The True Meaning of Reset

  • You might recognize Elsa Krangle from the boxing room. She’s a badass Athlete Boxing instructor with a background in Marketing + Communications, love of wine + chocolate before bed.

    Read on to learn about Elsa’s take, on the word reset.

    If you have ever stepped into an Eastwood boxing class, you will most likely be familiar with the term reset.

    When referring to this word, I do not mean simply trying to collect ourselves after falling off the health train by starting the week off with a juice cleanse or going to an IV vitamin therapy session. Specifically defined, the term reset means to set again or differently, and this is exactly correct. This is however, the very abbreviated and summarized version of the word. Resetting is how we rebalance ourselves, how we learn to understand the true benefit of these pivotal and defining moments that we are sometimes faced with, and how we move forward with a greater sense of well-being and faith in ourselves and our abilities.


    One of my favorite memories as a kid was watching big boxing matches on TV with my grandfather, who was once an ambassador, long time coach, and events committee member for Boxing Canada. One time, while we were watching a fight, the boxer my Gramps was rooting for was taking some rough shots and some pretty hard hits. My grandfather said to me, “Watch the way he resets himself during the rounds. You can tell if he’ll change the odds by the way he handles these moments”. I remember thinking how bizarre of a concept this was. In the least action packed portion of the fight, as this guy is on the ropes catching his breath – this was supposed to be the time when you are to evaluate someone’s potential? Or learn who will control the rest of the fight? My grandpa further explained, “He’s not wasting adrenaline by getting angry. He’s studying his opponent, learning from his hits, and resetting his mind”. The more I learned to love boxing, the more I understood what my grandfather meant. It’s in those high-risk, big-impact moments that resetting your mind helps you to compartmentalize your emotions and actions which then sets you up for success in a way your opponent or yourself was not expecting.


    Reset does not necessarily mean restore, resume, or recommence, nor is it a state of hyper consciousness or total awareness as some might think. It’s rather a moment of becoming instantly reacquainted with the instinctual self, your senses and your psyche. Our brain is actually alerted in less than a second of a mistake, and quickly learns not repeat it. But how the brain manages to learn from our mistakes lies within our ability and choice to declare a fixed or growth mindset. Resetting can happen over any timespan, from within a few milliseconds to the length of someone’s lifetime, and we are always given the opportunity to refocus, revise and re-center ourselves in these occasions. It is here where we discover our strengths and our incredible capability to surpass difficulties, overcome obstacles and pick ourselves up again from the deepest and darkest of places. We decipher the difference between a blessing and a burden, we choose if it’s a road block or a new route, and we decide how we move forward. That is our reset.

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