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Pressing the Restart Button

We move through our days and weeks. There are times when things just aren't working. Do you know what I mean? Our thoughts are negative. Our stress is sky high. Our organizing systems that used to work “just fine” are not functioning well. We’re not eating healthfully, sleeping well, or taking care of our emotional well-being. We’re kind of a mess.


So here’s an idea. Computers have a restart button. Why can’t we have a fresh start button? Let’s begin simply. Fill your mind with encouraging ideas. Build from there.

Focus on thoughts that will encourage a fresh start. Here are some favorite positive thoughts to get you started:



Do you need a fresh start button? Push the button. What’s next for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation. 





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Reader Comments (14)

Linda, I LOVE this! I can really relate. I have been known to be hard on myself when I feel I have not done something as well as I know I can. Having a restart button or at least being OK with whatever has passed is important. I tell my clients that today is a new day. The possibilities are endless - let's move forward now.

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

I love the idea of a fresh start. I think this is the optimism of New Year's Eve... we feel like we can do it. The secret, of course, is that we can! Every morning is a chance to start over. The past can educate us, but it shouldn't obstruct us. No one is stuck in yesterday.

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Yes we need to press that button sometimes. The best way to do it for me is using a simple technique, SDT; Sitting in a comfortable place, Drink a hot beverage and Think from outside the troubles ways to figure out what to do. Then is more easy to resolve everything.

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

You're all warmed my heart. Just love hearing your thoughts around "the button!"

@Diane- You and me both about being "hard on myself." The button is a game changer. Using my daily. It's very liberating.

@Seana- Ohhhh! You got it… "Every morning is a chance to start over." That's optimism in a nut shell. Love it!

@Nacho- What a calming picture you paint of pausing to relax enough so that the "restart" is possible.

You all are amazing! Thank you for adding your richness to the conversation. Inspiring!

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

It's ALWAYS good to have a reset button that way we don't get bogged down in self doubt. Reminding ourselves it is alright to start again, gives more scope for discovery.

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

I am totally onboard with Nacho's SDT method.

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterValentina Sgro

So happy to have you with us!

@Jill- Love that! Starting again "gives more scope for discovery." A refreshing perspective.

@Val- Nacho's SDT (sitting, drinking, thinking) plan is awesome, right?

January 20, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Step back and pause, so we can try on a new perspective in the next moment.

An older couple in my family (81 & late 60's), every morning, say "It's going to be a good day." And if the day goes a little awry, they'll stop, turn towards each other, and say it again. Reset!

I will get outside and toss the ball with my dog, or read a document I keep of client/colleague compliments, or take a few deep breaths.

Because, you're so right that it's not only at the beginning of the year we may need a fresh start!

January 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSue West

Oh, Sue! Thank you so much for these fantastic additions to our conversation. Each one you've offered is a gem! Your family's "reset," your playing with the dog break, your deep breaths and more. Wonderful, easily doable essentials for changing up the perspective.

January 21, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the idea of reset. I use this term with my clients, especially at this time of year when it's a good time to reset all their home and office organizing. Reset offers them the opportunity to re-evaluate their systems and routines. Reset also gets them back to the basics, with a fresh new baseline. Love your visuals! These sunny reminders help us all reset!

January 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Thanks for this Linda. I needed this reminder today! Big hugs! ~ A

January 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Sharb

So great to return after some time away to your lovely voices! Thanks for joining the conversation.

@Ellen- Nothing quite like that reset button, right? How wonderful that you use it with your clients. I like to use it too. Sometimes we call it "clearing the decks." So glad you enjoyed the visuals. As a fellow Pinterest fan and engager, you know what a great resource that is…especially for those of us that are visually-driven.

@Andrea- Thrilled that the post was timely. We all need a nudge or reminder now and again when we're feeling stuck. What I love about this concept is that we can activate it at any time…a new day, hour, or moment. We don't have to wait for a season, holiday or new year. Hugs back to you, my friend!

January 27, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love this Linda! I cannot tell you how many times I've had to ask myself (or that of another), "Can I have a do-over?" Actually, I have a pre-restart button I call "PAUSE." It allows me to contemplate what the new direction is that I WANT to head toward. That way I can strategize a little to ensure that I don't do a 're-run' into the same rut! (We are creatures of habit!)

I also like Nacho's approach...a perfect 'pause' example!

January 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Delson, CPO-CD

@Sheila- I like your idea of a "pause" button. With that, you give yourself time to stop, take a breath, and tap into some inner wisdom. I can see why you like Nacho's approach, which echoes that concept of pause.

January 30, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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