For most of my life, I was a night owl. Starting a little more than 5 years ago, I went through a series of transformations to better my life, and one of my greatest and most difficult transformations was going from a night owl to an early bird. When people heard what I was doing, many told me about this amazing book, The Miracle Morning, widely regarded as “one of the most life-changing books ever written”. I read it (and listened to the audio book), and I was inspired. When I started up my podcast, "How I Broke Into," Hal Elrod was on the short list of people I just had to interview.
What’s even more incredible is that Hal actually died at age 20. He was hit head on by a drunk driver at 70 mph, broke 11 bones, died for 6 minutes, and spent 6 days in a coma only to wake up to face the news that he may never walk again... Not only did Hal walk, he went on to run a 52-mile ultra marathon, become a hall of fame business achiever, an international keynote speaker, one of the world’s top success coaches, he’s a hip-hop recording artist, has been featured in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, writes for Entrepreneur.com, has appeared on radio and TV shows across the country, and the list just goes on and on. Robert Kiyosaki, author of the all-time bestselling book, Rich Dad Poor Dad, said the following about Hal: “Hal Elrod is a genius and his book The Miracle Morning has been magical in my life. As my rich dad often said, ‘I can always make another dollar, but I cannot make another day.’ If you want to maximize every day of your life, read The Miracle Morning.'”
Notes from the show:
The Miracle Morning really changes lives: "What do you want to change in your life right now?"
At 19, Hal started in sales. He didn't know how to sell, but was enthusiastic and knew how to work hard.
At 20, Hal was hit by a drunk driver, and was told he would never walk again. He thinks it was one of the best things to ever happen to him. He chose to be grateful for what he had.
2 weeks after the crash, doctors were concerned that Hal was having delusions and was in denial. He was always telling jokes, smiling. He told his Dad, "I love my life by the five minute rule... It's okay to be negative when things go wrong. But not for more than 5 minutes."
"Everything happens for a reason, but I think we have to choose the reason."
"We can take an adversity... if we learn and grow from it, it becomes an advantage."
Cutco is a microcosm for life: "It's not about knives. It's about who we're becoming."
"For anything we do in life, it's who we're becoming that's more important than what we're doing. Yet, the interesting thing is that what we're doing determineswho we're becoming."
If it weren't for his mentor Jesse Levine, Hal would have quit Cutco on the very first day.
Before Cutco, Hal had never heard the terms "personal development" or "positive thinking."
You need to lead by example. You can't force people to change. He pushed healthy eating and the Miracle Morning practice on his wife, and she turned off. But when he stopped pushing, she responded.
It's important to ask a lot of questions.
He recommends Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday.
Started doing The Miracle Morning practice with 1 other person, his client Katie, and realized that if it could change two people's lives, it could change a whole lot more.
The book has been translated into 20 languages, but he still is surprised by its massive successful.
He believes the success of the book lies in distilling the 6 most powerful practices in personal development, which can be applied in every arena.
The Miracle Morning for Parents and Families is coming out in the fall of 2016.
The Happiness Advantage - Shawn Anchor
Happy for No Reason - Marci Shimoff
5 Minute Journal App
People have said they've gotten off of depression medication within weeks of the Miracle Morning practice.
The Optimistic Child - Martin Seligman
To be physically fit, you have to work at it. Why would emotional well-being be any different?
Hal believes in trying to exhaust other possibilities before anti-depressants. He knows someone who stopped chemo and went on a raw vegan diet, and hasn't had cancer since.
Socrates said, "Let thy medicine be thy food."
Make changes now that will allow you to live longer.
7 Minute Workout App - 30 seconds of exercise
Hal's program is Best Year Ever.
Live program is in San Diego in December: http://bestyeareverlive.com/
Hal's web site portal: http://halelrod.com/
Hal's Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyTMMCommunity/
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