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But no matter how hard you’ve tried, you’re stuck and struggle to create the change you need. The FRESH START program gives you clarity on what to change, why it works, and how to make it happen easily and joyfully, so you can finally live life to the fullest.

Let's face it: Life isn't perfect and change is hard!

How many times have you wanted to start a healthy new habit, knowing it is the best thing you could do for your body and your mind, only to give up part-way through?


Whether this is looking after yourself by living a healthier lifestyle, such as exercising regularly or eating better, take charge of your career and finally do work that you love, or getting on top of your wealth, so you can do more of the things that excite you.


Somewhere along the pathway of life you got stuck where you currently are. And while you’ve known that something needs to change for a while, you haven’t been able to make it happen, no matter how often you’ve tried.

Well, you are not alone – most people have been here before.

And this is why I am so excited so share the Fresh Start program with you – so now you’ll be able to understand the psychology behind creating a life that you love, and the mindset needed to develop new habits that stick – this time for good

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A comprehensive online self-leadership program to help you become a happier, healthier YOU

The Fresh Start program steps you through the positive psychology and self-leadership essentials that you need to create positive change in your life.

You see, there is actually a ton of research that tells us exactly what we need in order to flourish. Over the last few decades, scientists from all over the world have uncovered:

  • how we can identify what is most important to us and excites us

  • what we need in order to be happy

  • and the steps we can take in order to make our best possible life become reality.

I have put all of this knowledge into a comprehensive, simple online program!


Step by step, I take you through tiny changes you can make in order to imagine and create the life you want. Bit by bit, you will gain clarity on exactly what it is that you need to do next, you’ll understand why it works, and you’ll learn to apply it all in practice while being supported until it sticks – once and for all.


Once you master these steps, you will feel like you’re back in the driver seat of your own life. You’ll finally have clarity around what it is that serves you well and what doesn’t. You’ll be empowered as you know exactly what to do to identify what you need to do next. And, you’ll finally be able to make any habit stick, look after yourself, live your full potential, and create that meaningful life you want.

"Maike's support and guidance is invaluable. She is also incredible supportive in providing tools, strategies and analogies to understand the purpose and impact of self-leadership."

Fatema, London

"I started the course because I wanted to learn more on how to hold myself accountable, little did I know it would teach me so much more. It really teaches you a framework/language on how to reach your own goals, and all the different layers that come with it. It has hugely impacted my life in the best way possible, and I will continually use everything it has taught me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Maike."

Caroline, Amsterdam

"Dr Maike's workshop offered an excellent insight into thought patterns and behaviour. Completing the worksheets under her guidance allowed me to apply these newly learned concepts to myself and refer to them later on. I am looking forward to the next eye-opening workshop with Maike's energetic personality, knowledge, drive and passion!"

Sandra, Camp Mountain

"I just want to thank you for that amazing workshop I did with you a while ago. Now, that I've gone to many other workshops, I understand how amazing yours was."

Caro, Brisbane

What topics are covered and what skills will I learn?

FRESH START is based on our unique, evidence-based self-leadership framework, which has 3 fundamental elements: self-knowledge, self-goalsetting, and self-regulation. Throughout the Program, you will learn what these three elements mean, why they are important, and, most importantly, how you can master them.

You will learn this across 12 individual modules, covering topics from positive psychology, behaviour change science and neuroscience, such as:

  • True happiness, miswanting and what we really need in order to lead a fulfilled life

  • Core values and strengths and how we can use them to find meaning & purpose AND accomplish our goals

  • Self-goalsetting - what even does that mean and how do we do it (spoiler alert: this includes more than just making goals SMART)

  • Motivation, the myths behind it, and what the best way is to optimise it

  • Willpower, self-discipline, and procrastination

  • The role of human needs, and how you can maximise your physical and mental energy in order to smash those goals of yours

  • Mindset, mindfulness, focus and performance: how they are related to your goal and the number one thing you should do in order to avoid procrastination

  • Feeling confident, taking action, and the number one thing you NEED to do in order to build a new habit

  • Building resilience and cultivating the number one characteristic distinguishing the successful from the unsuccessful

  • Emotions, emotional regulation and the link to performance

  • The human mind, the two most fundamental systems it operates in and what you need to do in order to control which one you use yourself

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By the end of the Program, you will have learnt:
  • What self-leadership is and what you need it for in life

  • How to identify what you need in order to cultivate true happiness in your life

  • Why you have failed with your goals in the past

  • How to examine if achieving your goals will actually make you happy

  • How to identify what's most important to you in life

  • How to understand your strengths and why and how to use them to accomplish your goals

  • How to identify limiting beliefs and cultivate a growth mindset

  • How to set goals that you will be more likely to achieve than not - and that will actually deliver on their happiness promise

  • How to control your mind and the system it operates in

  • How to optimise your motivation and why and how to divorce it straight after (yep)

  • How to maximise both your physical and mental energy as well as your willpower

  • Why positivity is linked to performance and the many ways you can foster it

  • What you can do in order to measure your progress throughout and beyond the plateau of latent potential

  • How to distinguish between resilience and grit, why it's important to do so and how you can cultivate both

  • What self-compassion consists of, how it's related to performance and how you can optimise yours

  • Why, contrary to popular belief, you shouldn't actually celebrate every single win along the way

  • How you can harness your environmental strengths

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How it works

FRESH START is a self-paced online program divided into 12 modules.


Each module consists of one video lesson and a short workbook with  exercises allowing you to apply theory into practice.

With every sign up to FRESH START, participants also receive a 40% discount on all of my coaching packages to support them to work through limiting beliefs and amplify their personal development and growth throughout the program. 

Once signed up, FRESH START participants receive access to our exclusive member's area where they can access all the course materials.

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"Maike's style is super engaging. She has the ability to relay complex topics simply, and uses exercises that made the concepts easy to implement. I couldn't recommend Maike more highly."

Petra, Brisbane

"Absolutely recommend Maike's workshops. Her knowledge in self-leadership is undeniable and the tools and strategies she shares are life changing. Thank you, Maike, for sharing your grit, loving energy, and commitment through everything you do."

Lina, Newmarket

"I had the opportunity to be part of one of Maike's self-leadership workshops. I went without knowing what to expect and little did I know back then that it was the start of a very deep personal transformation. Maike gives you that confidence we all need, keeping you grounded and realistic. During coaching sessions, she's super approachable and open to discuss without judgement. I can't recommend this course enough, no matter what stage of your life you're at. It's so rewarding and a great tool to grow as an individual."

Diana, Herston

My story

If you asked me when my own self-leadership journey begin, I'd say as a young kid: For as long as I can remember, I had a fascination with the fact that some people seem to be able to create the life of their dreams, while others struggle from one hurdle to the next, are uninspired, unmotivated and unhappy. It’s what eventually drove me to study the human mind. But that's not to say that I haven't had my fair share.

Believe me, I get it. In fact, I’ve been there myself, more times than I’d like to admit. Whether it’s my struggle to exercise regularly (I’ve got a PhD in public health for goodness’ sake!), my nearly lifelong journey to find the work of my dreams, or the emotional roller-coaster I went through when I realised that my so-called 'perfect' life didn’t actually FEEL perfect at all and I knew I had to change something.

Even worse – I felt as though I should have it all figured out! After all, I studied psychology for 5 years (MPsych), specialising in both talent development and health psychology. I did a PhD, identifying effective strategies to help people create a healthier lifestyle. I became a qualified coach in Neurolinguistic programming and Acceptance Commitment Training (ACT), and I did a certification in positive psychology practice.


In addition to that, I read about every single book there is about motivation, willpower, self-discipline, procrastination, mindsets, happiness, meaning and purpose, grit, and how to make new habits stick. Last but not least, I became an expert (and possibly slight fanatic) of self-leadership.

While I had to learn (the tough way) that real and sustainable progress requires the knowledge, mastery and orchestration of many different skills, I was eventually able to realise many of my own dreams. Whether this is about my beautiful family, living a healthy lifestyle by the beach, travelling the world, working for myself or having established financial security - I'm pretty dang proud of myself.


And whatever your dreams may be, I'd love to help you, too.

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How do I know it's for me?

​Simple. FRESH START is for you, if you:

  • Want to make a change in your life for the better, but aren’t sure where to start.

  • Have tried before, and given up before.

  • Have dreams that life looks different to what you do day-to-day.

  • Feel ‘stuck’ or that something is missing in life.

  • Know what you want to be doing (like exercising daily, eating better, learning a new skill or saving more money), but are finding it hard to make the change.

  • May have initial success but are finding it hard to develop habits that actually stick.

  • Beat yourself up for not being able to make these changes when you have tried in the past.

  • Are in need of a FRESH START ;)

The Program is NOT for you, if you:

  • Aren’t serious about creating change and living a life that you love.

  • Aren't willing to put in the work it takes to change things for good.

  • Aren't ready to take responsibility for the things you CAN control in your life.

  • Are looking for a quick fix.