ice. Understand that not all essential oils can you actually take internally. This particular one, you can and that’s why I like it so much. So I can take it that way but we use it here for energy, and I use it on the sidelines every single game. We make sure that sometimes our coaches will have it, and we’ll have the players inhale it sometimes if we’ve got some players that are struggling with congestion and so forth. We can put like one drop on their palm and then lay it up on the roof of their mouth and literally, it will clear the passagewayswithin like 30 seconds. So you can be completely congested and boom, done. And then the adrenaline kicks in and you’re in pretty good shape with that. So that is peppermint and I love it! So if you want some more information on that, you’ll see that on the website. So check it out! I love it, it’s my favorite of all the oils and that’s saying something from my perspective.


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