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“What I saw was that no matter who we are, life is going to put us through the changes we need to go through. The question is: Are we willing to use this force for our transformation? I saw that even very intense situations don’t have to leave psychological scars, if we are willing to process our changes at a deeper level.” – Michael A. Singer - The Surrender Experiment

I am the proud owner of

a Red Leather Recliner Chair. 

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

I say proud because...

It has a deep, special meaning to me, and it is my favorite color.  Its first owner was my stepfather, and he was my business mentor that I would call about my career path.  I valued his thoughts and opinions above anyone else because he had some similar experiences in his life, and he had my best interest at heart.  He and I both played college football, he at Alabama and myself at Illinois.  He passed away in the spring of 2016.  Its second owner was my younger brother, who was one of my best friends.  My brother had developed issues with his hip and needed to have a comfortable chair where he could sit and occasionally, he would sleep in it because it helped to relieve the pain.  My brother died in the fall 2019.  My sister-in-law, along with my niece and nephew, struggled with what to do with the chair as it meant the world to my brother and to them it was a reminder of him.

Coach Chris in the Red Chair

My Red Chair

She asked if I would like the chair and without hesitation I said yes. My red chair sits in my master suite and I use it to have my mindful time of the day, reading, meditating, just sitting to feel feelings, and sometimes, I even have conversations with the previous owners.  My red chair is special because it has depth of meaning to me and in someone else’s hands would mean something completely different.  Do you have your “red leather chair?”  This kind of place may not work for you, but do you have a place to sit and read, to contemplate life’s challenging questions, to meditate, or to just feel the feelings in your life?  I hope you do and if not, find what works for you because we all need a place to have our red chair experiences.

So tell me about your Red Chair Experiences.

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The Red Chair Experience

My Red Chair

When you seek inspiration, hope, truth, or more depth: often those wishes, comforts, or other pursuits will elude you. Frustration is natural. You go to your favorite relaxing spot. Maybe you have a place like a trail, a body of water, or even a simple chair that you go to that envelops and comforts you, bringing a deep sense of peace.  With these 366 entries, you will find a daily dose of inspiration. The Red Chair Experience is written for uplifting your heart and soul, or to find new opportunities. When implemented the concepts of these pages will help you develop intimacy, integrity, and spirituality with yourself and others.

We all need our alone time to refocus or find balance in our lives. So, grab a cup of coffee, find your red chair, and let’s begin your life changing journey. You can change everything with your next decision. Get inspired, take action, step out of your comfort zone. Become a new or better version of yourself. You can heal past wounds, reconnect with loved ones, chase dreams, and most of all follow your passion.

This is your moment!


Photo Credit: Cassie Rae

Cover Design: Laura Edgerly

Chris Westfall
best-selling author of "Easier" and "Leadership Language"

"Chris Michel has created a fresh space for tackling life's challenges. The Red Chair is a seat at the table, and it's reserved for you - so that you can access clear-headed ideas from inside the coaching conversation. Creative and inspiring, this book will point you towards greater resilience and resourcefulness on a daily basis."

Jennifer Andersen Smith
Inspirational Speaker and author of “So That: For Relationships”

“This book is a wonderful compilation of Chris' great wisdom and wit. All with this goal for you to take a moment for yourself in the whirlwind of life!” – Jennifer Andersen Smith, Inspirational Speaker and author of “So That: For Relationships”

Bob Casteel
Founder and former owner of Casteel Cooling, Heating, Plumbing, and Electric

“Wow this is deep, and every thought is relevant! This type of reading can be enjoyed by anyone that is introspective wanting to simply achieve a more balanced emotional life. This would be a great resource sitting beside one’s Bible at their favorite ‘red leather chair’!”

Harry Spaight
author of “Selling With Dignity” and inspiring speaker

“Chris Michel’s book, The Red Chair Experience provides real-world, practical, and valuable daily inspiration. Chris covers numerous topics about our everyday lives from A to Z. The readings are short and to the point so within a few minutes, you will have what you need for the day or the challenge that you may be facing. I highly recommend it and have no doubt that you too will appreciate the insight provided.”

Kerry Kruegler

“The Red Chair Experience is full of insight and wisdom. Each entry is short and concise giving the reader food for thought to move forward. Chris states the topic and gives several examples to help the reader understand what he is teaching. The best part, though, is a call to action at the end of the entry. It ties up his wisdom with a nice red bow.”

Gary Feder
Marketing and Operations Executive

“With ‘The Red Chair Experience’, Chris provides a thoughtful exploration of how mindset matters. He challenges the reader to take a deep exploration of their approach to every day - not just in business, but in all aspects of life. Chris foregoes offering up a list of simplistic sales tactics, and in doing so, gives us a much richer guide for success. There is much to be gleaned from the passages in this book.”

Gabe O’Neill
Founder of Digital Accelerant LLC

“What a nice surprise. When you read each daily piece, it takes a quick journey into your own thoughts. You compare your own experiences to what the author is telling us about and then come out at the end with a satisfying conclusion to the story. You can extend those thoughts and apply them to certain circumstances you might run into. What a great way to start each day!”

Machen MacDonald
Best-selling author, and strategic growth coach

“Coach Chris has created a brilliant daily devotional for experiencing greater success and elevated wellbeing. The collective wisdom he shares through his stories and the reflective inquiries he offers are sure to keep you inspired throughout your day to live your best life and do your best work.”

Kathy Svetina
Founder of NewCastle Finance, LLC

This is a book to be savored and read slowly. It's a 'sit down with a cup of warm tea' type of book where reading it feels more like a conversation with a dear friend who is gently asking the questions that you might not want to ask yourself - but you know you should.
Each page is a daily reminder that life is not one-dimensional, even though these days it might feel like it is. There is no judgment, just curiosity and a gentle nudge of "here's a perspective that you might want to consider." It's an encouragement - and permission to some of us - to step back and ponder life, business, love, and all in between for years and years to come.

Michelle Cheyne
BA (Psych), PGCE, Hon (Psych) MBPsS, Instinctive Living & Content College

“I loved it so much. I love the diversity of the quotes and the authenticity of your writing. I can hear your voice in it so clearly. I suspect it is going to be such an inspirational book for so many, including myself.”

Carmen Lucia
Clinical Psychologist

Easy to digest daily insights and thought challenges that also inspire delving deeper into the reader’s assumptions. Chris Michel invites his readers on a path of insight and curiosity, with an eye toward cultivating compassion toward themselves and others. A wonderful addition to anyone’s daily self-care!

Danielle Putnam
President of The New Flat Rate

For book club this month, we are reading one of your daily readings each morning as a team, for 30 days. We are really enjoying your book and it’s created some thought-provoking discussions.

E. Bilton
Amazon Review June 27, 2022

I am really enjoying the book! Love that it's a short, motivational reading every day that is relevant for me as a small business owner.

Charlie Cifarellli
Amazon Review July 4, 2022

I received my book and upon reading the daily inspirational quotes quickly realized it was becoming part of my daily morning routing. I have a room & a chair in my home that is my red chair experience. I look forward to starting my day with the Red Chair Experience! 5 Star's

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