New Year’s Resolutions 2022
In many cultures, it is traditional to make resolutions at the beginning of a new year, in January. Many people believe that the custom of making resolutions goes back for centuries and was started in Chinese antiquity.
Some researchers believe that the reason we are more likely to make resolutions at the beginning of a new year is that people tend to think of their lives as a series of different chapters. The new year is the beginning of one of these chapters, and it symbolizes a new start and a chance to begin again.
Maybe you are sceptical and feel that it is not possible to keep your new year’s resolutions. However, some research has suggested that 35% of people succeeded in keeping all their resolutions and achieved all the goals they had set for themselves and that a further 50% of people managed to achieve some of the goals.
Do you ever make new year’s resolutions and find it impossible to keep them? Many kinds of goals are avoidance goals. These are goals of things that we wish to stop doing. For example, to stop eating junk food, to reduce the amount of caffeine we consume, or to cut down on our use of social media. Because these are negative goals, we are more likely to fail. The other kind of goals are approach goals. These are positive changes that we wish to make. If we want to stick to our goals, we should use approach goals, as they are positive. For example, instead of saying that you want to avoid junk food, you could say that you want to increase your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables.
It seems to be all about having a positive attitude towards change.
If you find that you have failed to keep your resolutions, you can always start again at the beginning of a new month, as this is another way of creating a fresh start for yourself. In this way, you can avoid failure.
If you are an English language learner, there are many great resolutions that you can make at the beginning of a new year. It is the perfect time for you to reassess your goals and assess how far you have reached in accomplishing them. Maybe your language learning goals have changed over the past year, or maybe you have achieved them and it is time to set some more.
If you are looking for some ideas to get you started, here are some good resolutions that you could make.
- Do something in English for ten minutes every day.
- Reflect on your progress and write a learning journal.
- Learn the phonemic script, so that you can easily check the pronunciation of any new words in a dictionary.
- Read extensively in English to increase your vocabulary, grammar, and many other skills.
It is important to remember that it is ok to make only slow progress. It takes a long time and a lot of effort to learn English. If you find it hard to keep motivated, it is a good idea to find someone else who wants the same goal and to motivate each other. Even just telling someone else about your goal is very motivating, and you are more likely to keep going if you know that they will be asking you about it!