How To Not Let Your Career Resolutions Slide

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After a quick greeting, read the following article out loud. Your tutor will go over pronunciation if necessary.

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[P1] The best part of the New Year? We all get a chance to have a do-over. Whatever goals and dreams you have been thinking about over the past year, now’s your chance to make those achievements possible over the next 12 months.

[P2] Looking for a new job? Working toward a promotion? Planning to ask for a raise? No matter the career aspiration, we all need a little help and guidance to keep us on track–which is why we spoke with Laura Weldy, life coach at the Well Supported Woman. Here’s what she advises for all jobs seekers and workers who want to stick to their New Year’s resolutions in 2018.

[P3] Most of us who set New Year’s resolutions tend to have a few goals that are vague or a little too over the top. If you want to actually see your resolutions through, make sure you think about how realistic your goals are and how you will track the progress you make.

[P4] “For those of us with a full-time job, I love the idea of crafting some resolutions around the progress you desire to make in your career and the lifestyle you want to experience in your downtime,” says Weldy.

[P5] For those work resolutions, Weldy says it’s important to consider very measurable ones–so focus your resolutions on specific awards, titles, projects, or milestones you want to complete or work on this year.

[P6] One of the hardest parts about setting New Year’s resolutions is how we treat ourselves when we don’t stick to them. Don’t worry–you’re not alone in this. So many people feel the same way about their resolutions.

[P7] If you want to get ahead in your career, you can’t set resolutions that are going to make you feel bad about yourself. It’s hard to avoid this, but it comes down to spending more time thinking about the resolutions you are setting and why you are setting them.

[P8] If you set a long list of resolutions where the majority are goals that are going to take a lot of work and add more hours to your workday, you’re eventually going to burn out. As a result, you’ll find it hard to keep up with everything. Not to mention, you won’t be feeling too happy, both about your work ethic and yourself.

[P9] Weldy encourages us to evaluate our resolutions by asking ourselves: “Is this truly important to me, or is this something I feel I SHOULD do?”

[P10] Instead, she says to focus on the resolutions that you’re really excited about in order to have the most success with your goal setting. If there’s a really exciting project you can take ownership of in the New Year, focus on that goal right away.

[P11] It’s hard to stick to your goals on your own–but it doesn’t have to be that way. Consider showing your resolutions to your boss and asking them to help keep you accountable for the career goals you’re setting in the New Year.

[P12] “Find someone to help hold you accountable, and keep your resolutions somewhere where you see them every day,” advises Weldy. “If you are still struggling with sticking to your resolutions, you may need someone to help you better understand your mode of operating in the world, your motivations, and how to maximize your time and energy. Nothing in this world is truly one-size-fits-all–including productivity hacks and tools for goal accomplishment. This is when working with a professional life coach comes in handy.”

[P13] Don’t worry–you’ve got this! And if you don’t quite reach your goals this year, you’ll always have a do-over at the end of 2018 elsewhere.



Read the word/expression and definition out loud. Your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
aspiration (n) something that a person wants very much to achieve
e.g. I’ve never had any aspiration to become famous. [=I’ve never wanted to become famous]
downtime (n) time when you are not working or busy
e.g. The kids napped during their downtime.
get ahead (idiom) to become more successful
e.g. a book about how to get ahead in the business world
burn out (idiom) to become or cause (someone) to become very physically and emotionally tired after doing a difficult job for a long time
e.g. All that hard work burned her out eventually.
hold (someone) accountable (for) (idiom) to consider someone responsible for something
e.g. I hold you accountable for John’s well-being

Discussion Questions

Use the following questions as a guideline to help develop an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Summarize the article in your own words.
  2. What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?
  3. Of the 4 advices that Weldy gives, which one do you agree with the most?
  4. What progresses would you like to see in the beginning of 2019? Share your thoughts with your Cambly tutor!


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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