Transcript:Podcast 81 withHal Elrod of The miracle morning.
Ari: Now I’m speaking with Hal Elrod who is the number one best-selling author of The
miracle morning. So Hal, thank you so much for talking to me
Hal Elrod: Ari,thisisfun man!It is literallyinthe morningtime rightnow thatwe are recordingthis
so right now I am in the middle of my miracle morning and am grateful that you are a
part of it.
Ari: Oh great,well I’mhappytobe part of thistoo. So firstof all before we getinto what The
miracle morning is,I can’t possiblyhave thisinterview with you and not talk about your
story of dying.
Hal Elrod: That old story? Sure!
Ari: Yeah, right, that little bump in the road. So let’s talk about what happened and what
Hal Elrod: Yeah soI say that inmy life Ihad to rock-bottomsandthe first one was at 20 years old, I
was one of the top salespeople for a $200 million marketing company, I had broken all
sorts of records and I was one of their top reps. And I gave a speech one night… A year
and a half intomy careerI gave a speech,it was my first standing ovation. I gave lots of
speeches,Iwasalwaysdoingmotivational or sales training or technical messages and I
gave a speech, got a standing ovation, really was my first standing ovation so I was
excited, got into my brand-new Ford Mustang at age 20, that was like the dream car, I
had justboughtit a fewweeksprioranddrivinghome amanI had nevermetbefore got
on the freewaygoing the wrong way and he was in a much larger vehicle; a Chevy full-
size truck.Both of us were doing 70 miles an hour, I believe he was doing estimated 80
mph and we hit head-on. Head-on collision crushed the front of my car, sent me into
oncoming traffic and the worst was actually yet to come.
An innocent bystander if you will, it was actually a 16-year-old young man and his
parents,the 16-year-oldwasdrivingthe four-doorsedan and I was in front of them and
all of a suddenmycar spunsideways and they hit me in the door at 70 miles an hour in
my driver-side door. And instantly, I broke 11 bones on the left side of my body and I
ruptured my spleen, I punctured my lung, my femur broke in half, I broke my pelvis in
three places, my eye socket was destroyed, my ear was almost completely severed, I
was just, my body was just destroyed.
Ari: I’m sorry, did you have any recollection of this?
Hal Elrod: No andprobably theydied. I’moftenasked…Because what happened next is it to then
50 minutes to pull me out of the car; they could not get me out of the car, I was so
[inaudible 25:09]. Not only were my bullets smashed but the car was smashed into my
body and I was pinned and they had to use the jaws of a [wife 25:17] and it took the
rescue crew almost an hour to pull the car.
And when they finally pulled me out of the car I had been bleeding; I had a hole in my
legwhere myfemurbroke throughthe skin,Ihad a hole inmy arm where myhumorous
bones broke through the skin plus all the lacerations. I had been bleeding the entire
time andI actuallydied.My heartstoppedbeatingwhentheypulledme out of the car, I
stopped breathing and I was clinically dead for approximately 6 minutes. And they
revived me, rushed me to the hospital.
I am often asked the question, this is kind of piggybacking on your question which is…
People findthisfunny,theygolike, “I don’t know if it’s okay to ask this but did you see
the light? Did you see a light beam?” And I am pretty transparent, you can ask me
anything but the answer is no. I don’t remember. I shouldn’t say it’s no, it’s, “I don’t
remember” because my brain, traveling at 70 miles an hour when it head-on collision
occurs, it’sthe mostcommon injurywhere yourbrainhitsyourscull at70 milesanhour.
AndI sufferedreally significant, in fact permanent brain damage. So I have no memory
Really, my last memory was about half an hour, 10 minutes, half an hour before the
accidentoccurredwhen I wasgettingonthe freewayandmyfirstmemoryis two weeks
Hal Elrod: I don’t know if I saw a light but what I do say that that I think is more valuable, if I told
youI saw a light, youwouldbe like,“Whoa cool!” Or you would be like, “Oh, this guy is
crazy.” Or you would be like, “Wow, there is a God!” Some sort of response but I don’t
know how much value it would add to your life. And I think what I had gone from that
experience much more powerful than some visual recollection of seeing a light or
somethinglikethat,is reallythe lesson thateverythingdoeshappenforareasonbut it’s
not as most people think.
Whenever I give a speech I always say, “Raise your hand if you believe everything
happens for a reason.” And half the hands always go up right. And I go, “Okay, roughly
half.”AndthenI go, “Raise yourhandif youdon’t believethat or you are not really sold
on it,youare not reallysure whatto believe inwhat to think about it.” And roughly the
otherhalf go up.And I say,“Well,letme bringusall together. Here is something I think
we can all buy into and it’s the fact that everything does happen for a reason but the
reasonisnot predetermined. The reason is up to you. Everything happens for a reason
but it’sour responsibilityto choose the reasons and we can choose reasons, especially
for adversity that discourage us and disempower us and defeat us or we can choose
reasonsforthe exact same adversity that inspire us and that empower us and that add
value to our lives and the lives of the people around us.”
And so for me that was it. I keep out of a coma six days later and I was faced with the
most… I guess you can say most unimaginable reality you can ever imagine. I had
recently started… I am writing a new book right now, “The miracle morning for
salespeople” which is my background is in sales. And as I’m writing it, I talked about… I
was makingitdescriptive, kind of what the experience was like and it was kind of like;
rather thanwakingup from a nightmare where youare like breathingheavyandyouare
like, “That God it wasn’t real!” This was the opposite of that. This was there I was
wakingupfrom mycoma and I was wakingup to this real-life nightmare going, “Oh my
God, why am I hooked up to tubes laying in a hospital bed in this white room
surrounded by doctors and family and friends that are crying?” It was terrifying!
Hal Elrod: And within a matter of literally it was about two days, after processing this and going
through kind of the range of emotions like, “Why did this happen to me” and, “I am a
goodperson”and whatthe doctorsI said,I may neverwalk again and that’s a tough pill
to swallow for anybody.
Andwhat endeduphappening,Ithinkthisisbestkindof shared throughthisquickstory
of the doctorsone nightcalledmyparentsand I didn’tknow thismeetingwasoccurring.
I was in the hospital bed, bandaged, my ears sewn on, my head is bandaged, I’ve got a
metal rod in my arm; metal 14 inch rod in my legs, screws in my elbows, three metal
platesinmyeye, I am layinginthe hospital bedjusttwoweeksafterthe crash occurred,
one week after coming to consciousness out of my coma.
And mom and dad got called in and the doctors sat them down and they said, “We are
veryconcernedwith Hal. Physically he is doing great and he is healing, he seems to be
doing well recovery wise but we are concerned because we believe Hal is in denial.”
Yeah,and theysaid,“Everytime we see Hal or we interactwithhim, he is always smiling
and laughing and joking and making us laugh…”
Ari: God forbid!
Hal Elrod: Yeah, they said, “That’s not normal.” Not for a 20-year-old young man who has been
toldhe may never walk again and his body is just…” I mean I’ve got scars that would… I
think they are pretty bad ass now. But I mean my body image was like, “Holy cow, my
body is a mess! I am scarred from head to toe.”
Anywaysotheysaid,“We wantto you to talk to Hal because we believe he is in a state
of delusion because he cannot accept this reality that he is now faced with and that is
somethinghe is going to have to deal with at some point, he’s going to have to face it.
Andit’ssaferto do it inthe hospital,in this environment versus out there when he can
turn to drugs or alcohol or have a nervous breakdown; when he someday has to face
the reality of what happened to him and the pain of what happened.”
So my dad comes in that night and my dad of course is very concerned for my mental
and emotional well-being in that moment and he sits me down and he says, “Hal, hey,
do you mind if I talk to you soon and see how you are doing?” And I said, “Yeah dad
what’s going on?” And he said, “Well the doctors are a little concerned. We haven’t
reallytalkedabout…How are you feeling when the lights go out at night when you are
by yourself?Iknowthatyourfriendsare visitingalot,you guys are reminiscing and you
are tellingstoriesandhavingagoodtime,that’sgreat buthow are you feelingwhenyou
are processingthe reality of what’shappened to you? Are you sad? Are you angry? Are
you upset? Are you scared? It’s normal to feel these things but it is important to
acknowledge these feelings and that you talk about them.”
And my dad by the way was tearing up by this point. I could tell that this was really
difficult for him. I really thought about his questions, “Am I sad? Am I angry? Am I
depressed? Am I scared?” And I just shrugged. I looked at my dad and I said, “Dad, I
thought you knew me better than that.” I said, “I live my life by the five minute rule. I
learned this in my sales training.
I said, “In the five minute rule, it’s okay to be negative when things don’t go your way
but not for more than five minutes; but you set your timer on your watch, you bitch,
moan, complain,vent,punchawall,punch your friend, whatever you have to do to get
it outside of your system. But then after the five minutes is up, literally...” And I had
been in sales for a year and a half at this point so I had conditioned this over and over
againobviously withmuchless…Muchmore minorinconveniences and adversities like
a canceledorderor a customerreturningtheirproductor somethinglike that or me not
hittinga goal. But the bottom line was, this principle was universal from the mundane
thingslike traffic;anythingyoucan’tchange on the small note to what had become the
most difficult tragedy of my life.
And I said, “Dad, it’s been more than five minutes, it’s been two weeks. I can’t change
it.” And those three words to be have been my freedom from emotional pain.
Whenever I find myself frustrated or angry over something that’s happened, I take a
deep breath and I say, “Can’t change it.” And I just smile. It reminds me as intelligent
human beings, why would we put energy into feeling negative emotions, creating
negative emotional statesforourselves over something we can’t change?! It makes no
sense! You are in traffic and you are like, “Gosh, damn it, go faster cars!” What?! They
are not going to go faster, you are just suffering, you are putting yourself through
And so I was really fortunate to learn at a very… It’s a lesson that most audiences I
talked to that are in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s are like, “Wow! I never thought of it that
way.” And so for me, I realized that acceptance is a key to freedom from or negative
can’t change this so I have already decided one of two outcomes. Number one, the
doctors,if theyare rightand I never walk again, I’m okay with that because if that’s my
realityIcan’t change it,I can onlymake the bestof it and I have alreadydecidedthatI’m
going to be the happiest person you’ve ever seen in a wheelchair period.” I said that.
“The secondoptionisdoctors are wrong and I believe thattheyare wrongbecause they
might be experts in medicine but they are not experts in me and I am putting all my
energy everydayintowalkingagain;Iamvisualizing it, I am in imagining it, I am praying
aboutit, I am meditating,Iamworkingonit.I am goingto therapyeveryday,I am doing
what I can do to learn to walk again.”
And that for me was… I realized that, “Wow, if I could be genuinely happy even in the
midstof thisadversities,thenthere isnoexcuse foranyof us and there isnevergoingto
be a reason in my life in another situation where I can’t be happy.” And a week later I
took my first step. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I focused on what was possible
instead of what someone else was telling me was realistic. I focused on what was
possible,Ibelieve init,Imaintainfaithinit,Iwork towardsitand a weekafterI wastold
I wouldneverwalkagain,three weeksaftermy bones broke in half, I took my first step
and got back to work and I finished the that year as the number six sales up in a
Half the year I didn’t have a car, I had to catch rides from other salespeople because I
couldn’tdrive because of the braindamage...Anyways, that’s another story but yes. So
that was my first rock-bottom and that’s essentially how I overcame it; first mentally
and then that led to the physical triumph over tragedy if you will.
Ari: So one of the things that sort of comes to mind, I would say the story is incredible. I
mean I am of the mindset that sometimes things not only you cannot change it but
sometimes these things really need to happen unfortunately to make us who we are
goingto be or become.Hopefullythe thingthat happensisthatsomethingthatkills you
basically but I mean in your case it actually did.
Hal Elrod: Yeah,that was myjoke; “If it doesn’tkill you, it only makes you stronger or if you come
back to life, it still makes you stronger.”
Ari: Yeah.With hisnewmeaningif youeverlike walkuptosomebodyandgo,“Boo!” So one
of the things that… Because I want to get to The miracle morning but one of the things
that start of strikesme isI am alwaysinterested when I hear of stories and read stories
about posttraumatic stress disorder basically for various things. Whether it’s from
someone in Afghanistan doing a tour with the Army and they come back and they are
just basically have to shut themselves in because they can’t stand all the noises and
things or people who have been mugged or even raped… I mean things that have just
happened and people know how what has been described as PTSD in a lot of cases.
But there are certainpeople itjustdoesn’thappento.Andof course, I know this when I
see this but I see situations that happened and I think to myself, “I don’t think that I
wouldnecessarily crackinthat situation”but of course I don’t know, I have never been
in that situation.
Hal Elrod: Sure.
Ari: Did you ever have that kind of moment where you thought even to yourself that, “I
might be going in a bad direction?”
Hal Elrod: Yeah.I mean,my initial thoughtslike I said I went through that normal range of human
emotion of like just questioning why did this happen? I don’t understand about I had
like I said, learned at the young age that there is no point in trying to figure out the
reasons why something happened versus choosing the reasons. The question isn’t,
“Why did this happen to me?” It’s, “What can I do with this you can turn this adversity
intoan advantage?How can I use thisexperience tobecome abetterversionof myself?
How can I use this experience or this tragedy to inspire and empower other people
overcome their tragedy?” Those are much better questions.
And according to the doctors, I think they said that my whole state of acceptance was
twoyears intothe recoveryprocess. Like normallyittakestwoyearsto get to that place
where I did it in two days. And I don’t even like the way that sounds when I say it
because Iam not bragging,I am not saying I am different or better I just think I learned
something, I was blessed to learn this lesson at 19. I had a great mentor [Jessie LaVine
38:04]. Jesse taughtme the lessonat 19 relationtoall the disappointmentandrejection
and adversityI would face as a new salesperson venturing out in this career. And after
conditioning that mindset of just accepting the things I couldn’t change and that five-
minute rule,Ijustsomehow wasable toapplyit to a more difficult experience because
the principal was universal.
Ari: Okay, sure, that makes sense. Okay so now, let’s talk about The miracle morning. How
did this come about?
Hal Elrod: Yeah.
Ari: I mean this fascinates me but go ahead.
Hal Elrod: I mean,I neverintended to write a book, let alone miracle morning is my second book
and now it looks like there is going to be quite a few more. But I was never a writer in
highschool.Andbothof mybookswere writtenoutof a feeling of responsibility to pay
it forward. And what I mean is, my first car accidents, this horrific experience I went
through, I tried to write a book for six years, I think I got six pages done in six years
which is I would be like 150 when the book was done.
Ari: And 170 when it was published.
Hal Elrod: Yeah, I like that. Touché, that’s great! So yeah, unless it was self published and I still
would be 150.
Hal Elrod: There you go. So what ended up happening was a friend of mine actually, I had gotten
intonetworkmarketingwhile Iwasinsales,Iwas kindof trying to start a second stream
of income.Italkedtomy buddyandI was like,“Heyyoushould sign up for this network
marketing company blah, blah, blah...” He goes, “Hal, what are you doing man?” And I
said, “What do you mean?” He goes, “You died and you came back in miraculous
fashion.Thatdoesn’thappentoeverybody. Every waking hour aside from your current
jobof makinga living,shouldbe spentintofiguringouthow toshare your story in a way
that helps other people.”
He was very adamant like almost angry at me, like he was intense and I was like,
“Really?”Andhe goeslike,“Dude write abook,whateverittakes!Google ‘How toWrite
a Book ‘.” I am like, “I don’t know how to write a book, I have tried!” “Google ‘How to
write a book’!” I am like, “Wow, that’s so simple but profound!”
So that wasthe firstbook,Igot a share of thisand this second book, same thing. So The
miracle morning came about where Ihad hitthe lowestpointinmylife andmostpeople
think that had to be the car accident, it can’t get any worse than dying, like that’s your
My second rock-bottom and it’s really debt, and it was worse than death for me. And
the reason was in 2009, 2008 I guessit might have started but the US economy crashed
and I had a great… Like I had left my sales position, I hit the Hall of Fame with my
company,movedon,launchedacoaching business like sales success and life coaching.
My first book was out, I was speaking for companies in high schools and colleges, you
name it. So life was great and it felt like almost overnight and for so many Americans,
like Iwasn’talone inthis,the US economycrashedandmy businessjustplummetedand
I lost over half of my income, about 60% of my income, could not pay my bills, lost my
house back to the bank, stopped exercising completely and I got the be depressed for
the first time in my life. And a lot oA people asked me like, “Well why didn’t you use
your ‘Can’t change it’ philosophy? Your ‘Acceptance’ philosophy?”
And I am like, “Good question.” And it actually took me a long time to figure that out.
And there were two things that I attribute it to. Number one, is I had never faced
adversitylike thisandwhenIwouldsay,“Oh, I lost a client, can’t change it. This sucks, I
am not in a good place” and then all of a sudden it gets worse and it gets worse and it
getsworse and then I lose another kind and then the bill collector calls and it just kept
spiralingdownwardsandIthinkthateven though I knew it intellectually how I needed
to accept things, I would accept them and then it just kept getting worse.
Andthenthe other part,and thisis something that I think this is only the third time Ari
that I am sharingthisinpublic;I haven’tsharedit,Iam justnow kindof finallycomingto
talkabout thisbutI simplywas…I had been takingAdderallforayear and a half. A good
friendof mine whoare really respect told me I needed to take Adderall because it had
ADD or ADHD and by then, this was like 10 years ago, I didn’t really know anything
about it so I was like, “Okay.” I went into the doctor and got a prescription.
Andthenabout a yearand a half after takingitI startedhearingall these bad things and
so I thought, “I got to get of this.” And I quit cold turkey at the same time that I was at
thisrock-bottom.AndIdidn’trealize itatthe time because whenyou are going through
it you can’t think clearly but looking back I was going through extreme withdrawals of
this prescription medication which caused depression and anxiety and fear… Some
people get suicidal and that’s where I was, I was suicidal and my life had fallen apart.
And to kind of make the synopsis of how this turned around and how The miracle
morning wasborn,that same friend ironically what told me to try Adderall I called him
and I am like,“John,Iam a mess,it’sbeensix months,Iamspiralingdownwards,we are
losing our house man like I don’t know what to do. You are a smart business guy, give
me advice and I will doanythingyoutell me todo.”AndI am readyforthislike business
knowledge he is about to draw up and he goes, “Are you exercising every day?” And I
started to get a little bit upset and I go [crosstalk 43:24]…
Ari: Weren’t you listening?!
Hal Elrod: Yeah!Were you listeningtome?Are youplayinga game on your iPhone? What the hell
doesthat have to dowithanythingI justtoldyou?!I don’tneedtogo exercise, Ineedto
make money man, my business is failing! And he goes, “Hal, look, you are a smart guy
but if youare not givingoxygenandbloodtoyourbrainevery day, if you’re not starting
your dayreleasingendorphins,puttingyourself inapeakphysical,mental state thenyou
are not going to be able to turn this around. You have got to make yourself stronger
everydayinthe morning.Andthiswashisadvice he says,“Go for a run every morning.”
I said,“I hate running.”He said, “What you hate worse? Running or your life right now,
your life situation?” I was like, “Screw you! Okay, I will go for run.” Went for a run and
on the run I heard a quote that changed my entire life and this is what launched The
miracle morning, this is the catalyst for not only The miracle morning as a book, as a
practice but I mean it’s really the guiding philosophy, I think one of the guiding
philosophiesinmylife to this very day and it’s a simple quote from Jim Rohn that I had
So often we hear things over and over and you are like, “Yeah, I know that. I already
knowthat,I heard that.”But we don’tapply it. The question isn’t, “Do you know that?”
It’s,“Are you livingthat?Andsothe quote I heardfrom JimRohnwas this,“Your level of
successwill seldomexceedyourlevel of personal development.” And then he went on
to say, “Success is something you attract by the person you become.”
Andin that momentIstoppedrunningand I replayed the quote and I realized my level
of success that I wanted was a level 10. On a scale of 1 to 10 we all want to level 10
success.AndI don’tjustmeanprofessionallyorinourbusiness,I am talking about level
10 health,level10 relationships,level 10 spirituality, finances, energy, everything! We
want to be at level 10 in every area. But I realized my level of personal development
which I now articulate or to find that, it’s your level of confidence, your level of
knowledge,yourlevel of physical, mental and emotional vitality. I realized my level of
personal development was like at a 2. It was really low and I wasn’t working on
developingit.InotherwordsasJimsaid I wasn’tworkingonbecoming the person that I
needed to be to attract the success that I wanted.
Andin that momentIrealized,“I’ve gottogohome.I’ve gotto get out myschedule,I’ve
got to dedicate anhoura daynot just to like dabble in personal development but then
got to figure outwhatit isthe most extraordinary personal development routine that I
can create that will radically and quickly transform my life.” And I ran home, and I got
online andforaboutan hour, I just Googled, “Personal developmentforsuccesspeople”
“Personal, development routines.” And do things I came up with. Number one,
successful people wake upearly andIdidnot. I woke up by the last minute to get ready
for work. Like if I had a coaching call at 8 AM, I woke up at 7:45, brushed my teeth, I hit
the snooze button three times, just brush my teeth, ran in and started the call.
AndI realized,Ijustkeptreadingoverandoveragainand we know this right? We know
it,highlysuccessful people,the majorityof them; while the rest of the world is waiting
until the last minute to wake up, they are already awake working on either one of two
things. Either they are working on their goals and dreams before the rest of their day
getsstartedor theyare workingontheirpersonal development; they are becoming the
person they need to be that can easily create and achieve and attract and sustain the
goals, the dreams and the levels of success that they want.
AndI realizedthatI got to wake up early and I wrote in my schedule the next morning,
“5 AM, personal development.”Atfirst my pen was quivering over the paper because I
was like,“Thisis crazy, I am not a morning person at all!” And once I wrote it in there, I
was like you know what, I got to get out of my comfort zone, I’ve got to do this. This
couldbe the one thingthatchangeseverything.Andthatendedupcoming with a list of
these six personal development practices and at first I was disappointed because I
thought, “Man, I have heard of all of these.” It’s those for dangerous words, “I already
know that.” And then I went, “Wait a minute, am I living these? I am not doing any of
them!Andsuccessful people swearbyanyone of them.”AndI thought,“What if I did all
six? 10 minutes each from 5 to 6 AM?”
That’s my idea, that sounds like something that would be the most extraordinary
personal development that I can imagine. And then the next morning, the alarm went
off and forthe firsttime insix months;keep in mind, I am still at rock-bottom. My bank
account isthe negative.Mycreditcards were,Iforgot to mention,$50,000 increditcard
debt over a six-month period. So I am charging like 8 to 10 grand a month on credit
cards just to survive.
And I get out of bed, I didn’t hit the snooze button. Not only did I not hit the snooze
button, I didn’t even desire. The alarm went off and I felt like a kid on Christmas
morning.Iwas like,“Dude,I can’t wait to try this!” I get up, I go in the living room and I
didn’t even know how to do these practices, I had to Google all of them the night
before;Howdoyou meditate?How doyoudo affirmations?How doyouvisualize?How
do youJournal?All these things, and exercise, reading, all of these things, all these six
practicesand I wentthroughall six of themand here isthe bottomline. The bottomline
isby 6 AM, I felt the best,I feltthe mostinspired,motivated,energized that I had felt in
six months, really in my lifetime!
AndI had this,I justthought,“Wow!If I can feel thiswaytostart everydayeven though
no matter what my circumstances are like, this isn’t dependent on my circumstances,
it’s a gift I can give myself every day.” I thought, “Theoretically this could be the one
thing that really does change everything.” And within two months I had doubled my
income asa resultof…I did The Miracle Morning everyday. It wasn’t called that at first,
there was no name to it until the results happened. And until the results happened it
was just Morning Personal Development.
In twomonths,I doubledmyincome, mydepressiondidn’ttake twomonthstogoaway,
it wasgone in like 24 hours!I wentfrombeinginthe worstshape of mylife for I had not
exercisedonce insix monthstocommittingtotraining,training for and completing a 52
mile ultra-marathonhavingneverruninmylife!And everything in my life transformed
so fastI endedupcallingitmy miracle morningandthatwas like five yearsagoand now
It tookme three yearstowrite the book feeling like nobody’s actually going to actually
do it. What if nobody likes it? What if nobody reads it? What if they read it and they
actually think well, “It’s a good idea but I am not a morning person.” And I am so
humbled and grateful that tens of thousands of people around the world now are
experiencingthese extraordinary,veryperformedandvery relatively very quick results
from doing the miracle morning.
Ari: What a wonderful amazingstoryof sortof transformation! And also for me, the idea of
fittingin the six practices into on hour and doing them in that effective manner I think
makes… It’s just so amazing! And it’s interesting also to think that you are touching on
each of those for just and I say that is sort of an [inaudible 15:12] just 10 minutes.
Hal Elrod: Yeah.
Ari: 10 more minutes than most people do on any of those.
Hal Elrod: Sure, sure.
Ari: The whole ideaof babysetsand small stepsandI am kindof floored by the whole story
so thank you.
Well,we are basicallyrunningoutof time here and I want to be respectful of your time
because you just shared such an amazing story with everybody. This is going to be fun
actually given what your book is about but I always like to ask this at the end of the
interviewsis;whatare yourtop three personal tipsforbeingmore effective? And in my
world, that is really about getting more done.
Hal Elrod: Yeah.
Ari: Otherthan this six that you have just given us what are three that you think are just so
important in anything you have ever learned or done that just can make you or other
people more effective?
Hal Elrod: Absolutely and I can sum these up very quickly. And I call these the ABC’s of advanced
achievement and they go in reverse order so it’s the C then the B then the A.
The C is for clarity. Most of us don’t take time to strategically get clarity on what we
want for our lives, on what we need to do to achieve the things that we want and
maybe mostimportantly,what’sholdingusbackfromachievingit.Mostpeople, even if
youset goals,you’ve gottoreallylookat, “Hey, what’s holding me back from achieving
the things that I want?” Or maybe another way of saying this, “What’s held me back in
the past?” Because if we are unaware of that, then those are the self sabotagers that
keep holding us back over and over and over and over again!
AndI give youone example.The miracle morningwaslike mynumber one goal to write
the book.I feltlike Ioweditto the world,Ihad to write a book.Andyearafter yearafter
year,three yearsina row,it wasone of mytop goalsif not my top goal and I failed year
one,yeartwo,year three Ifailedeverysingle year and then I got clarity. I stopped and I
thought, “What’s holding me back from writing this book?” And the answer was so
clear, it was, “I don’t have any accountability.” I am a coach so I know the power of
accountability and I have had many coaches but I did not have a coach at that time
holding me accountable and I go, “I don’t have a coach holding me accountable to
writing the book!”
I hired a coach, an accountability coach just to write the book, that was the sole
purpose, nothing else. We did not focus on health, nothing. Three months later the
book was written, one month after that it was published because I am self published
and it was the number one bestseller.
So that’s the first thing; you’ve got to take time to get clarity and you’ve got to do it in
writing by the way. You can’t just depend on your thoughts and your memory, you’ve
got to getclarityin writing.Pull outThe Five-MinuteJournal,if youdon’thave The Five-
Minute Journal, highly recommended, get The Five-Minute Journal at
fiveminutejournal.com and I don’t sell it, I am not affiliated with it [crosstalk 53:03]…
Ari: No, I have interviewed [UJ 53:03] before, it’s a great resource.
Hal Elrod: Yeah, great resource. But that helps me get carted every single day. So first is clarity.
The second, B is for belief. You’ve got to reinforce or establish the beliefs that are
necessary for you to achieve the things that you want and that’s what the miracle
morning…That’sa big part of whatit doesisit sets the mindset and the context for the
restof yourday and it putsyouin an optimumphysical emotionalstate toreallywinthe
day.It helpsyou,itgivesyoutime toget clarity,time to reinforce those beliefs through
some of the practices of The miracle morning.
Andfinally,the A isforaccountability.AndIalreadymentionedit,Ialreadytalkedabout
that right? We’ve got to have accountability. And I would love to invite all of your
listenersAri to Themiracle morning community on Facebook and you too Ari, are you a
member of that community yet?
Ari: No and I will be the second we get off.
Hal Elrod: It’s going to blow your mind! It can become the most inspiring, supportive and
encouragingonline communitiesIhave everseen.Imean,Iwill give youanexample just
The other day somebody new joined the community access and by the way, we have
grownfrom 30 membersto5000 membersinthe lastyear.Andsomebodyjoined today
and they posted, “Hey, I am new to the group, I am new to The Miracle Morning” and
they were young, they were like 19 I think, they said, “I am really having trouble
following through and overcoming my bad habits and snoozing and blah, blah, blah.
Anybody have any sort of advice, maybe you have dealt with this or overcome it?”
Within 24 hours 33 people in the community that didn’t know this guy, that he didn’t
knowthem,like lefttothese along,detailedthoughtfulcommentsgivinghimadvice and
sharingtheirexperience andhow they overcame it. And that’s just the culture that’s in
the community. Like how often do you post on your wall something and 33 of your
friends leave you detailed comments let alone people you have never met?
So those are the three things, you’ve got to get clarity, you’ve got to establish and
reinforce the beliefsnecessaryand then you’ve got to get accountability to hold you to
taking the necessary actions to create the results that you want in your life.
Ari: I mean, those are amazing Hal! So we are going to have links to all of your stuff in the
shownotesbutwhere isthe number1 bestplace people will go to find out more about
you or more about the book?
Hal Elrod: yeah. My website, halelrod.com if you want to contact me or find out about my
speakingorcoaching.But I wouldencourage everybody, if you are not ready to buy the
bookyet,the bookis on Amazon,youcan getto The Miracle Morning on Amazonor you
can just go and read some of the 300 five-star reviews. You don’t even have to buy it,
just read the five-star reviews and then decide.
But honestly,if anybody’s listening and you are like, “Hal, I think this could really help
me but I am at the financial crossroads, I am at the tough point.” Because I have been
there before,Igetit.Maybe it’slike,“Hey,me and my spouse have an agreement and I
am not allowed to spend another outside of our necessities.” I have a free resource
where everybody can start with The Miracle Morning. Go to miracle morning.com and
you will get the Miracle Morning kind of first start kit which is the first few chapters of
the book which are enough to get you started.
You will geta 17 minute kindof motivational training video from me and you will get a
60 minute deepdive training audio from me all on the miracle morning and it's all free
Andthenwhenyouhave usedthe miracle morning to increase your income as so many
people do, then go buy the book and pay it forward and share it with somebody else.
Ari: Awesome. Well Hal, thank you. It’s been more than a pleasure speaking to you and it
was really great to meet you a few weeks ago at the Mastermind Talks in Toronto and
thank you for your time.
Hal Elrod: Ari thank youand everybodylistening, thank you so much for your time and I hope you
got at leastone valuable tipthatyou can implement that will improve your life, thanks