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  • What percent chance do you think you have

  • of accomplishing your English language learning goals this year?

  • 10%?

  • 50%?

  • 100%?

  • How likely is it that you're going to succeed?

  • Well, if you're like most people, you're probably going to fail.

  • According to a recent article in Forbes magazine,

  • only 8% of people who set goals at the beginning of the year

  • actually achieve those goals.

  • That's less than 1 out of 10 people.

  • So what are all these people doing that causes them to fail?

  • And what can you do to make sure that you are part of that 8%

  • when achieving your English language learning goals?

  • In this video, I'm going to talk about some ways that you can make sure

  • you are more successful at achieving your language learning goals.

  • Now the first thing you neefd to do is have the right mindset.

  • You know, I get students coming to me all the time

  • and they say things like, "Aaron, I'm no good at speaking English,"

  • or, "Aaron, I have no confidence when speaking English."

  • And my response is, "Of course. Of course you don't.

  • That's what you believe and that's what you keep saying to yourself."

  • So that's not a really good mindset to have

  • because it closes you off from opportunities

  • and to move forward towards achieving your goal.

  • So what you need to do is examine your mindset

  • and change it to a more positive one because with a positive mindset,

  • you can really believe in your potential to succeed.

  • Everybody's got a potential to succeed

  • and you need to change that mindset to something more positive and more open.

  • So after you have the right kind of mindset,

  • then you need to learn how to set the right kind of goals.

  • So many people set goals in the wrong way

  • and they set themselves up for failure.

  • So what can you do to make sure you're setting the right kind of goals?

  • Well, the first thing you can do is set language learning goals that are realistic.

  • Think about it.

  • Some people say things like, "Oh, I want to become fluent in English in 6 months."

  • Well, for a lot of people 6 months is difficult to achieve fluency.

  • It might take longer than that.

  • Think about where you are and what your ability level is.

  • What is realistic for you?

  • Maybe a more realistic approach would be to say something like,

  • "My goal in the next 6 months is to increase the amount of time

  • I spend studying English and practicing English everyday."

  • Or, "I'm going to increase my ability to meet people and speak with them in English

  • and increase my confidence."

  • Those are more achievable. They're more doable

  • than becoming completely fluent in such a short time.

  • So the goal has to be realistic.

  • Also, goals need to be specific.

  • General goals are no good.

  • For example, some people say,

  • "Oh, in the next 6 months I'm just going to study English more.

  • I need to study English more."

  • And that's really, really general.

  • That's not a good kind of goal.

  • The best goal is something that is time-bound and measurable.

  • For example, "In the next 6 months, I'm going to make sure that I study English

  • for one hour a day, everyday, 7 days a week."

  • Okay, now that's much more specific.

  • We're talking about time and it's something that you can measure.

  • So think about specific goals.

  • And finally, not only should your goals be realistic and specific,

  • but they should also be meaningful.

  • These should be the kind of goals that are meaningful to your growth,

  • your development, your health and your happiness,

  • and especially to those around you.

  • For example, if you like video games and you set a goal

  • that you want to get the highest score in a video game,

  • well, that only benefits you and it's really not that meaningful.

  • But imagine if you achieved English fluency over time.

  • Wow, the benefits are amazing!

  • It opens up so many opportunities

  • and you can communicate with people all over the world.

  • That brings good things to you and it also shares that with other people.

  • So that's meaningful.

  • Now, once you have your goal set you need to write it down.

  • This is very important.

  • And I'm not talking about writing it on your computer.

  • I'm talking about taking an actual pen and a piece of paper.

  • You know what those are, right?

  • We don't use them as much these days but for this exercise it's very important.

  • Write it down in bold ink.

  • And this process of writing it down helps you to take your idea

  • from the mental and bring it into the physical world,

  • and that's important.

  • And that process of doing it helps you focus.

  • It makes your goal clear, concise, and concrete.

  • And then you need to take that goal and you need to put it somewhere visible,

  • somewhere that you see frequently everyday.

  • It could be the refrigerator or near the toilet or near your computer

  • or in all three places.

  • You need to keep seeing it, that physical manifestation of your goal.

  • And finally, you need to take action,

  • immediate action towards reaching that goal.

  • As soon as you write it down, what can you do right away

  • to start moving towards that goal?

  • You see, the process is very important.

  • And one way to help focus on the process is to make daily goals.

  • For example, if your long term goal is to achieve greater fluency in English,

  • then what you can do is make sure that today you start.

  • Today you set a goal to do some listening or some active speaking

  • or something that's going to move you in that direction.

  • So with all of these together,

  • having the right mindset,

  • setting the right kind of goals,

  • writing down those goals,

  • and taking immediate action,

  • you are going to be one of those 8% of people

  • that actually achieve the goals that they set for their English language learning.

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