We are not born with a positive mindset. It is our experiences, culture and religious beliefs that shape who we are. Although our genetics do influence the chemical makeup of our attitude. All that said being more positive is actually a skill that anyone can learn. It takes hard work, consistency and persistence. There will always be highs and lows that life throws at you. You mould your own perspective and are responsible for your own success.
Remember you shape your perspective and are ultimately responsible for your own success.
By limiting exposure to negativity, focusing more on the positive, offering and asking for help when needed, you’ll feel better prepared for learning a new language. It can be very challenging to remain positive when faced with the challenges that can arise. For example, a language partner might not show, a tutorial may be cancelled or you may not be feeling confident about an exam. These experiences can have a negative result and over time may impact on your attitude for study and make you less motivated. However, it does not have to be that way. You can shape your own response to negative experiences and improve your performance.
Focus on the Postive to be more Productive
Step back and take a deep breath and remind yourself of all the reasons why you are learning the language. Write down all the things that are going well for you. A good idea is to invest in a journal. To get some ideas on how to use a language journal check out this post.
Look for the Good
Many people find it hard to stay positive when faced negative situations. If you are struggling with learning a language, always remember that this difficulty will
pass and if it doesn’t you will adapt your learning to better cope with the challenge. Be grateful for the things that are going well for you. Honour even the smallest of successes that you have when learning a language. Noticing and pointing out the good will help you to stay more positive, motivated and will build greater confidence. A positive attitude can also influence those around you. Give thanks when someone makes an extra effort to help you. If you’re impressed with someone, tell them. Praise encourages an appreciation and this positive reinforcement back will be returned. Looking for the good can also reduce unconstructive competition and comparison between other language learners too.
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.
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 realise 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. Check out the 24 soft skills that are required to be a successful language learner.
If someone is being rather negative about another language learner refuse to join in. My trick is to turn the conversation around with some humour 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.
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. 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.
For some ideas on goals check out my personal plan for June.
What helps you to be more productive in your language learning?
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