“One of the saddest things in life is to get to the end and look back in regret, knowing that you could have been, done, and had so much more, and then wondering why you didn’t.”
—ROBIN SHARMA, bestselling author
Everyday, every single one of us face life’s great challenge. It is the challenge of choosing, whether consciously or unconsciously, to either be extraordinary—living life on our terms and creating the lifestyle that we truly want—or to succumb to our excuses and settle for the pain of mediocrity in our lives.
Mediocrity does not discriminate. The possibility of mediocrity exists for all of us, because being mediocre simply means being the same as we were. It is a result of not making a conscious choice to grow, to improve, and to be better than we’ve been. Whereas being extraordinary means making the conscious choice to develop ourselves into the person we need to be to easily attract, create, and sustain the life we really want. It is the choice to be more, do more, and give more.
The reality is that if we don’t change, our life won’t change. If we don’t get better, our life won’t get better. And if we don’t consistently invest time into our self-improvement, our life will not improve. Yet, most of us wake up everyday, and we pretty much stay the same.
Your Level 10 Life
“Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development.”
I think it’s safe to say that if we’re measuring success on a scale of 1-10, we all want “Level 10” success, right? This is truly for every area of our life—health, finances, relationships, happiness, career, etc. What most people don’t realize though, is that in order to achieve Level 10 success in our lives, we must first develop ourselves to be a Level 10 person who is capable of attracting, creating, and sustaining the levels of success that we want, in every area of our life.
My Lowest Point
“Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.”
—WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
Two years ago, I hit rock bottom—mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. As a professional Life & Business Coach, when the United States economy plummeted into the worst recession in years, many of my private coaching clients could no longer afford to pay for their coaching. Seemingly overnight, I lost more than half of my monthly income, and I couldn’t afford to pay my bills. I quickly accumulated over $50,000 of credit card debt, lost my house, and as a result of so much stress, fear, and uncertainty—I got so depressed that I did not want to get out of bed in the morning. I felt overwhelmed and stuck, and I didn’t know how to get myself unstuck.
My Turning Point
“In life, you need either inspiration or desperation.”
Then, in one morning, everything changed. I woke up, still feeling depressed and discouraged, but this morning I did something different. I decided to take the advice of my good friend, Jon Berfhoff, and go for a run.
My iPod in hand as I headed out the front door, I scrolled through my Self-Help playlist and selected an audio from Jim Rohn. Little did I know that a single quote I would hear that morning, from Jim, would change my entire life forever.
Jim proclaimed, “Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development.” I stopped running. It hit me, like a tidal wave of reality that came crashing down. For the first time in my life, I became present to the fact that I had not been developing myself into the person I needed to be that could consistently attract, create, and sustain the levels of success that I wanted. And there was the disconnect between what I wanted—and what I deserved.
I realized this was not only true for me, but for all of us. Sure, we all want Level 10 success in every area of our life, but if our level of personal development is not at a Level 10, then our lives are always going to be a struggle. Our outer world is always going to reflect our inner world. Our level of success is always going to parallel our level of personal development. So, until we dedicate time each day to developing ourselves into who we need to be to create the life we want, then success, and our potential, is always going to be out of reach, and something that we’re chasing, rather than attracting.
I knew that the solution to all of my problems was that I had to commit to making personal development a priority in my daily life, but the question was when? I ran home with a newfound commitment to dedicate time everyday to my personal development, but my biggest challenge was going to be finding time. I already felt so busy and overwhelmed just trying to pay the bills and survive my life, that the idea of finding extra time for personal development seemed almost impossible.
The Miracle Morning
“The possibility of stepping onto a higher plane is quite real for everyone. It requires no force or effort or sacrifice. It involves little more than changing our ideas about what is normal.”
After careful contemplation and consideration of my schedule, I realized that the most optimum time for personal development would be early in the morning, before the rest of my life (and excuses) got in the way. I also began to realize the power of early rising, and how by doing my personal development in the morning, it would give me a positive, motivational kick-start to my day. I could learn something new, I’d be more energized, focused, and have more motivation for my day.
Although I was the farthest thing from a morning person, and the idea of waking up at 5:00 a.m. (which was one hour before I usually woke up) seemed absolutely insane to me, I knew that if I wanted to my life to change, I had to be willing to change first. So, I set my alarm, and the next morning I woke up at 5:00 a.m. Surprisingly, by waking up early and starting the day on purpose and with a plan of action, I found that I had more energy, more clarity, less stress, more motivation, and was able to utilize the early morning hours to significantly increase my productivity and find time that I never knew existed.
I combined all of the best personal development practices that I had learned over the years (but never consistently implemented) in a routine that I began calling The Miracle Morning. Over time I developed the “Life S.A.V.E.R.S.” model of personal development. These are the tools that are guaranteed to save the life you are meant to live—the life that is being neglected by the demands of your day-to-day living situation. It includes the following six powerful practices:
Silence (Meditation, Prayer, etc.)
Affirmations (Goals, Intentions, etc.)
Visualization (Dreams, Vision, etc.)
Exercise (Yoga, Weight-training, etc.)
Reading (Self-help books, articles, etc.)
Scribing (Journaling, Writing a book, etc.)
As a result of the clarity, motivation, focus, and personal development I gained from The Miracle Morning, it didn’t take long for my life (and my income) to be back where I wanted them to be, and continuing to improve. In an effort to pay-it-forward, I even created a 60-minute audio program to teach The Miracle Morning to others (available FREE at www.MiracleMorning.com).
If you are ready to stop settling for less than what you really want in YOUR life—to transcend your past limitations so that you can achieve Level 10 success in every area—do the one thing that will make the biggest difference, and give yourself the gift of dedicating time each day to your personal development so that you can become the person you need to be that will easily attract, create, and sustain the success you truly want, and deserve.
About “Yo Pal” Hal Elrod
At age 20, Hal was hit head on by a drunk driver and found dead at the scene. After six minutes without a heartbeat, six days in a coma, 11 broken bones, and suffering permanent brain damage, Hal overcame the odds to prove that we are all capable of creating miracles in our lives. Now an international keynote speaker, life & business coach, and best-selling author of the book: Taking Life Head On!, Hal’s passion is empowering others to be better than they believe they can be and to accomplish more than they ever thought possible. He lives with his wife and daughter in Sacramento, CA.
You can contact Hal via email at Hal@YoPalHal.com.