How To Stay Motivated

Learning a new language requires some time, effort and discipline. If you’re feeling unmotivated, here are 7 ways you can tackle that problem:
Break down long-term goals into simple steps

Achieving fluency in a foreign language seems like an intimidating goal. Instead, try aiming for something more specific and achievable: learning 30 new words a week, watching an episode of your favorite show every day and so on.

Plan for the week ahead

The key to success is consistency. To learn a language, you need to practice it every day, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. Set aside half an hour at the end of the week to create a plan and find the right materials for each day. It won’t take long and the results are totally worth it.

Stop comparing yourself to others

Remember that everyone has different goals, interests and learning styles. If you feel demotivated or overwhelmed with endless success stories shared on social media, stop following that kind of content. Instead, surround yourself with educational accounts and people who talk about their failures, as well as achievements.

Share your achievements with others
Studies show that publicly sharing your progress can actually motivate you to accomplish your goals. After all, when no one is around you to say anything about an incomplete task, you’re more tempted to push it to the next day or the next week. So whether you’re talking about it with your friends or sharing your journey in a blog, make sure to put your achievements out there!

Reward yourself

Rewards are one of the most powerful tools you have to reach your goals. If you know that there’s a special reward waiting for you at the end of the journey, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Rewards also help you stay focused on your goal and serve as a way to celebrate your accomplishments.

Strive for progress, not perfection

When it comes to languages, perfection is unattainable even for many native speakers. You’ll see much better results if you focus on your progress instead. One way to do it is to pick a topic and record yourself talking about it for 5 minutes. Do this once a month. Whenever you feel like you’re not making any progress, go back and rewatch your earlier videos.

Lead a healthy lifestyle

Your ability to acquire new information directly depends on your lifestyle choices. If you’re feeling unmotivated or unable to focus, take a closer look at your eating habits, sleep schedule and physical activity. In some cases it’s also helpful to check your hormone levels for any imbalances that might be interfering with your ability to learn.

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