Changing unproductive ways by learning how to stand in our own power

Changing unproductive ways and being, such as sitting on the lounge watching television hours on in to productive ways, such as exercising, thus you are changing unconstructive habits.

Who knows when you make these changes you may find a need to change some other behaviors and habits, such as deceptiveness, binge eating, smoking, etc to useful habits by developing a positive outlook.

Even if these behaviors are not a problem for you, there is always room for improvement.

Oftentime we find that as we evolve and change, many of our other small and sometimes insignificant habits make themselves known and we can more easily address them as well, in the same process.

It’s like everything we take care of in the journey forward to happiness and freedom is helping us in the ways that they are showing themselves to us as we go. This is really life changing stuff!

Making changes for the better gives you something to look forward to.

When you make positive changes, your conduct shows to others that you have worked at finding your success.

In addition, good conducts encourage other people to follow your steps. To stand in our own power helps others to want that too and we become a resource for others, isn’t that awesome?

It’s not an overnight success thing, and it can be a rough path to travel for a while when we first begin changing your ways, but the road blocks we seem to encounter can be looked as something that will will help you be even more creative and succeed in your goals. If you try to rush, it will only hinder you from making productive progress.

So take it one-step at a time. Be kind to yourself 🙂

For example, if you want to quite smoking or lose weight, set up reasonable goals to get started.

Do not beat yourself down if you fail the first time. Rather pick yourself up and just go forward in your goal to achieve whatever it is that you want to change in your life.

The only use of looking back is if you want to see your progress, and when seeing that it’s like giving you a reward so that you keep that positive attitude alive!

What changes are you ready to begin implementing right now? Not tomorrow; but today 🙂

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  1. Maria,
    I wanted to let you know that I’ve read quite a few of your articles and have shared them in the lobby of the mental health facility I work at (always including your name as credit and referring readers to your website). Your articles are great for our setting here!

    Supported Employment Specialist
    NKHS CRT Program–Newport,VT

  2. Hi Tabitha,

    Thank you for saying that, I appreciate it!

    I’m glad to be a source of inspiration for you (or your work-place) as I have gone through difficult times myself (as you may know from having read some of my posts) and there’s nothing more fulfilling than to be able to share my own journey with the intent to touch hearts and to empower others that they too can be find their way back to themselves again and be healed.

    What kind of work is it that you do more specifically? (What kind of mental health is the focus of your work?)

    Thanks again for your comment!

    All the best,

  3. I work as a Supported Employment Specialist for a non-profit human services agency called Community Rehabilitation and Treatment. I help those in my community suffering from various mental illnesses (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, depression, personality disorders, etc) find and maintain work. I work closely with these individuals, their case managers, therapists and psychiatrist to overcome obstacles and barriers so they can work. Many of these individuals are very debilitated because of their illness and require daily supports for their basic needs, but others just need a helping hand in getting their lives back together after an episode.

    In addition, I work closely with our community’s businesses to raise awareness and fight stigmas surrounding mental illness. We use Evidence-Based Practice methods and are working to adopt more Peer-Led Recovery programs.

    I enjoy your articles that concentrate on having a positive attitude and how to change thinking as well as about forgiving. I have found many of them are great material for our waiting room.

    I am always interested in learning about how other communities help their members suffering from mental illness. Do you have a program similar in your community?

  4. That’s really great! Are you by any chance friends with Michele Rosenthal?
    (If not you can find her on Twitter: @lifeaftertrauma)

    She also does work that has to do with PTSD, maybe you’ll have other things in common too.

    I don’t know how the traditional (or “normal”) treatment regarding mental illnesses are here where I live – I don’t have that focus in my life as my focus is on the more spiritual aspects of human development, or consciousness.

    Great to hear that my writings are helpful in your community and that you’re sharing my website with people you come in contact with, again; thank you for that – it’s much appreciated! 🙂

  5. Such a small world! I have met Michele briefly (in cyberspace 😀 ) and have her on my facebook buddies. I operate a website called The First Five Pages for authors and she will be posting the first of her book in the coming weeks. At the risk of sounding like advertising, I invite you to drop by and check it out! You can email me directly with your email address and I’ll let you know when her work is posted there if you like. If I remember correctly her post will be this week starting Wednesday and will run as the Featured Story for one week.

    Here’s my email:
    And here’s the website:

    Happy Writing! ~Tab

  6. I had a feeling you might know her:-)

    I have contributed to her Project Give Back with a free gift for people who buy the book, you can find it on her info-page about the book if I remember it right.

    Wishing you all the best with your venture together!


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