Podcast 15: Wiping the Slate Clean- Leveraging the Fresh Start Effect

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The Fresh Start Effect is defined as the energy and determination we feel when we're able to wipe the slate clean. Katherine Milkman, of the Wharton School identified the fresh start effect.

Identifying Your Fresh Start

Defining the point of a fresh start can really make a difference. When we define our fresh start by identifying a prime date, we're much more successful in accomplishing the goals. It's how our mind defines that fresh start date. We put a stake in the ground that we're making a fresh start here. We're wiping the slate clean as of this date. There's a marker there with which we identify.

Fresh starts can be calendar related (New Year's Day, first day of spring, Thanksgiving). We also have fresh starts in the context of the rhythms of our lives (starting a new job, marriage, anniversary, and birthday).

A fresh start may require releasing on what came before so you have room for the new opportunities that come in the fresh start. Wiping the slate clean requires intentionality. We do that by creating a period of rest or Sabbath to release and receive; releasing what I needed to release, receiving the wisdom and insights I needed to receive…all while catching your breath.

Andee shares a suggestion of creating a fresh start during the day- at a time when your energy is flagging. Mentally clear your mind, letting your body renew and refresh to reset your body. Your productivity will soar when you give yourself that little fresh start.

Smart Leaders use the Fresh Start Effect

We have personal fresh starts; as leaders we set fresh starts for our team. How do we use the fresh start effect to establish momentum for our team? What does that mean for each team member individually? Leveraging the fresh start effect for our teams can be done through stopping and reflecting, and celebrating when we complete a project. WE can then give and receive feedback and evaluate the successes and learnings of the project. That provides closure, which is necessary to move forward.

Three Takeaways

Three takeaways about the fresh start effect from today’s conversation:

  1. Identify the natural fresh start opportunities in your life.
  2. Incorporate a time of rest or Sabbath in your life, create space to rest.
  3. Recognize the need for closure.

Resources mentioned in today's podcast:

Interview with Katherine Milkman: http://www.strategy-business.com/article/00266?gko=6c11d

Andee’s blog post: https://andeemarks.me/2016/07/11/a-lesson-from-psalm-3/

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