In his book Atomic Habits, author James Clear outlines a systematic method for self-improvement. Rather than __1__ achieving goals, he stresses the importance of small, incremental gains. This is where the concept of “atomic” comes from since atoms are the smallest __2__ of matter known to humankind. Clear argues that by striving for tiny, sustained improvements in any endeavor, success is inevitable.
Clear points out a number of problems that people typically __3__ when setting goals for themselves. One of these is that reaching a goal only accomplishes a momentary change in people. Once the goal is attained, people often __4__ their old bad habits. Take dieting for example. When people reach their target weight, they normally return to their former eating habits and put the weight back on. He also claims that having __5__ goals limits people’s happiness since they are always trying to pursue an end result and not focusing on the moments leading up to that result. Any __6__ along the way, therefore, can be very disheartening.
Instead of being goals-oriented, Clear’s __7__ to improvement emphasizes tiny gains of just 1 percent each day. Such minor improvements are virtually __8__. If you run one kilometer in six minutes, for example, a 1 percent improvement would total less than four seconds. Over time, however, these gains add up to a considerable __9__. Daily improvements of 1 percent over an entire year add up to a total gain of almost 38 percent. That would take your one-kilometer running time down to less than four minutes.
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Clear argues that this tactic is much more realistic for most people than simply setting a goal of __10__ their running time by over one-third. The same can be said for people trying to lose weight. If this system makes sense to you, you may want to consider picking up a copy of Atomic Habits and learning more today.
(A) long-term (B) reducing (C) units (D) degree
(E) resume (F) encounter (G) setbacks]
(H) unnoticeable (I) highlighting (J) approach
What Did You Learn?
1. (I) 2. (C) 3. (F) 4. (E)
5. (A) 6. (G) 7. (J) 8. (H)
9. (D) 10. (B)
Words in Use
1. outline vt. 概述
The congressman outlined his vision for the next 10 years.
2. systematic a. 有系統的
In an assembly line, everything must be done in a systematic way. 在生產線上，一切都必須以有系統的方式作業。
3. sustained a. 持續的
Higher temperatures brought heavy and sustained rains to this area. 高溫為這個地區帶來連續豪雨。
4. endeavor n. 努力
Despite our best endeavors, we couldn’t get the bill passed.
5. inevitable a. 必然的，不可避免的
Danny’s loss in the election was inevitable due to the scandal he was involved in.
1. strive for. . . 努力爭取…
As a lawmaker, Helen strives for a world where women are treated equally.
2. Take. . . for example / instance
All of Gary’s favorite sports are violent. Take football, for example.
3. lead (up) to. . . 導致…
Numerous problems led (up) to Mandy’s divorce.
A festive time of light 元宵佳節知多少 Occurring on the 15th day of the initial month of the Lunar New Year, when the first full moon appears, the Lantern Festival is a festive time that continues the good cheer and celebration sparked by Chinese New Year. It also simultaneously marks the end of that annual event. It’s a time when lanterns and other colorful lights and decorations adorn stores, businesses, and streets in Chinese communities around the globe. Aside from honoring ancestors, the festival is also meant to foster peace, forgiveness, and harmony. Lantern displays are the center of attention during the Lantern Festival in Taiwan. Parks across
Eating glutinous rice balls during the Lantern Festival Lunar New Year celebrations traditionally conclude with the Lantern Festival, which is on the 15th day of the first lunar month. With every household decorated with lanterns and streamers, the Lantern Festival can be seen as an extended New Year celebration. Lighting lanterns during the Lantern Festival can be traced to the Western Han Dynasty in China. The 15th day of the first lunar month is the first full moon of the year, and has the significance of a new start. People light lanterns to pray for a bumper harvest in the coming
你叫什麼名字？ What’s your name? 對話 Dialogue 馬可：你好！你叫什麼名字？ Make: Nǐ hǎo! Nǐ jiào shénme míngzi? 小實：我叫小實，你呢？ Xiaoshi: Wǒ jiào Xiǎoshí, nǐ ne? 馬可：我叫馬可。 Make: Wǒ jiào Mǎkě. 小實：馬可，你是美國人嗎？ Xiaoshi: Mǎkě, nǐ shì Měiguó rén ma? 馬可：我是美國人，你也是美國人嗎？ Make: Wǒ shì Měiguó rén, nǐ yěshì Měiguó rén ma? 小實：不是，我是臺灣人。很高興認識你。 Xiaoshi: Búshì, wǒ shì Táiwān rén. Hěn gāoxìng rènshì nǐ. 馬可：我也很高興認識你。 Make: Wǒ yě hěn gāoxìng rènshì nǐ. 翻譯 Translation Mark: Hello! What’s your name? Xiaoshi: My name is Xiaoshi, and you? Mark: My name is Mark. Xiaoshi: Mark, are you American? Mark: Yes, I am. Are you American too? Xiaoshi: No, I’m Taiwanese. Nice to meet you. Mark: Nice to meet you too. 單字片語 Vocabulary 1. 叫(jiào) to be called 2. 什麼 (shénme) what 3. 呢 (ne) a (question)
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