How to Hit the Reset Button on Your Life


reset-buttonI know I’m probably not the only one who has wished that I could find a reset button for life.

When times get tough and we feel overwhelmed, there are certain ways we can hit reset.

It doesn’t need to be January 1st for you to create a fresh start on an area of your life you’ve been meaning to overhaul.

We must first make sure that we are setting the right type of goals. If we’re just setting goals to “keep up with the Jones’ (like making more money or upgrading the things we own), we’ll likely lose interest, because our heart is not in it.  These goals are not deep enough.

So there first step is to set goals that come from your heart and what you value most. Then just take it one day at a time.

Here are some suggestions for ways you can hit the reset button on different areas of your life:


  • 30 Days to Health. Use the month of January to start new eating habits. Maybe you want to become vegetarian, vegan or completely raw. Or maybe you just want to eliminate processed foods like; frozen food, chips, soft drinks, candy and essential junk foods.
  • Add one healthy food to your diet: Try drinking a lot of water each day on top of whatever you already eat.  Or you can add one apple, or a green.  A small step usually leads to other steps.


  • Declutter. Go through out all your junk and make 3 piles: toss/recycle, donate, and keep. Throw out or donate or sell anything you haven’t used in over a year. The same rule applies with your closet, garage and wardrobe.


  • Reconnect. Commit to spending more time with your partner or your kids. Maybe you want to create a better relationship with your parents. Find time for your friends.  Make up with someone you have been angry with.



  • Don’t break the chain. Create a day to day calendar of your physical activity.  There are no rules, except you must do something every day. Each day you exercise, you put an X through that day on calendar. Your job is to not break the chain. You can see all the progress you’ve made and it would hurt too much to break the chain.
  • Find a partner.  Going at the fitness habit always helps with an accountability partner.  Find someone to help you stick with it!

It’s never to late to hit the reset button on your life.  Choose one little thing to change each month, and in a year you will have seen and experienced incredible results.


  1. I like the ‘find a partner’ comment.

    My wife and I do this in a lot of aspects of our life. When we go to Costco, we each have veto rights over purchases not on the list. We also encourage each other to work out and bounce investment ideas off of each other.
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  2. Funny story, Tony. You know how video games have a save feature where you just hit save and you can come back to that point in the game at a later time? As a kid, I used to periodically imagine in my head a save feature for my “game” (read: life.) Whenever something good happened such as making a new friend, I’d mentally picture myself saving, in case something happened.

    I think now that I’m older, there seems to be times in which I could reset by either starting over or just reliving certain things. There’s something to be said about no longer wanting to “save” anymore.

    Either way, there’s no such thing as a mental life save. As you pointed out though, there are many ways to hit the reset button. Small changes can add up to have amazing results in your life and many times all the right seconds just add up as a result of your labor. Decluttering is vital and I make it a point to do it often. There are many people that don’t and they let physical and mental things add up until it’s just a big mess.
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  3. Indeed Tony, breaking out of a rut or a cycle of learned helplessness takes some sort of ‘reset’. The problem is, people often try to doing a ‘factory reset’ to some perceived ideal state – which leads to a CPU melting certainty. So I like the advice: – like you say, a reset doesn’t have to be all encompassing, just a reset in the right direction. So thumbs up from me :-)
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  4. I’ve noticed that you comment on every blog that I read, so I had to stop by…

    Great post! Sometimes the absolute worst situations in life allow us to hit the “reset” button in a HUGE way…

  5. An excellent array of examples, Tony. No excuse for not choosing something off the menu you lay before your readers. Tammy and I had to take on one area at a time. Diet and fitness definitely came first, but then we noticed something extraordinary. All the areas had a fantastic degree of consilience (The EO Wilson uniting knowledge thingy/concept in the sciences). One area of improvement had direct affects on the others. Such as walking 5 miles a day. After one burns so many calories, one may think twice before super-sizing their fries or ordering them at all!
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    • Totally agree, CJ. When I started exercising seriously, my diet got better as well. For me, the finances really kicked everything else into high gear, though. To each their own!

      • Hi Tony! I am totally with you on finances. We felt great when exercising and eating healthy, but the elephant in the room was our finances. Now we’re happily playing with him – ok we’re manhandling him into submission. We will not be defeated!

        Cable and phones yesterday, who knows what tomorrow brings!

        • It all starts with the finances, doesn’t it? I think it’s because our relationship with money says a lot about our relationship with…well..everything else. Take care, Tammy!

  6. Ah, you beat me to a post about having a reset button :)
    I need to work on a few of these myself especially drinking more water rather than soda. You’re right though. You can start a resolution anytime. It doesn’t have to be Jan 1st.
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  7. Excellent points. I think we all wait for artificial milestones to start making changes in our lives rather than making our own milestones!
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  8. “It doesn’t need to be January 1st for you to create a fresh start on an area of your life you’ve been meaning to overhaul.” I LOVE this sentiment Tony! If you see the need for a change then the time should be now and not later. I love breaking things down into smaller chunks as you can build momentum and breed success.
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    • Thanks, John! It is never too late to make the change. The more we build the “change muscle”, the more often we are able to face adversity…right??

  9. This is a great reminder Tony that it is never too late to start anew. One of my focal points this year is on building relationships and finding training partners to help me with my running.
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  10. Very interesting post. But in reality, there is nothing like RESET BUTTON in life. We cannot fight with the history but we can work hard for our better future. Circumstances can break a man but a man can change the circumstances.

  11. We definitely did this (and still do this) when we are trying to add healthy habits. For example, we’ve starting mixing in some brown rice with our white rice and we’re making it a priority to eat vegetarian 1-2x a week.
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  12. I love it – “make sure you have the right type of goal” – so many times I see people set goals that they really have no overwhelming desire to achieve. The kind of goal that looks good on paper or is made out of envy over what the Jones’ have. Every year we set family goals on how we’re going to save, spend and share our money. And my daughters make individual save, spend and share goals. It makes so proud to see their enthusiasm to set and achieve goals. And the fact that they are 7 and 9 and able to set heartfelt goals puts me over the top. There may not be a magical reset button to wipe away all of our mistakes. But any time we chose, we can reset our lives and move forward with a clean slate and new purpose.
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