It’s Time to Press the Reset Button

Look around, what do you see? Do you like the view? If not, why not? If not, how long has that been your scenery, backdrop, reality? With things to do lists, expectations, and responsibilities, the willingness to open our eyes and assess how the life we’re living is often displaced. Living on overdrive it’s easy to forget part of our personal responsibility includes that of stopping, opening our eyes, and taking note of where we are. No matter how tempting it is to make it more complicated, two simplicities occur when we live with eyes wide open: we get to practice appreciation for the things we like and ponder change for those we don’t. For our likes, wisdom invites us to steward the view with hope, gratitude, inspiration, presence, and contentment.

For the flip of the coin, we’re invited to engage action, decision-making, problem solving, denial, regret, or even unhappiness. The funny thing is, no matter the view, pleasant or unpleasant, we can’t live a life that matters with closed eyes. Why? Serving in and on purpose requires we accept the ultimate gifts of sight — Choice and Chance. The choice to change and the chance to do so! Living with eyes wide open gives us our best change to be light and give it away. So, let’s not wait for a New Years resolution or crisis to force our hand on taking an inventory of where we are. Instead, let’s identify areas that need a new direction and press the rest button to activate the needed shift.

With ownership of where you are and where you want to be, these five considerations are sure to change the landscape and manifest your desired results:

1) Perspective Is Key. When we embrace and empowered perspective we accept we have everything we need and we’re the right woman for the change. In that stance we only need to accept perspectives that promote the ability to change our circumstance. As the saying goes, the woman who thinks she can and the one who thinks she can’t are both right for the same reason — their perspective fuels their reality.

2) To Move, You Have To Move! Simply put, you will never move beyond what you see if you choose not to move. Every single move counts and work together to create momentum toward your destination, so dare to take a first step and add more steps as you go.

3) Accountability is a Difference Maker. The best of intentions risk falling short when there is no accountability. Your goals deserve the best strategic approach and accountability is sure to maximize achievement. Empower 1–2 people to hold you accountable to the change you’ve declared and actions it will require. Remember, advocacy + action = results.

4) Process is Inevitable. In most cases, change requires some level of process. Accepting process as the inevitable journey, you can successfully manage yourself and your expectations. Embracing versus fighting against the process will help to best leverage your time, energy, and resources toward the outcome.

5) You’re Worthy To Receive. Why not you? You’re valuable, deserving, and a true representation of God’s best. You deserve the change you desire. And, when you know you’re worth it, you give yourself permission to use healthy boundaries, expect integrity, and attract greatness wrapped in blessings along the way.*

Dr. Nicole LaBeach is a success strategist who has changed the lives of all who dared to strive for their personal best. She represents a new generation of life, relationship, and executive coaches. Dr. Nicole is the CEO of Volition Enterprises, Inc., a premiere personal and professional development firm. Please visit her website:

*This article was first featured in Hope For Women Magazine

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