Habits Potential

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.

The secret of your success is found on your daily routine” 

-Darren Hardy, The Compound Effect

Last week we spoke about breaking down long term goals into achievable short term goals and about scheduling your day.

The important aspect bridging this two is converting the steps towards your goals into a daily habit.

Habits according to Wikipedia is a routine of behaviour that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously.

Any activity done consciously for 21 days becomes a habit. 

Forming habits towards your goal takes time, the key is keep doing it for the next 21 days until one day it becomes a second nature.

If you would like to learn to play Piano then initially schedule your day to practice Piano for say 1 hour at a specified time for the next 21 days, then you get into a rhythm. Practising 1 hour Piano everyday is now your habit. As the days go by, your Piano playing skills increases.

Hurray! You made time your partner in achieving your goal!!

Let’s create new habits 👍🏻👍🏻

How to choose a language to learn?

Nearly a month ago when I decided that I wanted to be a hyper polyglot, the first question which taunted me was which language to learn? I guess a lot of language lovers go through this phase as well…so here is what I did.

1. Firstly, understand whether you would like to learn an absolutely new language or improvise your language skills to which you are already exposed to.

I was absolutely confused as I wanted to learn a whole list of languages, it was important for me to categorise my languages with a self rough estimate point 5 scale of listening, reading speaking and writing.

(I was generous with my English grading…since there is always something more and something new and I finally want to constrain, until I get my other languages straight)

As you could see I was in different levels in different languages, mostly because I don’t practice it regularly; this part is really frustrating, I really wish I had super memory…and since that’s not the case….we need to practice our languages everyday (we will be talking more about it in the future).

2. If you would like to learn a new language, then check for a language that really inspires you, since learning a language is a whole package including their culture and heritage.

3. Learning a language which can aid in your professional development. It can open up new avenues and builds up your confidence.

If you are planning to study abroad then learning the language and custom hits top in the to-do list.

4. And finally, When you want to have a change of breeze and understand the evolution from different angles, then I would suggest learning an ancient language like Greek, Latin or other extinct languages. In my case I learnt sanskrit for 7 years and that has made all the difference in my journey learning Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Though sanskrit isn’t a communicative friendly language, it is the mother language for many Indian languages i.e you could easily trace a word back to its origin and the modifications it has undergone for a wholesome understanding.

To summarise

1. Categorise the languages you know and languages you would like to know.

2. Further categorise languages you know in point 5 scale in the sections of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

3. Read a language that inspires you. You definitely don’t want to learn something that doesn’t interest you a year later.

4. Understand your professional requirements.

5. If you plan on going abroad (say a trip or for college) read the language spoken there with priority, as you get to actually communicate with the native speakers and makes life a lot easier.

5. If you are someone who enjoys to know the origin of words or would like to learn a similar set of languages then definitely read the prototype.

Hope these tips help, if you have any questions please comment below.

Wistful

Memories are so easily forgotten, aren’t they? Even the ones we owe to never forget. Honestly I never believed it, but maybe it was true all along. My brain has lots of empty spaces or rather blank spaces as though I had black outs during that period, and I am like ‘did it just happen?’ Just kidding. So don’t wonder about what to do? What not to do? So on and so forth random, more or less repeating questions…it doesn’t really matter, just do it.

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A new year

sends new hope.

Every year on the new year’s eve

we owe to change ourselves

in ways

we would love to reflect ourselves.

The external vibe

sends a shiver deep within your being,

kindling emotions and freshness.

 

All of a sudden

you are courageous with an

ingrowing self trust

which you never knew existed.

We smile and welcome

this external and internal change

wholeheartedly for a better change.

As we know,

change is the only permanent thing in life.