Hi everyone! My name is Julie and I am Langports’ Regional Marketing Manager for Europe. The beginning of a new year is always a good opportunity to look back and evaluate what you have accomplished throughout the previous year. Did you achieve all your New Year’s resolutions? If not, don’t worry; resolutions seem much easier to make than keep … for all for us! To get you on the right track for 2014, and to make sure that you don’t give up by the end of January, follow my three pieces of advice below!
Define realistic goals
Most people make really ambitious resolutions such as ‘to quit smoking’, ‘to save a lot of money’ or ‘to become a vegan’ and hope that they will be strong enough to stick to them. My advice to you is to keep it simple, realistically achievable and to proceed step by step. This is not a race; you have a whole year to reach your objectives!
Determine personal resolutions
Instead of aiming for the usual ‘lose weight, drink less, and eat healthy’ resolution, try to think about changes you wish to make. The beginning of a new year can be a great time to reflect on your personality and think about how you could improve your personal/professional life and/or your relationships with others. For example, if you are always late, your resolution could be to be on time. If you live abroad, you could try to keep in touch with people back home by sending news more regularly. If you are a phone addict (and you can’t spend more than 1 hour without checking Facebook!), you may want to make an effort and leave your phone behind when you are in class, at a restaurant, with friends or watching a movie.
Small number of resolutions = big achievements
It is probably a better idea to set two or three objectives rather than 15. With only a few goals to reach, you will be able to focus entirely on them and succeed. Remember – always make it simple and achievable!
If you are running out of ideas for your resolutions, here are some that you could adopt:
Speak English Only —— Be open to new experiences and get out of your comfort zone — Visit at least one place you have never been to before — Be open minded — Be happy — Show people you love that you love them — Help others — Get organised – Learn something new every day – Don’t forget to dream !