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Daily Life, howTo(learn_italian), Language

howTo(learn_Italian): Losing Motivation

Dec 9, 2012

I’ve got good news, and bad news paired with good news.  Let’s start with the good news.

One of the biggest obstacles to my Italian lessons has been cleared!  I can roll my Rs on command!!!  Cue Rolling R sound.  Next chance I have to practice my Italian, I’m going to review the first three lessons to correct my pronunciation of those words.  I plan on making some sort of video to show my progress, so that’s something to look forward to.

On to the bad news / good news pair.

As you must have gathered from the title of this post, I’m losing motivation for many of my projects.  I blame the winter weather and the early onset darkness associated with the season.  So, rather than continue down a path towards probable failure, I searched for some tips to help with my self-motivation problem.  Turns out Google is a great tool, and I found a blog post that answered my question perfectly. Some of the points that I related to the most include (i) Let go of the past — I tend to focus on mistakes or lack of progress (ii) Stop comparing yourself to others — I tend to find a model to aspire to, which can be helpful to a point (iii) Have a cause — I’ve lost touch with the passion I had for my projects.

I’m hopeful that things will turn around soon. Feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions.

And with that, I’d like to leave you with me new mantra:

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is an opportunity.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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