According to Forbes.com, a great part of the American population is interested on self-improvement, but only 8% of the population, actually reach their goals in life.
Are you one of the small amount of people fulfilling their goals? Or on the contrary, are you setting your new year’s resolutions to start with great discipline, but a great risk of giving up on the second week of January?
I’m sure you’ve been there: it’s the end of another year, and you think: “oh man, what did I spend my last 365 days on? I think it’s time to start fresh on this new year”.
We’ve all been there, we’ve all failed to do something that we said we would do during the beginning year, but our determination just faded away in just a matter of days.
There’s a common saying in Spanish: “un chorro de babas” and basically, it means a squirt of saliva. In Spanish, we say that you show up with a “chorro de babas”, every time you say you would do something, but you end up doing nothing.
Whether your goals are concerning to eating healthier, learning to play the guitar, going to the gym, making more money, or learning Spanish, they’re all vulnerable to become a “chorro de babas” if you don’t do something about it.
A very “slight” secret
Did you ever find yourself undecided to stay awake 30 minutes more and finish the episode of that TV show you love, or go to sleep early? You know those 30 minutes won’t hurt your health immediately, but what if you adopt the habit of going to sleep late?
Actually, going to sleep before the end of that episode is very easy to do, you just turn off the TV and go to bed; but because it’s so easy to do, it’s also not so easy to do.
Think now about the impact that your life will get, if you compound those 30 minutes of sacrificing your sleep over a big amount of time. Your well-being would probably be affected by the end of the year.
I learned this truth when I read the book, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson.I certainly proved the accuracy of its principles when I learned to speak English. I adopted the habit of learning English for a small amount of time every day, and compounded over time, it gave me the awesome results that I got today.
Small goals Every day…
If you really want to learn to speak Spanish, here is a small, but a crucial truth that is 100% proven to achieve it: dedicate a small amount of time every day to learn Spanish, that’s it.
Not matter if it’s a holy-day, vacation time, Sunday, or whatever; stop making useless excuses and do it every single day. I promise that it will have a huge impact on your Spanish learning by the end of the new year.
Obviously, you can’t just say that you will learn Spanish for a small amount of time every day and just start doing random things. You need to set goals, specific goals.
Set your goals to learn Spanish
Imagine you are about to make a road trip from one city to another, one of the first things you need to make is a good route.
you would probably check google maps to see the quickest route to get to your destination, or you would make sure that the roads are in good condition to avoid an uncomfortable trip.
Your goals are your route to Spanish fluency, they will determine what way to take to improve your listening, speaking, reading or writing.
You need to make sure that your goals set a good route to reach Spanish fluency. Make your goals as specific as you can, so you can have a clear vision of what your route is.
For example, a non-clear goal would be: “Learn Spanish every day,” on the other hand if you make it more specific, it will be easier for you to fulfill it. For instance, let’s say that during this week, from Monday to Sunday, you will listen to a specific Spanish audio for 10 minutes while preparing breakfast, and another 10 minutes when making dinner.
10 minutes is a small amount of time, this would be very easy to do. You probably wouldn’t feel any improvement right away, but over time it will make a difference.
If you want to learn more about how to achieve your goals and get the results you want, not just to learn Spanish, but for any area of your life, I strongly recommend that you read The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.
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Don’t be like most people
At the end of every year, people often set goals that they never fulfill. Spanish is a chance for you to prove yourself different from the rest of the people.
In fact, most people set the time to start working on their goals on January 1st, which is completely ridiculous. If you want to do something, now is the time to start, today is the right date to start improving your Spanish.
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