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5 Steps to Reset Your Life & Reach Your Goals in 2021

I’ve talked previously about how to do a mini reset for the week and as I’m writing this we’ve come to the middle of the year, now is a great time to reset your life so that you can feel motivated and inspired to achieve your goals going into the rest of this year! Now is the perfect time to check in with yourself and your goals, do a little self assessment, and reset your life.

Though to be clear, anytime is a great time to do a life reset. You don’t have to wait for a new year, month, or a Monday to hit the reset button.

The beautiful thing about doing a life reset is that you don’t have to buy anything. You don’t have to go on a diet or start a fitness plan. You don’t have to join a club or take a class. You just have to tune into that quiet, mindful, and wise part of yourself that knows what you really need and doesn’t listen to the noise of the world.

How to Reset Your Life Right Now!

Accept where you are in this moment without judgement. 

If you’re not where you wanted to be, don’t judge yourself and feel down about it. Negative thinking won’t help accomplish anything, in fact it will hold you back more than any other thing in your life. So don’t waste time on unhelpful thoughts and emotions.

If you find yourself stuck in a negative spiral of thinking you’ve failed or you’re stuck, replace those thoughts anytime they come up.

“I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.”

“I’m always open to inspiration and my path is becoming clear to me.”

People who always tell themselves that they suck, the world sucks, and nothing good ever happens to them don’t go on to start businesses or achieve their dreams. If you know you need to change your thought patterns please read 4 Powerful Steps to Stop Negative Thinking and Self Talk, I can personally attest that this works.

Sit and do some journaling. If the past 6 months haven’t been going the way you wanted, do some venting. Get it all out on paper, take a deep breath and let it go.

You might want to check out 35 Journal Prompts for an Amazing New Year because these questions are relevant any time you want to reset your life.

Decide where you want to be.

Next, define where you want to be. What’s not working in your life that made you feel a need to reset? What do you want more of? You can accept things as they are now while still wanting change.

Sit down with your journal or a notebook and write a journal entry from the future. What does your future self have? What have you accomplished? What are you grateful for? How does it feel to be you? If anything was possible what would you create?

If you struggle to know what you want, learn to listen to your intuition. What does the calm, quiet voice or gut feeling say? Our minds can create a lot of chatter and confusion, but your intuition will lead you the right way.

Your future journal entry can be as elaborate as you want, just make sure it’s truly meaningful. Sometimes we think we want something because society tells us we need it, but it’s not really the thing we want, it’s the feeling we think it will give us. How often do we buy something thinking it’ll make us happy, but the thrill only lasts a day or single use?

That doesn’t mean having things is bad, just that it has to be for the right reason. You’re here reading this because you want to reset your life, to do that you have to tune into your most authentic self who isn’t swayed by the whims of society but by clear eyed mindfulness.

After you do your future journal entry write out any ideas you have in a brain dump and see if you can make an action plan to turn them into a reality.

Revisit your goals and make a game plan.

The thing about goals is that if you aren’t working on them, they don’t happen. So it’s good to create a habit of checking in on your goals periodically and now is a great time to tune in and reset your life in any area that needs some work.

Check in with your new year goals if you made any. I don’t make resolutions anymore but I do usually set a few goals at the beginning of the year. Now is a good time to see if you’ve ventured off track or have just forgotten the goals you set to achieve this year.

The first thing to ask is if those goals still resonate with you. If you don’t really feel connected to a goal now it’s ok to decide you’re not going to worry about it anymore. Don’t be afraid to change directions! As we evolve throughout the human experience our priorities and desires change.

If you do care about a goal, see what progress you’ve made and if you don’t already have a game plan on how to achieve it make one now, these tips on how to create habits that support your goals might help.

If you feel overwhelmed make it simple. If you could just choose one goal to work on what would it be? Break it down into small pieces and see what small action can you take today. Write down a step by step action plan, even if it’s half a plan right now, and put reminders in your calendar. Give this one goal all of your focus and energy.

If you like writing down your goals and planning them out step by step you may love this big goal planner.

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Remember that small daily actions add up to big results over time.

Imagine your goal is on the other side of a hill. You can’t see it or touch it and you don’t know how long it’ll take but you know it’s there and you know it’s going to feel so good when you reach it and it’s going to change your life in the best way possible.

The first, second, and third steps won’t get you there but when you keep taking those steps they add up over time. Are you not going to take the first steps because you won’t get what you want right now? No way! Your goal is worth the time and effort.

Don’t be afraid to step into the unknown. Don’t be afraid to mess up sometimes. Just do something today. When you reset your life you get to be a new person, so embody the person that does what he/she needs to do.

Clear out what doesn’t work.

If it doesn’t work for you, throw it away!

Physical clutter creates mental clutter, so lets clean and clear out your physical space. Now is a good time to assess your home and let go of anything that’s no longer loved or needed.

Set aside a few hours to go through things and sell, donate, recycle, or throw away anything that you don’t use or love. Do a deep clean of spaces that get neglected like the fridge/freezer, car, shower, garage, closet, etc.

If it’s been bugging you for a while take care of it now! Or designate a time that you will do it and put a reminder on you calendar (Google Calendar will send a reminder to your email and phone).

I don’t know about you but having a clean space makes me feel happier and refreshed. This might take you a few days or even weeks but it will be worth it. Resetting your home is one of the best ways to reset your life.

Clean your digital space too. Deleted those random photos and files on your desktop, delete any programs or apps you don’t use anymore. Unfollow people on social media that don’t make you feel good, block your racist uncle on facebook, do what you gotta do.

When you clear out what is no longer serving you it creates space for more of what you do want in your life.

Reassess and reset your daily routines.

Routines help you accomplish things and make your day go more smoothly.

Look at your daily activities and see if your habits are helping you move towards your daily and long term goals. Are there things you could be doing to make getting ready for school or work easier? Where are you wasting time that could be better spent on something productive or more enjoyable?

What do you need to do more of and what do you need to do less of?

If your days are kind of a mess pick one area of the day you’d like to work on resetting and just work on that for a few weeks, don’t try to change everything at once.

Can you set up a new system to support the routine you’d like to have? Say you want to have a more productive morning routine, how would that go? Be realistic with the amount of time you have and just make a few small changes.

Remember that eventually motivation fades but your support systems will keep you going. I’ve posted my nighttime routine if you need some ideas.


So those are my tips on how to reset your life and achieve your goals for the rest of the year, I hope they were helpful! Don’t let anything hold you back from what you want to accomplish in the second half of the year. Comment below with your tips on how to reset your life!

Thank you for reading!

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  1. This is such a great idea and the perfect time to reflect on the 1st half of the year and what you still want to accomplish this year!