Who can we find who knows us so incredibly well, so deeply, that they can handle the responsibility to providing us with constant, tailored, the perfect motivation that speaks directly to our goals and experience? YOU. You’re the only person. You know yourself better than anyone else. You already know your favorite excuses and deepest desires. Your job as a self-motivator is to provide the mindset needed to learn a new language.
You can do anything you set your mind to. It’s all in your mindset. You can learn a new language, start playing a new sport, move to a new country, go back to school or just be a better you. You control your journey in life, don’t let others dictate what you can and can’t do.
When you start, your journey learning any new skill; the mindset is essential to the success. My focus on this blog will be on the journey of language learning. Even though I am focusing on language learning I think if you read this article you will benefit and start your personal journey even if it is not learning a new language.
Learning a new language, just like any other new skill, takes time and practice. You’re got to experience successes and failures before you can achieve mastery.
It’s funny when some people start a new skill they want to be perfect right away if they do not achieve perfection within days they quit. Did you learn to walk in days? Did you learn their native language in days? Did you learn all about math equations in one class? The answer is no.
There are two types of adults when it comes to learning a new skill the can-do and can’t do. I believe that a negative attitude can stem from a collision of confused, fear of failing and a poor mindset. Positive learners have a firm grasp on their priorities and take steps to align their time, actions and mindset accordingly.
Setting goals and getting clear on why you want to pursue a new language is mission critical. Goals help set the tone, calibrate our motivational compass and give us something to focus on when developing a new skill.
When we imagine ourselves as the personification of our goals, inspirations seeps in, and we’re even more ready to learn.
We tend to experience a deeper buy-in when the motivation is tailored to us – to our specific journey.
When we take on language learning we fear failure. I need you to know that you’re going to have days you fail at remembering a word or saying a new word. It’s just going to happen! As soon as you acknowledge that mistakes are inevitable, they lose their crippling power.
Don’t let a fear of an imperfect journey keep you from taking tremendous strides toward learning a new language. Work towards progress, not perfection, this can be your saving grace.
Articulate your beliefs. Determining belief helps align our subconscious. Making our conscious decisions easier to be in line with our true goal.
Commitment is the final piece of the puzzle. Commitment encompasses all four important components; your determination, plan, follow through, and consistency.
I want to start with consistency, it is the key to learning anything especially a language. Your determination is your fuel in this journey. Your project is your map. Stay the course and keep working at it every day. It will feel like hard work at first, it gets easier and more intuitive with time.
In other words, regardless of the venture, new pursuits are always uncomfortable and then one day the uncomfortable becomes slightly more comfortable.
Suddenly the clouds part and the new language feels like an old friend. Searching for words and phrases in the new language require less effort and less planning, and your mind shows less resistance. This is the sweet spot – the holy grail of your new skill. This is what you are working towards.
You got this!!
Kendal Knetemann founder of <a href=”http://lingohut.com/”>LingoHut</a> where free language lessons, games, and articles make language learning uncomplicated. Communication is our thing!!!
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