• Mike Overwater

Talk without Action is just a Dream – Do this and create the life you want

Do this and you’ll never look back …
For a long time I struggled to achieve what I wanted.  I was travelling along and not fully understanding that the things I was doing were maintaining me on the trajectory I was on – which wasn’t taking me to where I was going.  However I didn’t realise that, because most of the things I was doing weren’t self-destructive or negative things – they were things I thought were productive, positive and useful.
I worked hard – however as it turned out I wasn’t doing the right things – both in action, thought and feeling.  So I made some changes.  I wouldn’t call them radical.  They were under-the-hood type things.  The things you won’t notice in public.  They involved sacrifice, discipline and other changes – personal things.
One of the things I did made a huge difference to my life, and as it turns out is something other successful people do in their lives.
I was reading an article by  Dr. Travis Bradberry, and award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies.
In his article he quotes Kevin Kruse who recently interviewed over 200 ultra-successful people, including 7 billionaires, 13 Olympians, and a host of accomplished entrepreneurs.
One of the things he discovered is that they practice a consistent morning routine.  While there were a wide variety of habits (because different things will resonate and work for different people – as we’re all different), there were some common threads woven into this garment of success.  Most “nurtured their bodies in the morning with water, a healthy breakfast, and light exercise, and they nurtured their minds with meditation or prayer, inspirational reading, or journaling.”
I’ve woven these into my morning, and along with some other mind and body activities have massively changed the trajectory of my life.
In the very near future I’ll be opening up the ‘Mastering my Morning Academy – Fundamentals’ to empower you to create the life you want by changing the trajectory you’re on, though learnings, tools, techniques and ongoing positive support.
If you want to know more comment below or private message me.
Until then … Go well!

  • Mike Overwater

Do this with intent – and watch your life bloom

I’ve got to admit that there are some things I’m doing now that I perhaps didn’t see value in doing before. Ok, what I just said means, if you’d asked me some time ago to do journaling and express gratitude every day I would not have found time in my busy day to do it. What’s the point?  That isn’t an action I needed to take that would benefit me – not like say doing my exercise, making a coffee, catching up for a beer with mates, researching a technical solution to a problem … you know what I mean.  No value to my future.

When I read about expressing gratitude, and how people found it so valuable – I just didn’t see the value. Of course I felt grateful for my life and the people and things in it – why did I need to express it on paper? I never disagreed that expressing gratefulness is of value. It just didn’t resonate.  Maybe all these people felt some guilt or shame or unworthy or something and needed a means to atone for something – I wasn’t sure. I kind of tried it once or twice, but not really putting my heart into it, just doing it mechanically. It felt uncomfortable for me, but if it works for them – go do it.

I’ve been told I can be stubborn. Personally I think strong willed toward my convictions fits better. As it turns out, I lucky I don’t hold too many convictions too dearly, because as someone once said “I’d never die for my convictions because I may be wrong.”

Oh how the universe can be a funny place. Oh how I can be misguided.  Jump forward some time – and here I am. A new man.  Literally (and that’s not just because of the new metal holding me together).

You know what’s coming. I have to say it.  “YOU just have to express gratitude!”  There I said it, now go do it.

Expressing gratitude is one of several ‘new’ things I’m now doing that have changed my life. If I hadn’t experienced this – I would have found it difficult to believe.

Why this change?

I wasn’t heading in the direction I wanted. I tried all the things I thought you should try, such as try harder, be more persistent and more – but they didn’t seem to work. I ended up in the same place. Could it be that I was on the wrong trajectory because what I was doing each day was wrong?

As it turned out – YES!

At some point, if you feel some sort of unease or disconnect, you have to STOP and admit to yourself that something isn’t working, something needs to change. (Einstein had 2 good quotes on this, but that’s for another time (or pm me)). And dare I say it – you may just need to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable, because comfort keeps you where you are.

I’m not saying my new move to expressing gratitude was the only thing that changed my life – but I know it is a big thing.

My purpose and goals haven’t changed, however I thought it’d be worth trying something new – a new tool in my toolbox – to help me get there. It’s working.

For one thing, try this out. Write down something you’re thankful for.  As you do this be conscious of your thinking.  You will notice that you will not feel any fear.  The emotion of gratitude and fear cannot co-exist. Gratitude rids fear. Strange! Imagine going through your whole day expressing gratitude!  Saying thank you! What have you got to lose?

It doesn’t matter how bad your life is right now. It might be terrible.  If you’re still breathing you have something to be grateful for.  Find that thing. Be grateful for it.  And continue to.  Your life will change.

There is one more dimension to expressing gratitude – that is super powerful and will take how you feel, what you achieve, and your life to a new level.

We take you through this in our new ‘Mastering my Morning’ Academy. For now – just go and express gratitude.  This morning I express gratitude for the fresh lemon nature has provided me for my lemon drink. Simple.

If you want to know more about my new Mastering my Morning Academy, or need some support to make a shift, make expressing gratitude a daily habit, please comment below or pm me, I’d love, and be grateful, to hear from you.

Go well and make that shift

  • Mike Overwater

The power of focus is immense – so be careful what you focus on!

I’m a big believer on focus. It helps clear away distractions so you can achieve what you need to.

What I’ve learned over the years – and brought clearly to my attention by a mate of mine – is how powerful the mind is in achieving what you focus on.

The news isn’t all good, because much of what we do each day is driven by or unconscious mind, and what our subconscious mind focuses on – it gets. So if you have underlying fears about things – these will manifest in behaviours that may prevent you achieving your conscious goals.

In this video (it’s only around 4 minutes long) I explain what this means and more importantly what you can do about it.

I hope it’s of value to you, and would very much appreciate your feedback.

All the best, and go well! Mike

  • Mike Overwater

Motivation – Overrated. Remove it to achieve your goals

We all have things we want to achieve in life.
The mistake we so often make is wait until we’re motivated to do something toward it.
I was in this trap. I would have a goal I wanted to achieve, and there were days I just ‘wasn’t motivated’, ‘didn’t feel like it’, ‘had other more interesting things to do’. You know the story …
Here’s what I did (it’s only a couple of minutes) to kick motivation into touch and achieve so much more …
Enjoy. It helps me enormously. I hope it makes sense to you.
All the best, and go well! Mike

Motivation video

  • Mike Overwater

What are the 3 things high performing businesses do that others don’t?

… and how can you do them in your business? If you’ve got a business, and you want to improve its performance or grow, I’ve got something that could really help you.

interesting research by one of the premier management consulting companies in the world revealed some fascinating insights into the performance of their clients.

They surveyed some 115,000 managers across 230 of their global businesses and compared the outcomes they achieved against how they managed their businesses. There are many management practices no business (regardless of size) should ignore such as financial control, structure, skills development, innovation, process etc.  Only 3 of these, that when applied together by your business, will ensure you have a high performing company – one that will deliver you the results and life you want – regardless of your business size and industry.  You need to do the others but you don’t need to over invest effort in the other areas that will only get you a marginal improvement in performance.

What are these 3 “power practices”, and more importantly, how can you do them to significantly improve the performance of your business?

I answer these questions in this short video (only about 5 minutes long).

I hope it’s of value to you, and would very much appreciate your feedback.

All the best, and go well! Mike

  • Mike Overwater

Know your business model and free your mind

A while back I had a chance to meet with a small business owner who had a great little business with about a dozen good staff and great opportunities.  He should have been smiling.  He wasn’t.
He was stressed and working long hours.
Understanding what was going on didn’t take long.
Here’s the lesson I learned and what you can do to reduce some stress in your life, improve your ‘peace of mind’ – and even sky rocket your results.
The essence is that it is important for you to understand 2 things.  What type of business do you have – and the relevant business model, and if you find yourself struggling – you may need a circuit breaker in your thinking.  Get some support.  Take a look (it’s only a couple of minutes) …
Enjoy.  It helps me enormously.  I hope it makes sense to you.
All the best, and go well!  Mike