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The Tools: Transform Your Problems Into Courage, Confidence, and Creativityby Phil Stutz
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A masterpiece of warrior wisdom that shows how to overcome obstacles with positive action. The best-selling author, Navy SEAL, and humanitarian Eric Greitens offers a self-help book unlike any other.
Two years ago, Eric Greitens unexpectedly heard from a former SEAL comrade, a brother-in-arms he hadnandrsquo;t seen in a decade. Zach Walker had been one of the toughest of the tough. But ever since he returned home from war to his young family in a small logging town, heandrsquo;d been struggling. Without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking, he needed help. Zach and Eric started writing and talking nearly every day, and Eric set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives.
Ericandrsquo;s lettersandmdash;drawing on both his own experience and wisdom from ancient and modern thinkersandmdash;are now gathered and edited into a timeless handbook. They explain how we can build purpose, confront the pain in our lives, practice compassion, develop our vocations, find a mentor, create happiness, follow a role model, think about the story of our lives, and much more.
Resilience grapples with real hardship. The lessons are deep, yet practical, and the advice leads to clear solutions. This is a profoundly hopeful book: We all face pain, difficulty, and doubt. But with resilience, we can lead vital, flourishing lives.
"With deceptively potent visualization exercises, psychiatrist Stutz and psychotherapist Michels promote a rapid and streamlined method of self-improvement. Michels, known for his work with prominent entertainment industry clients, teaches readers to end procrastination and negativity by tapping into higher forces. Stutz, who originally developed the Tools, backtracks to explain how and why they originated. Though simple, the authors' techniques are designed to access intense intrapersonal areas. The 'Inner Authority' tool, for example, involves imagining the Jungian Shadow to reach greater self-expression. Though many of the tools are explained by addressing a creative problem, readers in any field are likely to feel empowered because of their ease of use. Easy but not shallow, the work of Michels and Stutz also has a transcendent component. The authors foresee a time when 'psychotherapy... will become a spiritual endeavor'; exercises are said to work thanks to the generosity of the universe. The clear, user-friendly approach plus a belief that 'the power of higher forces is absolutely real' is a winning combination. Here is the rare self-help book that doesn't end with the self. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A masterpiece of warrior wisdom:and#160;how to be resilient, how to overcome obstacles not by "positive thinking" or self-esteem, but by positive action.and#160; The bestselling author, Navy SEAL, and humanitarian Eric Greitens offers a self-help book unlike any other.
About the Author
Phil Stutz is a psychiatrist and Barry Michels is a psychotherapist. They live and work in Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
Note to the Readerandemsp;andbull;andemsp;ix
LETTER 1: Your Frontlineandemsp;andbull;andemsp;1
LETTER 2: Why Resilience?andemsp;andbull;andemsp;8
LETTER 3: What Is Resilience?andemsp;andbull;andemsp;19
LETTER 4: Beginningandemsp;andbull;andemsp;32
LETTER 5: Happinessandemsp;andbull;andemsp;49
LETTER 6: Modelsandemsp;andbull;andemsp;66
LETTER 7: Identityandemsp;andbull;andemsp;79
LETTER 8: Habitsandemsp;andbull;andemsp;95
LETTER 9: Responsibilityandemsp;andbull;andemsp;106
LETTER 10: Vocationandemsp;andbull;andemsp;115
Letter 11: Philosophyandemsp;andbull;andemsp;130
LETTER 12: Practiceandemsp;andbull;andemsp;148
LETTER 13: Painandemsp;andbull;andemsp;158
LETTER 14: Mastering Painandemsp;andbull;andemsp;169
LETTER 15: Reflectionandemsp;andbull;andemsp;193
LETTER 16: Friendsandemsp;andbull;andemsp;208
LETTER 17: Mentorsandemsp;andbull;andemsp;220
LETTER 18: Teamsandemsp;andbull;andemsp;238
LETTER 19: Leadershipandemsp;andbull;andemsp;244
LETTER 20: Freedomandemsp;andbull;andemsp;252
LETTER 21: Storyandemsp;andbull;andemsp;260
LETTER 22: Deathandemsp;andbull;andemsp;269
LETTER 23: Sabbathandemsp;andbull;andemsp;274
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