[Amazingly enough, there are so many good blogs out there, that I can do weekly roundup's with themes. Last week's was about education]
This week’s roundup is about motivation.
Everyone falls of the horse once in a while. It’s frustrating when one thinks of what they might have achieved if they had stuck to a study regime and disconcerting when one realizes their language skills have decreased, often to a basic level. AJATT(all Japanese all the time) had a reader write in with just such a situation. Khatzumoto offered some decent advice. It’s ok to start over. It’s ok to go back to the basics. Starting over gives you a chance to reflect: on your goals, on your practices. If you believe in yourself, you’ll be back to where you were in no time at all.
One of the odd things about motivation is it’s easier to destroy than build up. At Laowai Chinese, Albert rants about how complaining about Chinese language poisons his motivation (and even hurts his relationships). If you find yourself bitter about some aspect of learning Chinese, try and examine the root causes and find a solution that works for you. Don’t let complaints hurt your motivation.
And sometimes, even when you’re motivated, the best thing to do is take a break. People aren’t machines. People don’t learn like machines, and most attempts to do so will end in disappointment and failure.
But what you need in spades is passion. You need to want to learn the language. If you’re not inspired to learn it, you won’t. No one can teach you passion, and inner motivation is always better than outer motivation.
How do you motivate yourself?