Hal Elrod is one of the leading self-help authors and speakers in America today.  As the author of The Miracle Morning book series, Hal has impacted well over a million readers around the world.  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 utilizing what he calls “The Miracle Equation,” which is the title of his latest book.


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

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