What are you English goals?
Have you ever really spent much time thinking about them?
A lot of people say they just want to speak really well or speak English like a native.
OR… They say they’re unhappy with their English and just want to improve.
There’s a bit of a problem here… Can you see it?
Yup. Most English learners don’t really have an image of what they really want.
And that means they don’t really have any English goals.
To test this, I once asked some of my students to draw what they wanted to achieve in English… The image to the right was quite a common one.
And this is one of the reasons why it’s difficult for English learners to really achieve their English goals:
If you can’t visualise the end result, it’ll be hard for you to achieve the end result you want.
So what can you do?
Well, if I told you to think about what kind of transformation you want to see, you’d still not have a very clear idea.
… So that won’t work.
But what we can do is create a small, actionable plan that you can work on.
You see, when you start small, you can build up to bigger things.
And when you start small, you can make mistakes.
And when you start small, you can progress quickly and easily.
And progressing quickly is something we all want.
So, I’ve created a short video that can help you create a small but powerful learning plan to help you to reach some small goals… and more importantly, focus, motivate and visualise.
I won’t go into too much detail here about why visualisation, motivation and focus are important because I just want you to watch the video and complete the exercise rather than thinking about all the theory.
When you visualise something, you tell your brain that it’s possible. When you know that something is possible, you are more likely to achieve it. For example, if you’re an anxious speaker, you could try visualising yourself being confident.
Next, when you focus on a single task, rather than many different tasks, you’re more likely to do a better job (and do it faster). It’s why it’s always better to do something with a purpose rather than at random.
Finally, when you’re motivated, you’ll be more excited to study and you’ll make more effort. Everyone knows what it’s like to have no motivation (it sucks and you don’t do anything). But… when you feel like you can do something, your motivation slowly comes back. It’s like when you find a vocabulary activity that you really like.
So, if more motivation, better visualisation skills, and more focus is something you want, watch this video and answer the questions.
Now that you’ve watched the video, answer the questions, and write your plan in the comments section here or on YouTube. This simple activity of ‘making your plan public‘ will push you to complete it even more.
Enjoy your progress!
Sam is the founder and creator of English For Study. He's also a lecturer in EAP/Academic English. Apart from making Academic English easy, he likes learning languages, lifting weights and eating good food.