IntroductionHappy New Year (or whatever time of year it is you're reading this)!!
Did you make any resolutions for this year, perhaps filled with renewed enthusiasm for the future on New Year's Day?
Have you managed to keep to them?
What advice would you give to other people to help them stay steadfast in their resolve?
1. Look at the word cloud below and see how many tips you can make from the words. Were any of your ideas similar?
2. Click on the link below to check your phrases from the word cloud.
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3. Look at Prof. Wiseman’s tips and complete the text, using one word for each space.
Top 10 goal-setting tips1. Make (only) one resolution. Your chances of success are greater when you channel energy (into) changing just one aspect of your behaviour.
2. Don’t wait (until) New Year’s Eve to think (about) your resolution and instead take some time out a few days before and reflect (upon) what you really want to achieve.
3. Avoid previous resolutions. Deciding to revisit a (past) resolution sets you up (for) frustration and disappointment.
4. Don’t run (with) the crowd and go with the usual resolutions. Instead think about what you really want (out) of life.
5. Break your goal (into) a series of steps, focusing (on) creating sub-goals that are concrete, measurable and time-based.
6. Tell your friends and family (about) your goals. You're more (likely) to get support and want to avoid failure.
7. Regularly remind yourself of the benefits associated (with) achieving your goals (by) creating a checklist of how life would be (better) once you obtain your aim.
8. Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal, (thus) maintaining motivation and a sense of progress.
9. Make your plans and progress concrete (by) keeping a handwritten journal, completing a computer spreadsheet (or) covering a notice board (with) graphs or pictures.
10. Expect to revert to your old habits (from) time to time. Treat any failure (as) a temporary setback rather (than) a reason to give up altogether.
4.Order the extract from the article by dragging the text into the correct position.
Most of us will make a New Year’s resolution – maybe to lose weight, quit smoking or drink less – but only one in 10 of us will achieve our goal.
Psychologists have found we’re more likely to succeed if we break our resolution into smaller goals that are specific, measurable and time-based.
Professor Richard Wiseman, of the University of Hertfordshire, tracked 5,000 people as they attempted to achieve their New Year’s resolutions.
His team found that those who failed tended not to have a plan, which made their resolution soon feel like a mountain to climb.
Some focused too much on the downside of not achieving their goal, adopted role models, fantasised about their goal or relied on will power alone.
“Many of these ideas are frequently recommended by self-help experts but our results suggest that they simply don’t work,” says Prof Wiseman.
“If you are trying to lose weight, it’s not enough to stick a picture of a model on your fridge or fantasise about being slimmer.”
He said the 10% of participants in the study who had achieved their target broke their goal into smaller goals and felt a sense of achievement when they achieved these.
“Many of the most successful techniques involve making a plan and helping yourself stick to it,” says Prof Wiseman.