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

You know something needs to change, 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.


"I started the FRESH START 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, The Netherlands -

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.

Please know that you're 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. 

"I had the opportunity to complete Maike's self-leadership course. I wasn't sure 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, Australia -


FRESH START teaches you both:

Across 12 self-paced video lessons, I step you through the positive psychology and self-leadership essentials that you need to create positive change in your life. Each video lesson comes with its own workbook, so you can put the theory straight into practice and start creating the change you desire.

As with all of my work, the FRESH START Program is evidence-based, which means it teaches you exclusively what has been PROVEN to work across research studies from all over the world.

​Upon completion of the program, 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. Are you ready?


"For someone who suffers a degree of imposter syndrome I have undertaken so many self-development courses. I can unequivocally say that this course [FRESH START] is by far one of the best I have done (and there are heaps). The content was professional and credible as well as time balanced and not too overwhelming. I can’t thank Dr Maike enough, this was a hugely valuable course that I would take again and recommend to anyone wanting to foster positive change and realise their potential."

- Felicity, New Zealand -

What topics are covered?

FRESH START is based on my 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

"Maike's delivery of the [FRESH START] program is the perfect balance between engaging conversation and scientific data and evidence. The program provides a mountain's worth of valuable insights, learning and tangible practices. I have gained the clarity of purpose behind my actions and built the confidence to realise my goal. I recommend this program to anyone who is searching for the spark to chase their dreams."

- Thomas, Australia -


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 guaranteed to achieve 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

"Completing the Fresh Start course is exactly what I needed. With her down-to-earth, warm and encouraging manner, Maike curated and delivered the essential information I needed to start to develop and grow into the person I want to be. I felt confident in Maike’s approach and reassured by her comprehensive background in positive psychology – it’s not every day that someone with a PhD imparts this level of wisdom, backed by research and science! Completing this course was an absolute game-changer for me. I loved that it was self-paced, and had reflections to help deepen self-awareness. Even now I find myself going back to the concepts and information I learnt in order to continue to make decisions (both little and big), with greater understanding of my needs and to set myself up for success. This was a catalyst for change for me, and I am so grateful for Maike’s generosity in sharing her knowledge and expertise."

- Hayley, Canada -

How does it work?

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, you'll also receive a 10% discount on all of my coaching packages to support you to work through limiting beliefs and amplify your personal development and growth throughout the program. This is the most powerful combination to support yourself through any change. 

Once signed up, you'll receive access to my exclusive member's area where you can instantly access all the course materials and download your 12(!) workbooks. The results and feedback from past FRESH START participants are so amazing, I even offer you a full money-back guarantee if you've completed the program and don't think it was the best investment into your personal development you've ever made!

"I met with Dr Maike Neuhaus to help me with a challenging crossroad I was facing in my personal and professional life. I was instantly drawn to her warmth and supportive coaching style. After the first session I came away feeling more energised, motivated and positive about the options I had and a way forward to a brighter future, something I hadn't felt in months. She just got me and gets it and I feel so grateful to have gained some helpful insights into her psychological toolkit to help me through this period and I'm feeling excited about the next chapter and continuing our coaching sessions."

- Charlie, England -


How do I know if 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 ;)

People who have completed the FRESH START Program in the past have included

  • Entrepreneurs who want to maximise their productivity

  • Leaders who want to ensure they're leading by example and have the best tools to support their staff

  • People who want to adopt healthier routines in their lives, such as exercising regularly

  • Coaches who want to gain a deeper understanding of the human mind from psychological perspective - and understand how they can best support thier clients with behaviour change strategies

  • Driven professionals who feel stuck in their life and don't know how to move forward

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.


"I absolutely recommend Maike's course! 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, Australia -

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