Can Changing Your Motivation Change Your Progress?
That’s probably the most common, yet most important question you will ever be asked with regards to learning any language.
When I ask students of LOI, the most common answers I get are: “I’m learning for work, for travel, for a test,etc.” or followed by: “I’ve been learning for years.” There’s always a sense of obligation, and ‘have-to’s’.
Now that’s fair enough, and it’s important to have a specific goal in mind, and to take steps towards that goal. However, think about when you for example start a diet with the thought of: “I HAVE TO lose weight.” Just the sound of it is a heavy burden. Why not replace that thought with: ” I want to feel better. I want to be less stressed, and I want to be more confident.” Doesn’t that just sound more pleasant even to say to yourself?
We can apply the same principle to learning English. Instead of: “I HAVE TO learn English for this, that and the other reason….” why not replace it with: ” I want to learn English to communicate, to put my thoughts into someone else’s head in a new way. I want to learn more about myself, and other people.”
Learning any language is a journey, so why not enjoy it? If you’ve been learning for years, and feel you’ve hit a language plateau, take a good look at why you’re learning, and perhaps broaden your motivations.