But if you’ve been putting off getting started with it, chances are that the status quo default might be holding you back from reaping the benefits of doing things differently.
Fortunately, there are a number of hacks for getting out of this trap. One of our favourites is the Fresh Start Effect. It simply involves deciding that an upcoming date will be the one on which you’ll make the clean break from less effective follow-up procedures. Declaring a fresh start boosts people’s optimism about the future, and increases the motivation to change and persist.
There are some dates that pack a more powerful punch when it comes to overcoming the status quo bias. Mondays are good. Beginnings of the month are good. So is the date of the month on which you signed up for Knudge, or the anniversary on which you became a certified financial professional. Heck, you could even choose Warren Buffett’s birthday (August 30th, for those so inclined).
It takes a big of doing to extricate ourselves from the sludge of habit and familiarity, even when better things become possible when we do. If you’re ready to declare a Fresh Start, tell us what your intentions are by dropping us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Who knows? Dave might just be able to offer you a personalized training session. And, as a bonus, you can check out his hair.