(#71) Hit The Reset Button

There are no guarantees.  H.T.R.B. is no cure-all.
But what is the alternative?  The button will not only get
YOU moving in a positive direction,
it will have a beneficial effect on those around you.


It happened again. One of my students reminded me of the obvious.  She had had a particularly challenging morning last week.  At one point she felt herself about to lose emotional control. Rather than lash out, rather than have a meltdown, she stopped, turned around, and walked away from the latest of a long line of stressors.  She found a quiet spot; she sat down; and then, as she told me, “I hit the reset button.”

After a few reflective moments, she collected her thoughts and made her way to class to face the day—with a smile on her face.

I thought about those times when I’ve felt like the world was a crushing boulder sitting on my chest.  More times than I would like to remember, I let emotion take over in those situations. When I reacted rather than responded to a stressor, the result was ALWAYS less than optimal. Those who know me well realize that I tend to get, shall we say, “passionate” about things. There have been many times when I have wished I, too, had hit the reset button.

(Image by: watcharakan)

 


While we may not always have the opportunity to find, at the needed time, a quiet place to just “be,” the advice is worth heeding.  

Stop. Be. Reset.

Here are a couple of examples of when that reset button can come in handy. I’m sure you could name many more when it would be in everyone’s best interest to H.T.R.B. (Hit The Reset Button).

  • Feeling overwhelmed by the day-after-day onslaught of grim economic news?
    • H.T.R.B.–Put yourself on a “news fast.”  Limit your intake.
  • Drained by energy vampires?
  • Working too many hours?
    • H.T.R.B.—Understand why you are doing this?  If the overtime is self-imposed, understand why you put yourself (and your loved ones) through a hellish schedule. Where can you make changes? What is truly valuable—your time, your health, or money?  It’s your call.
  • Bored with routine?
    • H.T.R.B.—Best you can, stir things up! Sleep on the opposite side of the bed. Find a new route to drive to work. Do a different routine at the gym. Rearrange your work space or work duties.
  • Taking people around you for granted?
      • H.T.R.B.—Just stop it!  These are the folks who sustain you.   Make time for them. Bob Newhart reminds us of this very simple strategy. 

    Video recommendation for the week:

    Just stop it?


    A friend of ours recently passed on. I can’t help but think what might have changed if he had hit his reset button. There are no guarantees.  H.T.R.B. is no cure-all. But what is the alternative?  I think it was Wayne Dyer who suggested that, when we feel pain, we stop and remind ourselves that we can have this (pain) or we can have peace.  You see, the button will not only get YOU moving in a positive direction, it will have a beneficial effect on those around you. They will be able to enjoy you for the gifts you have to offer each day.   (Image by: scottchan)

    When do you H.T.R.B.?

    Enjoy your week!

    [Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post.  Please pass it (and any of the archived posts on this site) along to friends and colleagues. You can also follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. If you get a chance, visit my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/stevepiscitelli) and click on the “LIKE” button.  Also, if you have suggestions for future posts, leave a comment.  Have a wonderful week!]

    © 2011. Steve Piscitelli and Steve Piscitelli’s Blog.

     

About stevepiscitelli

Facilitator-Author-Teacher
This entry was posted in Balance. Bookmark the permalink.

86 Responses to (#71) Hit The Reset Button

  1. Jennifer Taylor sls1103 th 1pm says:

    Hitting the the reset button is more then just taking a breath and relfecting for a minute. Medition with relaxing music can help for a little stress but for me when things just seem like i wanna break i stop everything and take a nap so i wake up with a new mood and new attitude. Calling and talking to a close friend that makes me smile or family helps to expecially for relasonship problems.

    Like

  2. Denise says:

    I have found that hitting the reset button is very relaxing during times when things are hectic and chaotic. I had to learn that we all have a reset button, when I was forced to take anger management. I was made aware that things really arent as serious as I made them to be.. I use what I was taught in my session on a daily basis.. Working 7 days a week, and being a full time student, and a single parent I find that it comes in handy.. Meditation , prayer, quiet time, listening to soothing music, these all play a part in me pushing my reset button..

    Like

  3. Susan Moore says:

    I really like this blog, I wish we really had a reset button. I know it would come in handy for me! However, it’s easier said than done. Not to mention the fact that you can ‘t always get away from the stresser that is causing the need for a ‘reset’. It’s still good advise though. Being able to step back for a minute allows you to see a different perspective of the situation.

    Like

  4. Pingback: Building Transformative Relationships « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  5. Pingback: A Code for Life « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  6. Pingback: Where is Your Get Up and Do? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  7. Pingback: Warholism: What Would We Have Done? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  8. Pingback: Philosophical Differences or Ideological Inflexibility? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  9. Pingback: Psychic Wages and Passion « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  10. Pingback: Hit the Reset Button: Reprise « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  11. Pingback: A Blogger’s Retrospective: 2011 in Review « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  12. Pingback: Your Small Choices Create Your Larger Life « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  13. Pingback: Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  14. Pingback: A Model for Critical Thinking « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  15. Pingback: Priority Management: Are You Doing the Right Things or Are You Just Doing Stuff? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  16. Pingback: Information Literacy: Not All Information is Created Equally « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  17. Pingback: Set Your Goals and S.O.A.R. « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  18. Pingback: Using Learning Preferences to Make Connections « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  19. Pingback: Success Strategies for the Classroom—and the Business World « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  20. Pingback: Making Connections in the Classroom and the Boardroom « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  21. Pingback: SQ4R: Strategic Reading Strategies for the Classroom and Beyond « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  22. Pingback: A Good Memory Makes Connections « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  23. Pingback: Test-Prep: Connecting Classroom Success to Career Success and Life Success « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  24. Pingback: Is Civility Part of Your D.N.A.? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  25. Pingback: Study Skills: A Baker’s Dozen « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  26. Pingback: Fitness: A Better Version of Me « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  27. Pingback: Dreams: Remaining Open to the Possibilities « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  28. Pingback: Milestones: Endpoints or Checkpoints? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  29. Pingback: Ayekoo! « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  30. Pingback: What is the Purpose of Education? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  31. Pingback: Someone Will Help You—I Guess « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  32. Pingback: Baby Boomers Reminisce: Then But Not Now « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  33. Pingback: Building a Community: The Power of Reflection « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  34. Pingback: A Memo to My Future Me « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  35. Pingback: If You Don’t Want a Target on Your BUTT, Put a Target on Your BUT! « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  36. Pingback: #108 Lifelong Learning « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  37. Pingback: #109 Striving for the WOW Factor! Tips for Presenters « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  38. Pingback: #110 Integrity or Adding to the Illusion? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  39. Pingback: #111 Why Do You Do What You Do? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  40. Pingback: (#112) Creating Experiences « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  41. Pingback: (#113) Creativity Takes Work « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  42. Pingback: (#114) What You SAY and What You DO « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  43. Pingback: Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  44. Pingback: (#116) Simple Strategies for Adjustment and Transition to the College Culture « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  45. Pingback: (#117) Say What You Mean. Mean What You Say. Do What You Say. « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  46. Pingback: (#100) Milestones: Endpoints or Checkpoints? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  47. Pingback: (#118) You Never Know Who is in the Audience « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  48. Pingback: (#119) You Might Have to Slow Down in Order to Go Faster « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  49. Pingback: (#120) Are You Intentional About Your Growth? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  50. Pingback: (#121) Living with Purpose: Are You Betraying Yourself? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  51. Pingback: (#122) What Is Your Story? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  52. Pingback: (#123) How Do I Measure Up? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  53. Pingback: (#124) When a Culture of Yes is Really a Culture of No « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  54. Isabel M says:

    This has really helped to find balance and priortizing my daily life life is kind of hectic at times and hitting the reset button is neccessary. But I learned what helped me as well was finding time for myself and of course spiritual balance praying and keeping important people who cared about me around me.

    Like

  55. Pingback: (#125) What’s Important? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  56. Pingback: (#126) Have You Looked at Your BUT Lately? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  57. Pingback: (#127) Recognizing the Good Things in Life « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  58. Pingback: (#128) What is Your Brand? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  59. Pingback: (#129) Identify What You Can Influence « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  60. Pingback: (#130) Making Your Life Work! « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  61. Pingback: (#131) One Penny at a Time « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  62. Pingback: (#132) Relevance, Relationships, and Rainbows « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  63. Pingback: (#133) Advice from My Scholars: How to Succeed in Life « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  64. Pingback: (#134) Marshmallows, Teaching and Learning « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  65. Pingback: (#135) 2012: The Year of Gratitude « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  66. Pingback: (#136) A Blogger’s Retrospective: 2012 in Review « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  67. Pingback: (#137) I’m Glad My Mother Taught Me To … « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  68. Pingback: (#138) Do You Need To Catch Up With Yourself? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  69. Pingback: (#139) Using Technology with a Purpose « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  70. Pingback: (#140) Do You Want the News to Establish Your Mindset? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  71. Pingback: (#141) Reimagining Education for Students and Their Communities « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  72. Pingback: (#142) One More Word to Censor? « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  73. Pingback: (#143) It’s Not Rocket Science! « Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  74. Pingback: (#145) People Before Technology | Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  75. Pingback: (#112) Creating Experiences | Steve Piscitelli's Blog

  76. Pingback: (#143) It’s Not Rocket Science! | Steve Piscitelli

  77. Pingback: (#142) One More Word to Censor? | Steve Piscitelli

  78. Pingback: (#138) Do You Need To Catch Up With Yourself? | Steve Piscitelli

  79. Pingback: (#136) A Blogger’s Retrospective: 2012 in Review | Steve Piscitelli

  80. Pingback: (#132) Relevance, Relationships, and Rainbows | Steve Piscitelli

  81. Pingback: (#131) One Penny at a Time | Steve Piscitelli

  82. Pingback: (#124) When a Culture of Yes is Really a Culture of No | Steve Piscitelli

  83. Pingback: (#117) Say What You Mean. Mean What You Say. Do What You Say. | Steve Piscitelli

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s