We are not born with a positive ‘go do‘ mindset. It is our experiences, cultural background and religious beliefs that shape who we are as individuals. Although our genetics do have an influence on the chemical makeup of our attitude a positive outlook is actually a skill that anyone can learn!
It takes hard work, consistency, and perseverance. There will always be highs and lows that life will throw at you. You mold your own perspective and are ultimately responsible for your own self-growth and success.
3. Escaping Negativity
If someone is being rather negative about another language learner refuse to join in. My trick is to turn the conversation around with some humor or telling a story of something else thus changing the topic. Joining in with negativity not only hurts those around you but over time you could develop a ‘toxic’ mindset too. A toxic mindset is detrimental to your own well-being. There will always be people who like to dwell and suck up positive energy like a vacuum and leak out negative vile. They think that the world is against them and they have a right to have whatever they want with little regard for those around them. They always complain and are quick to criticise others. Be aware of these people and try to avoid them because their pessimistic outlook will start to impact your own. Although sometimes it can be our very own thoughts that are negative check out this post to learn how to manage negative thoughts.
4. Environmental and Biological Factors
Scientific studies have shown that our environmental factors can impact on our ability to learn. ambient temperatures are linked to productivity. The comfort zone is between 22ºC/72ºF – 25ºC/77ºF. It is also important that you are aware of your most productive time of the day. Even if is 11pm at night or 5am in the morning. Pick a time that feels right for you. Our learning styles can be very different to one another so it is important you have the right learning style for you. If you are not as productive as the day before try switching computer for a book or working with pen and paper rather than a phone app. Switching environment can be a great motivator and might even promote some creativity!
5. Less is More
Less actually equals more! Productivity is not measured by how long you sit in your designated study area. The Pomodoro Technique is an excellent technique. Work in short bursts with maximum focus and take short breaks when your attention starts to wonder. It is important to just focus on one thing at a time. Research has shown that multi-tasking is inefficient.
6. Setting Goals for Language Learning
If you say “I want to learn French” that isn’t a very precise goal and sounds very overwhelming. Break goals down into smaller more management chunks over a specific time period. It is important to set ambitious, but realistic goals. If your goals are over ambitious you are setting yourself up to fail and impacting on your future motivational levels. You will find more enjoyment in learning if you’re always aiming to do better. Acknowledge what you can’t change and work on the things you have control over. Ask yourself what your ultimate goals are? Where do you see yourself in 6 months, five or ten years time? Then ask yourself what you need to do to get there.
7. Journaling for Success
Make a plan in a journal. For more information check out How to Set Language Learning Goals in Your Bullet Journal.
8. Pareto Principle
More commonly known as the 80-20 rule. This principle draws upon the rule that 80 per-cent of our effects come from just 20% of the cause.
9. Social Stimulus
Developing relationships with other language learners is one of the most effective ways to improve your attitude and performance. Feeling supported will help you have more fun with your language learning, Reach out and realize the value of study partners. If you begin to feel negative, look to upbeat language learners to put things back into
perspective for you. Language is key to being social and developing people skills is an important part of language learning. By sharing your goals you will feel more accountable for them. Check out the 24 soft skills that are required to be a successful language learner.
10. Reward yourself
If you’ve just completed a goal, gone up a level in your fluency or you’re feeling
really exhausted, consider taking a break from studying for a couple of days. A long
weekend can improve your productivity and leave you feeling refreshed and more motivated too.