In this blog post, you will discover three strategies that you can use when you are facing a loss of motivation and you want to regain the energy to learn! We will talk about key motivation, goals, and rewards!
Why motivation is important when learning a language?
Motivation is the energy to learn, like diesel for the car.
Losing your motivation is like running out of gas, running out of learning.
Lack of motivation makes learning ineffective or laborious.
It is very important to take care of this aspect because the more motivated you are, the more you will learn.
Being motivated allows you to reach your goals faster and more efficiently.
How can you keep your motivation throughout the learning process?
What to do when you have no motivation?
It’s time to take your tests, and keep preciously the techniques that work best for you!
1- Remember your key motivation
As soon as you feel that your motivation has decreased, that you don’t have enough energy to advance in your French goals, I suggest you to reconnect to your key motivation.
If you do not know what is your key motivation, I invite you to read this article which helps you ask yourself the right questions to define it.
Your key motivation is that phrase that resonates within you, that connects you to your vision of yourself when you reach your goal. It’s what gives you the strength to move forward, to continue your efforts.
Think about the person you will be when you reach your goal :
How do you feel when you reach your goal?
What do you achieve with your new level of French (financially, socially, emotionally)?
Connecting to the key motivation will give you a boost of energy, make you want to move forward towards your goals.
I suggest you take advantage of this energy to check your goals.
2- Check your goals
Language planning goals
Lack of motivation may be related to the goal itself or to the organization you have put in place (or not) to achieve it.
Here are some questions that will help you to clarify your organization:
Did I set my monthly or weekly goals ?
How much time I have given myself to reach my goals and how can I organize my time to reach them on time?
Is there anything external that is disrupting my commitment? How can I organize myself with this external constraint?
Definition of the goals
When the objectives are poorly chosen, unclear, unrealistic, it is normal not to want to reach them and therefore to have no motivation.
Lack of motivation often comes from a goal that is too big.
If this is the case, divide it into sub-objectives. This will allow you to bring certainty (essential to calm our brain) and give you the energy to reach them.
Each goal you reach (even if it’s a small one) will make you feel good and boost your motivation.
Is your goal realistic?
Would you be more motivated if you divided your objective into sub-objectives?
How can you make sure you reach it?
Have you clearly defined your action plan?
If you struggle with goal setting, you can find in this article some tips on how to define smart and motivating goals.
3- Think about a reward system
In order to reinforce the motivation to work on your goals you can also set a reward system, the brain loves it.
You can choose to reward yourself:
– when you achieve an action related to your French objectives
– when you have reached an objective
Think about a reward that has an impact on you. This can be a reward related to food, drink, video games, series/movies…
Finally, it is about reacting whenever you feel that your motivation is down: question its source, and look for solutions.
As a coach, it is part of my role to help you keep your motivation at the highest level so that your results are as fast and sustainable as possible.
Contact me here if you would like me to accompany you and help you reach your French language goals.