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Goals and Habits

Today, We’re talking about: Goals and Habits – The Dynamic Duo of All High Achievers

Hello! Are you ready for today’s Conversation Club? In the guided conversation led by the MPEC Coach, we will talk about goals (obiettivi) and habits (abitudini) – we’ll see that they are two distinct things and discuss situations when it’s better to focus on one rather than the other. In this session, we’ll explore vocabulary and phrases you can use to talk about your habits and how you set your goals. However, remember that when we enter the Conversation Club, we only speak in English!

Prepared with love by: My Personal English Coach

Helloooo! Just a few words of support for those of you who are starting your experience in our Conversation Club and don’t feel very confident. Don’t worry, we’re here for you!

On this page, you’ll find the vocabulary that can help you speak with your Club Partners (other MPEC students you’ll be paired with for guided conversations).

If you feel like you need to prepare before the club session, you can review the content of this page in advance. We are your Coaches and we know you well! We know that using Idioms & Phrasal Verbs can be a real challenge, so those are often the language elements we’ll suggest you use 🙃

After the preparation (you’ll find both the vocabulary and the conversation questions on this page), we invite you to participate in the Club session. You have received an email with the ZOOM link for the session:

On Tuesdays, the Club takes place from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM, and on Thursdays, from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM. If you haven’t received the access instructions via email, please, get in touch with us:

If you want to practice more after the Club session, you can come back here to do the Follow Up activity (at the bottom of the page). Are you ready? Let’s begin!

Glossary For Today’s Conversation Club

  • Weird
  • Uneasy
  • Everyday
  • Setback
  • Sustained
  • Productive
  • Effective
  • Purposefully
  • Mindfully
  • Proactively
  1. Unusual or strange; deviating from the expected or normal.
  2. Feeling discomfort or unease; not at ease or relaxed.
  3. Common or ordinary; occurring or used on a daily basis.
  4. A hindrance or obstacle that causes a delay or a reversal in progress
  5. Continuous or prolonged; maintained over an extended period of time.
  6. Yielding positive results; capable of producing desired outcomes
  7. Successful in producing the desired result or impact;
  8. Done with intent or determination; characterised by a clear intention.
  9. Engaging in an activity with full attention and awareness
  10. Taking initiative or action in anticipation of future events; acting in advance to prevent problems or seize opportunities

Phrasal Verbs You May Want To Try Today:

  • Set up – Establish or arrange (a goal or habit). EG: She set up a daily meditation habit to improve her mental well-being
  • Follow through – Complete or continue with (a goal or habit) until the end. Eg: He followed through on his goal of running a marathon by completing the training program
  • Take on – Accept or undertake (a goal or habit) as a personal challenge. Eg: They took on the challenge of learning a new language as a long-term goal
  • Work toward – Make progress or strive to achieve (a goal or habit). Eg: Sarah is working toward her dream of starting her own business.
  • Stick to – Maintain or adhere to (a habit or goal) consistently. Eg: It’s important to stick to your healthy eating habits even when faced with temptation
  • Give up – Stop pursuing or abandon (a goal or habit) due to challenges or lack of motivation. Eg: He gave up on his goal of becoming a professional musician after facing multiple rejections
  • Break away – Escape or free oneself from old habits or goals. Eg: She decided to break away from her old sedentary lifestyle and start exercising regularly
  • Fall into – Develop or acquire (a habit) unintentionally or by routine. Eg: Many people fall into the habit of procrastination without even realising it.
  • Carry out – Perform or execute (a habit or goal) in a diligent manner. Eg: The team carried out a thorough analysis to achieve their sales target
  • Bring about – Cause or initiate (a desired outcome or goal) through deliberate actions. Eg: Through dedication and hard work, they brought about a positive change in their community

10 Idioms you may find handy when describing your habits and routines

  • In the groove (with) – Performing a task or habit effortlessly and with great skill.
  • Set in stone – A habit or routine that is fixed and unchangeable.
  • Old hat – A habit or routine that is familiar and well-practiced.
  • Like clockwork – A habit or routine that occurs regularly and predictably.
  • Second nature – A habit or routine that has become automatic or instinctive.
  • On autopilot – Performing a habit or routine without conscious thought or effort.
  • Have down to a science – Having a habit or routine so well-refined that it is done with precision and efficiency.
  • Break the mould – To change or break free from a habitual pattern or routine.
  • Get into the swing of things – To become accustomed to a new habit or routine.
  • Fish out of water – Feeling uncomfortable or out of place when deviating from one’s usual habits or routines.

Need a Sample Sentence to be 100% sure how to use them? We’ve got your back!

  • After practicing yoga for years, she’s really in the groove with her daily routine.
  • My morning routine is set in stone, I never deviate from it.
  • Cooking dinner is old hat for me; I’ve been doing it for years.
  • The trains in Japan run like clockwork, always arriving and departing on time.
  • After years of playing the piano, it’s second nature to her.
  • During my commute, I’m usually on autopilot, lost in my thoughts.
  • She has meal prepping down to a science, making it quick and efficient.
  • It’s time to break the mould and try some new habits to shake things up.
  • After a few weeks at the new job, I finally got into the swing of things and felt comfortable.
  • I feel like a fish out of water when I have to speak in public; it’s not part of my usual routine.

Round 1: The Icebreaker

  1. Are routines and habits important to you?
  2. Do you tend to feel uneasy when your everyday routine is broken?
  3. Do you always have the same food for breakfast? Why? Why not?
  4. Who do you know who has a weird habit? What is it? Why do you find it weird? How did you find out about it?

Round 2: Let’s Explore Our Goals!

  1. How do you stay motivated and committed to your goals, especially during times of difficulty or setbacks?
  2. Can you share a story of a time when a particular r goal positively transformed your life or brought about significant change?
  3. Can you share an example of a goal that you set using the SMART framework? How did it help you stay focused and motivated?

Round 3: From Goals to Habits

  1. What are some goals you’ve set for yourself recently? Have you been successful in turning them into habits?
  2. How do you approach habit formation? Do you have any specific strategies or techniques that have worked well for you?
  3. What are some challenges you’ve encountered when trying to establish new habits? How did you overcome them?

After The Club: The Follow Up

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