March 27th, 2011
It’s funny that I’m writing this because I’m a notoriously impatient person. I want results and I want them NOW! I wish that patience wasn’t such an important life skill, but I have to face the reality that it really is.
We all naturally want quick results when we do something. We want to know if something is working or if we are just wasting our time and energy. We all know that consistently going to the gym will make us healthy, but we also know that the results come AFTER the hard work. It’s why we like sugar and junk food even though we know it’s not good for us. The good results from junk food come immediately. Chocolate tastes good while you are eating it and you get fat and unhealthy later. Any normal bad habit is like this, the benefits come immediately and the consequences take much longer to show up.
It’s much worse when we don’t really know the end result. It’s so easy to quit something when this is true. Think about starting some new business. It’s easier to work hard if you really have the faith and true belief that your efforts WILL work. It’s much harder to maintain the motivation if you are kind of unsure of the end results. If you are going to work hard, you want to be sure all your effort will at least “pay off” at some point. Imagine working hard on something for 6 months and seeing no results? Would you keep going? Most people quit when this happens and I think this is one of the big reasons that most people fail to make the changes in life they really know they want to make. The results take too long to see and people don’t REALLY know when or if they are making good choices.
For example, if I KNEW that this blog would get more and more people reading and enjoying it, I would certainly write more. But I just have to guess. All I can do is try my best and hope. That’s all we can do.
I know I personally have a bad habit of rolling out of bed and checking for any any new comments, emails, and new facebook and twitter fans. If nothing new happens, I naturally get a little “down on myself” and feel frustrated. Getting “down on yourself” kind of means something like blaming yourself. If I don’t get many new comments then thoughts pop into my head like, “Was that a stupid blog?” “Did people find it boring?” “Am I just wasting my time?” I know in my mind that it makes no sense to be like this but I still have those emotions.
I need to just have faith and keep “plugging away”, which means to continue working on what I believe in and not look at short term results. It’s one of those things thats much “easier said than done”. Patience is certainly necessary when learning English or any language. That’s honestly one of the biggest reasons I try to make it fun. If learning is fun, then it’s not a job, it’s a hobby. You don’t think about if you are learning, you are just kind of having fun. Then one day you wake up and realize, “wow, my English got WAY better!”. Thats my dream for you guys. I want you to experience that kind of emotion and all the success that this website will bring you.
I would appreciate some honest comments and opinions. You don’t need to “sugar coat” anything. By the way, if you “sugar coat” something, it kind of means something like giving bad news in an overly kind way. Just tell me what you think of everything “straight up” which means very directly.
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