Coming Alive

4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression & Unleash Your Soul’s Potential
by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels | Spiegel & Grau © 2017 · 320 pages

I’m a HUGE fan of Phil and Barry's first book, The Tools. Coming Alive is kinda like The Tools Part 2. In this book, we get four new tools to go along with the original five tools. Big Ideas we explore include how to connect to our Life Force, defeat Part X (their name for that part of each of us that gets in the way), build our confidence and learn to see problems as gifts as we live a GREAT life.

The more persistently you fight Part X, the more you feel the bracing wind of life’s limitless potential. Your problems no longer stop you—they energize you to work even harder for your aspirations.
Barry Michels & Phil Stutz

“Most people suspect they could live a completely different life from the one they’re living now. In this other life their days are joyful. They’re more confident, they take more risks, the things they do feel more meaningful. It’s as if—in this alternate existence—they’ve plugged into a different kind of energy, an energy that makes anything seem possible.

What they suspect is true. This energy is real and it has the power to change lives. We call it the Life Force. It’s the great prize of the universe—immortal, unstoppable, endlessly creative. …

Think of this book as a can opener for your soul. It will give you the tools you need to access the Life Force and defeat your inner enemy. Only then will you discover what you’re truly capable of and come alive in a way you never have before.”

~ Barry Michels & Phil Stutz from Coming Alive

If you follow me and my work at all, you almost certainly know that I’m a HUGE fan of The Tools—the first book by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels. It’s at least tied for first for my favorite book ever.

After reading the book and sending to it to our team and friends, I interviewed Phil and Barry. Once. Twice. Three times. Falling even more in love with the ideas and with them.

I knew I wanted to work 1-on-1 with them. But which one?! Phil or Barry?! It was like picking between Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi. Tough choice. (Hah!) But, you pretty much have to go with Yoda in that scenario, right? :)

So, I started working 1-on-1 with Phil. Words can’t quite put into perspective how deeply meaningful that has been for me. In addition to getting wisdom that has changed my life (and filled up an inch-high stack of notes), I also got a new Honorary Father.

In one of our sessions Phil said, “You must have been a son in my prior life.” I said, “Well, why don’t we make it official in this one?” He said, “Good idea.”

All that to say that I’m *deeply* aligned with their work and I was eagerly awaiting the new book.

Coming Alive is kinda like The Tools Part 2. It’s a next-level immersion into a new set of 4 tools to deal with that part of us that’s constantly getting in the way of us living at our heroic best.

They call that “Part X” and the book is all about helping us defeat that inner enemy so we can “ignite creative expression and unleash your soul’s potential.”

If that sounds like a good time, then I think you’ll love the book. (Get a copy here.)

For now, I’m excited to share a few of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in!

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About the authors


Phil Stutz

Inspiring you to live life in forward motion

Barry Michels

Inspiring you to live life in forward motion