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New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 – Tips

by Jake Beus December 31st, 2012 More

I resolve to...What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2013?  A resolution is a resolve or determination to do something. To me, that means if I’m not going to take it seriously, it’s better to not call it a resolution (call it a wish or a dream).  Do you take your resolutions seriously? I believe that people are inherently good and that they want to improve their own lives and the lives of others. I want you to be resolved to achieve your goals in 2013, just like I want the same for myself.

I am a firm believer that life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. Many of you will find that the greatest joys you will find come from spending time with those you love, learning, growing and serving others. The fact that you are reading this means that you want to improve your life. You have goals and perhaps you are resolved to achieve them. I’d like to provide a few tips to help you achieve your goals and find joy and happiness along the way.

  • Think about what you truly desire. What is it that you want to become? What do you really want to do?
  • Write it down.
  • Set goals based on what you find in your writings.
  • Be very specific in your goals. Don’t say ‘I want to learn a lot of money’. Don’t say ‘I want to spend more time with my kids’. Instead, say that you will earn x amount of money and that you will spend x amount of time with your kids each day/week.
  • If appropriate, set a date by which you will achieve your goal. (I will earn $10 by January 31st.)
  • Write down what you will sacrifice or give up in order to achieve your goal(s).
  • Determine how you are going to achieve your goal. Put it in writing.
  • When you have completed the above steps, write down your goal(s), the date by which you will achieve it, what you will give up to achieve it and how you will achieve it in paragraph form.
  • Read aloud your new ‘goal statement’ each morning and night. As you read it, see it and believe it as if it has already happened.

Those steps are heavily influenced by the classic book, Think and Grow Rich. I highly recommend that book.

We wish you the very best in this upcoming year. May you achieve your goals and set out to accomplish what you truly desire. If you have a desire to learn a new language or improve your language skills, we ask that you please let us help you. Enjoy 2013!

“Through all of living, have much joy and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”

 

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Motivational Quotes

by Taylor Pebley October 24th, 2012 More

Have you ever gotten really excited about a goal or project, such as speaking a new language, just to realize a few weeks or even only a few days later that your excitement and motivation have failed? I have. It’s always such a bummer…and it’s frustrating. We’re ambitious people! We want to be successful and progressive! We should be able to accomplish these extremely reachable goals! Well, one of the best ways I’ve found to overcome this tendency to burn out like a shooting star is to frequently read/say motivational quotes and then do something right away to implement those quotes.

There are thousands of motivational quotes out there. My suggestion is to start with a simple search on Google. I have collected a few over the years, and here are some of my favorites:

  • “I will do today what others will not do, so tomorrow I can do what others cannot do.” – Randy Gage
  • “Nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do.” – Russell Kirsch, invented the first computer
  • “Just do it.” – Popularized by Nike
  • “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward
  • “Build upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves.” – Joyce C. Lock
  • “Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.” – Cecile Springer
  • “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” – Robert Anthony
  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
  • “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
  • “Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland
  • “There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.” – Henry Ford

I hope you’ve found one or more of these to add to your collection. Regardless of what goal you are working on or weakness you are trying to overcome, a positive attitude can make all the difference. Use motivational quotes to help you succeed. Comment and share your own favorite quotes!

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How to Turn Motivation into Celebration

by Jake Beus October 11th, 2012 More

celebrateWhat gets you motivated? What gets you super-pumped and excited? What events cause celebration in your life? Take a moment and really think about those questions. It may even be helpful to write down your answers. I’d like to take a moment and answer those question for myself, and together I hope we can learn how to turn motivation into celebration.

What gets you motivated? For me, the answer to that question depends on what the goal is. In my life, I usually see or experience something that motivates me and gives me the desire to set a goal and achieve it. For example, I have seen a healthy transformation in my father. For years, he could not sleep in a bed because he would get heartburn every night due to his diet and lack of exercise. He has completely changed his diet, eats much healthier and does his best to avoid eating late at night. He also spends more time exercising than he used to. He has lost weight, feels better and is happier because of this change. His discipline has motivated me to eat healthier, exercise more and be more disciplined in general.

I have also been motivated by others and their desire and commitment to learning, whether it be learning a new language, learning how to wake board or learning how to make homemade pizza. People in my life who are consistently learning seem to live more fulfilling lives. There is a certain excitement that comes from learning from life’s experiences, whether they be your own or someone else’s.

What gets you super-pumped and excited? I have a little brother who is talented in basketball and football, and I get excited watching him score touchdowns, make tackles and swish 3-pointers. I get excited when great things happen to the people close to me, whether it’s a buddy of mine who meets a great girl or someone does well on a test. I get excited when things go right for me, whether it’s finding a solution to a problem or just being blessed with unique opportunities. There are lots of things that make me super-pumped.

What events cause celebration in your life? This question is very similar to the previous question, but there is also a difference. For me, the difference is that excitement can be random and celebration usually is a result of hard work. That being said, here are 2 quotes that I really like regarding celebration:

“Remember to celebrate with others those things you have accomplished together. Celebration creates unity and strengthens relationships.”

“Celebrate every small victory.”

I am a celebrator. I think that people don’t celebrate enough, and perhaps I celebrate too much. If I want to be a millionaire, am I only going to celebrate as soon as I make that first million? No. My philosophy is to celebrate the little things that will ultimately help you achieve your goal. Celebration and motivation are closely tied. Celebrating the small things has helped me to enjoy the journey and stay motivated to keep working toward goals.

How to turn motivation into celebration:  The simple answer is hard work. For me, it’s a cycle of never-ending fun and excitement. This cycle begins as motivation, which translates into hard work, which leads to multiple, small celebrations, which keeps me motivated, which keeps me working, which leads to more celebration. I met a professor at a prestigious university who taught me that when working toward a goal, I should plan, do, evaluate and learn; then plan, do evaluate and learn. I would add celebrate into that cycle of progression, which will ultimately help me to continue the cycle of progression.

One of my favorite movies is Rudy. If you’ve never seen the movie, I highly encourage you to watch it. This is the final scene of Rudy, which is a celebration of a great moment that is a result of years of hard work. It’s obviously a dramatic celebration, but think about how you might celebrate more as you watch it. Enjoy:

 

What is something you should be celebrating in your life? Please login and comment below. I’m gonna go celebrate the completion of this post.

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Habit Psychology

by Brent Jenkins September 25th, 2012 More

We’ve all heard it before: 21 days to make a habit.  21 days.  It sounds easy.  It sounds short.  It sounds simple.

But is it?

21 Days.  3 Weeks.  504 Hours.  30,240 Minutes.  1,814,400 Seconds.

It turns out that 21 days really is a long time, but we can get around that.  Believe it or not, we are constantly going through the full 21 day-cycle to start new habits – The only problem is that these habits aren’t always the ones that we want to be starting.  It seems that bad habits are easy to start and easy to feed, but the good habits are hard to grow (just like flowers & vegetables take a herculean effort and grandmotherly patience, but weeds grow for free…).

After scouring the web for legitimate advice on growing the good habits (the flowers) and plucking up the bad ones (the weeds), it’s easy to see that there’s a lot of great stuff out there, especially related to learning a foreign language.  The following keys will help you become a more successful habit-maker:

  1. Remember that when we remove a bad habit from our life, there is a void – an empty, blank space.  This could be an emotional space, or simply a free time-slot.  Think of it as the dirt that is now available once you’ve plucked a weed.  To ensure that another weed doesn’t pop up in its place, you have to plant a flower.  Example:  Every day after work, Bob goes home, plops down on the couch and numbs his mind with TV for the next several hours.  FIX: As soon as Bob get home, he laces up the ol’ running shoes and goes for a 20-30 minute jog.  Your goal is to replace one bad habit with one good habit.
  2. Use a system to remind yourself of habits that you’ve started and ongoing goals that need some attention.  A perfect example is Mindbloom.  This is a free website that helps you be a better you – It keeps track of goals and habits with reminders, motivation and rewards.  You can join a community who is as ambitious as you are (or as ambitious as you’d like to be).   Everyone here at LearnALanguage.com uses Mindbloom on a daily basis and is encouraged to be creative, motivated and ambitious.
  3. Good habits are hard to keep, even after the 21-Day creation period.  The truth is, in order to keep your good habits, you must have your motivation behind them.  The motivation is different for each person, and that’s how it should be.  Decide for yourself why you are going to learn a foreign language, lose 10 pounds, read 1 book per month, comb your hair, be on time, Facebook less, smile more and be happier.  Once you know the why, it will be easier to keep it up, even after Day 21.

This is only a small taste of the Psychology of Habit-Making.  The rest is up to you.

 

My industry is all about foreign language learning, so it makes sense that I extend an invitation to you: Begin Learning Today.  Start with a habit that will bring countless benefits for years to come, all for free.  As always, we welcome your comments and feedback.

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Why You Aren’t Learning a New Language

by Jake Beus September 24th, 2012 More

Learning a new language is definitely an admirable goal just like many other goals that you might have in your life. I have spent a considerable amount of time reading about goals and motivation as it relates to language-learning. There are millions of people everyday who do nothing to feed their desire to learn a new language. I found the following reasons:

Lack of time. Everyone is busy. No matter the stage of life you find yourself in, there are many great and noble things you can do to fill your time. One thing I have learned in life is that if you really want to do something, then you will usually make time for it. You don’t need to spend hours each day learning your new language of choice. Start with 10 minutes each day.

Lack of motivation. Don’t you wish there was a magic pill you could take to help you stay motivated after you have your ‘moment of inspiration’? I promise you that 5-hour Energy is not that magic pill. Why is learning a new language important to you? Once you have answered that question, think about ways that you can stay motivated. I would encourage you to list your goal on 43things.com and join a group of people with that same goal. If you have other websites/apps that are helpful, please comment on this post.

Can’t afford classes/software. No longer is it necessary for you to enroll in a college class or even pay hundreds of dollars for language-learning software. We are working hard to provide you with as many free resources as we can right here. There are numerous other ways that you can learn for cheap or even free. We don’t believe that there is a perfect solution for everyone, unless everyone could afford to move to a foreign country and be completely immersed in a new language.

Little success with boring learning methods. As I previously stated, we are working feverishly to give you the best resources to keep you motivated and learning at the same time. Language learning doesn’t have to be as boring as your most boring professor you had in college. We can do better. I believe that learning needs to be convenient as well. What are the best mobile apps and websites for learning a new language?

If you have a different excuse for not learning a new language, please make a comment and let me know what your excuse is.

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