1a) According to the writer, what have past experiences of New Year resolutions taught us?

Ans: Past experience has taught us that certain accomplishments are beyond

attainment If we remain deep-rooted lairs, it is only because we have

so often experienced the frustration that results from failure.

1b)Why, according to the writer, do most of us fail in our efforts for self-improvement?

ANS: Most of us fail in our efforts at self-improvement because our schemes

are too ambitious and we never have time to carry them out.

We also make the fundamental error of announcing our resolutions to

everybody so that we look even more foolish when we slip back into our bad old ways