Episode 2: Happiness In Any Circumstance
I’ve gotta be honest… the week after coming home from the Woodford Folk Festival in January I was feeling a little depressed… but then I remembered this interview I had done with Hal Elrod on my previous podcast and decided it was too good not to share here.
Today we’re going to talk about happiness. The reality is, happiness is not defined by your circumstances or by what happens to you, and nobody knows this better than Hal, author of all time Amazon bestselling book The Miracle Morning.
Hal and I dig deep into happiness and he shares his amazing and inspiring journey with The Miracle Morning. This was one of the most inspirational interviews I’ve done…ever. If you’re in a funk or you just could use a little inspiration, it’s possible to turn that around. Just listen and you’ll get what I mean.
Hal Elrod died at age 20. After being hit head-on by a drunk driver at 70 mph, he died for 6 minutes, broke 11 bones, and was told by doctors that he would never walk again. Not only did he walk, he ran a 52-mile ultra-marathon, became a hall of fame business achiever, an international keynote speaker, and #1 bestselling author of The Miracle Morning, which is one of the highest rated books on Amazon with over 1,300 five-star reviews. More recently Hal has been battling cancer and keeping fans updated through his Cancer diaries.In recent months, Hal has had a new challenge. He’s been battling cancer. Hal, we’re sending you lots of love and prayers for healing through the airwaves.
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- Happiness is an emotion. There are many thought leaders that would say that the ultimate purpose of life is happiness. I don’t necessarily disagree with that, but I think there are lots of layers.
- The greatest lesson I ever learned was what was the fundamental cause of our unhappiness.
- They are all self-created. Any negative emotion we’ve ever felt, they are all self-created.
- It’s not the thing that causes emotional pain, it is our level of resistance to that thing.
- Hal shares about the time he died in a car crash at 20.
- It’s okay to be negative when things go wrong, but only for five minutes. After that, there’s no point because you can’t change it. You can’t go back in time and change it.
- You get to choose what your emotional response is from that point on.
- If you can’t change something, you put yourself through self-torture if you spend your time wishing things were different.
- What’s your wheelchair? What is the circumstance that is out of your control but you allow it to cause you to feel negative emotions.
- I learned that you can be the happiest you’ve ever been, even amidst the most difficult experience of your life.
- Acceptance is key.
- Hal shares about his rock bottom — it wasn’t dying.
- It’s hard to accept things when they spiral downwards.
- I didn’t know how to accept the worse case scenario and then have it get worse.
- Hal shares about how thrown into the mix was an addiction to Adderal, which he was prescribed for ADHD.
- Your success rarely outstrips your level of personal development. Quote from Jim Rohn
- By applying the Miracle Morning practice, in one day he turned his depression around.
- If you’re not a morning person it’s only because you aren’t used to it. You’re not born one way or another.
- Hal walks us through the six things you can do to get started.
- There are six practices:
- Silence (meditation/prayer)
- Affirmations (written statements that affirm what you want… don’t lie to yourself. Focus on what you’re committed to doing–why, how and when.
- Exercise (get your heart rate up)
- Reading self-help books
- Scribing – articulate your thoughts (journaling)
- Any one of these is a game changer. Do all six and it’s really powerful.
- 43,000 people are in the Miracle Morning group on Facebook.
- Commit to a 30-day challenge to get started.
- Set your alarm clock for 30 minutes earlier.
- Do one of the SAVERS for 30 minutes.
- Join the Miracle Morning Community on Facebook.
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