Last year, I reviewed Hal Elrod’s first book, The Miracle Morning on the podcast which I still find to be a great way to get up in the morning, I don’t do all of it and I don’t do it every day currently although I’m working on it! I feel so much better prepared for the day when I do get it done though!
But his second book, The Miracle Equation is incredible. I hadn’t even finished reading the book before I was putting it into practice and reaping the rewards! And now having finished the book, I realise I was only just scratching the surface of what is possible, and I will completing the 30-day challenge when I come back from holiday (have I mentioned my holiday? Yes? Okay I’ll move on!)
There are a lot of books out there that are talking to you about implementing strategies to reach your goals faster and wanting you to set bigger and bigger goals but some of them actually fail to give you any clear actionable points to put them into practice. I have read countless books that tell you again and again, “you’ll know when you get it”
What does this even mean?
And I don’t think I’ve ever actually “got it” but Hal has not only used the method he talks about himself, but he has also helped others use it as well, countless times. So, you don’t have to “get it”, you can actually put it into practice.
I first came across Hal being interviewed on a podcast over in America, and I have since learned he has done this a lot! He was talking about the release of this book and he came across as such a down to earth guy who not only truly believed in what he was saying, he was living it and as I learned more about him, I found out about the tough times he has had and how he has used this equation to overcome them as well as to reach his goals at work and in business. I find him incredibly inspirational and his tough times, make mine seem easier to handle and give me a new sense of perspective and drive to push forwards. His writing helps remind me why I started in the first place and pushes me to continue, even put my foot on the gas.
That for me is what makes this book different from so many others. It is simple!
Now you might be thinking, if it was simple then why aren’t we already using it?
Well you might be, but it depends on your mindset. How would you class your mindset at the moment? Positive, negative or somewhere in between?
Also think about; Is your mindset different when it comes to different areas of your life? Do you give more to work than you do yourself? Or do you slack at work because its hard? But you’re not getting where you want to be?
If you are in a negative mindset towards something that you really want, do you think you are going to achieve it?
If you are already thinking you can’t achieve it, then you’re very unlikely to go on and achieve it!
And when it comes to health and fitness goals, that negative mindset can have a really detrimental effect on you actually achieving them. You will need to put in work to burn extra calories, plan meals and sometimes hold back on having an extra cookie and with a negative mindset you may not always do those little things, that lead to big results.
Some goals may seem, like it would take nothing short of a miracle to actually achieve it. One of the first things that Hal explains is there are two different types of miracles. The random kind of miracle, which is very unlikely to happen, like if you jump out of a plane and your parachute fails but you survive, that is pretty miraculous. The second kind are the tangible, measurable kind of miracles that you can out work on and actually see happen. They require your active participation to make them materialise though.
The second kind is the one that the book focuses on!
“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.” quote from the book
So, you may be thinking, miracles are impossible to achieve and you’re never going to be able to do it! I was thinking the exact same thing, but as I started to read the book that started to change. Hal has a great way of wording things to help you see things differently and help you process them and put them into your understanding.
The equation itself is very simply worded, it is unwavering faith + extraordinary effort = Miracles.
The two components that make up the equation sound easy enough. But it is the understanding of what they involve, how to implement them and change your thinking that really makes the difference.
I don’t want to go too deep into the book itself because I don’t want to put too much of my thought process on what Hal has written into the words.
But the two components of the equation are quite profound and when you delve a little deeper into them, through the course of the book and they are referenced a lot, you begin to understand that you may already be using them to a small degree but possibly not to their full potential.
This book is for you if you are ready to make a change, you’re fed up with not seeing results, you have tried in the past to achieve a goal which is still lingering in your mind unfulfilled.
This book isn’t for you if you don’t want to change the way you do things, you’re not willing to put in effort to make things happen, you’re already got a plan that is working for you.
By making a change, I mean you are ready to change behaviours and actions that are holding you back from reaching your goals to different behaviours and actions that will move you towards your goal. This isn’t changing you as a person, you will still be the same person, just a more productive and fulfilled person who is actively working on their goals.
When it comes to health and fitness related goals, this equation will help you not only understand why you need to be CONSISTENT (that word again!) but also how to put into place, a process where you can take actionable steps towards your goal each and every day! If your weight loss goal, is your biggest priority right now because you have put it off, it is now causing other problems or you are working towards a special occasion then you need to make it your number one priority and put it before anything else.
I have spoken in the past about fitting exercise around your life and adding it in over time but here I am going to say something a little different.
If you want to achieve your health and fitness goal above all others at the moment then make it your mission to do everything you possibly can to achieve it! This may mean earlier mornings to get training in or plan/prep meals for the day but it also may mean later evenings so you can fit everything in but if it your highest priority, you need to put it first before everything else. And this may seem difficult with a family, but I know you will be able to find even a small amount of time to work on it each day.
Remember the first two episodes of the year, if you haven’t listened to them, go back and give them a listen later but I talked about changing one thing at a time on 3rd Jan and taking small steps each day on 10th Jan. Both of these things work within the framework Hal talks about in The Miracle Equation.
Changing one thing, having a single focus is key to success. Your chances of success drop by half when you try to do two, let alone 3 or 4. And by taking small steps each day, you are creating healthy habits, being consistent and moving towards your goal!
The Unwavering Faith you need is in yourself and not a higher being. You need to believe in yourself and believe you can achieve that you are setting out to achieve!
The Extraordinary Effort you need to put in over time, being consistent will cause you to achieve your goals!
They will happen! They are possible! But you have to keep going, they may take longer than you expect but that doesn’t mean you should give up!
A weight loss goal is a great example here and I will use mine from a few years ago to illustrate that you may have already used the equation in short burst before but stopped once the goal was achieved! As I came to the end of the book, I realised I had previously had unwavering faith in myself to lose weight and I put in extraordinary effort to make it happen.
Back in 2014, I decided to lose weight and I mean seriously loss weight. I put in an incredible amount of effort to this goal and it paid off. I lost 11kg in just over 9 weeks which is pretty amazing! I food prepped every Sunday and trained at the gym at least four times a week. My energy in/ energy out equation was tipping the right way consistently!
I was putting in extraordinary effort, but it didn’t seem like it at the time, I just created a new routine and I followed it! And I had unwavering faith that I could reach my goal. There were times that I wanted to give up and I very nearly did, but I kept track of my progress and I reviewed it regularly to help me stay focused!
It wasn’t easy but I stayed consistent and it worked.
I didn’t eat a specific diet, remove anything from my diet completely or cut a lot of calories. I eat a balanced diet; I reduce the processed foods and I limited the amount of chocolate and sweet treats I ate. I made sure I was eating enough to fuel my body and my training but not too much that the energy in vs. energy out was completely balanced! I put less in than I was burning so I would lose weight.
I did also use a number of measures to track my progress and ultimately my success. I measured myself, weighted myself and got my body fat tested. And I highly recommend this because having multiple measures of success, especially when it comes to weight loss, allows you to see changes when the number of the scale doesn’t change (which will happen if you are doing the right mix of training which burns fat and builds muscle)
I did also have a heart rate monitor which straps around your chest to track my calories burnt as accurately as possible and there are a great many of them available these days!
I am going to attempt to do this again in March and you’ll be able to track my progress on my Instagram stories! I will be combining the 30-day Miracle Equation challenge with my weight loss challenge to see what happens.
Just to finish off about the book, I love the way of thinking Hal has and the way he puts it across in his book. The Miracle Equation will help you achieve your biggest goals so be prepared to be amazed at yourself!
Are you ready to put in extraordinary effort but need help? Drop me an email