Saturday, October 28, 2023

book: The Tools by Barry Michels, Phil Stutz

The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower-and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion: Stutz, Phil, Michels, Barry: 9780812983043: Books

a tool - unlike an attitude adjustment- requires you to do something
  • Tool #1: The Reversal of DesireThe Higher Force: Forward Motion 
  • Tool #2: Active LoveThe Higher Force: Outflow 
  • Tool #3: Inner AuthorityThe Higher Force: Self-Expression
  • Tool #4: The Grateful FlowThe Higher Force: The Source 
  • Tool #5: JeopardyThe Higher Force: Willpower  
1.  If we want to have a shot at actualizing our potential, we need to “reverse our desire” and, rather than crawl up in a little ball and try to avoid pain, we want to discipline ourselves to GET EXCITED about the challenges in our lives. ... our infinite potential exists on the other side of our comfort zones and that the only way to break through to that infinite potential is to BRING ON!! the pain, learn to love it, and use it to catalyze our growth. 

2. You ever get stuck in a mental loop—where you’re looping around in your head again and again and again about all the things someone has done that annoy you? Stutz and Michels call that “The Maze” We want to notice when we’re stuck in the maze and get out. How? Use the Active Love tool. Focus on your heart and, rather than mentally beat the person up who annoyed you, beam them love.

3. "Shadow": part of you that you most despise and prefer to hide from the world? Well, we need to bring that darkness to light. Without integrating those aspects of ourselves we’re ashamed of, we can’t fully trust ourselves and express ourselves with authority.

4. gratitude is scientifically proven to boost our mood ... Discipline your mind to *always* see the amazing things in your life. Get your grateful flow flowing. There’s no better way to connect to the Source of all higher forces/joy/love/all-things-good than gratitude.

5. Imagine yourself on your deathbed. You have NO MORE MOMENTS to live. Guess what? That version of you wishes you’d finally do the things you know are best for you. Use the Jeopardy Tool to tap into your ultimate power: Willpower.

Instead of seeing problems as an expression of a “condition” whose cause was the past, we needed to see them as a catalyst for developing forces that were already present, lying dormant inside us.

Whatever your comfort zone consists of, you pay a huge price for it. Life provides endless possibilities, but along with them comes pain. If you can’t tolerate pain, you can’t be fully alive.
A sense of purpose doesn’t come from thinking about it. It comes from taking action that moves you toward the future. The moment you do this, you activate a force more powerful than the desire to avoid pain. We call this the “Force of Forward Motion.” 

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