Did you dare talk to someone in Chinese? How did it go? If you made mistakes while speaking, don’t worry about it. You tried and that’s a great step forward. Don’t be too demanding with yourself. All you need is to keep on practicing and be patient. As dear Confucius once said:
“Patience is a virtue”
I know it’s hard to be patient sometimes, that is why Confucius calls it a virtue. It’s a good quality to have when learning as it makes you enjoy your Chinese learning journey.
Not quite there yet? Let me tell you a secret, you can be as patient as a tortoise too with a little bit of practice.
Build Your Patience
So how can you build your patience?
- Stick to your schedule and Chinese learning plan.
- You won’t be tempted to do something else or learn too much at a time.
- Convince yourself you can do it.
- You will be fluent! It’s just a matter of time. Look at yourself in a mirror and say these exact words: “I’m strong enough. I will be fluent. I can do it.”
- Face your fears
- As said in the advice “Overcome your fears”, get to know your fears and control them.
Fears bring dark feelings; you need to remove that darkness from your learning sessions.
Keep Dark Feelings at Bay
Keep fear, anger or any thoughts of self-doubt away. These are your enemies. How do you fight them? Do or think about something that makes you happy. You’ll be fluent soon, that’s good news, isn’t it? Think positive! Once the dark feelings are gone, you can enjoy the time you spend learning Chinese better.
Stop and Smell the Roses
To enjoy your journey, even more, take the time to appreciate all the steps you’re taking.
Remember, it’s not just about the outcome, it’s also about the journey. Take the time to live out your learning experience. Pause for a while and observe your journey. Can you see all the words you’ve already learned and the progress you’ve made? That’s awesome! Slow the motion, rushing into things will make you impatient and you’ll forget to take pleasure in what you’re doing. So, enjoy every little success and take the time to celebrate them!
Your Mission Little Dragon!
Little Dragon, you have it in you to make it. Push away dark thoughts, stick to your routine and learning plan, and always believe you’re strong enough to make it. You are! Look at yourself in the mirror once a day and say “I will be fluent”. Write down your feelings and thoughts in your notebook and remember to enjoy your success.