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Hello, this is Rachel Henke, bringing you a new Transformation Conversation podcast. I want to create a new high achievers series, because I work with high achievers and I have noticed that there are some common traits amongst us that just show up again and again. I thought it would be really helpful to share what I’ve seen in this new understanding about how humans tick, and how we can get out of our own way to achieve more and create what we want in the world.

So, you may or may not classify yourself as a high achiever, but if you are listening to this the chances are that you’re either already a high achiever, or a high performer, or you have the common traits of one so you are well on your way to becoming one. You probably find yourself studying a lot, creating a lot of things, you might be someone who’s studied endless courses or you’ve always got courses you’re going through; you’re always trying to get better. You pride yourself on your intellect or, on the flip side, you beat yourself up that you think you are not good enough and you may have what is known as ‘imposter syndrome’, which isn’t a real thing, by the way, but something that we can relate to, where you may be concerned that at any moment you’ll be busted as not being the real deal – not being as good as people think you are.

High achievers tend to do a lot of over-thinking because we pride ourselves on our intellect and we think the answers are all in our head. One person I was recently talking to on a call said to me that for many years her body just carried her head, and that’s the same for many of us that just really get lost in thought, and think we need to know more to be happier, and that when we know more it will all fall into place.

There’s really good news through this Transformation Conversation for you. Everything gets a lot easier when you see how humans really tick, and what’s really needed and not needed to achieve what you want and to be happy whilst you are doing it. Rather than waiting to be happy or content when you’ve got what you want, wouldn’t it be such a relief to be able to be happy now, as you create what you want?

So, today’s podcast is about over-thinking. I’m going to cover lots of different topics about the traits of high achievers in this series, so be sure to check back in. Pop onto my newsletter list at, in case you’ve stumbled on this podcast on iTunes or somewhere else, and then you’ll get updated of the different podcast episodes that will be released in this series and in the Transformation Conversation.

Today let’s get into over-thinking. Over-thinking is something that we tend to do when we really do have a lot of respect for the intellect. We intellectualise things and I used to spend so much time actively thinking. I used to think that I actually needed to put aside time to think, and a lot of high achievers think that. We spend so much time thinking that we have no idea how much we‘re missing out on doing; how much we’re missing out on living. It is as if we always need to know. We want to know everything. We are curious about life; we just always want to be knowing the next thing. How does it work? What’s going on? Why is it that way? And that’s great when we are in the space of curiosity and we are open to seeing something new, but what so often happens is we get completely lost in thought and it can be quite uncomfortable not knowing, so we burn through a lot of what I like to call ‘mental bandwidth’ as we are trying to figure stuff out and understand how it works and understand our thinking.

So, as we are thinking about what we are trying to do, because we are generally fairly ambitious and have big visions, and big goals, and feel really driven to do something in the world, to do something in business or to really make a difference in our career, what happens is we then think about our thinking and start to have a lot of judgement about how we are feeling, and not understanding that our feelings come directly from our thinking. So, the more we think, and the faster we get with our thinking, and the more our thinking speeds up, the more we think about it, the more judgement we have about it, and the worse we feel. We think that we are doing something positive by thinking about our problems and usually we are just aggravating ourselves and then we lose our clarity and our mental process gets really foggy and we have no idea what’s going on.

I lived like this for years; I just didn’t know how it worked and fortunately I found this revolutionary understanding about how life works, how humans tick and how our minds work. I am able now to help people much more effectively than trying to boost their positivity and motivate them and tell them it will be okay if they just keep going. Mostly people have no idea they’re doing this; this overthinking. They might start to feel really foggy and get a headache and just not feel well and not understand why they are not getting anywhere, but they really don’t understand that they can stop it at any time.

We don’t need to sit there and over-think. That’s the first thing. It’s a choice. We don’t have to stay in that space of over-thinking. Mental stress can create burnout and illnesses and when we keep doing it to ourselves, that’s the impact it can have on our body. It can really start to make a difference to our health, because we keep revving ourselves up in our mind – innocently – and not understanding the impact that has. It’s a little bit like when you’ve got too many windows open on your computer and you are just really impatient. I don’t know if you’ve ever done that (I certainly have) and you start to press all the keys at once and hope it will go faster, and it doesn’t. It just jams up and you get that awful, I call it the colour wheel of death, and it just spins around.

That’s what happens with our thoughts – they spin, and we spin, and the more they spin the less clarity we have, the less productive we are, the worse we feel and we are just going in completely the wrong direction, even though we may think that we are going in the right direction by trying to figure it out. And that’s where a lot of fearful thinking comes in, and anxiety can get really intense.

I’ll do an episode on the topic of anxiety, so I won’t go into that now, but just know that when you are over-thinking you are lost in thought and there is no clarity. That is not where fresh solutions live, that’s not where you are going to see more about how to be effective, productive, high achieving, high performing in business and life. It’s just not there. I have clients who have so much respect for the intellect but until they understand more about how their mind works they can’t see why they are getting in their own way, because they are so smart but they’ve just lost touch with their natural wisdom, their intuition, because they are just so much up in their heads.

That’s my expertise. That’s what I love to help people with. People who have this kind of over-thinking trait and really want to do a lot in the world but don’t understand why it’s not happening, or why it’s so hard.  I hope this series is going to be really helpful to high achievers, and people who feel like they are getting in their own way as they are trying to create something. You can sign up if you’d like to get my new Effortlessly Productive Masterclass – it’s at – and that’s about helping you create what you want in half the time with no stress, because when you understand how your mind works, everything becomes much, much easier.

I’ll speak to you in the next podcast, and thanks for listening. If you enjoyed this podcast, please share it with your friends.


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