I Love Life: The Miracle Man
When he was twenty years old, Hal Elrod was on top of the world! "I had started my career and was earning a great income living on my own. I even bought my first new Ford Mustang. Life was really great! As one of the top sales reps for my company, I was asked to give speeches quite a bit. I gave a speech one night and got my first standing ovation! Life was great. But, driving home that night, a drunk driver got on the freeway and was driving in the wrong direction. He hit me head-on at 70 miles per hour. It was actually a fatal car accident."
In fact, Hal was clinically dead for 6 minutes! "Another car hit me on my driver side door and broke 11 bones in my body. I was actually dead on the side of the freeway...clinically dead for 6 minutes and in a coma for 6 days. Doctors told my parents that if I ever came out of the coma, I would probably never walk again and would be suffering permanent brain damage---making me a vegetable for the rest of my life."
But, that's not what happened---thanks to Hal's positive mental attitude. "I think a big part of my recovery was I had a really positive attitude. In fact---so much so that the doctors thought I was in denial. They told my parents I was always laughing, smiling, joking and making them laugh. They said that's not normal for someone who doesn't know if he will ever walk again! That's when I told my parents about the 5 minute rule."
So, what is the 5 minute rule? "After 5 minutes of feeling sorry for myself, I give myself no permission to dwell on it further. I learned that from my sales training. When things don't go your way, you focus all your energy on what you can control---not what you can't change. That was my attitude. Within 3 weeks of being told I would never walk again I took my first step and got on an amazing road of recovery---giving motivational speeches and writing books!"
And one of those books titled "The Miracle Morning" climbed to #1 in sales!
No doubt about it! Hal Elrod "The Miracle Man" is a Real Survivor who is changing lives with his message of hope and encouragement!