It is that time of year again when most of us make a New Year’s resolution or two. From losing weight to learning a new language, they’re notoriously difficult to keep!
The origin of our modern day New Year’s resolution is not clear but there are many possibilities. One such origin can be dated as far back as 4,000 years ago to the Babylonians who made promises to their Gods. A similar practice occurred in Rome, where people would offer sacrifices to the deity Janus and made promises to be good for that year. Although the tradition has religious roots it has become a primarily a secular tradition. Nowadays it is more common for people to make promises to themselves, rather than to others, and to focus in some way on self-improvement.
So what is the key to success? And what is the best to persevere with the New Year’s Resolution? There should be no dilly-dallying when it comes to choosing your New Year’s Resolutions; your resolution must be specific and achievable. There is no point making a resolution to run a marathon in under two hours by the end of the year if you’ve never run before. The more achievable your resolution is the more likely you are to achieve it. Progress does not happen overnight so, when it comes to New Year’s resolutions you must be patient.
With all this in mind I spoke to a few students to find out if they had made resolutions for 2017.
- Carla’s resolution for this year was to come to Bristol, check, and to be able to get by in a new country, check! All in all a very successful New Year’s resolution.
- Miquel decided that he wanted to learn how to cook Chinese food and he has since learnt how to make it. Another effective and delicious New Year’s Resolution!
- Giacomo wants to improve his English. I hope that we can help you with that here at TEG English Bristol!
- Fernanda plans to learn a new sport, something completely new that she hasn’t tried before. Well Fernanda as you are in England what about cricket or darts? Both very British sports.
- Francesco told me that he had a lot of resolutions but an important one was to fix his life, something that we can all relate to!
So what is your New Year’s resolution? Study more English? Arrive to class on time? Let us know!!