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|- 8 Steps for Success
Do you know what to break (something) down into bite-sized chunks
It’s what helps you complete a task when you want to
do something big.
Instead of feeling overwhelmed by our huge project (of speaking English,
for example), we break it down into smaller, digestible pieces, and
organise the things we need to do in such a way that by working diligently
and strategically, step by step, little by little, and very importantly, by
enjoying each step, then, before we know it, we've reached our goal and
we’re actually speaking English easily and naturally!
But remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day!
In order to reach your destination, you need to create short-term goals
that will conduce towards your medium-term goals, which will in turn lead
towards your long-term goal: to be a confident English user.
How to set short-term goals:
(i) Be specific and simple:
The more specific you make your goals, the more likely you are to work
towards achieving them. Compare, for example, “this week I will study
English”, with “this week I’ll study English for 10 minutes every day.”
(ii) Measure your progress:
At the end of the week, review your plan. Did you complete the tasks you
set for yourself? Are you better able to use the language (phrasal verbs,
expressions, grammar structures) that you studied and practised during
(iii) Achievable and realistic:
Make sure your goals aren’t so ambitious you’re unable to complete them,
nor so relaxed that you made almost no effort during the week. For
example, “I’ll practise English for 10 minutes a day every day is much more
achievable than, “I’ll study English for 2 hours a day!”
(iv) Make it relevant to you:
Have you ever spent a long time doing something thinking it will benefit
you in some way, only to realise, after a lot of hard work, that what you’ve
invested so much time in is not really very useful? This is why it’s
important to know what aspects of English you need to concentrate on,
where the gaps in your learning are. For example, when you try to speak,
where do you get stuck? Is it because you can’t find the words? Then you
need more vocabulary. Is it because you can’t express time correctly?
Then you need to review how tenses work in English.
(v) Create deadlines:
Set yourself weekly and monthly deadlines to complete your goals. Set the
1-week (short-term) goal of studying and practising English every day, but
only 5 days a week, not 7! It is so important to respect our need for rest!
Our mind and body will respond to our wishes with much more
commitment and enthusiasm if we allow ourselves to rest and let go as
much as we set ourselves goals and closely monitor our own progress.
After this, set the monthly goal, for example, I’ll follow this weekly plan for
4 weeks. As you complete the week, review your progress and make the
adjustments you need for the following week. At the end of the four
weeks, review your overall progress again and create a new set of 1-week
Incorporate this system into your daily life, watch yourself becoming more
confident with the English you already know, and move on to the next
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