Building good habits will help you reach your goals sooner

Habits are what determine whether we succeed or fail at something. If we build bad habits, then our results will be poor. If we establish good habits, we will be rewarded.

Let’s take two people who decide they want to improve their English skills. They both hire a teacher to help them.

  • Student 1 takes the advice of the teacher and sets 10 minutes a day to practice new vocabulary, writing, speaking, etc.
  • Has a positive mindset and good work ethic.
  • Does exercise and sleeps enough hours at night.
  • Speaks English whenever possible.
  • Student 2 says they don’t have time to practice English 10 minutes a day.
  • Makes excuses all the time and procrastinates.
  • Doesn’t exercise or sleep enough.
  • Is too shy to speak English in public.

After three months, who do you think will speak English better? The difference between these students is the habits they have built.

I use an app called Momentum to keep track of the habits I want to build. One of the best ways to learn new vocabulary is by reading. That is why I have developed the habit of reading something in French every day. My streak is up to 143 days and counting. I also use the app Duolingo to improve my German and French. I have done two lessons a day for the last 846 days in a row. People say that I’m talented at languages and that is why I learn them faster than most people. That is NOT true. The only difference between you and I is the fact that I have built good habits for language learning.

I believe that you are capable of learning anything you want. But as long as you don’t develop good habits, you won’t reach your destination. So here are my tips for you:

  1. Use a calendar or app to keep track of your habits. After each day you complete the task, cross it out. After some time you will feel a sense of responsibility to keep the streak going.
  2. After you reach certain milestones, reward yourself. For example, after you practice English vocabulary for 10 days, give yourself a treat. That could be a chocolate bar or a night out with friends.
  3. Find an accountability partner. This is someone who checks up on you to see if you are doing your tasks. A private teacher is perfect for that.

No more excuses. Just action. Like Nike says…

Just do it!

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Results (noun): a thing that is caused or produced by something else; a consequence or outcome.
  2. to hire (verb): employ (someone) for wages.
  3. positive mindset (noun): the practice of focusing on the good in any given situation.
  4. excuse (noun): a reason or explanation given to justify a fault or offence.
  5. streak (noun): something that happens or is done over a period of time without a break.
  6. capable (adj.): having the ability, fitness, or quality necessary to do or achieve a specified thing.
  7. to track (verb): to record the progress or development of something over a period
  8. cross out (phrasal verb): to draw a line through (something).
  9. accountability partner (noun): a person who coaches another person in terms of helping the other person keep a commitment.

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What happens when you establish good habits?
  2. Which student will be more successful? Student 1 or Student 2?
  3. Why has the writer of this blog post been able to learn two new languages in the last 4 years?
  4. What is one tip the writer suggests to help you build better habits?

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