Last year you came up with a fantastic idea. To finally learn English (or any other language) and be able to speak it fluently. You realised many advantages of knowing the language like job promotion, building new business relationships, growing your confidence, you name it… But you also came across a number of obstacles some of which were lack of time, motivation, and knowledge on how to learn and where to start. The sad result was procrastinating, and eventually giving up. But this year it’s going to be different. Why would it?
Because you’re going to be equipped with the following simple motivational tips:
Realise why you’re doing it so that your effort makes sense. Think of a mission or a goal that will put you on the right track. Try to be specific in your goal setting. That is to say, instead of “I want to speak English well” statement try the more detailed one like “I want to speak to my clients on the phone in English.” Also, decide on the exact time you’re planning to achieve that, e.g. January next year.
As Jim Ryun said, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” So here’s my advice: Make learning your (everyday) habit. You’ll gain lots of confidence once you manage to stick to the plan. Plus, doing language activities regularly will inevitably lead to mastering the skills, which in turn will fill you with positivity. This is terrific news as our brain learns faster when we’re in a good mood!
Do you already feel overwhelmed with loads of studying you’ll need to do? It’s no surprise to me. That’s why I’m here with a handy solution: chunk the material into smaller parts. I guess this rule applies to other areas in our life too. For example, it’s easier to eat the XXL pizza once it’s cut into pieces. And you’d probably give up at the very start if you were told you had to consume a whole lot of it! Learning is no different: it seems more achievable when in fragments.
Beware of temptations and be aware of useless things you might be doing. Those will only draw you away from attaining your goals. That’s why make sure you avoid wasting time and effort at all costs. One exception, that is skipping the routine even once, is enough to knock down what you’ve built. In order not to let it happen, once in a while stop and ask yourself the question: Does what I’m doing right now bring me closer to success?
If for the last few months you’ve been constantly taking up learning and then quitting, rolling up sleeves with energy just to end up on the sofa, do yourself a favour and take a break. It’s no use repeating the same mistakes all over again. And there is a chance that after you take a breath, you’ll look forward to coming back. The pause may prove to have been necessary and fruitful if you used it to create a solid plan. Aware of potential obstacles and with the right attitude, you’re more likely to succeed this time.
At times, you might feel a bit discouraged, or even worse, lost and lonely in the battlefield. Why not find a language parent then? Preferably the one that would be both demanding like a father and understanding like a mother. A professional that has the suitable knowledge and experience in the language teaching. Empathic and friendly, they will cheer you up and motivate to further work. Hopefully, with your new supportive language parent you will achieve your goal, at last.
To sum up, in learning a foreign language there are no shortcuts. But can’t the journey itself be pleasant and entertaining?
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