According to Karen Amster-Young and Pam Godwin, friends and authors of The 52 Weeks, “It wasn’t about writing down a list of resolutions; it was more about doing new things and growing. We’re not experts but we were onto something and perhaps felt successful because we did not allow the pressure associated with New Year’s resolutions and setting unattainable goals overwhelm us.” As many experts agree, “we did two things that increase your chances of success: we wrote down the things we wanted to try and we were accountable to one other”.
Make a list that includes a wide variety of things you want to try or tackle. Don’t even think of them as resolutions. Your “52” to-do list can include small and large things you want to experience or change. Then, slowly cross each of them off. “Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time,” says psychologist Lynn Bufka.
As someone who embarked on this project a few years ago, I can tell you that by not calling them “resolutions” and allowing yourself to take baby steps and even fail at times, you are more likely to want to go to your list throughout the year and check them off.
Get started on making changes toward a new you for the coming year. Just don’t call them resolutions!
ABOUT KAREN AMSTER-YOUNG
Karen Amster-Young is a marketing and public relations veteran and has amassed many PR awards, including a spot on PR Week’s “Forty PR Stars under Forty”. She is also a freelance writer. Karen lives with her husband and daughter in New York City.
ABOUT PAM GODWIN
Pam Godwin began her career as a caseworker for a nonprofit refugee resettlement agency. After getting her master’s degree in elementary education, she taught in New York City public schools as a classroom teacher and literacy specialist. She lives with her husband and children in New York City