Новогодние обещания

Встречая наступление Нового Года, многие пообещают себе оставить неприятности в прошлом году и исполнять свои желания в следующем. Но как осуществить благие намерения в действительности?

Из этой статьи вы узнаете:

  • о традиции, связанной с новогодними обещаниями;
  • о том, как ставить цели и добиваться их выполнения;
  • о том, какие фразовые глаголы используются в английском языке, когда мы говорим об обещаниях.

Has it ever happened to you: on the 1st of January you find yourself determined to start a brand new life and join the local gym, give up junk food, and stop wasting time on social networks?

Than you know what a New Year’s Resolution is!

Some people say it’s just a “to do list” for the first week of January, others follow their annual sacred ritual of putting down things to be done during the next 365 days.

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What are some of the popular New Year’s resolutions?

Let’s have a look at a page from a young man’s diary, dated by January 1st:

“Dear diary!

It’s New Year’s Day. I’ve decided to improve my life and become a better person this year.

So, here are my New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Give up eating fast food.
  2. Stop drinking coffee.
  3. Go to bed earlier.
  4. Get eight hours’ sleep every night.
  5. Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  6. Buy a bicycle and cycle to college.
  7. Go for a run every day.
  8. Join the local gym club.
  9. Go swimming once a week.
  10. Get fitter.
  11. Stop eating biscuits and chocolate.
  12. Learn French.
  13. Learn how to drive and get a driving license.
  14. Learn how to play the piano.
  15. Stop quarreling with my family.
  16. Travel more.
  17. Stop wasting time playing computer games.
  18. Learn something new every day.
  19. Make it my habit to think positively.
  20. Be more helpful and friendly”.

Impressive – but is it realistic to fulfill all these intentions?

What would be a successful strategy of dealing with your goal setting?

So, if you are determined that this year you'll keep those New Year's Resolutions, here are a few goal setting tips to get you started!

1. Don't try everything at once.

There's a temptation, with the New Year, to run off a list of everything we've ever wanted to change. Don't fall for it! You'll have better luck fulfilling one or two goals than you will with a list of fifty. You can always add new resolutions to your list later. Take one thing at a time.

2. Make a plan.

Once you know what your resolution is, try to break it into smaller steps. This doesn't have to be a complicated plan; just brainstorm enough to give you a place to start.

3. Write it down.

Put down your resolution and your plan of action. Stick it up on the fridge, in your locker, wherever you know you'll see it. That way you'll have a constant reminder of the resolution.

4. Get down to business.

Once you’ve decided to make a difference – the only thing you’ve left with is to do it! Do a thing every day, no matter what is happening, and eventually you’ll discover that this little habit of doing some push-ups in the morning has become a strong habit which supports itself.

Congratulations! Now you’re ever more motivated and inspired to carry on with your better and healthier life. So, what are your New Year’s resolutions? Now, don’t waste your time, but take a paper, a pencil, and make a list!

New year fresh start

One of the New Year’s resolutions is “to give up eating fast food”, where “to give up” is a phrasal verb.

It means “stop eating fast food”.

There are lots of other so-called phrasal verbs in English.

Here are some of them:

Get down to – start, begin something
We must stop playing and get down to some work.

Go off – discharge, fire
A firework went off with an incredibly loud noise.

Stay in – stay indoors, at home
I’m feeling tired and I think I’ll stay in this evening.

Go out – have some entertainment, usually in the evening.
We go out at the weekend, usually on Friday night.

Dress up – wear something elegant or unusual
I decided to dress up as Marilyn Monroe.

Look after – take care of somebody or something
She’s looking after her baby brother tonight.

Look forward to – anticipate, wait for something to happen
We’re really looking forward to seeing you.

Wear out – become worse in the process of using
You’ll wear out that jacket if you wear it all the time.

Burn down – disappear in fire
Did their house burn down in the fire?

Get over – overcome
It took her a long time to overcome her illness.

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Материал подготовлен А. С. Зятьковой, методистом ГМЦ ДОгМ

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