Reading Comprehension – New Year Goals


(that’s “hello” in xkosa, one of the languages spoken in South Africa).

Did you know that only 8% of people keep their New Year resolutions? That’s not a very good statistic, considering most people have goals they would like to accomplish in the new year.

We believe that to make them more effective, you must follow 3 steps:

1. Dig within

2. Make plans

3. Follow up

How do these steps work?

1. Dig within

According to  Melody Beattie, author of “The Language of Letting Go: Hazelden Meditation Series”:

“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.

Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious, and subconscious level. Goals give our life direction.

What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your life? What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you? What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?

What would you like to attain? Little things and big things? Where would you like to go? What would you like to have happen in friendship and love? What would you like to have happen in your family life?

What problems would you like to see solved? What decisions would you like to make? What would you like to happen in your career?

Write it down. Take a piece of paper, a few hours of your time, and write it all down – as an affirmation of you, your life, and your ability to choose. Then let it go.

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”

So let’s start here: think very carefully what matters to you and make that your goal.

2. Make plans

Saying “I want to learn English” is too vague. Goals must be specific, for example:

– I will join the ABA English course to learn English

– I will spend 2 hours every week practicing new vocabulary words

– I will only watch movies in English

You see? With plans like this, it is much more likely that you will succeed!

3. Follow up

None of this will work unless we keep checking our goals and seeing whether we are on the right path, whether our goals have changed and whether we are happier for it.

So make a date with yourself every month and see if you are getting closer to your goals. This way, you can make small changes to the plans. For example: you might be watching lots of movies in English but feel you are not learning enough grammar. How can you solve this? By signing up to a free course.


Dig – to look for information about something.

Within – inside (a certain area or space).

Affirmation – to say that something is true in a confident way.

Accomplish – to succeed in doing (something).

Blocks – something that stops the progress or achievement of something.

Attain – to accomplish or achieve (something) : to succeed in getting or doing (something).

Vague – not clear in meaning : stated in a way that is general and not specific.

Date –  an agreement to meet someone at a particular time or on a particular day.

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