Episode 100: Focus Only On What You Have Control Over Says Hal Elrod

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Hal Elrod Miracle Morning

Hal Elrod

Three words have made Hal Elrod a successful salesman, speaker and author. They also helped him recover from a car accident that left him dead for six minutes and to bounce back when his business failed in 2008. Listen to the podcast or keep reading to learn how they can help you too!

Hal is the author of two best sellers, Miracle Morning and Taking Life Head On. Both books were inspired by his near death experience and the failure of his professional life. Both experiences have made him a sought after speaker and an inspiration to countless people.

The secret to Hal’s succes is his ability to focus only on what he has control over.

Key UnStuckable Takeaway

Focus on what you have control over!

When faced with a potentially negative situation or emotion, Hal lives by three simple words, “Can’t change it.” He focuses on what he has control over and lets go of what he doesn’t.

He uses the “5-minute rule” when something doesn’t go his way. After something bad happens, he allows himself to complain for five minutes and then stops dwelling on it. When the five minutes are up he says to himself, “Can’t change it.” It helps him move from emotional distress to intellectual clarity.

Quick Action to Get Unstuck

Start your miracle morning the night before.

What is the first thing you are going to do when you wake up tomorrow? Hal recommends deciding that before you go to bed tonight.

Hal’s Miracle Morning involves creating a series of rituals to create a foundation of success for the rest of your day. Start creating your miracle morning by choosing that first habit that will get you excited to get out of bed every day. Make this new habit more successful by planning for it the night before and eliminating as many obstacles (no matter how small) that will prevent you from doing it.

UnStuckable Quotes From Hal

“One of the greatest secrets to success is you have to be committed to your process without being emotionally attached to your results.”

“Don’t be emotionally tied to your results.”

“Never let the limitations or insecurities of others limit what is possible for you.”

“If you want to have a great life, accept the things that aren’t in your control and focus on the things that are in your control.”

“Every negative emotion you feel is self created.”

“Your level of success will seldom succeed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become.” Jim Rohn

“Your personal development is who you are in terms of your knowledge, your confidence, your beliefs and your skills.”

“If you have a productive, powerful morning, you will have a productive powerful day.” 

More Habits & Actions

  • Hal attributes his success as a top salesman selling Cutco Cutlery in his twenties to his enthusiasm and work ethic.
  • As Hal sets a goal for himself he focuses on building the process to achieve his goal and not his results. He is motivated by his process, not his results.
  • Hal published his first book, Taking Life Head On, about life after his car accident. He built a six-figure coaching business and achieved his dream of becoming a professional speaker.
  • When the economy failed in 2008 he lost over half of his income and stopped taking Adderall, which sent him into a depression.
  • Hal said getting over the failure of his business was harder than recovering from his car accident because of the withdrawal from Adderall and his lowest point kept getting lower. He even ended up losing his house.
  • As things got worse, he abandoned his core habits of exercise and stimulating his mind, which he believes contributed to his downward spiral.
  • His now wife encouraged him to seek out the help of a friend who was also a life coach. The first thing his friend told him was to start exercising again.
  • As he continued his recovery, he researched ways to spend more time on his personal development. He discovered that successful people get up early, which inspired him to write Miracle Morning.
  • Within two months of creating a success ritual each morning, Hal’s depression was gone, he doubled his income and he started training for a 52-mile ultra marathon.
  • To become UnStuckable Hal recommends: A) accept all the things you can’t change. B) Be grateful for everything and C) Make time to become the person you need to be in order to create the life you want.


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