Anyone who’s spent time around electronic devices is familiar with the reset button. When a gadget starts to act funny, the first act of technical support is to press “Reset.” It’s amazing how often this fixes the problem.
Life is similar. People find themselves becoming ineffective. They feel as though they are going in circles with zero output. Perhaps they’ve been trying to do too much or have been hit with several challenges at once. The way back to equilibrium is often by doing a reset.
Resets come in several forms. Some are involuntary, such as a sudden health problem. We refer to them as wakeup calls. Positive major milestones in life can also get us out of our ruts. The calendar provides reset opportunities as well — Think of all the adventures that begin on January 1 each year.
More valuable than any of these, however, is what I call The Manual Reset. This is the one that we do of our own efforts. Manual resets are intentional, and they can be more difficult, but the results are worth it.
When demands come quicker than we can turn them around, and the anxieties reach a tipping point, let’s consider our options. Wakeup call resets must surely be avoided. There’s no need to wait for a major event. And calendar-based changes are notoriously short-lived.
A manual reset, therefore, is the best choice for overcoming the frazzled feeling and getting back on a more productive road. We’ve got to quiet the distractions, reach for that figurative button and press it with all our might.