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Names: Elrod, Hal, 1979– author.
Title: The miracle equation / Hal Elrod.
Description: New York : Harmony Books, 
Identiﬁers: LCCN 2018058103 | ISBN 9781984823700 (hardcover) | ISBN
Subjects: LCSH: Self-realization. | Self-actualization (Psychology)
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ep This book is dedicated to the people whom my heart belongs to and my
world revolves around—my family.
Ursula, my wife for life, your love and support make everything I do
possible (including this book). I adore you.
Sophie and Halsten, you are my favorite miracles. My mission in life is
to be the best father I can possibly be for you.
I love you all more than I (or any author) could ever put into words. CONTENTS
Introduction: Before We Begin
1 Taking the Mystery Out of Miracles
2 From Impossible…to Improbable…to Inevitable
3 The Inherent Human Conflict
4 Becoming Emotionally Invincible
5 A New Paradigm of Possibility
6 Your Mission
7 Your First Decision: Unwavering Faith
8 Your Second Decision: Extraordinary Effort
9 Maintaining Miracles
10 The Miracle Equation 30-Day Challenge
Conclusion: What Will You Do Now?
Acknowledgments BEFORE WE BEGIN I messed up with my last book, The Miracle Morning.
My goal was to change one million lives, one morning at a time. I
took that goal seriously. It took more than eighteen months of
nonstop promotion to hit a wave of momentum and more than
ﬁve years to reach that goal, but the book did eventually make
it into the hands of more than one million people who needed
it. To get there, I was interviewed on hundreds of podcasts, did
more than a dozen television interviews, ﬁlled my speaking
engagement calendar, and created a Facebook community so I
could interact with readers directly, all to light a beacon for
those looking to better themselves with a simple yet highly
eﬀective daily personal development practice.
From the outside, it looked as though I had achieved that
goal. If you are one of the more than one million people who
have read that book, joined the Miracle Morning Community
on Facebook, or been impacted by someone in the previous
two camps, you may be scratching your head and wondering How can a book and a message that have reached—and seemingly
helped—so many people not be considered a success? I know. It took me a while to accept this perspective myself. I mean, by all
measurements, I had achieved my goal.
The Miracle Morning is now practiced daily by hundreds of
thousands of people in more than one hundred countries. I
receive messages daily from people with stories of miraculous
health recoveries (from cancer survivors to accident victims),
many pounds shed, books written, and new businesses started.
People have moved, traveled, and found love. Generally
speaking, the Miracle Morning has supported countless people
to discover and share their own unique gifts, which makes the
world better for all of us.
All of these wins ﬁll my heart with tremendous gratitude.
Still, something had been nagging at me since that book was
published in 2012. Though having a committed daily personal
development practice is what will enable you to develop the
internal qualities and characteristics you need to achieve
everything you want in your life, it doesn’t actually produce achievements. It’s only half of the equation, so to speak. You
can meditate every day, read personal development books, gain
clarity by journaling, and become the most knowledgeable,
conﬁdent, and prepared person you could ever be—and then
do nothing. How helpful is that?
Maybe this scenario sounds familiar to you. Your
bookshelves are overﬂowing with more wisdom than you have
time to read, or you are a regular at “how to transform your
life” lectures and conferences. Still, you feel as though
something is missing. The results just aren’t there. Your bank
account isn’t where you want it to be. The personal
relationship that you’re in and that you expected to be so
fulﬁlling…isn’t. Maybe you are struggling to start or build a
business, ﬁnd a career that suits you, or just ﬁnd happiness in
your everyday life. Or maybe all of the above has happened, yet
you are still driven to attain that elusive next level of personal or
If you have found yourself in this situation (and trust me, I’ve
been guilty of it myself), you may well be (probably
unknowingly) part of an overﬂowing group of “personal
development junkies.” Speaking as a recovering member, I
know we love the high of those Ah-ha! moments, and that’s
what we chase. But nothing ever really changes. No lasting
transformation occurs. We just continue on, persistently
wanting the same things. I used to devour book after book,
believing that with each new morsel of wisdom I absorbed, I
became a better version of myself. As if just that knowledge,
tucked safely inside my brain, were suﬃcient. It’s not
uncommon to think that engaging in daily personal
development is enough in and of itself. But it’s not. If you’re
sick of setting goals only to beat yourself up for not achieving
them, you are not alone (and you will also get a lot out of this
You must follow your daily personal development practice
with a proven process to set and achieve meaningful goals that
will consistently improve the quality of your life. I still
remember the day I stopped, looked at my life, and realized I can do more. I can be more. And I’m no longer willing to settle. I had basically coasted through my younger years, putting in the
smallest amount of eﬀort necessary to get the greatest return,
and I was no longer okay with that. So I began actively moving
toward my biggest goals, instead of expecting (more like
hoping) that they would come to me if I could just visualize
them clearly enough in my mind. Over time, I developed a
process that translates the synthesis of all that personal
development knowledge into action. I realized that from that
action, which is oftentimes simple and quite ordinary,
extraordinary results will emerge.
If you are a regular in the personal development world,
you’ve already heard that anything is possible. And I do believe
that. Yet possible isn’t enough to get you out of bed in the
morning fueled with the internal motivation to tackle your
biggest dreams. I wish it were, but it’s not. Oﬀering a halfwaythere plan wasn’t enough. With my next book—this book—I
wanted to create something that would help move your success
from possible to probable and eventually to inevitable.
The Miracle Equation is that process. As you’ll learn, the
Miracle Equation is deceptively simple to explain but only a
small percentage of our society understand how to execute it. It
consists of only two decisions:
The ﬁrst decision is to maintain Unwavering Faith and the
second is to put forth Extraordinary Eﬀort, and the key to
creating tangible, measurable miracles is to do both, over an
extended period of time.
When we study the world’s most proliﬁc achievers,
innovators, philanthropists, athletes, and just about anyone else
who has made a signiﬁcant contribution to the world, we see
that they have done so by establishing and maintaining
Unwavering Faith that they could and then putting forth
Extraordinary Eﬀort until they did. When you consistently
maintain Unwavering Faith and put forth Extraordinary Eﬀort
over an extended period of time, you cannot fail. You may
stumble, you may experience setbacks, but your success will
ultimately move from possible…to probable…to inevitable. At the point of being able to make reaching your goals
inevitable is where you become what I call a Miracle Maven.
Miracle Mavens have solved the mystery of creating miracles
and live by the Miracle Equation. Unwavering Faith is their de
facto mindset. Extraordinary Eﬀort is how they approach all of
their goals. Committed to these two decisions, Miracle Mavens
create extraordinary results in the world, not just for themselves
but for everyone. And because miracles are their way of life,
they consistently create extraordinary results over and over
again, in nearly everything they do. Embodying the qualities
and characteristics of a Miracle Maven is the ultimate goal and
where you will land after you read and implement the strategies
in this book. THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO READ THIS
I know that some personal development books can be read
piecemeal. You can skip around and read the chapters at will
and out of order. I know some folks who close their eyes, open
their book to a random page, and then read that chapter. Those
books give you, the reader, control over what you think will be
important to you each time you pick up the book. Those
books are great. But this book isn’t like that.
The ﬁrst two chapters, in addition to this introduction, lay
the foundation for creating tangible, measurable miracles. We
will discuss what miracles are (and are not), then look at an
overview of the Miracle Equation and how the two decisions,
Unwavering Faith and Extraordinary Eﬀort, feed into each
other and make this process easier and easier over time. We’ll
then look at the story of my ﬁrst miracle and how I came to
put together this equation just before my twenty-second
birthday and how I began teaching it to one person after
another, watching (somewhat in awe) as it worked for them,
just as it had worked for me.
The remainder of this book walks you through the concepts
and steps you need to understand before you create miracles on your own. We’ll cover
How to overcome the internal conict between your
limitations (from which we all suﬀer) and your innate
How to develop emotional invincibility so that you
remain in control of your emotions no matter what life
sends your way (this strategy is really helpful to
remember when you think your eﬀorts aren’t
producing adequate results)
The real purpose of setting a goal
How to choose your rst (and subsequent) miracle to
How to keep creating miracles over and over again
How to put all of this information into practice with
your own Miracle Equation 30-Day Challenge to start
you on your path to creating your rst tangible,
I would encourage you to read this book all the way through
from front to back the ﬁrst time because the chapters build on
one another. You will want to understand the material in each
chapter before continuing. After your ﬁrst read-through, feel
free to pick and choose the chapters you would like to revisit at
any point. I would especially encourage you to read chapters
again if you ﬁnd yourself stuck in the midst of creating a
miracle. A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER AS YOU
READ THIS BOOK
1. The Miracle Morning and the Miracle Equation can
work together. If you have not read The Miracle Morning,
don’t panic. Reading this book alone will provide you the tools necessary to capitalize on more of your potential and create a
more fulﬁlling life. You will learn how to achieve extraordinary,
measurable results (miracles) again and again, and eventually
with relative ease. That said, the Miracle Morning does help
you gain clarity, calm, and focus before you start your day. It
might not be quite as results oriented, but it is a proven daily
personal development practice that will help you become the
person you need to be to achieve your goals.
2. Several concepts are repeated throughout. The Miracle
Equation is simple to explain but a little more complex to
execute. So I don’t introduce any concept just once and leave it
at that. Instead, I revisit crucial concepts throughout the book
on purpose and often in diﬀerent ways to help you internalize
and remember what matters most. It’s much easier to retain
information that you have seen several times.
3. My intention with this book is to elevate the
consciousness of humanity, one person at a time. As I
mentioned at the start of this introduction, my intention with
The Miracle Morning was to change one million lives, one
morning at a time. Once a million lives were changed for the
better, I realized that that once seemingly unrealistic and
impossible goal was not only realistic, it was not big enough.
With this book, my intention is to elevate the consciousness
of humanity, one person at a time. That may sound pretty lofty
to you now (you may even have rolled your eyes). But after
reading this book, you’ll realize that there is no vision too big.
As we each begin to tap into our unlimited potential, our own
consciousness is elevated, which inﬂuences and elevates the
consciousness of those around us. And as we begin creating
tangible, measurable miracles, those results also impact
everyone who is aﬀected by them. I invite you, as you read, to
set your own intention through the understanding that you are
limitless and destined to have, be, and create whatever you decide.
What gaps do you see in the world around you? What
contribution do you believe (or maybe half believe) you can
make? What, for you, is the ultimate miracle? I promise, no
goal will be out of your reach. Now let’s get started. Our ﬁrst lesson involves taking the
mystery out of miracles. TAKING THE MYSTERY
OUT OF MIRACLES
Moving from Mythical to Measurable Miracles are not contrary to
nature, but only contrary to
what we know about nature.
—SAINT AUGUSTINE M iracles. They’re kinda mysterious, right? I mean, isn’t that part of
the appeal, not knowing exactly how certain seemingly
imperceptible events have lined up perfectly to save someone’s
life or deliver their wildest dream right to their front door?
However, this mysterious nature also creates a problem with the
way that we perceive miracles.
I once saw a segment on the Today show titled “Skydiving
Miracle: Man Falls Two Miles” about skydiving instructor
Michael Holmes, who fell 14,000 feet when his parachute
failed to open. As the ground below raced toward him, he tried
to release the parachute but couldn’t. He tried to cut it free, but
that didn’t work, either. In a last-ditch eﬀort to save his own
life, he pulled the reserve parachute, but it didn’t release. In the
ﬁnal seven hundred feet that he spent free-falling through the
air, he resigned himself to dying. Amazingly, he didn’t die.
Relatively speaking, his injuries were fairly minor.
And have you heard Donnie Register’s story? It was all over
the news as “Donnie’s Miracle,” and Oprah.com even featured
it as a “Real-Life Miracle.” Donnie was standing behind the
cash register in his own antique store when a gunman ﬁred a
shot at his head. Donnie threw his hands up in front of his face.
The bullet bounced oﬀ Donnie’s gold wedding band, which
deﬂected the shot, and he miraculously dodged what should
have been sudden death.
Over the years, I’ve heard of miraculous health recoveries,
where there seemed to be no other eﬀort made except heavy
doses of hope. And even of long-lost sweethearts who
mysteriously crossed paths decades after they parted ways. All of
these stories are intriguing and awe-inducing at the same time.
In all fairness, stories like these can be called miracles. But
for many folks (and you may be one of them), it’s miracles like
these that give all miracles a bad name. Miracle nonbelievers
assume that extraordinary events happen only to other people.
They believe that all miracles are elusive. Mythical. Random.
Lucky. And out of reach. Totally unrealistic and unpredictable. They just don’t happen in real life—not to them, at least. I used
to feel the same way.
I mean, if we could simply “think up” a seven-ﬁgure check
to be waiting for us in our mailbox, wouldn’t everyone be a
millionaire? Miraculous health recoveries would be the norm,
and that diﬃcult client or coworker—you know, the one who’s
constantly spiking your blood pressure—would…well, he or
she might just disappear. If you fall into this camp, you
probably think that you have to see it to believe it.
Being skeptical can be a good thing. You’re doing what we
should all be doing; thinking critically, evaluating and
questioning everything, going in search of the truth. I approach
things the same way and don’t expect anything less from you.
However, there is a potentially devastating downside to
skepticism that we all need to be aware and cautious of: it can
easily turn into cynicism. It can tip us into an unhealthy level
of distrust and limit the possibilities that are otherwise available
to us. As you’ll learn in this book, there are actually two
diﬀerent types of miracles, and it’s not really fair or beneﬁcial to
blend them together.
The miracles that we’ve described above are what you might
call “passive” or “random” miracles, those that occur by
chance. We marvel at their unbelievable nature, but there is no
deﬁnitive way to explain them, let alone repeat them (and I’m
sure that that skydiving instructor and Donnie Register would
prefer not to endure their experiences again). They can be seen
as random coincidences. If you would like to create these kinds
of miracles, which often include a “pray and wait” approach,
I’m sorry, but I don’t have much advice for you. They are not
the kinds of miracles we will be discussing in this book.
This book is about the kind of tangible, measurable miracles
that require your active participation in producing them. They
are more akin to making your biggest, scariest, and most
improbable goals come true. These are the types of miracles
that you have a signiﬁcant degree of control over, meaning that
you can consistently create them again and again in your life because you will understand how the process works. But to
create this kind of miracle, ﬁrst you must believe that the result
you are seeking is possible and that you can produce it. If you
fell into the skeptics’ group above, I would urge you to suspend
your disbelief for a moment so that you can explore what else
might be possible for you. At least while you read this book.
Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m not trying to convince you to
believe something unreasonable. What I am trying to do is
open your mind to the possibility of something new, a second
kind of miracle that you have the power to create at will. In
this chapter, we will deﬁne what tangible, measurable miracles
are, for the purposes of our conversation, and then dive into
exactly how these types of miracles unfold so that you, too, can
create uncommon results. Then it will be up to you if you
want to believe. ANYONE CAN CREATE TANGIBLE,
When it comes to miracles, there are some questions that
would be helpful for us to consider, such as Are miracles
experienced only by special or “chosen” individuals? Do
miracles occur only at random? Are miracles created by God or
some other mysterious higher intelligence? Or could it be that
we were each born with a limitless potential and capabilities far
greater than what we believe about ourselves? What if that’s
why some people are wildly successful—because they’ve
ﬁgured out how to tap into the dormant potential that every
single one of us was born with? What if you realized that
you’re only a decision (or two) away from tapping into that
A realization like this would change the way you approach
the size and scope of the goals you’re willing to set and the life
you live. It would raise the bar on what it means to be
“average,” if average were to become extraordinary. Imagine if
you and every person you know began actualizing his or her
full potential, if each of us were to discover how to overcome our self-imposed limitations and begin creating everything we
want for our lives while making a profound impa...
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