516: How to Cultivate Your Miracle Mindset

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Cultivate Miracle Mindset

There’s no question that many of you out there saw the survey I sent earlier this week. Thank you to everyone who responded! The results are in, and the #1 topic that 78.2% of our beautiful community is looking for help with in 2024 is mindset. (mental and emotional well-being)

So today, not only will I share the results from the survey, but I’ll also outline the seven (7) attributes and three (3) strategies to cultivate your miracle mindset.

While reviewing the survey results, I was reminded that you never know what someone else may be going through. Everyone has something that they’re either battling or working on. This episode is dedicated to all of you, and I hope these strategies will help improve your mindset in the new year and mental and emotional well-being.

Lastly, I’ve heard from several members of the Miracle Morning community who are looking to write a book this year, and I have great news! My good friend, Chandler Bolt, is hosting a new book publishing session on January 16th. If you’d like to sign up, you can register by visiting SelfPublishing.com/Hal



KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • An important reminder: If you’re struggling, you’re never alone.
  • Learning a new skill without revisiting and relearning it will have minimal value.
  • Why mindset, personal growth, money, health and fitness are topics that will be revisited on the podcast this year.
  • The seven attributes of a miracle mindset and why they’re all essential.
  • Three strategies that will help you to cultivate a miracle mindset

 

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“Cultivating your miracle mindset for 2024 is crucial. I would argue that your mental emotional state is the single most important aspect of your lives to optimize each day.”

“You often can't change the outside force, the thing that's happening, but you always get to choose who you're going to be in the midst of that.”

 

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Hal Elrod: Hello and welcome to the Achieve Your Goals podcast. This is your host, Hal Elrod. And today’s episode I think is so important for all of us. We’re talking about cultivating your miracle mindset for 2024. And I sent a survey out earlier this week and asked you what the number one thing that you, our community, wanted help with in 2024, and 78.2% of you said mindset. That was the number one answer, mental and emotional well-being a.k.a. mindset. And so, that’s what we’re going to talk about today. Today, I’m going to share with you these seven attributes of a miracle mindset. So, we’re going to define it, the seven attributes that you’re going to or I’m inviting you to aspire to develop and cultivate every day. And then I’m going to give you three keys. So, I’m going to simplify those seven attributes into three simple straightforward keys to cultivating your miracle mindset.

 

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All right. Goal achievers and members of the Miracle Morning community, without further ado, let’s talk about how to cultivate your miracle mindset.

 

[EPISODE]

 

Hal Elrod: Hey, goal achievers and members of the Miracle Morning community. Welcome to today’s podcast. This will be January 10th if all goes well and we release this episode on time. When you’re listening to this, it’s about five days before that right now. So, pretty close. I sent out an email a couple of days ago to our community and a text asking essentially what your single biggest challenge is right now and which areas you want help with in 2024. That was the premise of the I call it the Miracle Morning Community 2024 Check-In and just checking in with you to find out what your biggest challenge is right now and then what areas you want help with in 2024. And I’m utilizing the information from the survey to help guide how I better serve you this year. And I mentioned in the email and in the survey that this past year I was really consumed and overwhelmed with my book launch. And I feel like I really felt in conflict with my values at times because I do want to add as much value as I can and I was so busy that I couldn’t like I had so many things on my plate, I couldn’t put energy and time that I want to do into thinking, “How can I better serve the audience?”

 

It was like, “I got to get this book deadline done. I got to get this chapter’s due on this day. And now I got to get this.” There were so many things and you eventually been there where you maybe are not in alignment with how you want to show up as a parent or as a spouse or with your health because you’re just so busy, right? And it’s just a place that we find ourselves sometimes. This year, one of my themes this year is space, meaning creating space for myself to not have such a full schedule and it already feels good. It feels so good to be in that place. And it’s not perfect because there are certain days where I’m like, “Oh my gosh, I’ve still so many things I’ve got to get done,” but that’s one of my main themes. And my biggest theme this year is relationships and relationships meaning how do I better serve the people I love and the people that I lead? And so, the survey that I sent out, I want to go over the results with you really quickly, and then we’re going to dive into the number one topic, which was mindset. And today we’re talking about cultivating your miracle mindset.

 

Now, the answers to the question, what’s your single biggest challenge right now, they were both all over the place, tons of different answers, thousands of answers. And then there also were many, in fact, mostly, I would say, repetitive answers. So, things like, “I need more money.” That came up hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of times. “I need to lose weight.” That came up hundreds of times. “My relationship” came up countless times. There are also a lot of answers like, “Procrastinating. Is it a challenge for me?” or being focused, which is kind of the other side of the same coin. And “consistency” that came up a lot as well. There were also very specific responses that were things like, “Leaving my corporate job of 13 years and being my own boss.” So, this person, they want to leave their corporate job and be their own boss. That’s their number one challenge, as they describe it, is figuring out how to do that. Another person said, “Starting a business while I still work full time,” so kind of similar to that first answer.

 

Another person said, “Executing a successful transition to a purposeful retirement.” And if you’re retiring, I know my dad and my father-in-law are both, I see how stressful that is. I wouldn’t have thought. I would have thought, “Oh, retirement, great. Now, you’re, ah, it’s such a relief. You can retire.” And I found that doesn’t seem to be the case. I’m also in the midst of working on the book, The Miracle Morning for Seniors, and I’m also learning more about what life is like either during or really mostly in this case after retirement. And then one that hits home for me, somebody answered their single biggest challenge was building my, they said building my business to a solid level to ensure I’m financially supporting my family while also focusing on the depth of my relationship with my family. Boy, do I relate to that. Maybe you do, too. That’s probably my biggest one is building my business, making an impact for other people, and not doing that at the cost of serving my family. That can be a challenge.

 

And last but not least, there were some detailed responses around personal challenges that people have had that were really heart-wrenching. You know, it just makes you realize, like, we’re all going through. What’s that quote? Everybody is silently struggling or something like that. Everyone’s fighting their own battle so be kind, something along those lines. And these answers really reminded me of that. Someone said, “Emotional management after losing my dad last year.” And you know, I love my dad and the thought of one day losing him is very difficult. I don’t like to go down that rabbit or think deeply into that because it’s like it’s not happening right now. I want to be present to having my dad but the thought that, wow, that one day I’m going to deal with that loss as well. We all are. And that’s tough. Another one was, “Supporting and encouraging my son as he goes through therapy for self-harm.” As a dad, I can just imagine how difficult that would be. And someone else said, “My boyfriend had a stroke in 2021 and is now on disability. I’m trying to take care of myself but haven’t been able to get up to do the Miracle Morning since about October. I work a full-time job. I also work a part-time job and I have a home-based craft business, plus taking care of him, our house, cooking, cleaning bills, etcetera.”

 

The reason I shared these challenges with you is because you’re not alone. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to share these with you is you’re not alone. If you’re struggling in your life, you’re not alone. And I want to remind you of a few things, that being the first one that you’re not alone but also that it’s temporary, that most things are temporary. Now, if you lost your father like that person did, obviously, it’s not temporary but the pain that you feel when something new occurs in your life, that can be temporary, and the emotional turmoil in any form, whether it’s fear, when you learn about something new, like when you find out about the economy crashing or you find out about the state of the world and some of what governments are doing or whatever it may be, right? When I found out I had cancer, initially, the fear was very intense. And then as I acclimated to this new information, this new world that we’re living in, and I’m reading a book right now, it’s the new updated version of Margaret Wheatley’s book, Who Do I Choose to Be?

 

And I’ll probably bring her on the podcast later this year, hopefully, sooner rather than later but she talks about that there are a lot of things in the world, the world essentially, every society collapses, every single one. There’s not a single society in history that has just indefinitely stood, that’s still going. Empires collapse. And she studies the collapse of empires and then essentially she asks the question, “Okay. Whatever stage we are in right now, who do you choose to be?” And you’ve heard me say that. I’ve actually referenced her first book. I read it years ago when I used to reference it. I think I read a little bit out of it. It’s a phenomenal book, a phenomenal topic but it takes something that’s very scary, the collapse of modern civilization or whether it’s the entirety of the world or in a country. You know, it’s as well-researched as any book, right? This isn’t just her feeling or like a conspiracy theory. You know, billionaire investor, Ray Dalio, he wrote The Changing New World Order, right? Like, he’s written books about the same thing in the last few years but it’s a very sobering topic.

 

And then she asks, “Okay. Hey, once you can accept that there are certain realities in our life, death being one of them, like knowing you’re going to lose a parent or that you’re going to die, once you accept a reality, then the question is, okay, this is reality that I have to face, I can either curl up in a ball and live in fear and give up. Or I can ask the question, who do I choose to be in the face of this reality, in the face of my reality?” When I had cancer and I might die, I was given a 20% chance of surviving. At first, I was scared and then I went, “Okay. Wait a minute. Living in fear doesn’t serve me.” So, the question: Who am I going to be? Who do I choose to be in the midst of this really scary, dismal diagnosis that statistically I’m going to die and leave my kids without a dad? Who will I choose to be in the midst of this? What attributes do I choose to embody? How about courage? How about faith? How about resilience? You follow? You often can’t change the outside force, the thing that’s happening but you always get to choose who you’re going to be in the midst of that.

 

And cultivating your miracle mindset for 2024 is crucial. I would argue that your mental emotional state is the single most important aspect of your lives to optimize each day. And of course, I agree, starting first thing in the morning. Your Miracle Morning, optimize your mental emotional state, your mindset. Cultivate that miracle mindset first thing in the morning and then you can be at your best throughout the day to deal with the realities that you face, the challenges that you come up against. Who are you going to be? And what’s amazing about that is when you focus not on what you can’t control, the state of the world, how your family treats you, the economy, we can’t control those things. When you focus on not on what you can’t control but on what you can control, which is like, okay, these are the challenging things, right? And maybe I was living in fear but that doesn’t serve me so who am I going to be moving forward? And when you define, and I’m going to talk about this miracle mindset, what does that look like? What are the attributes that we’re talking about here and how do you do it?

 

But when you get to that point and then you choose the attribute, “You know what, I’m going to show up with courage. I’m going to show up with faith. I’m going to show up with whatever it is, motivation, resilience, love. So, I’m going to be a source of light and joy for the people around me.” Once you focus on that what you can control, all of a sudden, the fear just kind of fades away because you’re not focusing on that anymore. Yeah, that thing you’re afraid of is still there but your energy’s not on the thing you can’t control and the fear. It’s now on what you can control, which is showing up at your absolute best or I should say your relative best. I want to make a quick distinction. Your absolute best, like the best you’ve ever been, that might not be where you’re at right now. Like, there are certain times where I’m not in a place like when I had cancer, I wasn’t physically able to show up at my best physically. I had lost 25% of my body weight. I was sick. I was being poisoned with chemotherapy that was simultaneously killing the cancer but it was also killing me. I couldn’t show up at my absolute best. So, I had to show up at my relative best. Not I had to. I chose to. That’s an important distinction. You don’t have to. You can show up at your worst.

 

When you’re facing adversity whether it’s financial or physical or mental and emotional or relational, whatever it is, you can show up at your absolute worst. You can give up. You can be a victim. You can choose that. I’m inviting all of us to choose to show up at our best. And today it’s about how do you cultivate that miracle mindset to be able to do that. I wanted to share some other things from the survey. I also ask the question I mentioned earlier, which areas do you want help with in 2024? And the answers were pretty consistent. And I want to run through these because I want you to think about these and I want you to know this is going to inform what I’m going to cater the podcast topics to throughout this year. So, the number one answer to what you want help with in 2024 was mindset. And in parentheses, I put in mental and emotional well-being on the check-in form. And that’s why that’s the topic today, right? Cultivating your miracle mindset because 78.2% of you, of our community members said they want help with their mindset. 78%. Think about that.

 

I just said that arguably the most important thing for you to optimize every day is your mindset, your mental and emotional state. And that would go to show, well, 80% of you that is what you want help with. So, you get it. A, it’s a challenge for all of us, and we need support and guidance and help. That’s A. And then, B, it’s something that we realize that we want help with, right? I want help. I’m not going to suffer in silence. Like, I’ve got some challenges, my mental and emotional well-being with my mindset. I’m living in fear. I’m focused on the negative. I’m focused on things that are out of my control. It’s human nature to be all of the above. So, we all want support in that area. So, 78% of you said mindset. The number two answer was personal growth, 69% of you saying it’s something that you need help with. And obviously, that’s a big topic for the podcast. Finances was number three. The third topic that you all wanted help with in the Miracle Morning community and listeners of the Achieve Your Goals podcast was money. 63.4% of our community said they want help with that.

 

And I’ll run through the rest of these quickly. 62% of you said health and fitness. That was number four. Health and fitness, 62%. You want help with that. Number five was work and career with 54%. Number six was the Miracle Morning with 47%. That actually kind of surprised me. I thought, “Oh, that’s interesting.” So, we will obviously – that’s my expertise that more than anything is the Miracle Morning. And that is tied in, I would say, with your number two answer, which is personal growth, right? Because that’s what the Miracle Morning is. It’s a personal growth, personal development daily ritual. Number seven was relationships with friends and family at 38%. Number eight was marriage at 23.9%. Number nine was parenting at 18%. So, I’m going to really start at the top and then I’ll cycle through these because I want to ask you something to consider. If you want to improve an area of your life, if you want to master an area of your life, do you think that it’s reasonable to learn something once like one time and then be expected to remember it, let alone master it?

 

I’d imagine your answer is no unless you have a photographic memory and you can learn something once and then you can integrate it into your life and you never forget it and you master it. You’re probably like the top 1/10 or 100th of 1% of human beings on the planet. So, for most of us, it’s better to learn something, right? Or so rather than learn something once and expect to be able to integrate it in your life and master it, let alone again, just even remember it. Or is it better to learn something to be given time to apply it in your life, and then to learn it again and again only with nuanced and maybe slightly different perspectives and approaches each time? And I’d imagine my answer would be it’s the second, it’s the latter. It’s no, you got to learn something. It’s like if you’re learning, think of a martial art, right? Your sensei teaches you how to throw a certain kind of punch or boxing, right? It’s like you throw an uppercut or a hook, right? You don’t just learn it once and then go throw your uppercut by yourself for the next three years and hope you got it right. You’re probably going to learn it once you’re going to try it.

 

You’re probably going to get feedback whether from yourself or from your sensei, and they’re going to go, “Hey, I want you to roll your hips this way. Tweak. I want you to lean further down when you throw that uppercut.” You’re going to want to learn it over and over. And then the sensei might say, “Hey, Johnny, come on over here.” Johnny’s a black belt. “Johnny, show this person. Show them how you throw a perfect uppercut because you’ve been doing this for years.” Then Johnny throws his uppercut. Now, you’re learning the same move but you’re seeing it nuanced with a slightly different perspective from a different master at that one thing. It’s why I don’t read like one book on a topic and think, “Oh, I’m a master in finances because I read Rich Dad Poor Dad or I read The Total Money Makeover or I read Secrets of the Millionaire Mind or I read Think and Grow Rich,” or I’m trying to think of all the books. You know, these are some of the financial books that I read, right? It’s learning nuances on the same topic in order to master it. So, with that, that’s why this year we are going to be revisiting these topics that you all said you need help with, mindset, money, personal growth, health and fitness, work and career, the Miracle Morning, relationships, all of these topics.

 

And today I’m going to share my approach to cultivating a miracle mindset with you and that includes both the tools that I use every day and that I’ve talked about for years, such as the Miracle Morning and the Miracle Equation and the Miracle Life. Those are things that I use. It also includes new perspectives, nuances, and approaches to enhance your understanding and how effectively you can live what you learn. Because learning something has a limited value. If you learn something but you don’t remember it, it has little to no value. If you learn something and you remember it but you don’t apply it, it has very minimal value, right? So, it’s important that we learn something multiple times over an extended period of time. There’s a lot of things that I’ve learned in the past, and I’ll read my notes or I’ll reread a book and I’ll go, “Oh my gosh, I don’t live that at all. I completely forgot that.” Right? Completely forgot it. So, I often say in the Miracle Morning, I said, “There’s more value to me in rereading a book that I’ve already read than there is in reading the book for the first time.”

 

Because when you read a book for the first time or you learn a new idea, you go to an event, you learn something, you’re being exposed to a concept, right? You’re being exposed to it. But when you reread a book or you relearn a concept, now you’re deepening your learning. You’re deepening your understanding. You’re understanding it from a much deeper place because you’ve, “Oh, I’ve already been exposed to that idea. It’s not new. It’s something I’m aware of.” And now you’re able to really consider it at a deeper level. So, again, the podcast and things moving forward, we’re going to keep revisiting these topics in different ways. I’ll bring guests on, so on and so forth. Now, I want to mention one other thing. I also asked on the check-in form called a survey, if you want, I also asked if you aspired to do any of the following professional pursuits that I’ve personally had success with and I might be able to help you with. So, I asked you about starting a podcast and being a coach, things that I’ve done in the past or do now.

 

The top three responses to that question, “Do you aspire to do any of these things and would like help?” number one was write a book, number two was lead/facilitate groups and/or lead events, host events, and then number three answer from you all was to become a professional speaker. So, those are my areas of expertise. I’ve written books, I’ve led groups and masterminds. I’m a keynote speaker. So, I want to be able to take my knowledge and help you and bring in other experts on this topic. So, once I got your survey the other day, the results, they started coming in, I immediately began reaching out to my network to get help in these areas. Those are your top three answers: write a book, lead and facilitate groups, become a professional speaker. I reached out to the people that are the best in these areas that I am aware of and I was able to get one of them to commit. So, I was able to schedule a free training. In fact, he was able to do it in a week and a half, two weeks, January 16th.

 

So, this is the CEO and founder of Self Publishing School, Chandler Bolt. I have brought you all Chandler many times in the past. In fact, he’s already helped hundreds of people in the Miracle Morning community to write and publish their first book. Hundreds. I don’t know if it’s 200 or 300. I’ve lost count. But if you want to attend that training, it’s coming up on January 16th. You can mark your calendar. I’ll send out… Oh, you can register I think right now. Yeah. Go to Selfpublishing.com/Hal. I’ll send an email out to anybody that’s not listening to podcast but if you want to one of the first to register, you can register at that URL, SelfPublishing.com/Hal and that will walk you through how to get clarity on your book, what you want to write about, how to do it, how to get focused, how to take action. I mean, again, Chandler has led this training probably half a dozen times for our community in the past, and so I knew it wasn’t easy. I’m like, “Hey, Chandler, when’s your soonest available opening? This is the number one thing my community wants to learn.” And so, there you go. We’re all set for the 16th and it’s at, I think, noon Central. I’m not looking at it. I’m going off memory. Noon Central on January 16th.

 

All right. Let’s talk about cultivating a miracle mindset. Again, this is arguably the most important thing to focus on. So, I want to first define it for you and then we’ll talk about a few ways to implement it. And I’m not going to go like this could be a three-hour masterclass. I could share with you ten different steps to implement or to cultivate a miracle mindset but I want to keep this simple. One of my goals this year is to keep the podcast as close to 30 minutes as possible. I know I’m going to go over some time, especially with the commercial and the intro in the beginning. It’s usually an extra 5 minutes. So, if the podcast is 30, that’ll be 35 but I want to keep it as short as possible and I want to keep it as simple as possible. I want to try to limit it to between one and three ideas so that you can again live what you learn. If you learned ten ideas on a podcast, what are the odds that you’re going to remember, let alone implement those ten ideas, right? Not very good. So, I want to keep it simple. I think ideally one but today I’m going to go over three different ideas on cultivating a miracle mindset.

 

All right. So, first, let’s define it. So, what’s a miracle mindset? I could define this in so many different ways but as I was preparing for the podcast today, I was thinking of what are the attributes of a miracle mindset. How would you define it? Number one, and if you’re taking notes, jot this down. So, number one, a miracle mindset, confident and resilient. So, you have a miracle mindset. You are confident and resilient. And those two go hand in hand because resilience is confidence in your ability to handle whatever life throws your way. And I would actually call this unwavering faith in yourself like confidence, being confident and resilient is having unwavering faith in yourself and your ability to handle anything that life throws at you. So, that’s the first attribute of a miracle mindset, confident and resilient.

 

The second is growth-minded. Growth minded. And part of the confidence that we’re talking about, that confidence comes from knowing that you can constantly learn, grow, evolve, and expand your capabilities, right? So, that gives you confidence knowing that, “Okay. Even if I don’t know how to do something or I’ve never done something before or I’ve never been able to handle something before,” I have a growth mindset, which is I have the belief, the knowledge I know that I can always learn and grow and evolve and expand my capabilities. I know that I have a growth mindset. So, that’s the second. The first attribute is confident and resilient. The second is growth-minded. The third, and I put happy. I could call it joyful or emotionally content or whatever, happy. And by the way, most of the time. I don’t know anyone that’s happy all of the time. Actually, I probably used to be that guy and it was because I was like in denial or I didn’t know how to. I had a self-protection mechanism where I didn’t look at the negative aspects of life. And that was so I could be happy. And it was really nice. It was really nice living in this like La-La Land for most of my life. But then I realized that there were downfalls to that.

 

Number one is you weren’t getting the full or I wasn’t getting the full range of the human experience. I mean, who’s to label painful emotions as bad? I was. I used to label them as bad. It was like avoid all the painful negative emotions and just indulge in the positive emotions. And again, it’s nice. It’s like being on drugs all the time so you’re just high all the time. Life’s great. And there’s something to say like I would rather be there most of the time. But number one, if you’re not feeling sad or angry or scared, you’re not allowing yourself to, you’re missing out on being human. That’s part of being human. So, my younger self did not experience the full range of what it means to be human. But the second challenge, and I think for me this was the biggest one, is I didn’t have empathy. How could I understand what it was like for someone else to feel sad, angry, scared, depressed when I never allowed myself to feel it? And so, it was really difficult. And you can ask my wife or any of my ex-girlfriends, it was very difficult to be with me because whenever they, A, I didn’t like being in the ick with people, right?

 

So, it’s like if someone’s feeling down, I’m like, “Ew, I don’t do down. Like, just snap out of it like just be happy. Just choose to be happy.” And because I never allowed myself to feel those painful emotions, I only knew happy. But anyway, so I’m going too deep in that, I think, or maybe perfectly deep enough for you. But being happy is part of it. A miracle mindset is that you are, for the most part, you’re positive, you’re happy, you enjoy life. That’s a miracle mindset. To me, heaven on earth is any moment of joy. That’s heaven on earth. Think about that. If you’re in a moment of like, “Oh my God, I’ve never felt so happy.” It’s usually because of an outside event, right? “Oh, I’m getting married or my baby was born. I’ve never felt so happy.” To me, I want you to realize that all of those moments, that to me is heaven on earth. Because what could be better than those? Like, what could be better? You know, whatever heaven is, I don’t know what could be better than those moments of you’re in bliss. It’s perfect. You’re not worried. You’re not scared. You feel safe. You just feel an overwhelming sense of love for life, for yourself, for the people in your life. Like, that’s heaven on earth.

 

And so, to me, a miracle mindset is being able to experience that on a daily basis. And that’s part of the miracle life. The miracle life, which is the concept I’ve taught on the podcast but I teach. It’s the last chapter in the new Miracle Morning, Updated and Expanded Edition, the new book. And by the way, thanks for supporting that. If you got that book, thank you so much. Like, it’s currently ranked number 345 on Amazon. That’s the highest it’s ever been ranked in 11 years since the original came out. So, like when I say that, I get a little heaven on earth. I’m like, “Oh, that makes me so happy.” I mean, it’s changing lives. And it’s my book that I worked hard on so I personally it’s like, wow, for it to be doing that well, it’s exciting. So, thank you. I just want to say thank you for your support for those that got the book. It means a lot. All right. Back to the miracle mindset, the definition, defining it. Number four, the fourth attribute is at peace, to be at peace. If you have a miracle mindset, you’re at peace with the things you can’t change because to not be at peace is futile. It’s a waste, in my opinion, of your mental and emotional energy.

 

If you’re disturbed by something that you can’t change, and by the way, I’m not judging that. That’s normal. I get disturbed by things I can’t change all the time but usually within a matter of a minute or a few minutes because I practice for so long, it’s like, “Oh, wait a minute, I’m resisting reality. I’m wishing I could change something that I can’t change. It’s a waste of my energy so I’m going to accept it fully and completely allow myself to be at peace with it.” And I’ll put my hand on my heart. I’ll take a deep breath and I say, “I can’t change it. Hmm. I can’t change that thing that happened or that’s happening right now, or that I know is going to happen tomorrow or that’s happening this year or it’s inevitable death. I can’t change that everyone I know is going to die.” And you might think, “That’s a morbid thing to say, Hal.” No, that’s reality. Are you at peace with reality or do you resist reality and create emotional turmoil, emotional pain for yourself? Because that’s the opposite of being at peace is to experience that inner turmoil. And what causes that is not the things that we think are causing it.

 

If you listen to podcasts, you hear me talk about this often. It’s our resistance to reality. It’s wishing we could change something that we can’t change because it either is in the past or it’s otherwise out of our control. And so, we have a choice. Either we can continue to resist reality, wish it were different, create emotional pain for ourselves, or we can put our hand on our heart. Hand doesn’t have to be on the heart but that for me is always like an anchor of just being at peace, feeling my emotions deeply, feeling grateful. Like, whenever I want to feel positive emotions, whether it’s peace or gratitude or joy, I almost always have my hand on my heart and I’ve done that for so long that it is an anchor. As soon as the hand hits the heart, it tells my nervous system, “Ah, relax. Everything is okay. You’re at peace. Focus on what you can change. Enjoy life. Enjoy the moment. Be present.” The hand on the heart is a physical anchor that again relaxes my nervous system and takes me immediately, almost immediately, into a positive, emotional state.

 

And I’ll tell you, that is significantly more effective than just relying on your thoughts. Trying to think yourself into a better state, in the beginning, that’s what you have to do, right? Now, you can journal. You can get your thoughts out of your head, your worries out of your head, that those are all effective techniques. But once you get yourself in that positive state, make sure the hand is on the heart and do that every day during your Miracle Morning, during your emotional meditation, your emotional optimization meditation because that becomes an anchor. And now, whenever you need to feel peaceful, whenever your nervous system is out of whack, put your hand on your heart and immediately you can change it. So, number four, the fourth attribute of miracle mindset is at peace.

 

Number five is passionate, passion about life and what’s possible, passionate about fulfilling the unlimited potential that is within each of us, passionate about making an impact for the people you love and those you lead. I remember I went to a Tony Robbins event in 1999. No, no, 2000 so 23 years ago. And Tony is, “You live with passion,” like that’s one of Tony’s themes that like a good life is a life where you’re living with passion. My friend Carey Smolensky wrote a book called I believe it’s called Live with Passion. I’m going off memory. I’m pretty sure it’s called Live with Passion. I encourage you to go to Amazon and check it out. I’m having a gentleman on the podcast here coming up. Oh gosh, I’m blanking. Hate when I do that, when I say something and then I realize I don’t remember the name. I think it’s John R. Miles. I know I can see his face. I can see his book but he has a book called Passion Struck, and that’s his whole everything he talks about is passion.

 

So, think about it. If some of the most brilliant, these brilliant people, these authors and Tony Robbins, who leads events and is trusted by world leaders to advise them on their mindset, if they’re all talking about how important passion is to having a meaningful life where you’re living with passion. Now, what’s the opposite of that? To give you an idea of what’s the opposite, picture someone that’s passionate, first of all, someone who is passionate. Do they look like they’re on fire, they are living life to the fullest? Absolutely. What’s the opposite? Someone that’s apathetic, that’s indifferent, that’s just, “Yeah, just going through the motions. Just one day at a time, man. Life is difficult.” They have no passion about anything. It’s like they’re barely living. They’re barely alive. They’re the opposite of passion. Someone that’s no passion for life, for their kids, for their family. The extreme of no passion. That’s like that’s depression. That’s sad. And so, remember, we’re talking about today cultivating your miracle mindset. You have to cultivate a miracle mindset.

 

All right. Number six, and there’s seven here. So, we’re almost through. Number six is emotionally intelligent. Someone that’s emotionally intelligent, that’s a crucial part of the miracle mindset. What does that mean? It means being aware of and able to essentially control your emotional state, to choose the emotion that would best serve you in each moment, be aware of the emotions that aren’t serving you, and then to put your hand on your heart, right, and get yourself into a peak state that serves the moment at hand, whether it’s your work or your family or whatever it is. And then number seven is self-disciplined. A miracle mindset is one of self-discipline that you’re able to… What does that mean? It’s able to get yourself to do what you need to do when you need to do it regardless of whether you feel like it or not. It’s one of the most important attributes of a miracle mindset. Because every other thing you want in your life. You want to get physically fit? It’s going to require self-discipline. You want to start a business or transform your marriage or be a good parent or, I mean, you name it or cultivate a miracle mindset, do a miracle morning? It’s going to require self-discipline. It’s one of the most important aspects of a miracle mindset.

 

All right. I just realized that we are… All right. Today’s episode is a little longer than I intended. I almost want to break it into two parts. And I got you’re like, you ready? You understand where we’re going? All right. I’m just going to record the rest of this, and then I’ll see how long it takes and maybe I’ll break it into a second part. We’ll see. Here we go. All right. So, let’s talk about how to start or rather maybe continue cultivating your miracle mindset because if you’re listening to this podcast, you’ve been cultivating your miracle mindset throughout the podcast. If you listen to the podcast over an extended period of time, I talk about these different topics that cultivate a miracle mindset. The individual aspects that I just talked about, growth-minded, confident, resilient, being happy, being at peace, emotionally intelligent, self-discipline, these are things we’ve talked about on the podcast. And if you do a Miracle Morning, you’re already cultivating your mindset every day. So, let’s actually start with I’m going to give you three. Again, I could talk about this ad nauseam all day. I’m going to give you three components of a miracle mindset, how to cultivate it, not the components of. We just covered the components of the miracle mindset. Here are three strategies to cultivate yours.

 

Number one, and I’m going to start where you already are, hopefully. So, hopefully, you just already go, “Oh, I can check that one off the list.” Dedicate time to your daily personal development. Now, the number two answer in the survey, what you want help with this year, was personal growth or personal development. That was 69% of you. So, we’re going to talk about that but dedicate time to your daily personal development because the more you learn and the more you grow and the more you practice self-care and optimizing your mindset, the more you will automatically develop most if not all of the attributes that I just described of a miracle mindset. By default, as you gain more knowledge and more self-awareness, you become more confident and resilient. You are growth-minded. That’s literally by doing personal development, you are being growth-minded. You become happier. You become more at peace. You become more passionate about your life, more emotionally intelligent, more self-disciplined. Just by doing your Miracle Morning every day, you are literally developing all seven of those attributes of a miracle mindset. Pretty cool. So, you’re maybe already doing that. Keep doing it.

 

Number two, aspire to maintain inner freedom as your underlying state of consciousness. I’ll say that again in case you’re taking notes. Aspire to maintain inner freedom as your underlying state of consciousness. What does that mean? That means making a conscious decision that you will no longer allow outside forces to dictate your mental and emotional states. Again, maintaining a state of inner freedom as your underlying state of consciousness, tt means making a conscious decision, not one time. It starts with one time but it’s a daily decision that you will no longer allow outside forces to dictate your mental and emotional state. That’s what 99.999% of us do, myself included. I try to do it as little as possible but I fail at least once every day and probably 5 to 10 times a day where something rattles me. It gets me upset. But at least I’m aspiring. You follow?

 

Like, I’m telling you not to perfect this, to aspire to maintain inner freedom as your underlying state of consciousness. And that conscious decision that you will no longer allow outside forces to dictate your mental emotional state to your mental emotional well-being. I realized the other day that, man, I really let other people, maybe more than circumstances, maybe I’m better at circumstances but other people cause me stress and worry and overwhelm, and I allow other people to affect my state. Sometimes the people that I love and they want something from me, and I want to people-please. I’m a people pleaser, so I want to always help people. And now I’m stressed out because I said yes to too many things. There’s a whole variety of ways that we allow other people to negatively affect our mental and emotional state. So, I’m telling you, I’m encouraging you, I’m inviting you, if you want to cultivate a miracle mindset, to aspire to maintain inner freedom as your underlying state of consciousness.

 

And number three, choose to do the right thing instead of the easy thing. This is, I believe, the simplest, most effective strategy to cultivate self-discipline. I was lucky I learned it when I was 20 years old, maybe 19 years old, from one of my mentors, J Brad Britton. Brad, if you’re listening to this, I love you, brother. Thank you for this. Changed my life. To this day, it is one of my underlying fundamental mantras. I would do the right thing, not the easy thing. When the alarm goes off in the morning… By the way, well, let me define it, the right thing, not the easy thing. Well, what is the right thing? How do you know that is? The right thing is anything that is in alignment with you being the best version of yourself, which is in alignment with you doing the things that contribute to your highest good, your highest good financially. So, you’re not wasting money. You’re investing. You’re making smart investments with your money. You’re spending on things that are in alignment with your other values like you’re spending money on things that contribute to your health.

 

When it comes to your health, you’re choosing to eat the thing that contributes to your health, optimizing your health. In relationships, you’re choosing to do the thing. The right thing is the thing that contributes to nurturing and fostering your relationships. And again, this is about progress, not perfection. Just like the last number two was aspiring to maintain inner freedom as your underlying state of consciousness, this is aspiring to do the right thing instead of the easy thing. But I use the word ‘choose’ because every moment I have a choice. I can do the right thing or the easy thing. The right thing is what’s in alignment with my values, my goals, my commitments. The easy thing is whatever’s out of alignment. Choose to do the right thing, not the easy thing.

 

These are three components that will help you cultivate your miracle mindset. I encourage you to rewind this. Either listen to this whole thing again or at least go back. And if you didn’t write down these three and I’d write down the attribute side, rewind it 15 minutes, whatever. I’d write down that when I define a miracle mindset with those seven attributes, I would write that down because you want to be aware of what you’re aspiring toward. And then I would write down these three keys to cultivating your miracle mindset. I’d highly encourage you to do that. So, number one, in recap, dedicate time to your daily personal development. You’re probably already doing that. You are by default because you’re listening to this podcast but maybe you can take it up a notch and you could recommit to your Miracle Morning to a 30-day journey. Number two, aspire to maintain inner freedom as your underlying state of consciousness. And number three, choose to do the right thing instead of the easy thing.

 

[CLOSING]

 

Hal Elrod: All right. Goal achievers and members of the Miracle Morning community, I got you out here in just over 45 minutes, so a little bit longer than I planned on but I hope this was really valuable. If it was, I never remember to ask this. I’m remembering. Please rate this podcast. If you haven’t done that, would you take like less than 5 minutes and go to iTunes and go to the Achieve Your Goals podcast and just rate it? That would mean a ton. I never ask that and that’s why my podcast, the amount of listeners we get every month, like 280 million downloads compared to the amount of reviews we have, we have like 4.9 out of 5 stars or 4.8 but there’s not that many reviews because I never asked for them. So, that’s my quick, if this added value to your life and you like the podcast, take please like less than 5 minutes. If you could rate it, that would be awesome. All right. I love you so much and I will talk to you all if not sooner at the latest next week.

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