I own a Game Boy.
But in the early 90’s, it owned me.
Thank you, Tetris.

Chasing after an elusive 200,000 score, I became close friends with the reset button.
Otherwise known as START OVER.
I pressed it not out of frustration, but with purpose.
This little key didn’t just clear my screen.
It cleared the slate.
It gave me a new beginning without the shadow of past tries.

Now, imagine if we brought that Tetris restart mentality into our daily lives.
What if we could press reset at any moment, refusing to wait for the ‘right’ day, month, or year to start again?  This mindset could revolutionize the way we handle setbacks and progress toward our goals. But how often do we actually put this into action?

For example, when faced with the seemingly minor setback of eating a single Oreo and breaking my sacred ‘no sugar’ vow, my immediate thought is, Well, I’ve already messed up. Might as well eat the entire kitchen. According to my logic, the entire day has been blown and I might as well start fresh tomorrow. Or on the first day of next month, for that matter.

Or consider the times we miss a friend’s birthday or another important date. The day passes, and so do our intentions to acknowledge it. Once we realize our mistake, we sink into a sea of guilt. Embarrassment keeps us from reaching out, turning what could be a quick fix into weeks of avoidance.

It feels like we’ve made an irrevocable error.
So, rather than embracing the chance to start over, we act as if our mistake requires us to retreat into a year of silence, turning simple slip-ups into lengthy quests for redemption.

The problem with delaying our resets is that we tend to fall even deeper into the very habits we’re trying to overcome.
But here’s the game-changing epiphany:
Resetting isn’t about giving up; it’s about giving ourselves another shot.

Each time we hit reset, we’re not just erasing mistakes, we’re seizing another opportunity to improve. It lets us not just fix what went wrong but also learn from it,
It turns out to be the secret weapon used to break the cycle of self-sabotage.

Finally reaching a score of 200,000 taught me that real breakthroughs come from embracing the power to start over, not just once, but as many times as it takes. It’s about leaving the despair, discouragement, and defeat at the door and relentlessly pursuing the freedom God has given you to begin again.
At any moment.
In any place.
For any reason.

If God can forgive and forget our mistakes, casting them as far as the East is from the West, who are we to cling to them?

My hope and prayer is that hitting the reset button becomes second nature for you with no room for hesitation and no time for regret. It will be the very thing to quantum leap you to your highest score yet.

 

t.