Why New Year’s resolutions don’t work – level 2

06-02-2024 15:00

Professor Scot Lear reveals that approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail.

He believes that the rate is so high because people set vague goals, such as exercising more or eating better. To improve the chances of success, he introduces the SMART acronym. The goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. For example, a SMART goal could be exercising three times a week for 30 minutes over three months.

Lear says that setbacks are normal and he emphasizes that it is important to stay focused on progress. We need to be kind to ourselves and understand that progress is not always straightforward.

Difficult words: New Year’s resolution (when we decide to change something in our life and start doing it on 1 January), acronym (a word which we make from the first letters of other words), progress (when we get better at something).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What criteria does Professor Lear suggest for setting successful goals, and how does he advise handling setbacks?


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