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Learn how to make this year's resolution stick


By Karin A. Bilich

I. Fill in the gaps with the appropriate word below. (8 marks)

be, lasting, is, look, view, easy, helpful, enough, simply

Many people ________ the new year as a time to put the past behind them and look to the
future. This can be a wonderful opportunity to _______ objectively at your life and try to better
yourself. It's _______ to make New Year's resolutions, but not very easy to stick to them. Here
are some ________ hints on making the right resolutions and following through.

1. Make sure this is something you want to do. Making a decision to change just because it's
New Year's Day isn't _______ to keep you motivated for long. ________ change means being
prepared to make sacrifices. You'll only _______ willing to follow through on your resolution if
the reward ______ better than the sacrifice.

II. Fill in each gap with ONLY ONE WORD. This time you have no help. (6 marks)

2. Acknowledge the consequences of your current behavior. The best way to make a life change
is ______ make yourself fully aware ______ the consequences that may result from continuing
with the way things are now. Face the fact _______ smoking can cause cancer or that
overspending can lead to serious financial problems. Being honest ______ yourself about what
might happen ______ you don't make a change may make fear ______ the unknown less
imposing and make the change more desirable.

III. There is ONE mistake IN EACH line. Find and CORRECT them! (5 marks)

3. Be realistic. Once you had decided you are ready to make that New Year's resolution and stick
to it, you need to development a realistic plan of action. If you wish to start an exercise program,
plan what kind of exercise you will do and what often. Make it a part of your weekly schedule.
But be sure not to take your goals too high. Don't vow to exercise every day for two hours or
give off desserts completely. This could lead you to quit after making one slip.

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IV. Choose the correct alternative! (5 marks)

4. Surround yourself with people and situations that support you. Form a support system of
friends and family who will cheer you on and also challenge you to stick to your goals.
Participate/Join/Apply a support group, make/take/get an exercise partner, or spend more time
on/with/by friends who don't smoke.

5. Stay positive. Try to counter negative ideas like "I'll never success/succeed/successful" with
positive thoughts, like "Today, I made some develop/improve/progress." Give yourself rewards
and pats on the back for sticking to your resolution.

This is the end of the text.

Check your answers with the help of the key below.

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Key:
I. view, look, easy, helpful, enough, lasting, be, is
II. to, of, that, with, if, of
III. you have decided, to develop a, and how often, to set your, give up desserts
IV. join, get, with, succeed, progress

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If you scored 15 marks or more: CONGRATULATIONS! You have passed the exam!

If you scored 20 marks or more: FIRST CLASS PASS! Excellent job!

If you scored less than 15 marks: make your New Year’s resolution to improve your English!

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