So since we have a blog and it has not been used yet, I will try a few things. Let’s see what sticks.
Learning new things or starting new hobbies is exciting and fun but you need mental endurance to stick with learning. And so far I have never been great at exactly that. I have been prone to starting multiple new things and (so far) never finish one of these properly.
So I decided to pick up a third language to learn. Again. Like I already did last year. “This time it’s different” I told myself. Again. Like last year.
Will it be really different this time? Why is it that I keep stalling?
The problem I think is not so much the spare time I have aside from family and work, rather that it lies within what I want to achieve VS what is needed to actually get there and/or how fast I want to achieve it VS how long it actually takes to get there.
In my case currently it is learning icelandic. I got interested, discovered some apps that can help, got me a book to learn it. I really want to have fast results (as I always want to) but that is just not how it works. You need to work on so many things before getting to a basic level of understanding a language. Vocabulary is just a very small aspect but that is almost all I have been learning so far.
So I try to keep myself motivated but here lies another problem.
The moment my brain decides that progress is too slow, it starts seeing other hobbies and skills that seem much cooler and easier to achieve.
How to overcome that? The thing that works best for me is friends. If I learn things and start hobbies together with friends and/or relatives I tend to stick to them because it is easier to motivate other people than it is to motivate myself. Also you don’t want to loose to them either 😉
Finally, let me finish that all with one of my favorite quotes from scrubs by Dr. Kelso: “There are no magical fixes. It’s all up to you. So get up off your keister, get out of here, and go start doin’ the work. Nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy.”