Hal Elrod is a miracle himself. As one of the leading self-help authors and speakers in America today, Hal has impacted well over two million readers around the world through his Miracle Morning book series. He started with Cutco/Vector in 1998 and achieved Hall of Fame status as a sales rep with the company, before moving on to his own business, coaching, writing, and speaking. He survived a near-fatal car accident and more recently, he conquered a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. He’s accomplished all of this by making two decisions which he calls “The Miracle Equation,” which is described in his latest book by that title. Listen to this episode to learn how you can achieve your biggest goals by utilizing Hal’s concepts.


Q: How did you get started working with Cutco, who were you as a person when you started, and how did your early experiences transform you?

  • DJ at night when his friend suggested Cutco
  • Manager challenged him and taught important life lessons
  • Who are you becoming based on the choices you’re making and the work you’re doing?
  • Achieving more than other’s have achieved will take more commitment and effort than anyone else has ever given.
  • There are good days and bad but over the long haul the averages work out- stay committed all the way to the last second so the Miracle Equation can be fulfilled.
  • “It’s in our moments of decision that our destiny is shaped.” Tony Robins

Q: Your indomitable spirit was put to the test following a head-on car accident, can you tell us a little more about that experience?

  • “If I’m in a wheel chair for the rest of my life, I will be the happiest, most grateful person in a wheel chair.”
  • Be at peace with the worst-case scenario and the fear can’t grip you. Then you can put all your focus and attention on the best-case scenario; the outcome you desire.
  • When you’re committed, there’s always a way to achieve what you want.

Q: “Tell us how the Miracle Morning came to be.”

  • Hal shares he was in his darkest moments and reached out to a friend for help.
  • “Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become.”
  • You can’t achieve level 10 success when you’re only committed to being a level 2 person.  Your level of success will parallel your level of personal development.
  • “I need to go create the most extraordinary personal development ritual in the history of humanity because I’m tired of struggling.”
  • Googled “best personal development practices.” Results: affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, journaling, and meditation.
  • “What if I did all 6 of these practices?!” Woke up an hour early each morning to do his new personal development ritual and in 2 months Hal’s depression disappeared, he committed to run an ultra marathon and he doubled his income.

Q: “I used to think affirmations were just pumping yourself up but you have a different approach, can you share more about how you do your affirmations?”

  • Don’t affirm what you want, affirm what you’re committed to.
  • Articulate why that’s meaningful to you.
  • What are the specific actions
  • When will you take those actions?
  • A simple 2-step formula to achieve anything you want: 1) read a book from someone who’s achieved what you want to achieve 2) do what they tell you to do in the book

Q: “What is the Miracle Equation and how did you discover it?”

  • The real purpose of a goal is not to hit the goal, the purpose of a goal is to develop yourself into the kind of person that can hit bigger and better goals by simply committing at an extraordinary level until the last possible moment.
  • The value of hitting a single goal is small compared to the value in becoming a goal achiever.
  • When challenged with a seemingly impossible goal Hal chose, from the start, to commit to have unwavering faith all the way until the very last second.
  • Override fear with faith. Hal developed a Miracle Mantra: “I am committed, to give it everything I have until the last possible moment, regardless of my results, no matter what, there is no other option.”
  • Extraordinary effort- you don’t actually have to believe you’re going to reach your goal in order for you to give it everything you have to reach the goal.

Vector/ Cutco terms explained:

  • Fast Start Contest- a contest new Cutco reps get for their first 10 days on the job.
  • Push Period- typically a 2 week sales contest.


Show Notes provided by Carlo Cipollina


Show Notes provided by Carlo Cipollina.

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