Are You Being Honest with Yourself?


Can I ask you a direct question? And, I want you to be truthful.

Do your priorities include English learning? The most important thing is to be honest with yourself when answering this question. If you don’t have the time and energy to devote to English right now, then stop beating yourself up. If you're like me, when you don't have time to spend on language learning, you can start to feel a little guilty.

But it's important to accept where you are right now and have compassion for yourself. More importantly, focus your energy where it needs to go. Maybe right now you need to focus on your kids or on your job or on something else. There is a season for everything, as the saying goes. Your season to focus on improving your English will come when you are able to devote the time and resources. But if reaching your English goals has been on your mind for while, then it's time to ask yourself a question:

Am I ready to reach my English goals now? If the answer is yes, then it is time to set clear goals. If you want to get better, what is it that you specifically want to accomplish with your language skills? Why do you want to accomplish this goal? You must have a big enough reason to stay motivated. In other words, your reason for improving your English must be bigger than your reason for staying at your current level. Your reason must be personal and relevant to you. Saying "I want to improve" is not enough.

Maybe you want to learn to speak English with confidence so that you can speak with your children’s teachers. Or, you want to learn the vocabulary associated with a specific certification so that you can find meaningful work. Perhaps you want to be able to confidently have a job interview.

These are just a few examples. Every goal is unique to the person who has it. The point is to know the WHY behind your desire to improve.

So, if now is the time and you are ready to move forward, then don't wait a moment longer. Your goal is waiting for you.

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