Lisa's week: New Year’s Resolutions
Do you make them? And if you make them, do you keep them?
At this time of year, I can only be talking about New Year’s Resolutions. It’s reported that around half the population of the UK and the US make resolutions on or around 1st January and unfortunately they are more than likely to fail. In fact, The Economist reported that fewer than 10% of those people actually keep them!
So, what exactly is a New Year’s Resolution? The Cambridge English Dictionary tells us that it’s “a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year.”
I’m sure that you’ve talked to people over the last week or so who are giving up smoking, reducing their alcohol, increasing their gym time, losing weight or getting more organised. With such good intentions, why do so many people fail?
I found a great article over at the New York Times (find the link to the article at the end) about this very subject and they write that you have more chance of success if you follow their guide to making and keeping resolutions. The main considerations can be found in the following list but I thought the article was very interesting and many of the points were very useful.
- Pick the right resolution: goals should be SMART (specific, measureable, achievable, realistic, time-bound)
- Create your plan: how to plan to change the habit behaviour, consider possible rewards, make the plan personal to you
- Leap over hurdles: think ahead about possible problems you might encounter and make a plan to overcome them, be positive but realistic
- Find a community: share your goals, make yourself accountable to someone, find those who share the same goal and reduce your contact with negative influences
- If you miss your goal: feel free to start again, don’t beat yourself up, be kind to yourself, don’t give up
Now personally, I don’t actually make resolutions as such. I like to take this time to consider where I want my journey to take me through the coming year and make some broader decisions about changes to help take me there. After all, if you don’t know where you’re going, how do you know if you get there?
It’s a fresh new start. A brand new beginning. And a great time to make some changes. What will you be doing in 2018?
What is Lisa's week?
"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"
Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday
Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?
Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?
Episode 4: The sound of London
Episode 5: Not just a last resort
Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise
Episode 7: Title talk
Episode 8: The Union Jack
Episode 9: Why Thursday?
Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?
Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!
Episode 13: Up in the Highlands
Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends
Episode 15: Pie in the sky
Episode 16: Through the tunnel
Episode 17: Keep left!
Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise
Episode 19: How do you say that?
Episode 20: Back to School!
Episode 21: Sweet cravings
Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?
Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"
Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)
Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?
Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.
Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!
Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot
Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?
Episode 30: Bless you!
Episode 31: What are you thankful for?
Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?
Episode 33: What's behind the door?
Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!
Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?
Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year
Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?
Episode 38: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends - part 2
Episode 39: What will the Year of the Rooster mean for you?
Episode 40: Sweet Valentine
Episode 41: A Reminder
Episode 42: I'll have mine with sugar and lemon juice, please!
Episode 43: The joy of golden daffodils
Episode 44: The whole world's going green!
Episode 45: Idiom of the week - Raining cats and dogs
Episode 46: The joke's on you!
Episode 47: Left over from the Middle Ages!
Episode 48: More calendar food-based ponderings
Episode 49: We use German words too
Episode 50: Celebrating St George
Episode 51: The perfect start to the day
Episode 52: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 1)
Episode 53: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 2)
Episode 54: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 3)
Episode 55: Holiday season is coming!
Episode 56; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 1
Episode 56; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 2
Episode 57: Summer Solstice
Episode 58: Harry Potter turns 20
Episode 59: Quick Tip of the Week - live, life, live
Episode 60: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
Episode 61: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Episode 62: Stick a stamp on it!
Episode 63: Idiom of the week - Water under the bridge
Episode 64: I say QWERTY, you say QWERTZ
Episode 65: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 1)
Episode 66: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 2)
Episode 67: Joking around in Scotland
Episode 68: The first day of school
Episode 69: Let's go down to the Wiesn!
Episode 70: Celebrating language
Episode 71: It's a Harry thing!
Episode 72: My favourite time of the year
Episode 73: TED-Ideas Worth Spreading
Episode 74: Grinning like a Cheshire cat
Episode 75: Enjoying the downtime
Episode 76: Talking Tenners
Episode 77: Do you need anything from the Hight Street?
Episode 78: Just another few minutes!
Episode 79: Counting the cards on my shelf.
Episode 80: What sign are you?
Episode 81: Great if you have a sweet tooth
Episode 82: It's an acquired taste!