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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Mysticism

I cannot tell you how many people I have met who have described their path of recovery (mental health or substance use) as “mystic”. Things seem to happen, opportunities fall on your lap, coincidences that are too big to be accidents. Are we just more aware as our minds become clearer and healthier? Are we

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Drug of “Choice”

The mindset of those struggling with addiction is often that they are in control. They choose when, what and how they will use. After careful consideration, however, it becomes quite apparent that the choice is being made for them, subconsciously. Substances play tricks in our brains on a very deep, primordial level. “Don’t make plans

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Abusive Relationships

I know a person who is forced to do things every day. She must answer to the same call and perform the same menial tasks in order to keep her mental anguish at bay. She is forced to harm herself. She is made to feel ill and depressed and ashamed. She is physically assaulted but

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