Don’t Make Pointless Goals
Too often the goals people set when studying Chinese studies are pointless. What’s the point of studying 1000 hanzi if you pronounce any properly? What’s the point of an HSK exam if you dont need the certificate?
The issue with two many goals: they’re arbitrary. Most of the time an arbitrary goal is better than no goal at all, but it’s better to have goals with purpose. Arbitrary goals, once met, lead nowhere. Purposeful goals lead to more higher goals.
Progress metrics are so inspiring because you frequently sees your growth. But goals that build on themselves are even more powerful.
The 30000ft View
When you are in the grind, you need to see progress, but every once in a while, you will stick your head up from the desk, take the 30000ft view, and you’ll need to see your goals (I posted about this before).
Do you make concrete goals when studying Chinese (or other languages)? What kind of goals do you make?