From Dependence to Ascendance - Change IS Possible

Nick Maizy is a true change agent and overall inspiration. At a very low point in his life he decided it was time - time to change.  He not only pulled himself up but went on to become an inspiration for others.

Change is possible. It takes some work and is worth every bit of effort.

How would I know?

I faced some struggles with making changes myself.  My life was not always what I wanted it to be.  There was a time when my life was pretty grim.  The outlook wasn’t good for me to survive, let alone thrive.

I’ll spare you the long drawn out story. Pretty much through a continued process of poor choices over the course of some years, I developed a severe substance abuse problem.  I was drinking way too much and doing more drugs than I care to talk about.

One thing led to another and before long I was addicted to heroin.  My life was in a bad place and doing nothing but getting worse.  I knew I wouldn’t make it much longer unless I made some drastic changes.

My story may have begun quite different from yours.  In fact, I hope that is true.  There is one thing that can be similar, though.  My struggles led me to a place of self-improvement that I may have never have otherwise found.  What I want to share with you is the ability to make changes and have the life you want regardless of where you start.

The most important part is not the beginning.  Simply put, my life was not what I wanted, not going where I wanted it to go, and I felt stuck.  Above all else, I knew I wanted something different and I was willing to do whatever was necessary to make that happen.

How was I able to change my life?

 1. The first step I took was to decide I wanted something different.  Okay, my situation made this step relatively easy.  I really wanted something different.  That said, some of the people I knew back then didn’t want a different life.  They were content with getting high and didn’t want to do the work to change.  I had to make the right decision for me and keep moving forward. Decide what you want.

 2. I asked for help and accepted it when it came.  Asking for help can be tough.  It wasn’t easy for me to admit that I couldn’t fix my situation all by myself.  Your situation may not be as obvious as mine was.  If you are going to ask for help, you may want to be more discreet and not let people know what you’re going through. You don’t have to announce to everyone all the details of your life. Seeking help can come in many different forms.  You can find help from people you know, books, websites, personal coaches, online courses, anywhere that has information to help you make the change you want.

I had to accept the help once it was offered to me.  Being willing to act on the advice, suggestions, and assistance was critical to my success.  Otherwise, I would have been like so many others thinking they knew the solution, but not doing anything with the knowledge. The change comes from the actions. Without action there is no improvement.  Ask for help and start taking action.

 3) Once I decided to change my life and began to make improvements, I wanted everything to change all at once.  I knew that I could better myself and my life and I wanted it NOW. Life still had a very important lesson to teach me.  I wasn’t able to do it all at once or change everything on the first day.  It was going to take time.  But, there was one thing I could do that would help me start to change and continue to make improvements.  

I could take one small step at a time.

Small steps are easier than large ones. They help develop momentum and early successes. Taking small steps can lead to more lasting changes than trying to take large leaps.

Take small steps.

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
– John Wooden.

With each step, month and year I was able to continue to improve my life.  Through my own struggles I learned the value of making self-improvements.  I went on to get a Masters in Psychology and I still continue to learn about how to make change possible and easier.

There may be more involved with making a change you want in your life.  This list doesn’t include every detail on the subject.  I just wanted to show that change is possible.  Regardless of your situation you can make adjustments and have a life you can enjoy.

Make your life what you want it to be.

Take Small Steps. Be Persistent. Enjoy Life.


Nick Maizy's Bio:

Nick is a husband and father. With a passion for helping people make positive changes in their lives, he enjoys working with people individually or through his blog, podcast, and book.

You can listen to The Enjoy Life Podcast wherever you find your podcasts, read the blog at, or find him on Twitter: @NickMaizy