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 a large number of challenges at once. This can lead to overwhelm and hopelessness. The way back to equilibrium is often by doing a reset.
Resets come in several forms. Some are involuntary. A sudden health problem has gotten many a person to change his or her thinking about certain activities, habits and perspectives. We refer to them as wake up calls, though “reset” is just as accurate.
Experiences that help us reset don’t have to be negative. Positive events such as accomplishing a major goal, getting a huge project behind us, or reaching a milestone like marriage or a new job can be the catalyst for getting us out of a rut in some other area of life.
The calendar itself also provides reset opportunities. Think of all the great new adventures that have begun on January 1 of each year. Fitness centers report that Monday is their busiest day of the week, when they’re filled with people turning over a new leaf (at least for a couple days.)
More valuable than any of these, however, is what I call The Manual Reset. This is the one that you and I do of our own efforts. Manual resets are intentional. They’re also a lot more difficult. We’ve got to somehow quiet the chaos and distractions, reach out for that figurative button and press it with all our might.
Each person will have a different method of accomplishing a manual reset. What works for me won’t work for everyone. Personally, I need a block of uninterrupted time – at least two hours – during which I can go to a clean, orderly environment and prayerfully process most all the elements in my life without additional incoming. When I do that, I can generally get back to devoting a large percentage of my time to high leverage activities in the direction of goals subordinated to my mission, values and vision. (Sorry … I had to toss in a quick lesson on the Life Management process.) But without such a time for a manual reset, I might spin my wheels for weeks.
Now it’s your turn. When demands come at you quicker than you can turn them around, and the anxieties reach a tipping point, what’s your mode of operations? We all want to avoid involuntary resets. There’s no need to wait for a major event to come and go. And calendar-based resets are notoriously short-lived.
A manual reset, therefore, is the best option. Learning how to do that for yourself is an extremely important exercise which will help you overcome that frazzled feeling and get back on a more productive road.
Do you agree with this article? If not, why not?
If so, how do you reset? Comment below.