In one of our previous blog posts the idea of New Year’s resolutions was discussed. And now, as we have entered 2017, technically those resolutions should be in full swing, or not! Personally, I have never been one to make these ‘promises’, especially not during the silly season. I find that I do better by allowing myself time to settle into the new year and then assess where I am and where I want to be by the end of the year. One can call this setting goals, and the nice thing about setting goals is that it can be done at any time of year. Goals and the goal post can also be adjusted as you move forward in life. Much better than a haphazard new year promise I say!

One of your goals for this year may be to master English. You may want to pass an exam or simply improve your conversational skills. Perhaps you have already booked your trip to either Cape Town or Oxford and set into motion what will be a life-changing experience. The trouble is, I am always afraid of not reaching my goals. I stress that I will get side-tracked or that I will not have what it takes to realise what I want to achieve. This kind of thinking is very common amongst us all. I have found a few useful tips that make any goal a little less daunting and more achievable.

One of the best tips I found was visualising yourself in the future once you have achieved your set goal. Picture yourself with your IELTS certificate and picture the wonderful score printed on your report. Think of how good it will feel and how satisfied you will be, knowing you are on your way to attending the university or to living in the country you have dreamed of.

If your goal seems overwhelming and unachievable, try breaking it up into a few smaller less complicated goals that are easier to achieve. You can even set daily or weekly goals that will all contribute to reaching the end result you desire.

There are quite a few more tips that I will share with you in my next post, but until then take a breath, relax, and know that you can always reset any goals you may have made for yourself! And rest assured that here at Oxford English Academy we will do everything we can do help you achieve your English learning goals for 2017.