by Taylor Pebley
October 24th, 2012
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!
Motivation, Saving the World, Uncategorized
by Taylor Pebley
September 20th, 2012
When learning a new language it’s helpful to know how to improve your memory. Memorization is an important part of learning. I am currently learning Spanish and have found some helpful tips on how to improve memorization skills:
Get enough sleep. Your mind is like a muscle: it won’t perform its best if it is too tired. It’s also important not to get too much sleep, which can make you feel lethargic and foggy. So how much sleep is enough for you? Try keeping a regular sleep schedule and adjust according to how you feel. You will eventually find the right number for you. Continue paying attention to your body and mind and adjust that number as needed.
Exercise regularly. Exercise does wonders for the mind, such as raising oxygen, delivering endorphins, and increasing self-discipline. Try learning and memorizing within an hour or so of your exercise. Your body and mind will still be in high performance mode from your workout.
Use mnemonic devices (click link for some great examples). Like a mind bridge, mnemonic devices connect something you already know to what you are learning. For example, I was trying to memorize the Spanish word for horse, which is “el caballo“, pronounced kah-bah-yo. I associated that word with the English word “cowboy” because they sound alike. Every time I heard the word “caballo” I pictured a cowboy sitting on a horse.
Be stress free. Stress takes a tole on the mind and body. Make sure you feel relaxed before trying to learn. If you feel stressed before learning, try some simple stress release exercises. If all else fails, have a good laugh and consciously put away your troubles long enough to be relaxed and stress-free. Then jump into your learning and memorization with an open mind and smiling face.
Increase your brain power. Lastly, strengthen your brain by solving puzzles and brain teasers. Even better, find brain teasers that require memory exercises! If you start to feel frustrated while trying to memorize new words or phrases, take a break and find a few memory exercises that are fun and interesting to you. Try doing one per day for a week and see how much your memory improves.
Try these tips to help improve your memory in the language you are learning. Not learning a language yet? Guess what, learning a new language happens to be a great way to increase your brain power. Comment with your thoughts and suggestions. I am learning another language myself and could use all the help I can get!
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