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"New Year's Resolution"

Instructions: Watch this video and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

Randall's first suggestion is to _____.

You can achieve better results with your resolutions by ____.

Finally, Randall stresses the importance of _____.

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

What are some common new year's resolutions that people make at the start of a new year? What are the secrets to keeping them? Why do some people give up their new year's goals after only a short time?

Video Script

Happy New Year's (Day). Often, when people start a new year, they think about new plans for the coming year, and I have three ideas that can help you.

Number one: think realistic. Don't say that you're going to exercise twenty-two times a week when only three is possible.

Number two: set short-term goals, perhaps out one or two weeks, and then you can adjust them as your time schedule changes and as your needs change.

And number three: don't beat yourself up if you don't reach your goal. Be forgiving, and then just refocus and then plan ahead and do your best.

Good luck and Happy New Year's (Day).