Happy New Year quotes to send loved ones

We’ve found a selection of the most popular Happy New Year Wishes for 2018. I hope you find one that suits your taste and you can send as a New Year Greeting to loved ones.

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New Year Eve in Shanghai 2018 (2)

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New Year Eve Dinners & Dinner Parties

Lower Range – RMB400 or less

New Year Celebration Set at Heat
Come and celebrate the New Year at Heat French Rotisserie Bistro with delicious and creative French chicken cuisines at just RMB288 for two people or RMB548 for four.
Every day until Jan 1, opening hours, RMB288-548. Heat, see event listing here.

New Year’s Dinner Buffet at Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao
Savor a sumptuous and magnificent dinner buffet spread of outstanding international dishes and local specialties, specially prepared by the dedicated chefs at Essence. A spacious kid’s play area is also available at Pulse to entertain the junior VIPs. Only RMB308 net per person, from 6pm to 10pm on December 31. RMB158 net per child (height between 1.2 meters and 1.4 meters), children under the height of 1.2 meters dine for free with every paying adult.
Dec 31, 4pm-10pm, RMB158 (per child)-RMB308 (per adult). Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao, see event listing here.

NYE 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor
This New Year’s Eve, Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor will present magical and delectable set menus to make the celebration even more memorable. Join The Bar for their New Year’s Eve Countdown Party at RMB218 net per person (includes two glasses of standard drink or one glass of champagne; grand Prize for lucky draw iPhone 8 Plus). And at Market Café, there will be a New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner at RMB328 net per person.
Dec 31, RMB218-RMB328. The Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor, see event listing here

Above the Clouds NYE White Party at Liquid Laundry
Celebrate the New Year Eve in White Elegant Style at Liquid Laundry. Grab your beautiful white dress with lace or embroidery for their “Above the Clouds” party. Enjoy a three-course set menu (which includes free flow and entry to the party) for RMB688. Pre-sale ticket costs RMB388 without dinner (including free flow), while regular price is RMB488RMB at the door. All night free flow includes two special Bacardi white drinks, Martini Brut, house beer and soda. Pre-sale tickets available until December 28.
Dec 31, RMB388-688. Liquid Laundry, see event listing here.


Mid Range – RMB400-800

New Year’s Eve Menu at AKME
Enjoy a specially crafted six-course menu by Michelin-starred chef Akrame Benallal, priced at RMB1,288, as well as a four-course menu for kids at RMB588. For an extra RMB628 you can enjoy a bottle of Premier Cru French Chablis or Napa Sauvignon Blanc, and for an extra RMB788 you can enjoy a bottle of Super Tuscan red blend or American Sonoma Pinot Noir. For by-the-glass options, add RMB198 to enjoy a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, or a glass of Italian Pinot Grigio AOC and Sangiovese DOCG. There will be a special live performance and festive gifts during the night. Advance booking required, call 64289799 or 6469 9969 for reservations.
Dec 31, 6-10pm, RMB588-RMB2,076 (prices subject to 10 percent service charge). AKME, see event listing here.

New Year’s Eve at Beverly Le Baron
Say hello to 2018 with at Beverly and Le Baron. For RMB488, enjoy a dozen oysters and a bottle of wine, or upgrade to Champagne for RMB888. DJ set by Tommy B; pizzas and Italian bites also available until 10pm. After 10, head downstairs to Le Baron for the Superball New Year’s Eve. Free flow available from 10pm-midnight for RMB488. Groove to the last set of 2017 by Fader One and count down to 2018 with DJ Cara. Also featuring Victor Aime and guests from Le Baron Paris. RSVP now by contacting Le Baron on WeChat (ID: LeBaronFrontDesk)
Dec 31, RMB488-888, 6pm-5am, free flow from 10pm-midnight. Beverly and Le Baron, see event listing here.

New Year’s Eve 10-Course Meal at Ambrosia Teppanyaki
Ambrosia Teppanyaki at Expo has a delectable 10-course set meal available for New Year’s Eve. Choose between the festive holiday set menu at RMB588 per person plus a 10.6 percent surcharge in addition to the mouth-watering à la carte options. Enjoy Teppan delicacies and a beautiful view of the Huangpu River this New Year’s Eve, and try your luck at their promising raffle!
Dec 31, 5.30pm, RMB588 (plus 10.6 percent surcharge). Ambrosia Teppanyaki (Expo), see event listing here.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet at Cachet
Enjoy a New Year’s Eve dinner buffet at Cachet from 6pm-10.30pm, which at RMB688 per person includes unlimited mulled wine, eggnog, house wine, beer, juice, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Children between six and 12 years old are charged half-price. There will also be a lucky draw and a live performance from Akia. Advanced ticket purchase is required for this festive meal. For reservations, call 2330 2420 or email at 
Dec 31, 6-10.30pm, RMB688 per person. Cachet, The Langham, Shanghai, see event listing here.

New Year Eve Countdown Silent Party at Capella Shanghai
Spend your NYE at the dazzling Capella Shanghai in the heart of the former French Concession with their Silent Party. For RMB700, enjoy free flow of Perrier-Jouët and tunes from three of Shanghai’s top DJs, who will be spinning simultaneously to keep you grooving all through the night. You can also purchase a dinner package, which includes a six-course set menu and drinks. Different packages available, contact 5466 9928 for options.
Dec 31, 6pm-late, RMB700-1,998 per person. Capella Shanghai, see event listing here.

Traditional Italian New Year’s Dinner at D.O.C.
Family, friends and tradition: A recipe for a very special New Year’s. D.O.C. will be offering a festive Italian feast your family will love. Spaces fill up fast, contact 6473 9394 to book a spot.
Dec 31, RMB588 per person. D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana, see event listing here.

Happy New Year at Elefante
The Mediterranean favorite presents a special New Years Eve dinner menu featuring shucked French oysters, Iberian ham, foie gras, scallops and prime rib, as well as a mixed dessert. Add RMB180 for two hours of free flow house wine, spirits, sangria and cava. Seats limited and reservations essential, book your spot by calling 5404 8085.
Dec 31, RMB588 per person. elEfante, see event listing here.

Feliz 2018 at El Willy
Feast on an extravagant Spanish-style New Year’s Eve dinner featuring Gillardeau oysters, Australian striploin steak, balik salmon, mixed seafood ceviche and more. Discosmic Adventures’ Nik Hilp will spin from 10pm-late. Reservations essential. For reservations, call 5404 5757.
Dec 31, RMB688 per person. El Willy, see event listing here.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Fella’s Terrace
Check out their New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Fellas Terrace for RMB688 per person, which includes an appetizer, soup, two courses, dessert and a glass of prosecco.
Dec 31, RMB688 per person. The Fella’s Terrace, see event listing here

New Year Eve Dinners at Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai
Bring the New Year with a love for the finer things in life and celebrations in the exquisite setting of Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai. Take a culinary tour through Italy at Camelia, or enjoy the very best of Cantonese cuisine at Shang-Xi.
Dec 31, 5.30pm, RMB588-RMB1,188. Four Seasons Hotel, Pudong, see event listing here

New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet at Grand Brasserie
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an extravagant buffet, designed by Executive Chef Philippe and accompanied by a jazz band and free flow wines. RMB988 per person (adult) and RMB488 per child. For reservations, contact 6322 9988 ext. 4318 or email at 
Dec 31, 6pm-10pm, RMB488 (per child)-RMB988 (per adult), all prices subject to 15 percent service charge. Grand Brasserie, Waldorf Astoria, see event listing here.

New Year’s Eve Rock Star Party at Hard Rock Cafe
Kick off 2018 night with a rockin’ New Year’s Eve Hard Rock Cafe. Featuring live music from the band Sound Stream, this event is open to families. Enjoy a free-flow of Champagne for RMB388 or spirits for RMB188.
Dec 31, RMB188-388 for free-flow drinks. Hard Rock Cafe, see event listing here.

NYE Champagne Shower at Kartel
As we ring into the New Year and say goodbye to the last, Kartel invites you for a night of champagne, fine dining and disco/funk at Kartel. Enjoy a gastronomic five-course dinner with free-flow champagne, wine and liquors all night long. Music provided by Léon C. Presale dinner tickets are RMB698 including a gourmet dinner and free-flow champagne, mixers and house wine all night long. No sales at the door. RMB548 if you’re just down for drinks, including free-flow champagne and mixers all night long, or RMB648 at the door.
Dec 31, 7pm-late, RMB548-RMB698. Kartel Wine Bar, see event listing here.

New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner at Kitchen Studios, Andaz Xintiandi
Kitchen Studios New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner: Indulge in the New Year’s spirit with a delicious feast of premium seafood and Andaz Signature dishes at CNY688+15% per person, including free flow wine, mulled wine, beer and soft drinks. Super lucky draw to make the night sweeter.
Dec 31, 5.30pm-late, RMB688 per person (prices subject to 15 percent service charge). Kitchen Studios, see event listing here.

Celebrate the New Year at K&K Vienna
Eat, drink and listen to classical music as you say goodbye to 2017 and hello to the new year. KK Vienna, the only Austrian stunner in Shanghai, will be serving holiday specials alongside its usual menu this New Year’s Eve. Treat yourself to the New Year’s Eve menu, with one appetizer to share, two soups, one salad, three main courses and one dessert, with hot wine for two included. Available on December 31 for RMB598 and January 1 for RMB398. The atmosphere is lively, but upscale enough to merit a celebratory NYE dinner. Come over to KK Vienna this New Year’s Eve — it might just become your holiday tradition!
Dec 31-Jan 1, 8pm-late, RMB398-RMB598. K&K Vienna, see event listing here

Countdown Party at The Long Bar, Waldorf Astoria
The Long Bar’s Countdown Party includes a glass of Perrier Jouet Champagne and selection of Chef ’s nibbles, RMB388 per person. Upgrading to a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Champagne (or Belle Époque) with a sharing platter is RMB1,188, or RMB2,988 for two people. Oysters will be offered at RMB888 per dozen. The pre-dinner Champagne Party from 6.30pm to 7.30pm is RMB 388 per person with a glass of Perrier Jouet Champagne and canapés. All prices are subject to 15 percent service charge.
Dec 31-Jan 1, 8pm-midnight, RMB388-RMB 1,188 per person (plus 15 percent service charge). The Long Bar, Waldorf Astoria, see event listing here.

New Year’s Eve Sharing Dinner Menu at Mercato
New Year’s Eve Sharing Menu is RMB698 per person for a minimum of two guests, available on December 31. The menu is subject to change based upon makes availability. All prices are subject to a 10 percent service charge.
Dec 31, RMB698 per person (plus 10 percent service charge). Mercato, see event listing here.

New Year’s Eve at Paulaner Bräuhaus (ExpoXintiandiRaffles City Changning)
On New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will serve festive set menus at each of its locations. Feast on a tempting assortment of seafood, meat dishes and desserts while enjoying a range of great drinks such as freshly brewed Paulaner Beer or Glühwein. A live band will keep everyone entertained and exciting prizes are waiting at the New Year’s Eve lucky draw! Advance reservations and ticket prepayment are required.
Dec 31, 5pm-late, RMB418-958 per person. Paulaner Bräuhaus, see event listings for ExpoXintiandi and Raffles City Changning.

New Year’s Dining Specials at Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai
Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai is serving up a number of special menus featuring delicacies from around the globe at each of its venues, including Yi Café, Jade on 36 Bar & Restaurant, Gui Hua Lou and Nadaman. Contact 2828 6888 for package details.
Dec 31. Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai, see event listing here.

New Year Celebration Dinner at POP
Enjoy the four-course New Year celebration early bird dinner at RMB588 per person, or the five-course New Year celebration dinner at RMB888 per person, including one glass of Champagne and available from December 30 to 31. Prices are subject to a 10 percent service charge.
Dec 30-31, RMB588-RMB888 per person (plus 10 percent service charge). POP American Brasserie, see event listing here.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Waterhouse at South Bund
Enjoy a classy New Year’s Eve dinner at The Waterhouse. The delectable set menu includes Boudeuse oyster, Icelandic mackerel, foie gras, beef cheek, halibut and more. For dessert, you’ll be treated to Ebene 72 percent dark chocolate with Timut pepper, citrus and milk. Same menu also available for New Year’s Day lunch.
Dec 31, 2017, 6-10.30pm, or Jan 1, 2018, 12pm-2.30pm, RMB528 per person plus a 10 percent service charge. The Waterhouse at South Bund, see event listing here.

New Year’s Nine-Course Meal at Wei Jing Ge
At Wei Jing Ge Chinese restaurant, Master Chef Sam Yuen presents a nine-course menu with authentic Cantonese and Shanghainese flavors for New Year’s Eve. RMB688 per person. All prices are subject to 15 percent service charge.
Dec 31, 6pm-10pm, RMB688 (prices subject to 15 percent service charge). Wei Jing Ge, Waldorf Astoria, see event listing here

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Buffet at Yi Café 
Welcome the New Year while enjoying sumptuous festive delicacies. Yi Café’s New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Buffet features imported gratinated fresh oysters, Parma ham cold cuts and a wide selection of seafood. It’s RMB688 per adult without alcohol, RMB788 per adult with free flow beverage package and RMB344 per child. Beverage package includes Veuve Clicquot Champagne, cocktails; Bloody Mary, Martini, gin and tonic, wine, draft beer, juices and soft drinks. Prices are subject to 10 percent service charge and 6 percent value-added tax.
Dec 31, RMB688-788 (per adult)-RMB344 (per child), prices subject to 10 percent service charge and six percent value-added tax. Yi Café, see event listing here.

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Upper Range – RMB800 and over

New Year’s Eve Party at THE CUT Rooftop
The CUT Rooftop is throwing their first New Year’s Eve party, and you can also have a meal there beforehand! Feast on a New Year’s Eve special dinner and enjoy Premium Free Flow with Chandon all night long for the package price of RMB888. Dinner is from 6pm to 9pm, and free flow is from 9pm to 2am.
Dec 31, 6pm-2am, RMB888. The CUT Rooftopbuy tickets here.

New Year’s Eve Sharing Menu at The Canton Table
The brand-new Cantonese restaurant is serving up a delicious and unique menu for New Year’s Eve. Appetizers include chilled foie gras with grapefruit, deep fried Yunnan mushroom rolls, Chinese yam with sweet and sour plum, deep-fried bombay duck fish with salt and pepper, sliced beef shank with palace sauce and Sichuan style chicken with sesame sauce. Main courses include roasted suckling pig with osmanthus honey (half or whole), double-boiled mushroom soup with New Zealand venison, wok-fried lobster with dried chili and black bean sauce, baked scallops with matsutake and cream sauce, steamed tiger garoupa with acacia seeds, simmered chicken in soy sauce, vegetable with seafood soup, and e-fu noodles with lobster soup. Dessert is a traditional sugar art dim sum platter. All prices are subject to a 10 percent service charge. It’s RMB4,488 per table for five people, RMB8,888 per table for 10 people.
Dec 31, RMB4,488-RMB8,888 per table. Canton Table, see event listing here.

New Year’s Five-Course Meal at The Cathay Room
Welcome the New Year in style, perched above the Bund at the Cathay Room. Start 2018 off right with a five-course Western set dinner at RMB1,388 per person. All prices are subject to 15 percent service charge. For reservations, call 6138 6881.
Dec 31, RMB1,388 per person (plus 15 percent service charge). The Cathay Room, see event listing here

New Year’s Eve at The Cupola
When only the best will do, look no further than the celebrated Cupola, Shanghai’s most elite private dining venue. Recognized in
 Conde Nast Traveller’s “Trips of a Lifetime,” The Cupola has hosted numerous celebrities including Michael Schumacher, Beyonce, Tom Cruise, and Halle Berry, just to name a few. Surprise your loved one with a private dinner, violin session, gorgeous flowers and exceptional champagnes and wine on New Year’s Eve for the memory of a lifetime. For reservations, call 6321 0909.
Dec 31, RMB10,000, prices are subject to a 10 percent service charge. The Cupola, see event listing here.

Atlantis Mystique New Year at Flair Bar, Ritz-Carlton Pudong
Ring in the 2018 in spectacular surroundings at Flair Bar’s Atlantis-themed New Years Eve Party. A sumptuous seafood menu and free flow champagne will accompany a night of revelry.
Dec 31, RMB2,018. Flair Bar, Ritz-Carlton Pudong, see event listing here.

New Year’s Eve Six-Course Festive Dinner at Jade on 36
Jade on 36’s six-course set menu at RMB1,088 per person includes a wine pairing and pre-dinner canapés, champagne, cocktails, beer and soft drinks. Menu specialties include pan-seared scallop with wild mushrooms, truffle foam, crispy chestnut, as well as supreme of pigeon breast with sesame, broccoli, confit potato, sweet and sour sauce, and Maine lobster and mash potato with pickled ginger, satay lobster bisque and spring onion.
Dec 31, RMB1,088 per person. Jade on 36, see event listing here.

NYE Celebration Menu at Jean-Georges
Choose from either an Early Bird Dinner Menu or a New Year’s Eve Celebration Menu. Early Bird Dinner Menu includes an amuse bouche, kingfish sashimi, seared foie gras, seared beef tenderloin and a special dessert. The Celebration Menu includes dishes like softly poached organic egg with caviar, lobster with winter vegetables, and seared beef tenderloin with black truffle and caramelized onion, just to name a few. There will also be a special New Year’s dessert. Dishes may change slightly based on availability. All prices are subject to a 10 percent service charge.
Dec 31, early bird time 5.30pm-6.30pm, dinner starts from 5.30-10pm, RMB998-1,498. Jean Georges, see event listings here and here.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Käfer by The Binjiang One
With spectacular views of the placid Huangpu river, there is hardly a better place to spend the holidays than at Käfer by The Binjiang One’s riverside You Long Garden villa. On New Year’s Eve the restaurant is offering a festive five-course set menu to ring in 2018 with some delicious dishes, spectacular views and atmospheric music from their live band. Savor mouth-watering dishes such as foie gras, Boston lobster and Australian Angus beef. Homemade desserts will bring anticipation for the sweetness of the coming year.
Dec 31, 5.30pm-late, RMB888 per person, add RMB250 for free flow house wine, Paulaner beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Käfer by The Binjiang One, see event listing here

New Year’s Eve Feast at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Count down to 2018 with feast, champagne, toasts and more! To celebrate the New Year Eve, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon has prepared a fabulous seven-course NYE dinner with free flow champagne after party for you! You will indulge in music, food, drinks and other entertainment. Come and toast for the coming 2018 with your friends and loved ones!
Dec 31, RMB2,188 per person ( plus a 10 percent service charge). L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, see event listing here.

New Year’s Celebration at M1NT
Join M1NT to raise your glasses and cheer on the new year. Ring in the new year in style with an elegant set dinner at M1NT Restaurant. See spectacular views of Shanghai skyline while savoring delicacies fresh jetted from New Zealand Marlborough, as well as French-style beef carpaccio, pan-fried Japanese scallops, 150g Angus M5 tenderloin and chocolate in a jar. Tom William will be there with you playing the greatest sounds of 2017, so the night is sure to be a blast. Reservation highly recommended!
Dec 31, RMB988 per person (plus 10 percent service charge). M1NT, see event listing here

New Year Eve Gala Buffet Dinner at Oceans
Prepare to ring in the New Year with an exquisite buffet feast with free-flow of wine and Mumm champagne. Diners will also enjoy party tunes at TOPS with drinks, dancing and the most dazzling views of the city skyline and the bund. RMB1,288 per person, and bookings before Dec 29 2017 will enjoy an early bird rate at RMB1,188 per person.
Dec 31, 6.30pm-late, RMB1,188 (early bird), RMB1,288. Oceans, see event listing here.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Pelham’s
Celebrate New Year’s Eve by indulging in the chic romance of a glamorous package at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. A Perrier-Jouët Champagne and canapés reception will kick off this sparkling evening, followed by dinner at Pelham’s and live music and dancing at the legendary Long Bar. RMB1,488 per person including welcome reception and a five-course dinner. All prices are subject to 15 percent service charge.
Dec 31, 6-10pm, RMB1,488 per person (plus 15 percent service charge). Pelham’s, Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, see event listing here.

New Year’s Eve Feast at RuiKu Restaurant and Champagne Lounge 
Wanda Reign on the Bund is celebrating the New Year with a New Year’s Eve Fest at RuiKu Restaurant and Champagne Lounge. Set menu at RMB1,088 net per person includes duck consommé, pan-seared Scallops with celery root risotto, char-grilled Australian wagyu beef and more. For an additional RMB 500, guests can enjoy a wine pairing.
Dec 31, 5-9pm, 1,088 net per person, add RMB500 for wine pairing. RuiKu Restaurant and Champagne Lounge, see event listing here.

New Year’s Eve Private Romantic Dinner at Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund
Book an exclusive romantic New Year’s Eve dinner for two at Glasshouse, where you can have the best view in the city and make memories that will last a lifetime. Come and celebrate 2018 with special package that includes a six-course gala special set menu, free flow of wines and a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, one night at the Bund Oasis with the Romantic Pool and a 60 minute oil massage for two people at Banyan Spa. RMB18,888 for the whole package, and RMB9,999 for dinner only.
Dec 31, RMB9,999-18,888. Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund, see event listing here.

For Pre-gaming/House Parties

BottlesXO Delivery
Forgot the champers? No sweat. BottlesXO is doing delivery all night long. From December 31 until the early hours of January 1, they’ll be up and running (literally) around town. Plus, turn on your Push Notification settings for the app as they’ll be throwing in free bottles of champagne!
See listing for BottlesXO.

Happy New Year from Adrienne and the team at Shanghai Properties.

Moving to Shanghai? Need some help finding your new home in Shanghai? Just contact Shanghai’s most experienced and trusted agent.

Adrienne Farrelly manager@shanghaiprops.com


How do I keep my New Year’s resolutions?


New Year’s Eve is only a few sleeps away and some of us may be planning to carry out yet another New Year’s Resolution. As we are still in the Festive Season filled with lots of temptations at parties and holidays, it’s doubly hard to kick start a new phase of life.
But don’t feel disheartended because there is a way to get through the New Year and achieve your Resolutions.

I’ve answered the most common questions on New Year Resolutions and provided a Step by Step Guide on how to keep them!

Why do people make resolutions for the new year?
A New Year’s Resolution is a tradition whereby a person makes a pledge to change a behaviour they don’t desire in order to improve their quality of life or achieve a goal. The practice started in Ancient times when Babylonians and Romans made promises to their gods at the beginning of each year.

What is the most popular New Year’s resolutions?
According to Nielsen, the most popular New Year’s resolutions are:

Stay fit and healthy 37%
Lose weight 32%
Enjoy life to the fullest 28%
Spend less, save more 25%
Spend more time with family and friends 19%
Get Organised 18%
Will not make any resolutions 16%
Learn something new/new hobby 14%
Travel more 14%

How long does the average person keep their New Year’s resolution?
According to research, over 60% of people keep their New Year’s resolution for the first month. The most common reason for participants failing their New Years’ Resolutions was setting themselves unrealistic goals (35%),  while 33% didn’t keep track of their progress and a further 23% forgot about it. About one in 10 people claimed they made
too many resolutions. In general, 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail even though 52% are confident of success at the beginning.  Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting while women succeeded 10%.


How do I keep my New Year’s resolutions?
Follow this step by step guide and you will find ways to keep the motivation and persistence needed to reinvigorate yourself.

1. Make your goals specific.
People proclaim, “I’m finally going to get in shape.” But what does that actually mean? Do you intend to reach a certain weight? Or
body-fat percentage? Do you want to run three miles without rest? Maybe be able to do 10 pull-ups? Use the classic goal system that makes goals
specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound (SMART).

2. Measure progress.
“If you can measure it, you can change it” is a fundamental principal of psychology. These feedback loops will be a source of motivation as you reflect on where you started and where you are. They will also help you to know
when you are hitting a plateau or slipping backward, so you can adjust your efforts.

3. Be patient.
Progress is seldom linear. Some people will see rapid gains only to hit resistance later in their efforts. For others, initial progress may be painfully slow but then they suddenly achieve rapid breakthroughs. Making lasting changes takes time.

4. Share your goals with friends and family.
Social support is critical. Yes, it takes some personal courage and vulnerability to share something that you might actually fail at, but to dramatically increase your odds of success you’ll want support from those around you. One of the most effective things you can do is to get an “accountability partner”, someone who checks in with you daily or weekly. It’s easy to break a promise to yourself, but far harder to admit it to a friend.

5. Schedule it.
Have you ever said you can’t “find the time” to do something. Nobody finds time, we choose time. We all choose to spend our time the way we do—whether that’s eating junk food or going to a spin class. Make your new goals a priority and actually schedule them into your calendar. If you have a fitness goalschedule recurring time blocks for your daily workouts. Want to declutter? Schedule time to clean out your closet or garage on your calendar. Treat these New Year Resolution’s appointments just like they were scheduled doctor appointments. You rarely reschedule your doctor, you should treat this time the same way. That which is scheduled gets done.

6. Something is better than nothing.
Are you guilty of “all or nothing” thinking? Do you ever think, “Well, I might as well get dessert since I already ate those French fries?” And then, “I blew my diet last night so I’ll just restart it next week.” The difference between doing something rather than nothing is huge. If you don’t have a full hour to workout at the gym, just decide to make it the best 20-minutes you can. If you stumble out of bed and don’t want to do 20-minutes on
the treadmill, lace up your sneakers and do five minutes (and you just might find you do another 15 minutes once the first five are out of the way). Dr. Marciano says, “Any effort towards your goal is better than no effort.”

7. Get up, when you slip up.
Legendary coach Vince Lombardi said, “It isn’t whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” Resiliency is paramount. Don’t turn temporary failures into total meltdowns or excuses for giving up. Instead, just acknowledge the mistake and recommit to the path towards the goal.

Achieving your goals isn’t about willpower. It’s about developing the right skills, executing strategies, and having the patience that inevitably lead to success.

A Happy New Year from Adrienne and the team at Shanghai Properties.

Moving to Shanghai? Need some help finding your new home in Shanghai? Just contact Shanghai’s most experienced and trusted agent.

Adrienne Farrelly manager@shanghaiprops.com