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The Miracle Equation

The Two Decisions that Move Your Biggest Goals from Possible, to Probable, to Inevitable

By Hal Elrod
15-minute read
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The Miracle Equation  by Hal Elrod

The Miracle Equation (2019) is a hands-on guide to living your best life and making your dreams come true. Drawing on the wisdom of miracle-makers old and new, best-selling author and motivational speaker Hal Elrod shows how highfliers achieve their success by adhering to two basic principles: unwavering commitment and extraordinary effort. Packed with actionable advice on everything from dealing with emotional pain to prioritizing goals, these blinks will help you put the past behind you and move toward a glittering future.

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Hal Elrod is a life coach, motivational speaker and author. After almost dying in a car crash and defying the odds to beat a rare form of cancer with a 20 to 30 percent survival rate, he knows a thing or two about miracles. Today, he uses his insights to help millions of people around the world overcome their own challenges and reach their full potential. His previous books include The Miracle Morning (2012).

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The Miracle Equation

The Two Decisions that Move Your Biggest Goals from Possible, to Probable, to Inevitable

By Hal Elrod
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The Miracle Equation (2019) is a hands-on guide to living your best life and making your dreams come true. Drawing on the wisdom of miracle-makers old and new, best-selling author and motivational speaker Hal Elrod shows how highfliers achieve their success by adhering to two basic principles: unwavering commitment and extraordinary effort. Packed with actionable advice on everything from dealing with emotional pain to prioritizing goals, these blinks will help you put the past behind you and move toward a glittering future.

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There are two different kinds of miracle, but only one that you can do anything about.

One day, American jeweller Donnie Register found himself in the middle of a hold-up, with a gun pointed at his head. Things went south, and the robber pulled the trigger. The probability of that kind of shot ending in anything but instant death was pretty much zero, but luck was on Donnie’s side. He instinctively raised his hands, and the bullet was deflected by his gold wedding band, saving his life.

That’s what we usually think of as a miracle: an extraordinary stroke of fortune that seems to come from on high.

But it’s miracles like these that give the concept a bad name. As doubters are quick to point out, occurrences like Donnie’s narrow escape are incredibly rare. They’re also beyond our control – after all, if people knew how to simply conjure miraculous interventions we’d all have six-figure checks in our mailboxes and odds-defying health recoveries would be the norm.

The author felt the same way for a long time. But here’s what he gradually realized: rational skepticism can easily turn into cynicism. What’s the difference? Well, the first is a healthy sign that you’re using your critical faculties to analyse the world around you. The latter, by contrast, is an irrational belief that your options are more limited than they really are. And that’s when you start dismissing the miracles you can control.

People often assume that their most successful peers are incredibly “lucky,” as though the gods had personally ordained their achievements. But most highfliers don’t just sit around waiting for a random, passive miracle like Donnie’s: they actively create their own good fortune. That makes them miracle mavens, a term that goes back to the Hebrew word mebhin, meaning “one who knows.”

Every era has its own mavens. Think of figures like John F. Kennedy, the first American president to put a man on the moon, or Martin Luther King, the civil rights leader who transformed the nation’s ideas about both itself and its black citizens. While others waited and prayed for a miracle, these go-getters went out there and made it happen.

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