Continuing this series of posts going over the declarations, let’s take a look at the following ones:
I AM WILLING TO DO WHAT IT TAKES.
I’M CONSISTENT, I STUDY EVERY DAY.
I FOCUS 100%
If you haven’t yet printed off your copy of the declarations, or if you’re not sure what a declaration is, then click the link below and check it out first.
Alright, let’s jump right in!
Willingness is the Key
To get what you want in life, you must be willing to do what it takes. If you want to have more money, you must be willing to manage it. If you want to get in shape, you’d better be ready to exercise and eat well. There is a cost for everything, and that includes learning Japanese.
Here are some of the things that it takes to learn Japanese:
- Sometimes money, but not always
- The willingness to make mistakes
- Practicing what you’ve learned
Everyone’s situation is a little bit different. You might be living in Japan and so setting aside time might not be a big deal since you are surrounded by the language.
You might know someone who has a lot of Japanese materials that you can borrow, and so you might not need much money to learn. Or you might have access to lots of free, quality content.
The point is that there are certain things that you personally will have to do in order to learn Japanese. You must be willing to do those things.
Once you’ve decided that you will do what it takes to learn Japanese, your confidence increases. You no longer feel overwhelmed by the obstacles you face. You say to yourself, “yes this is going to take some work and it’s going to take some time. And I am okay with that.”
Normally people experience stress when things don’t go the way they want them to. But when you know ahead of time that there will be obstacles and you are okay with that fact, then the stress you would normally feel disappears.
As T. Harv Eker says, “If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you’re willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.”
Say it loud: I AM WILLING TO DO WHAT IT TAKES.
Repetition is the Mother of All Learning
In order to learn anything, you will have to do it several times. This is part of how we as humans learn. Your brain has what are known as “neural pathways.” These are basically, ways of thinking and understanding.
The way that these neural pathways are formed is by repeatedly thinking and acting in a certain way. Just like the way a path will form in grass when people or animals walk on it day after day after day.
So to establish a new pathway, you will have to intentionally think in a new way, over and over and over and over again until it becomes your normal way of thinking and being. This is also how habits are formed.
That is why it is so important that you are consistent in your Japanese studies. The truth is that you currently have, and will always have, one of these two habits:
- The habit of studying Japanese every day.
- The habit of not studying Japanese every day.
The main problem with habit number 2 is that you might only study once every other day. Once a week. Or even once a month, if that.
Let me ask you something, can you get good at playing the piano if you practice once a week? Or can you win a race if you only run once a month? For most people, the answer is NO WAY!
The habit of studying is MORE important than the amount. Let me say that again. Studying every day, even if it’s only for 10 minutes each day, is MORE important than the total amount of time studying you put in.
By consistently studying each and every day you will change and grow your brain in such a way that makes it easier for you to understand Japanese. Now say the declaration with me!
I’M CONSISTENT, I STUDY EVERY DAY.
Better to Multitask or Do One Thing?
There is this idea that multitasking is an essential skill. Can you talk on the phone while reading an email and figuring out a math problem on your calculator?
If you can do all those things at once, you probably won’t do any of them very well. That is because your attention is scattered. Your focus is divided between multiple things, which really means that your focus is on nothing.
As an example, if you’re on a date with someone who is important to you, but your focus is split between them, your phone, and what other people are saying, then your date is not going to feel special. And why would they when your actions are telling them that they are only as important to you as your phone?
Likewise when you study Japanese, FOCUS ON STUDYING JAPANESE! Don’t have a show on in the background! Don’t have social media open so you can see what’s happening! Don’t text your friends or Snapchat or anything else!
Number one, you need to send a powerful message to yourself that studying Japanese is more important to you, at this moment, than anything else. Afterwards you can of course do other things.
Number two, you will accomplish far, far more work in the same amount time or perhaps even less time. This is how you can accomplish a lot in only a small amount of time each day.
Right before you start studying Japanese each day, remember to tell yourself: I FOCUS 100%
Putting It All Together
So, be willing to do what it takes to learn and understand Japanese. Be willing to study every day, even if it’s for as little as 10 minutes a day. And be willing to focus 100% while you study.
If you will do all of these things together, you will go far. And remember to do the declarations!
It’s up to you now! What is some advice you can give others on how to focus? What are some of the ways you can study every day?
Tell me in the comments below!