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The Proactive Twelve Steps: A mindful program for lasting change


The Proactive 12 Steps describe a powerful healing program that is inspired by the traditional Twelve Steps. They are for people who are in recovery, people who deal with codependency issues, and all people who face problems they find overwhelming. 

These Steps are written in a down-to-earth way that helps you make sense of the process of personal growth and healing. It is not a mystical process that, somehow, happens to you. It is a proactive and mindful process. These Steps help you understand the emotional logic of what keeps you stuck, and the emotional logic of how you can get unstuck.

As a life coach, I originally wrote these steps for people who, like me, were not part of the Twelve Steps culture. They were originally meant to help people dealing with codependency issues. Over time, many people involved in Twelve Steps recovery for addiction have told me that they find inspiration in these 'proactive steps', as a way to gain a new perspective on the process.

How is it that the same steps can be an inspiration to people in so many different situations? There is paradox at the heart of the original Twelve Steps. They were written for people who wanted to recover from addiction to alcohol and other substances... yet they are not a list of instructions specific to substance abuse or addiction. They describe a path toward self-discovery and personal growth. It is a path that leads to a better relationship with yourself, with others, and with the world.

So the Proactive Twelve Steps are focused on describing how you can rebuild your sense of self, and your life, by changing how you relate to people and situations. They describe a self-directed, down-to-earth program for lasting change.



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