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Monday, 01 January 2018 14:58

Episode 24 - Annual New Year's message and a word about S.M.A.R.T. goals


Episode Description:

Annual New Year’s message and a word about S.M.A.R.T. goals If a year is like a book, then the first, blank page we can call “New Year’s Day.”

Scott tells a funny story about New Years Day, 2017, that began with a spectacular fireworks show, was quickly followed by a shock surprise, and ended some 36 hours later, in Virginia.

Also, what is the difference between a GOAL, a WISH, and a DAY DREAM?

Learn about S.M.A.R.T. goals and some ways to help you make your commitments stick and get more done in the new year!

Word of the Day: specific (adj.) very clear and focused; not vague

Key Term: wharf (n.) structure in a harbor where ships rest to load and unload passengers or cargo


Question of the Day: What is your SINGLE BIGGEST goal for 2018? Do you have specific steps to get there?

Free resource: Goal tracker from the Dave Ramsey team.

Listen to Episode 24 below.

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Check your listening ability.

1. Which of the following are specific statements?

A. I'll see you in the New Year

B. Let's meet at the coffee shop on Main Street at 2:00pm tomorrow.

C. My sister has blond, curly hair. She's wearing a purple shirt and jeans today.

D. Please hand me that thing above your head.

E. B and C


2. Mr. Dreyer used a simile to describe life. To what does he compare life and how do they relate?


3. ___________ is the highest point on Hong Kong Island.


4. What lesson can you learn from Mr. Dreyer's story of his New Year's experience flying from Hong Kong to Roanoke, Virginia?

A. Never book your plane tickets before you have the money.

B. Make sure you always have proper transportation wherever you are.

C. It's best not to go out of the country during a holiday.

D. Life is unpredictable. Be prepared and trust God.


5. At 13:35, how is the word stick used?

A. (noun) a long, slender piece of a tree

B. (noun) the gear shifter on a manually operated car

C. (verb) to set in place, to stay

D. (verb) to stab or thrust into


6. What is the difference between a goal and a wish?


7. What do the letters in the acronym S.M.A.R.T. stand for as they relate to goals?


8. Some letters of SMART mean very similar things. Which of the below sets are fairly synonymous?

A. Specific and Measureable

B. Realistic and Timely

C. Measureable and Relevant

D. Attainable and Realistic

E. A and D


9. Name three actions you can take to help you reach your SMART goal.


10. What is your SINGLE BIGGEST goal for 2018? Do you have specific steps to get there?


Answer Key:

1. E. B and C

2.A Chinese dish is sweet and sour. Sometimes you have good thing happen and sometimes bad things.

3. Victoria Peak

4. D. Life is unpredictable. Be prepared and trust God.

5. C. (verb) to set in place, to stay

6. A goal is concrete. Wishes have no structure or legs. 

7. Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic/Relevant, Timely/Timebound

8. A and D

9. 1) Print it out or write it down. 2) Post it where you will see it on a regular basis. 3) Have an accountability partner.



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Scott Dreyer

A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.