Why You Need a Reset
Like many other goal oriented people I often have many dreams and ideas of projects that I would like to do. Writing projects, plans at work and plans for my life in general. Sometimes I can get so overwhelmed with everything that needs to be finished that it can get so muddied in my mind that I don’t know where to start.
Can you relate? When that happens it’s hard not to feel stuck. My plans can often get overtaken by seasons of low energy or from an unexpected increase in demands around me. My well laid out plans get hijacked and it seems I have to once again start from the beginning.
I love creating blueprints for myself but after a few weeks of new responsibilities and surprises I can find myself waking up from a haze several weeks later wondering what happened to all of my plans.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember times where I’ve spoken about not just planning for “one day” but trying to take small chances and steps toward your desired goals. I struggle as much as the next person with getting pulled into limiting beliefs. We can be unaware that we are living our lives in prisons of our own making until someone points it out. I’ve had people point out my thought prisons and I’ve helped others see their own. When you’re deeply entrenched in a limiting belief it becomes a safe place for you. When confronted you may feel uneasy, upset and not able to break out of what you always believed was a barrier you had. When you are overwhelmed or feeling like there are too many things going on it can be tempting to bury any thoughts of change. This is the perfect time for a reset.
Take a step back, speak with an encouraging friend or life coach, re-evaluate your priorities and press that reset button. You may not have an opportunity to try these methods and you may even agree that you have no time. If that is the case for you, I think it’s important to try to focus on one thing at a time until you are able to get everything under control again. Have some self compassion and decide what your real constraints are.
Rest is a helpful option for some. For others setting aside extensive time to finish work is even better. A once in a while work weekend where I can just focus on planning and finishing a few things on my plate can give me the boost I need to reset. I’m always trying to find the balance with this one. I’ve learned that if I’m not sure how to approach a problem I may just procrastinate on it. Other times, rest may be the reset I need to give me perspective. If you’re like me you’re going to have to keep figuring out what you need to do each time you’re faced with an overwhelming situation. In any case a reset may be all you need to get back on track again.
What is your go to when you feel you need a reset?
I feel totally related to you. I am glad that I recently learned how to manage my emotions and recognize when I need to take that step back and either rest or change activities to then come back to finish what I need to without being hard on myself or feeling ashamed.
That’s always a great idea. It’s so hard sometimes to fight the shame and not be hard on yourself. Something I need to constantly remind myself about!