There are many different ways that people learn. You learn by watching and seeing other people do things. You learn by listening to what other people say. And you learn by doing it yourself.
But there is something that is just as critical to your success in learning Japanese that doesn’t involve the Japanese language at all. In fact, you might say it is a secret to learning Japanese. It is your belief that you can and will learn Japanese.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. -Dr. Napoleon Hill
What Are Declarations?
Declarations are the tool that you will use to install new beliefs that will support you in learning Japanese. So, first let’s define what a declaration is so that we are all on the same page.
A declaration is simply “a positive, official statement of your intention to take a certain action or attain a particular status.”
Now, the nuances here are very subtle, but important. So let’s point them out for a full understanding.
- Declarations are statements. So you will be saying them out loud. This is important because the spoken word is very powerful.
- Declarations are positive, in that they support you in achieving your goal, and they are official, meaning that you are serious about them.
- Declarations state your intention for a certain action or status. What you declare doesn’t have to be true right this moment, because all you are saying is that you intend to make it true.
How Do They Work
First you have to understand that a belief is simply “a thought that you repeatedly think.” The thought doesn’t necessarily have to be true for it to be a belief.
As human beings we often believe what we hear repeatedly over and over again. You hear it and then you think it. Hear it, then think it. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Now it’s a belief.
This could be something that you always heard growing up, maybe it’s something your parents always told you. Or it could be something all the professionals on TV say about a topic, like finances or health.
Either way, you believe it not necessarily because it is true 100% of the time, but rather because that’s what you heard said most often about it.
Now you will be using that same formula of belief formation to give yourself new beliefs that will help you to attain fluency in Japanese quicker than if you didn’t use them.
Which Ones You Will Use
Okay, so which declarations should you use in order to speed up the process in which you learn Japanese? Well, just for you I have created a nice one page Attitudes of Learning sheet that you can print out and use everyday. Click on it below to print out the declarations now.
Now, why did I name it “Attitudes of Learning”? Well, because as Zig Ziglar said “your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
Meaning that your attitudes towards learning Japanese will have a far greater impact on your success than your natural abilities.
How & When You Will Use Them
There are several ways to use declarations. At a minimum you should be saying them out loud and with enthusiasm once a day. Let me say that again so that you understand how important it is. Say your declarations out loud. And say them with enthusiasm.
When you think something, that is one thing. But when you think, speak and hear that same thing it then becomes three times as big! Also, beliefs are often tied up in emotion. So by using enthusiasm, a positive emotion, you attain that belief much more quickly and deeply.
The best way to do your declarations is to hold them in your left hand while you put your right hand over your heart. Again, you want to involve your emotions in the process and when you place your hand over your heart it signals to yourself that what you are saying is serious and meaningful.
This is just like when you put your hand over your heart when you make a solemn promise about something or to someone. Only this time, you are promising to yourself.
A great time to do them is right before you study Japanese as it will prepare your mind before you start learning.
However, if you are willing to do a little extra work in order to adopt these new supportive beliefs quicker, then do them once soon after you wake up in the morning and again shortly before you go to sleep at night.
Also, once you start to memorize them, do them in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eyes. This is like slamming your foot down on the accelerator for maximum speed.
Why You Will Use Them
If you’re with me this far, then you might be wondering why you should even do this at all. Because you know, this method is rarely talked about by anyone. And you probably never heard about using declarations to help learn when you were in school. This site is devoted to one thing:
Combining Japanese language lessons with Advanced Techniques for Accelerated Learning.
I didn’t say “normal methods for regular results.” You can get those from someone else.
What kind of techniques? Advanced Techniques. Look, obviously I can only say what works for me. That doesn’t mean that it will work for every single person absolutely every time. But it probably will because it’s about beliefs and how the mind creates them.
This is not unique to me. Trust me, I learned about the power of declarations from someone else, and so did they.
Will This Work For You?
The first time I learned about declarations was actually when I was learning how to manage my money properly. It is scary how well it has worked for me in that area of my life and that’s what prompted me to see if it could be applied to other areas as well.
The good new is that it does work in other areas of life. In fact, it works in ALL areas of life. That’s because we are dealing with the psychology of the human mind. So, if you’re a human and you have a mind then it will work for you too.
As a final note, it wouldn’t be fair of me to give you all these new beliefs to install without going over them and explaining each one in greater detail. So, over the next few weeks I will be diving into each declarations and showing you how each of them can help you to master the Japanese language.
Now I want to hear from you! Have you used declarations before? Are you willing to try something new to help you learn Japanese?
If you are willing, then say so in the comments below!