Lesson Transcript


Peter: How do you stay motivated...
Chigusa: ...when learning a language?
Peter: You’re about to find out.
Chigusa: In this Sunday News, you’ll discover the 3 secrets to staying motivated...
Peter: ...the 1 mistake people make with motivation...
Chigusa: ...how you can apply these rules to your language learning.
Peter: And, we’re giving away a free PDF cheat sheet on motivation at the end...
Chigusa: Welcome to this episode of Innovative Language Learning Sunday News! I'm Chigusa and I'll be your host. My co-host today is the founder of InnovativeLanguage.com, Peter Galante!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
Chigusa: So, what are the 3 secrets to staying motivated?
Peter: So, Chigusa, when we talk about motivation: there’s the motivation to start something...
Chigusa: Right. Your reason for starting: Like for traveling or because you like the culture.
Peter: Exactly. We won’t be talking about that.
Chigusa: And then, there’s the motivation to continue.
Peter: Precisely. The motivation to keep going and to actually stick with your goals…
Chigusa: I think staying motivated is tough for most people...
Peter: Agreed. And that’s the topic for today: How to stay motivated and keep going.
Chigusa: Alright, so you said most people get motivation wrong. How?
Peter: Well, let’s see if you make the mistake, Chigusa.
Chigusa: Okay!
Peter: Here’s a question: If you want to stay motivated with a language or any goal, what do you
usually do?
Chigusa: If I want to get motivated? Hmm. I remind myself of all the results I’ll get.
Peter: And THEN, you go and try it, right?
Chigusa: Right, first I want to get the feeling... and then I try to do it.
Peter: Great answer.
Chigusa: Really? So am I making a mistake?
Peter: Well... Let’s get to the first secret of motivation: Number one: Action comes first.
Chigusa: So, I am!
Peter: Don’t feel bad, Chigusa. That’s how we all start. We get that inspiration. Then we start doing it, right? But for the motivation to keep going, most people make the mistake of following this process.
Chigusa: So, action comes first.
Peter: Exactly. First, you need to get started, then you get motivated. But most people have it
Chigusa: Yeah, most people want to get motivated first.
Peter: Yeah, and... wishing for motivation is like reading about “how to go for a walk outside” instead of going for a walk outside.
Chigusa: Ah, yeah, instead of doing the thing...
Peter: ...you’re on the sofa, you're thinking about walking.
Chigusa: Okay, if I wanted to stay motivated with language learning, what should I do?
Peter: Jump in and start learning first BECAUSE this will boost your motivation.
Kind of sounds counterintuitive because real motivation comes from experience and seeing results.
Chigusa: So listeners, what happens is...
Peter: First, you do a language lesson. You learn a conversation.
Chigusa: Then, you do another. Now you know 2 conversations.
Peter: You start feeling you can do more. You see results, and results bring motivation. Now, we’re not saying you can’t read about how to do something first, or gather information first. But think about it, where does that motivation come from? Does it come from reading all about it? Or actually doing and succeeding?
Chigusa: Right, Peter, that's a really good point. You can read about getting in shape...
Peter: I’ve done that… you get a magazine and I'm thinking about getting in shape. Reading, looking at the pictures, that stuff is important but... nothing doing it first and then seeing...
Chigusa: Results.
Peter: So, it probably illustrates clearly about just thinking about rather than doing. Seeing the amount of weight that you lift increasing, performing better, speaking more in a conversation or in a class… and this is the true power of motivation.
Chigusa: Right, so listeners, just press the play button on a lesson... and jump right into it.
Peter: The motivation comes after. Ok, Number two: Have a go-to study method.
Chigusa: Now Peter, what do you mean by that?
Peter: Here’s an example: When you go to work, there are tasks you do first. The easy ones. Or maybe you do the hard ones, depending on the person.
Chigusa: Yeah, I check my email and plan my tasks for the day.
Peter: Or you start with the news. But in your case, those are your go-to tasks, right? They’re easy to do for you and then, it gets you going.
Chigusa: Yeah, exactly.
Peter: So, with language learning, you need to have that 1 go-to study method that is super simple for you.
Chigusa: Like just listening to an audio lesson and reading along. Or a video lesson.
Peter: Precisely. Some of our Inner Circle members start with writing. They write out the lesson dialog. And it’s good because... there’s no thinking involved, you just copy it out. It’s easy to do.
Chigusa: So, listeners, have a go-to study method that you can always start with...
Peter: ...and then that way, you can jump in without thinking.
Chigusa: Number Three: Always Have Goals
Peter: As an example, I want you to think about your friends. Do you have that one friend that’s always up to something - some project? Something they're working on. A song. A video. Social media. They’re building something. Starting a business. Always doing something.
Chigusa: Yes, I have someone like that. They’re very motivated people.
Peter: Motivation might not correlate but do you ever wonder how they stay motivated? They’re always “go go go.”
Chigusa: I do!
Peter: It’s because they are working on something. They’re always giving themselves something to do.
Chigusa: Ah, this goes back to “taking action.” If you’re not learning or working, you can’t stay motivated.
Peter: Precisely. So, you need to apply this to language learning.
Chigusa: So, how would you do that?
Peter: So, you need goals and things to look forward to.
Chigusa: Like if you’ve signed up for a language proficiency test...
Peter: ...now you have something to work on.
Chigusa: And because the test will be held on a certain date, you’ll always have that date in mind.
Peter: So listeners, you can make it a goal to finish 30 audio lessons on our site.
Chigusa: Or, choose 1 easy audio lesson and make it a goal to memorize the dialogue.
Peter: So, if you always have something to do, you’ll never have to worry about motivation.
Chigusa: So, listeners, remember...
Peter: 1. Action comes first
Chigusa: 2. Have a go-to study method.
Peter: 3: Always have goals.
Chigusa: And by the way, we’re giving away a bonus PDF eBook, “How to Stay Motivated”...
Peter: ...with tips that you’ve just heard in this Sunday News
Chigusa: So, that you can keep it for yourself. But there’s a catch.
Peter: You have to leave a comment on this Sunday News... to show that you’re willing to take
Chigusa: And we’ll reply with the link.
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Chigusa: Well, that’s going to do it for this edition of Innovative Language Sunday news!
Peter: Bye everyone!
Chigusa: Thank you for listening, and we’ll see you all next time.