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  • Writer's pictureKeith Dussia

Pain. Uncertainty. Constant Work.

There have been so many people I have learned from in my life and I want to share some of them with you. I highly recomend you check their work out.

"The Tools" & "Coming Alive" by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels presents a transformative approach to facing life's inevitable lessons of life. Stutz and Michels introduce a set of powerful techniques, or "tools," designed to help individuals navigate through the hardships and obstacles life throws their way.

Central to their philosophy is the understanding of three Aspects of Reality:

  1. Pain

  2. Uncertainty

  3. Constant Work.

These aspects, they argue, are unavoidable but manageable through the application of the Tools.

The first reality, Pain, is an inherent part of human existence. Stutz and Michels suggest that instead of running from pain, we should confront it head-on.
Coming Alive!


The first reality, Pain, is an inherent part of human existence. Stutz and Michels suggest that instead of running from pain, we should confront it head-on. This resonates deeply with me, as it echoes the foundational belief of #LifeIn180 – that facing our challenges is the first step towards transformation. The Tools have taught me to view pain not as an enemy but as a catalyst for growth, urging us to look inward, identify our fears, and harness our courage to overcome them.


Uncertainty, the second aspect, is about acknowledging the unpredictable nature of life. The Tools have been instrumental in teaching me the value of embracing uncertainty rather than fearing it. This lesson has been crucial in my #LifeIn180 journey, as it underscores the importance of flexibility and openness to change. Embracing uncertainty has empowered me to make bold decisions, step out of my comfort zone, and pursue paths I previously might have avoided due to fear of the unknown.

Constant Work

The third aspect, Constant Work, highlights the ongoing effort required to grow and maintain progress. This principle has profoundly influenced my approach to #LifeIn180, emphasizing that transformation is not a one-time event but a continuous journey. The Tools have instilled in me a work ethic centered on perseverance, resilience, and the relentless pursuit of personal development. This mindset has been essential in overcoming obstacles and moving closer to the life I envision.

Application to #LifeIn180

Learning from "The Tools" has been a pivotal experience, offering me practical strategies to apply to the #LifeIn180 philosophy. The book's insights into dealing with pain, uncertainty, and the necessity of constant work have not only enriched my personal growth journey but also deepened my understanding of how to effectively navigate life's ups and downs.

Incorporating the Tools into my daily life has empowered me to approach challenges with a new perspective, one that sees obstacles as opportunities for growth and transformation. This aligns perfectly with the essence of #LifeIn180—making a complete turnaround from a place of stagnation or despair to a path of growth, happiness, and fulfillment.

Phil and Barry have been a huge source of learning and inspiration. It complements and enhances the #LifeIn180 concept by providing actionable strategies to face life's inevitable challenges head-on. The lessons learned from the book have been instrumental in shaping my approach to personal development, reinforcing the belief that with the right tools, we can all make a 180-degree turn in our lives for the better.

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