Change always has a cost.
Time, life, money, land, sleep…
History is told through stories of change. Revolutions, great buildings, scientific breakthroughs, powerful leaders and brilliant thinkers are all things we talk about history.
Mostly, we only remember the change. We only remember the difference that happened – such as better medicine, better education or more wealth.
Usually, we don’t talk about the darker sides of history.
That’s because the darker sides of history are very brutal.
Of course, there are events that we can never forget about and we are reminded about them regularly. But the dark events that we remember are usually the worst of the worst.
Today, I visited the Taiwanese National History Museum in Tainan with my wife and a friend from the UK. I learnt about how Taiwan went from being a small island run by tribes, to being fought over by the Chinese and the Japanese armies.
Taiwan was happy when it was an island of tribes.
But now, Taiwan is much more developed and people live longer. There is better healthcare, better education and the country is wealthier.
Overall, most people in Taiwan enjoy a higher standard of living than their ancestors.
If Taiwan were still a country of tribes, it wouldn’t be as comfortable or developed as it is now.
This change didn’t just happen, though.
The change came at a price.
If we want to make a change, we have to do things differently. We have to try new things. We have to leave our comfort zone. And we have to make sacrifices.
If someone wanted to lose weight, they’d have to stop eating the sweet foods, for example…
It’s the same with learning English.
If your English isn’t improving and you keep doing the same things, nothing will change.
If you want your English to improve, then you need to change something.
You need to give something up.
And you need to leave your comfort zone.
Making a change can be painful, but afterwards, you’ll benefit from it.
The time to make a change to improve your English is now.
What do you really want to change in your English and why?
If you really want to make a change in your English, it all starts with why…
What’s your why?
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.