Chinese Zodiac Symbols

Some people say that you are a match based on your personality and life style, while others might believe you may have been destined to be together. Chinese believe that depending on the year that you were born you fall under a certain animal. Each animal has distinct characteristics. This is one of Chinese traditional beliefs.  On this upcoming Chinese New Year, all people born under the year of the Horse should wear all red including underwear to avoid an unlucky year.

History

Chinese Zodiac’s were originally established in the Han Dynasty (206-220) to count years. They watched each animal’s life style and characteristics. They chose the number 12 since; there are 12 time periods in a day, 12 months in a year, and 12 full moons in a year. Each animal is also associated with an earthly branch.

There is a Chinese folk story that explains the order of the animals.  The Jade emperor announced that 12 animals would be selected for calendar signs; the first 12 animals that arrive would be selected. There are multiple versions of the story, a widely believe one is the day before the race, the cat asked the rat to wake him up early to go to the Jade Emperor. The rat forgot to wake up the cat and ran along. While on the path to the Jade Emperor, other animals started to pass up the rat. The rat saw the Ox and asked if the ox could carry him, the condition was that the rat had to sing to the Ox on the way there. While they were arriving at the Jade Emperor’s palace the rat leaped off the Ox’s back to become the first on the list. This story also explains why the cat hates the rat so much.

You can check out which animal you belong to here.

Below you can check if your animal accurately describes you.

Rat

Strengths – People born during these years are usually smart, wealthy, adaptable and successful.

Weaknesses – These people are usually timid and in the need of courage.  They are not capable of taking a leader position. They are easily guided by their greed and personal interests.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Dragon, Monkey, Ox

Avoid – Sheep, Horse, Rabbit

Ox

Strengths- These people are most likely honest, industrious, and cautious. They are strong leaders that have dedication and like to be in charge.

Weaknesses – They are not the most sociable, and are not easily persuaded. They are often very distant.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Rat, Snake, Rooster

Avoid – Horse, Dog, Sheep

Tiger

Strengths- They are usually well respected, are able to express themselves, active and love challenges.

Weaknesses- These people are often self-centered, with a short temper and do not look far into the future. They also come in conflict with authorities and seniors.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Horse, Dog

Avoid – Snake, Monkey

Rabbit

Strengths – These people are usually very sensitive and compassionate. They also have an extremely strong memory. They are very peaceful and hate arguing.

Weaknesses – People born under the Rabbit lack the ability to think deeply before action. They may also pass up many good opportunities.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Sheep, Pig, Dog

Avoid – Rat, Dragon

Dragon

Strengths – People born under the year of the dragon are ambitious, lively, energetic, intelligent and not easily discouraged.

Weaknesses – They can often be arrogant and impatient, and not be able to control their moods.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Rat, Monkey, Rooster

Avoid – Ox, Rabbit, Dog

Snake

Strengths- People born under the sign of the snake are usually financially savvy and do not have to worry about money. They are also wise and good tempered.

Weaknesses – They often doubt others, and are very suspicious. They prefer to rely on themselves.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Ox, Rooster

Avoid – Pig, Tiger

Horse

Strengths – They have great communication skills and want to be the center of attention. They are cheery and like large groups and entertainment

Weaknesses – These people may often not listen to advice. They are also quickly to jump on the newest trends and lack a deep enjoyment. They are often wasteful and are not able to handle money well.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Tiger, Sheep, Dog

Avoid – Rat, Ox, Rabbit

Sheep

Strengths – People born under the sign of the sheep often are clever, kind hearted, and have a deep passion for art and religion.

Weaknesses – These people are often moody and pessimistic. They can also be indecisive and puzzled about life.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Rabbit, Horse, Pig

Avoid – Ox, Dog

Monkey

Strengths – People born under the year of the Monkey are quick witted, lively, and excellent problem solvers. Have a strong desire for knowledge and great memories

Weaknesses- They easily feel jealous and suspicious. They also are quick to look down upon others.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Rat, Dragon, Snake

Avoid- Tiger, Pig

Rooster

Strengths- People born under the year of the rooster are quick thinkers, honest, warm hearted and capable.  They often have a quick mind and hot temper.

Weaknesses – They are often quick to change passions. They also believe they are always right. Often narrow minded and vain

Zodiac Sign Compatibility- Ox, Dragon, Snake

Avoid- Rat, Rabbit, Dog

Dog

Strengths – People born under the year of the dog are often faithful to their career and love life’s. They are able to keep secrets. They are also very straightforward.

Weaknesses – These people can be sometimes distant and cold. They are also known for their sharp tongues.

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Tiger, Rabbit, Horse

Avoid- Ox, Dragon, Sheep, Rooster

Pig

Strengths – People born under the pig often have a clam appearance and strong heart. Often honest and frank and are not afraid of difficulties and problems.

Weaknesses – They are too trusting and can easily be tricked.  They are also very impulsive and not able to communicate well with others

Zodiac Sign Compatibility – Sheep, Rabbit

Avoid – Snake, Monkey

Notes

When going out in China, don’t be afraid to ask them what animal they are. 你的属相是什么(Ni de shuxiang shi shenme). It just may help you find your soul mate or avoid someone that you were destined to hate.

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Chinese New Year: The Year of The Horse

The Year of the Horse will see the usual billions of fireworks set off to celebrate its arrival and as the New Year’s dawn arises, a thin haze of smoke will still remain in the streets as if there were a war the night before. This January 31st, 2014 is the Chinese New Year day and New Year’s Eve is all about family, food and fireworks!!. If you currently live in China and have never experienced a Chinese New Year, you are in for one enormous treat so grab some earplugs and a camera and leave your Shanghai apartment and enjoy one of the biggest fireworks festivities you will ever see in your life.

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Chinese New Year has some of the same traditions as Western New Year, just without the obligatory countdown. Most Chinese stay up all night with their family, eat loads of traditional dishes, play cards and watch popular variety styled TV shows.  Many choose to set off fireworks and firecrackers throughout the day and evening so if you live in a crowded area don’t plan on sleeping.  If you do want to get some shut eye make sure you fill your ears with a good set of plugs as the sound of firecrackers will be heard all night long and days and nights after. This holiday period is traditionally a 15 day event however the time off work is usually 3 to 7 days.

History

There is a story behind Chinese New Year, the legend says a wild demon named nian or (year) would come at the end of every year to terrorize the local villagers. The legend says that the villagers were able to scare off the demon by using loud noises and bright lights such as fire crackers.

New Years Eve Dinner

This is the most important meal of the year. Chinese New Year’s Eve is on January 30th.This is the holiday where everyone returns to their hometowns to have a dinner. This year is the Year of the Horse, if you were born in the year of the Horse you are supposed to wear all Red on this day including underwear. In Northern China, the two main dishes are fish and dumplings.  The family traditionally sits together and watches TV while making dumplings. A coin is sometimes hidden in a dumpling; whoever gets the dumpling is believed to have good luck for the upcoming year. They eat fish because there is a Chinese idiom that says 年年有余 which means to have more money than you need. Fish or鱼and 余 have the same pronunciation. Others choose to eat noodles because the noodle is a symbol of longevity in some parts of China. At 12:00 the fireworks begin, the first person in the Family to set off a firework is believed to have good fortune for the year. The other belief is that setting off fireworks wards off the evil spirit. Another tradition of Chinese New year’s is to stay up all night, because of this tradition plan on hearing fireworks for the remaining of the night.

Money

Chinese Families during this time also give the younger generation red envelops filled with cash. The amount of cash ranges from a few hundred to tens of thousands depending on the families economic situation. These envelopes are usually given by adults to children. Younger generations are not expected to give money to their parents and older relatives until they are married.

Decorations

Before New Year’s Chinese families will do a complete clean of their apartments. They do this to get rid of the old and welcome the new. After they finish cleaning their apartments, they put up an assortment of decorations. These decorations are always red, since red is a sign of good luck. Some of these decorations include paper cuttings, the Chinese character福 displayed upside down and wall hangings. They put the Chinese symbol 福 upside down because the word for upside down is 倒 and it has the same sound as the word to arrive. 福meaning is happiness, and good luck. Thus they believe that putting the symbol upside down will bring good luck and happiness. You might also want to put one on your Apartment’s door. Who knows it might bring you luck.

Unlike Westerners, the day of Chinese New Year’s and the entirety of the 15 day festival when greeting people you are expected to say Happy New Years.

The First Few Days of the New Year’s the majority of shops are closed, outside looks more like a ghost town. Do not expect on catching a Taxi for a few days, they will also be taking these days off.

Taboos

Most of the traditional superstitions involved with New Year’s are not widely followed however they are worth mentioning.

  • Using scissors or knives on New Year’s Day would cut off good fortune
  • New Year’s day do not wash your hair, washing you hair signifies washing away good luck
  • If you cry on New Year’s Day you will cry the rest of the year.
  • Your appearance on New Year’s Day sets the tone for the rest of the Year
  • All debts should be paid on New Year’s Day, and nothing should be lent
  • Sweeping on New Year’s Day signifies sweeping away good fortune
  • It is considered unlucky to greet anyone in their bedroom.
  • No foul language should be used on New Year’s Day, and refrain from using the number 4 since it Chinese it sounds like “to die”
  • Consuming meat or slaughtering animals on New Year’s Day is considered bad luck.
  • Preparing food on New Year’s Eve for the upcoming days signifies that you had abundant wealth that is brought over from the previous year.

Days Following

After Chinese New Year’s eve the family will not throw away their trash until the second day of the New Year. If you throw away your trash it is believed that you are throwing away your households money.

On February 3rd at Midnight families go outside and set off fireworks to bring good luck.

The first five days of Chinese New Year families go from one relative’s house to another eating dinner.

In traditional China on the 7th day of New Years everyone was considered a year older instead of by their individual birthdays. This tradition is less practiced now since of growing importance of individualization. However some still do follow this tradition.

The 15th day of Spring Festival is also known as Lantern Festival and is a day where Lion Dances can be seen, along with some of the most fascinating lanterns. Kids walk down the streets and pull a rabbit shaped lantern down the street. This day is traditionally a Full moon making it the perfect skyline for lanterns. It is also the second noisiest night of the year when fireworks are once again let off to mark the end of the holiday season.

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Fireworks in Shanghai

The Year of the Horse is nearly upon us and it’s time to join in the week long celebrations. One of the most exciting times of the festivities is undoubtedly the spectacular firework displays throughout the city in New Year’s Eve. To be part of this you will need to arm yourself with the latest Fireworks Shanghai has to offer to not only help mark the  Chinese New Year but to ward off the evil demon “Nian” (year) . If you don’t know where to buy Fireworks in Shanghai, don’t worry I’m here to help.

Due to regulations and safety concerns in a huge metropolis like Shanghai the seller is legally required to be licensed by the government. If you don’t go to a small shady location or a street stall the fireworks your purchase should be pretty safe. So don’t be afraid to buy some fireworks and help light up the sky outside your Shanghai Apartment!

Types

There are 9 prominent types of fireworks that you can buy. I’m not a Firework specialist so I am not sure how to translate the Characters but I will post pics of what their unique specialties are so you can decide yourself which explosive you want play with.

  1. 喷花类 (pen1hua1)This firework shoots into the sky then explodes leaving a ball of fiery rain.
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  3.  旋转类(xuan2zhuan3) These are spinning fireworks.image
  4.  升空类 After it explodes, this firework shoots more particles higher up.image
  5.  吐珠类 (tu3zhu1) This is similar to a roman candle.image
  6.  线香类 (xian4xiang1) This is a tube that you light on fire with similar effects of a sparkler.image
  7. 地面礼花类 (di4mian4 li3hua1) These are placed on the ground and shoot into the sky.
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  9. 烟雾类 (yan1wu4) These shoot a colorful smoke cloud into the air.image
  10. 造型玩具类(Small toy like fireworks that usually move or have an action)image
  11. 小礼花弹类 These are extremely small fireworks that have different styles of explosions, usually smaller than 38mm. I am not going to waste your time with a picture.

Where to find Fireworks in Shanghai

This is the question that has been on everyone’s mind in the past weeks. Without knowing the Chinese Characters for fireworks you may have a hard time finding a shop. Luckily there are a few shops around Shanghai. You can look up 上海烟花专卖店 to find ones close to you. The list below I have gathered from google and baidu

411 Zhijiang West Rd, Zhabei, Shanghai, China

China, 上海市闸北区西宝兴路930号 ‎(West Baoxing Road, Zhabei, Shanghai, China.

8 Changchun Branch Rd, Hongkou, Shanghai, China

2922 Zhenbei Rd, Putuo, Shanghai, China

119 Jinbang Rd, Changning, Shanghai, China ‎

China, 上海市浦东新区博山路10 ‎ (10 boshan road, Pudong, Shanghai China).

659 Pusan Rd, Pudong, Shanghai, China

China, 上海市徐汇区宛平南路278号 ‎ ( 278 South Wanping Road, Xuhui Shanghai.)

China, 上海市闸北区陈家宅路65号 ‎(65 Chen jia zhai, Zhabei Shanghai)

China, 上海市长宁区武夷路486号 ‎(486 WuYi road, Changning, Shanghai)

311 Liuying Rd, Zhabei, Shanghai, China ‎

China, 上海杨浦区国和路 490号, (490 Guo He road, Yangpu Shanghai)

Side Notes

If you plan on staying in China for awhile, I would suggest that you buy your fireworks in advance for Fourth of July. The majority of the firework shops stop selling fireworks in February and March, making it extremely hard to find fireworks. And please take extreme care with using them as injuries can easily occur. But most of all HAVE FUN!

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China: Train tickets made easy

China is a land of hidden wonders with some of the world’s greatest travel locations. Without a strong grasp of the language it may be frightening to ride a train or buy a train ticket. Train tickets are one of the trickier things to buy in China. There are not many websites with English that offer train tickets. Luckily since there are fixed prices that companies can charge for tickets, prices are the same year around. There are also small train ticket agencies located through the city. These agencies charge a fixed 5 RMB for each train ticket you buy. Applications such as Dong Dong trip are able to locate ticket agencies near you. You can download the free version for searching trains and ticket agencies. I would suggest that you use this app or Ctrip to figure out the train number that you plan on taking. Write down the train number then write down the Chinese characters for the two cities.  This way you just have to hand them a piece of paper, and not have to yell across the counter at a Chinese lady.

Train tickets start to be sold 10 days before hand. You must bring your Passport in order to purchase. A word of advice, during the holidays, such as the days leading up to Chinese New Year (January 31) the trains are jammed packed. Since the majority of the 1.3 billion people want to return to their home towns to visit family, they begin to sell standing tickets. One of my friends purchased a train ticket online through a Chinese website, when he got to the train station, all the seats were taken. He then had to endure the 13 hour, standing train ride to Xian.

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Different Train Types

K – Slowpoke train.  The Chinese government refers to these trains as “fast trains” They can reach 120 Km/hr. These trains also have a lot of stops, so the maximum speed is never held for long. Many of these trains are outdated; during summer of 2012 I rode a few of these trains. In the majority of these train’s second class (hard seat area) the air conditioning was not working. It was like being in a sauna full of few of sweaty Chinese men,  a rancid smell of Body Odor along with the smells from mushrooms and fish that some riders were taking home to the family. And be prepared to see a lot of bellies as when it’s hot, Chinese men like to roll their shirts up over their bellies.

T- Express trains. These trains reach a speed of 140 Km/hr and are far cleaner than their K counter part. They run from major city to major city with a limited amount of stops and are equipped with soft sleepers and hard sleepers. The term hard sleeper is a bit misleading. You do not have to worry however as the hard sleepers you will not be sleeping on slates of hard rock. If you order a soft sleeper ticket, don’t expect a memory foam mattress. The softness is about the same between the two bunks however the size is different and the amount of bunks in each cabin is different. In hard sleepers, there are 6 bunks per room The bunks are laid out in three in a row from top to bottom. If your ticket says 上卧 be prepared to do so climbing. In the room on each side the beds are stacked up in threes.  Since there is not enough head room for the middle and top person to sit on their beds. It is common etiquette for the bottom bed person to allow people to sit on his/her bed. While in the soft sleeper cabin there are only 4 bunks per room. The bunks are also slightly wider and there is also a legitimate door that you can lock in your room. Compared to the hard sleeper it also has a little curtain.

Z- Direct Express trains. Some of these trains are only equipped with soft seats and soft sleepers. This train can reach 160 Km/h. These have a limited amount of stops and are efficient for traveling long distances since they maintain their speeds.

D- Bullet train. These trains reach a max speed of Km/h often travel between major cities such as Nanjing and Shanghai.
G-Fast Bullet Train. These trains are the fastest that China has to offer, reaching a max speed of 350 Km/h. These trains usually run long distances with minimum stops. Bullet trains only offer seat tickets. This train can travel from Shanghai to Beijing in 5 hours compared to the D-train counterpart taking in excess of 9 hours.

Return Policy

If you miss your train, you will not have the option to cancel your ticket however depending on the railway station, some stations may let you get on the next train leaving if they feel sorry for you. To cancel your ticket and get a refund you must go to a train station and bring your passport with the purchased ticket. You are not able to cancel your ticket at a ticket agency. If you cancel your ticket before 48 hours before hand there is a 4% fee. If you cancel your ticket between 24 and 48 hours before departure there is a 10% and within 24 hours there is a 20% service fee.

Change Tickets

Train tickets are allowed to be exchanged if the train has not departed yet. A ticket can only be changed once. You are allowed to change the time of the ticket to an earlier or later time. You can also change the destination that you wish to travel. If the train you wish to change to is a different price, you will pay or receive the difference.

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Shanghai Luxury Apartment for rent

Luxury Apartments for rent in Qingpu 

I’d like to show off my gorgeous new Shanghai luxury apartment set in the charming outskirts of the city, away from all that stress, hustle and bustle that saps the energy from my life! So, if you’re like me and fed up to the back teeth with living in over priced run down apartment rentals in Shanghai then move a little out of your comfort zone and come check out Great Mansion Shanghai.

Built to five star standards throughout WITHOUT the price tag to match, these stunning neo-classic apartments range in size from 88sqs to 348sqs. Immaculately finished in warm neutral tones with the highest quality fixtures and décor, these apartments are a cut above other Qingpu apartments and are rented at affordable prices. Check out below the interior and exterior delights that create these stunning apartments and you too will want to join us at Great Mansion Qingpu.

Located minutes from international supermarkets, western dining areas, the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) and the Shanghai Eurocampus. This exceptional Qingpu Apartment complex is super convenient for singles, couples and families. Shanghai Properties is delighted to offer these stunning 4 bedroom apartments for rent in Qingpu from as little as 22,500 rmb per month.

“Best Luxury Lofts around the World”

“Start the New Year on a high and watch the world from above in these city-slicker penthouses, escape the city frenzy in this new-build, situated in the suburban district of Qingpu in the west of Shanghai”

 By Hong Kong Tatler

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Introduction to Great Mansion, Qingpu

Great Mansion is located on the west side of Shanghai, adjacent to the Hongqiao Commercial Development Zone, about 23 km from People’s Square and 6 km from the Shanghai Hongqiao Transportation Hub. The Transportation Hub connects a large number of transportation networks in the city and includes an airport, metro lines, high-speed train and magnetic suspension train connecting Shanghai with the cities of Yangtze River

Club House

Entrance with concierge services, private ballroom, mini mart and complimentary shoe shine. The club’s weekends are filled with various activities for all guests ranging from food & wine tasting, musical performances and art & crafts demonstrations which can be attended free of charge.

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Japanese Garden

A lush garden with mature flora sets the scene for romantic weekends or evening strolls. A decked walking promenade surrounds the compound, lingering along the water. Bordering the promenade are Japanese style tea house settings with outdoor garden furniture which are the ideal place for summer picnics with friends and family.

Apartments

  • Central air conditioning
  • Floor heating
  • Alarm system
  • Armored doors
  • “Yale” key code entry system
  • Marble flooring in living area, kitchen and bathroom(s).
  • All apartments have (a) spacious balcony(ies) and/or terraces for al-fresco wining and dining.

Kitchens are equipped with heavy duty spider burners, fridge/freezer, grill/microwave oven, convection oven (3-4 bedroom).

Bathrooms are equipped with heated mirrors and rainfall showers.

Great Mansion Pool Area

The Olympic sized swimming pool is one-of-a-kind in Shanghai, the spa area includes modern fitness equipment to break a sweat and stay in shape, the sauna and steam bath area, provide a well deserved rest after a hard days work or workout.

Apartment sizes and prices

Several 4 Bedroom, 2-3 bathroom apartments for rent, ranging from 189 to 296 square meters and from 22,500 to 25,000 Rmb per month, including family package Spa Membership, additional service package including 4 times weekly cleaning, shopping service and laundry service @ 2,500 Rmb/month.

For more information please check out Great Mansion’s site here and for viewings please call Mr. Arnaud Balder on 13817958322

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New Year Resolutions

New Year is upon us once again and with it brings feelings of hope and renewal with a desire to make changes in our lives for the better. New Year resolutions are started with the best intentions but alas many aren’t realized and fall by the wayside leaving many a soul finishing the year in disappointment.

Here are some tips to help you make it through the year with your New Year resolutions firmly by your side. First let’s start with the most common of New Year resolutions.

Here are the top 10:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and Healthy
  6. Learn something exciting
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Help others in their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family

 How to achieve your goals

Goals are hard to achieve and even harder when abstract and immeasurable. Instead of wanting to “Enjoy life to the Fullest”, figure out what it exactly means to you. Is it visiting different countries, going out more or seeing your friends? If so, try to make the goal more specific such as Visit 2 countries this year. How often do you hear “I really lived life to the fullest this year.” This was the number four on the most set goals in 2014. Many practitioners use SMART goals for helping their clients achieve their goals.

Specific- who, what, when, where, why and how
Measurable – when will you known it is done
Attainable – is it realistic?
Relevant – How does it fit into your life now?
Time-based – When will you achieve your goal, what’s the time line?

Measurable

For example, if your goal is to lose weight be specific on how much you want to lose and how you will lose it. It must be measurable! Looking in the mirror every couple weeks and guessing your loss won’t help you stay on track.

Realistic

Make sure the goal is realistic. If you weigh 600 pounds trying to lose 500 in a year to become a bikini model is not going to happen unless you amputate or choose liposuction. Ask yourself if losing weight is relevant to your life right now? Is it something you are able to do? Are you driven to lose weight?

Time based

Goals need to be Time Based. Set miniature goals every couple months such as lose 10 pounds by March.

Share

Make sure you tell people about your goals. Having people there to support you will increase your chances of succeeding. If your goal is to lose weight, find a workout partner. You will feel as if you are obliged to show up, otherwise you will be letting someone down. If your goal is to help others, commit time to volunteer organizations.

Positive

Always ensure your goals are positive. If your goal is to be a better student, don’t word your goal as “Miss only 2 scheduled classes” word it as “Attend all Classes”. The wording of a goal plays an important part. If you have worded the goal negatively, there is a negative association with the goal. For example if you partied last night, you wake up groggy, you will say to yourself “it is only one class” This kind of thinking leads to a snowball effect. After you have missed 2 classes, you will have the mindset that you have already missed two another one won’t make a difference.

Ignore the goals focus on the process

Goals are always accomplished by hard work and diligence. Simply setting a goal won’t make it happen. You must develop a process to make that goal happen. Simply setting the goal to learn a foreign language is just a thought. However putting in motion your study plan is how you will learn that language. Putting aside scheduled time each week will get the job done. A kid’s goal may not be that he wants to learn math, but since an allotted time each week is set forth for he/she to do so, the child will eventually end up learning it. If you have a goal you must come up with a process or system to achieve it.

Reward yourself

Make sure that you reward yourself for achieving your goals and mini goals. This will keep you on the track. Looking at kids, you can see how a little reward here and there can make the world of difference in the child’s participation. You can watch a small kid work 10 times harder for a teacher, if the teacher offers a sticker. This sticker will without a doubt be lost before the kid returns home. As adults, not much has changed. Our sticker is an hour of free time a trip to a massage parlor. Rewards for achieving miniature goals do not have to be big. Having someone else verify the completion of these goals will limit any cheating. After achieving your 1 year resolution have something big in mind, something that you will truly look forward to.

Choose 1 goal!

Make sure you limit the amount of goals you have set. Goals can be compared to football players. Tackling one football player is a hell of a lot easier than trying to tackle a whole team at once. The more goals that you have set the more confused you will be on where to begin. You will immediately be neglecting goals, from lack of time. Make sure you choose the goal you want to achieve and prioritize it. Trying to prioritize too many things at once is a recipe for destruction.

There is good news! University of Scranton has done some research. People who explicitly set goals are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals than someone who has not explicitly set a goal. You can check out other fun new year resolution statistics here.

Another interesting post with fun facts about New Years Resolutions can be found here

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Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or  manager@shanghaiprops.com. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties