I don’t believe in New Year resolutions. If you really want to make a change you should do it anytime. Arbitrarily choosing to do something because of he time year feels a little hollow. But I agree that it’s as good a time as any if you’re already looking to start a new challenge. This book is a roadmap of how to make that change within 52 weeks. Well in fact, it’s more about making a whole series of changes, following Shelley’s self development programme over a year. Each chapter focuses on a month and in each month an individual challenge. These range from losing weight to mastering writing a book in a month. More broadly, there’s a challenge to learn something new and to also give something up (readers choice). There should be something for everyone in this respect.
There’s some genuine humour in this work ( eg before embarking on an exercise regime think about buying a sports bra and Tena Lady) as well as practical tips like doing your shopping online so you’re not tempted to put “naughty food” in your trolley if aiming to trim down. The challenges of trying to make changes with other people living in your house or the devil on your shoulder telling you to skip your new language class in favour of a lie-in or a glass of wine will be familiar to many of us.
As someone interested in psychology and in alternative therapies, I found the references to behavioural and emotional training techniques, fascinating and there’s certainly some further reading for me there. Shelley does a very good job at signposting to further reading.
I think the true magic of this book comes from showing what you actually can achieve if you set yourself some SMART goals and put your mind to them. To quote from the book …
“As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.”
Now get away from the computer and go do something challenging. If you don’t think you can, then pick this up and see how achievable, albeit stretching, changing your life can be.
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