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Barry Michels and Phil Stutz

4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression & Unleash Your Soul's Potential

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    Fight Part X to increase your Life Force.

    Sarah had struggled emotionally for some time. Though she hadn’t named them, she was mindful of two opposing forces and their impact on her well-being. But she was determined to stay in control today. With each step she took on her run, Sarah drew strength from within. As the cool breeze gently caressed her skin and birdsong filled the air around her, she felt a sense of calm and inner peace. Rather than letting thoughts about her daily challenges bring her down, she confidently tackled them head-on. 

    Part X, the dangerous and disruptive power, greeted Sarah when she returned home. Tempted to slump onto her sofa and dive into social media, Sarah recognized the slippery slope of distraction. She turned off her phone, resisting its pull, and picked up a book instead.

    So, what’s the problem with giving in to our cravings? Nothing in and of itself. Except that Part X isn’t just passing through. It is a constant force that preys on complacency and thirsts for unhappiness. Sarah chose to exercise. While resting, she decided to read something nourishing. 

    Sarah recognizes Part X's influence and prefers to feed the Life Force, embracing hope and possibility. She realizes that to grow and thrive in life, she must consistently work to improve her physical and mental health. So how can you do the same?

    First, you need to figure out what your Part X is. Is it a feeling of loneliness? Or the fear of trying new things? Maybe you’re scared of starting a relationship. Part X is a formidable foe. It will always push its worldview and go to any length to get you to give up. It excels at deception. And there’s more bad news: permanently defeating Part X is impossible. Every goal has an obstacle, so this is a lifelong battle.

    But the good news is, once you’ve identified Part X by name, you can fight it. And you can break its hold through the specific tools laid out in this Blink. 

    If you want to increase your Life Force, you must develop a level of energy you never imagined possible. And your strength will come from the choices you make. This starts with self-control, which we’ll discuss next.

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    What is Coming Alive about?

    Coming Alive (2017) offers readers a practical approach to overcoming their inner demons and realizing their full potential. Using four psychological tools, this groundbreaking self-help book provides a roadmap to happiness, fulfillment, and a life free of negative thoughts and influences.

    Who should read Coming Alive?

    • Negative self-talkers
    • Demoralized adults seeking personal growth
    • Impulsive, overwhelmed, burned-out professionals

    About the Author

    Phil Stutz and Barry Michels are psychotherapists who work with high-profile Hollywood clients and share their techniques with the public through books and public events. They also cowrote the New York Times best-selling book The Tools.

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