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суббота, 11 декабря 2010 г.

73. English for Managers and Business Consultants: New Year's Resolutions

There is a very common New Year's tradition in English-speaking countries. On the New Year's Eve people write down a list of their New Year's resolutions (goals or plans) that they would like to achieve in the coming year. Some want to lose weight, others to gain it. Some resolve to start working out on January 1, while others decide to go on a vacation to some exotic country. At the end of the year such list with New Year's resolutions is reviewed again to see what has been achieved. Have you written your list yet?

However, one of the most challenging tasks is not to write the list, but to "stick to it". The business consultant in the following video gives some practical advice on how to attain your New Year's resolutions. Please, watch the video and complete the assignment below.

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  1. Assignment: Watch this video and fill out the blanks below:

    1. I a)______ the lives of 5,000 people as they attempted to achieve their New Year's resolutions.

    2. Now most of them failed, but 10% did b)_______ their aims and c)________.

    3. What were they doing that was so different? Well it all d) _______ ______ to five simple principles.

    4. First of all, they broke their goal into a e)_______ of smaller steps.

    5. Second, they told their friends and family what they were trying to f) _________. So they g) ________ more of a fear of failure, but also a sense of h)________.

    6. Third, they regularly i)_______ themselves about the j)________ of obtaining their goal.

    7. Fourth, they gave themselves a small k)________ each time they attained one of their small steps.

    8. And finally, they l)_______ _____ their progress, either on a m)_____________ or on a fridge door, or in a journal. So they knew exactly where they were.

    And those are the five key principles to actually achieving your New Year's resolutions.