Time to Reset!
Time to Reset!
We did it. We survived the craziest year in our history, made another trip around the sun, and we are still standing. But do you still feel like you are in a complete daze?
It’s time to reset and grab the new year by the horns!
A reset is your ability to regain control, focus on what is most important, and create the life you want on purpose. It requires you to delve into your automatic thought patterns, belief systems, and daily habits to identify which ones are serving you.
Where could you use a reset? At home? Work? In your relationships? All of the above?
It can feel overwhelming to tackle everything at once, so don’t.
Try these three strategies to reset your priorities and your perspective:
#1 – Focus on what is most important
Getting clear on your priorities doesn’t take away busy, but it ensures that you stay true to what’s most important despite it. Each week make an intention to focus on something or someone that is important to you. Then, let the rest of your week fill in the gaps. I once had the privilege of speaking at a conference with Michelle Obama. She said, “Balance begins by believing you are worth it”. She went on to explain that we have to first prioritize and schedule what’s most important and let the rest of life fill in the space in between.
Take a few minutes and answer this question:
In the new year, my Top 3 priorities (in my job, family, marriage, etc.) are:
When you look at the way you spend your time, does it reflect the priorities you listed? If not, how can you make small shifts in the way you manage your day, week, or month to gain alignment?
#2 – Look toward your lighthouse
Life is like the ocean. If you don’t have anything to aim toward, you will end up carried away by the tide and current. You can have big lighthouses like your purpose and north star, or you can have little lighthouses like pizza night. Our brain needs something to aim for. Whether it’s a massage, date night, or taking some much needed time for yourself, make sure you have things – both big and small – to look forward to on a regular basis.
#3 – Develop a success routine
Success is more than a destination. Success is a collection of habits, a way of living, and a routine. This approach allows you to slowly adopt habits that cultivate success and give up things that are undermining it. Need help figuring out where to start? Here are some healthy habits that will set you up for success. While these are common sense, they are far from common practice.
Get seven to eight hours of sleep each night:
Resist the urge to binge that one last Netflix episode and get some rest. Your brain needs time to repair, process, and decompress.
You can’t treat other people with compassion if you don’t start with yourself.
Take 5-10 minutes each day to calm your mind and body. There are a bunch of great apps available to teach you how.
Learn something new:
Learn a new skill, take up a hobby, or read an article. Just keep learning.
Plan and prioritize your day:
Your inbox should not be your to do list. Take control of your day by planning and prioritizing both personal and professional tasks when you start your day. Finish your day by beginning your plan for the following day.
Train your brain to find and focus on the good moments. You’ll be surprised how many you’ll find when you start looking.
I talk about these strategies and many more in my new book, Mind Over Moment: Harness the Power of Resilience. Mind Over Moment simply means becoming aware of your thoughts and habits to make sure they are serving you.
Take it one day at a time and be proud of yourself when you succeed at achieving clarity amidst chaos. You can choose to reset at any time.
Drop me a line to let me know what works for you to recharge and reset. I love hearing from you, and I share your nuggets of wisdom!
Stay brave and resilient,
Anne Grady is a Speaker, Author, and #TruthBomb Dropper.
Anne shares practical strategies that can be applied both personally and professionally to improve relationships, navigate change, and triumph over adversity. And she’ll make you laugh while she does it. Anne is a two time TEDx speaker, and her work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fast Company and Inc. magazines, CNN, ESPN, and FOX Business. She is the best selling author of 3 books. Her newest, Mind Over Moment: Harness the Power of Resilience, is available on Amazon now.