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Hal Elrod & Steve Scott
with Honorée Corder

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I can’t overemphasize the importance of reading. Not only does
it lead to million-dollar thoughts, it also cultivates a curiosity about
the world. Think of reading as an investment that you make in
yourself. The more you do it, the more you’ll grow as a person.

How to Get Inspiration from the Outside World
Reading books is just one way to upload great thoughts into

your mind. I also recommend that you increase the amount of ex-
ternal stimulation in your life.

I’ve talked about achieving the flow state while writing. What’s
interesting is you can get the same result while doing the activi-
ties that don’t require a lot of brain power (like driving or doing
chores). It’s during these times that great ideas often come to mind.

So do the following and pay close attention to the thoughts
filtering through your mind:
• Exercise on a regular basis.
• Have a non-writing related hobby, like painting, gardening or

doing puzzles.
• Expand your social life and meet new people.
• Pay close attention to advertisements and other promotions

that you see throughout the day.
• Turn your driving time into an educational opportunity by lis-

tening to audiobooks and podcasts.
• Visit local venues like museums, parks, neighborhoods, grave-

yards, and historical landmarks.
• Watch a great TED talk.
• Go to a local bookstore to browse books and magazines.
• People watch at a local mall or outdoor shopping plaza.
• Look at Tweets, Pinterest pins, and Facebook updates to see

which topics are trending and to identify the content that best
resonates with your contacts.
We live in an age of information overwhelm, so you should se-

lectively filter out most of the noise in the world. But, when you set

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aside time each week to feed your mind with outside perspectives
you’ll consistently come up with great ideas for the next writing

Where to Capture Your Ideas
Where you choose to capture your ideas depends on your pref-

erence. While I have my personal favorite (Evernote), I also rec-
ognize that everyone has different creative processes. So if you’re
interested in jotting down those great thoughts, then let me suggest
five different options:

1. A pocket-sized notebook. Just think of those old cop shows
on television. A detective carries around a small notebook in his
coat pocket for interviewing witnesses and jotting down import-
ant information. You can do the same thing by carrying a small
pad, like the 3.5 by 5.5 inch notebook by Moleskine (

2. The Miracle Morning Journal (
This product is the perfect companion piece to anyone interested
in building the Miracle Morning habit. The benefit of this journal
is it helps you clarify goals and projects. Not only can you track the
success of your Life S.A.V.E.R.S., you also have a place to record
those big ideas.

3. The Freedom Journal ( This is a
product recently launched by John Lee Dumas, a popular entre-
preneur and podcaster. The Freedom Journal is a powerful tool for
focusing on a single major goal and working on it for the next 100
days. If you have an important book project, then this is a great
journal for tracking your progress.

4. Notes Apps. Your mobile phone is a useful tool for storing
information. If you’re looking for a simple tool, then the Notes app
is a decent option. It’s not sophisticated, but it works in a pinch
when you absolutely have to record an idea and put it somewhere.

5. Evernote. In my opinion, Evernote is the best place to store
your ideas. Not only can you organize your thoughts, it also syncs

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HAL ELROD  is the  #1 best-selling author of what is
now being widely regarded as “one of the most life-changing
books ever written” (with over 1,331 five-star reviews on
Amazon), The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Se-
cret Guaranteed To Transform Your Life… (Before 8AM).
Hal died at age 20. Hit head-on by a drunk driver at 70 miles
per hour, he broke 11 bones, was clinically dead for six min-
utes, spent six days in a coma, and was told he would never
walk again. Defying the logic of doctors and the temptations
to be a victim, Hal went on to not only walk but to run a 52
mile ultramarathon, become a hall of fame business achiev-
er, an international keynote speaker, host of one of the top
success podcasts on iTunes called Achieve Your Goals with
Hal Elrod, and most importantly... he is grateful to be alive
and living the life of his dreams with his wife, Ursula, and
their two children, Sophie and Halsten. For more informa-
tion on Hal’s speaking, writing, and coaching, please visit 

STEVE SCOTT is a top-rated self-published author who
has written 40+ books, including one on The Wall Street Jour-
nal’s Best Selling Books list. He currently runs two Internet
businesses:, which teaches read-
ers how to build one positive habit at a time, and Authority.
pub, a blog and podcast that provides step-by-step informa-
tion on the publishing process.

When he’s not working, he enjoys traveling, hiking, run-
ning marathons, and spending time with his wonderful family.

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HONORÉE CORDER is the best-selling author of
more than a dozen books, including her runaway hit, Vision
to Reality: How Short Term Massive Action Equals Long
Term Maximum Results. Honorée’s book has quickly be-
come a must-read for every business professional who desires
to go to the next level. For over 15 years, she has passionately
served professionals and entrepreneurs as their coach, men-
tor, and strategic advisor. She empowers others to shed limit-
ing beliefs, dream big, and go for what they truly want. Her
mission is to inspire and motivate people to turn their vision
and dreams into their real-life reality, sharing a leading-edge
process she created for her executive coaching clients. Hon-
orée’s results-oriented philosophy and ground-breaking
STMA 100-day Coaching Program has been embraced by
people in a wide variety of industries and businesses, to rave
reviews and exceptional results. You can find out more
about Honorée at

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