Michael Mackniak

About Michael Mackniak

Michael refers to himself as a "recovering attorney" with a passion for problem-solving on a macro level. He has worked with multiple non-profits, state agencies and Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs to imagine a culture of collaboration in order to attain the best outcomes for those most at need. Michael's work is based on the belief that we are placed on this Earth in order to bring our very special talents to others.

The Right to Be Happy

We have an amazing ability to allow ourselves to assume burdens and carry the weight that others have assigned to us. Many of us exist for years attempting to sate the needs of others while disregarding the little voices in our heads that are reaching out for attention or for care. Consider the importance of


Blind Spots

Be careful to look all around you. If you are struggling to maintain discipline in any aspect of your life, check your blind spots. Before you veer off path, look at what is creeping up beside you and waiting in the shadows to ambush you. Get tough and stay the course you have set. There


Thoughts on Guilt: Shame Vs. Guilt

There is a fine line between shame and guilt. But it is distinct and they are different. Shame is what others (society) place on us which may result in feelings of guilt. Guilt serves us. It is an internal feeling or emotion that we can grow from and learn from. However, guilt is only purposeful


Thoughts on Guilt: Self Blame

Our level of dissatisfaction is proportional to the level at which we will take action. Our self-blame and introspection is the best method to motivate us to change. We can harness the power of these feelings in order to turn them into laser-like focus on that which we know that we want. Introspection is hard


We Have to Believe

Santa Claus. The Easter Bunny. The Tooth Fairy. We should look to children every day as a guide to our personal growth. They do not know anything but to be optimistic. The have hope in abundance and are excited about their own expectations of themselves. We need to begin to believe in a world that


Think About What You Think About

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a thought intervention therapy claiming our behaviors are a direct response to our feelings or perceptions about thought. CBT seeks to change not only our thought patterns but also our interpretation of our thoughts, thus changing our feelings as a result. This process is the foundation for a great deal of


Believing Your Thoughts

Self-worth and Confidence are very powerful tools of the subconscious mind. Just as powerful, however, are the limiting beliefs that we tell ourselves like a skipping record (or mp3!) or a tape loop. Some of these beliefs may be rooted in our brains since childhood and have such a strong position in our sense of