The way we see the world around us can have a direct impact on our mood. You’ve probably noticed that when you have a pessimistic attitude towards your day, your mood tends to get worse. On the other hand, when you have a positive attitude, your mood improves. Did you know that your mindset can also actually affect your ability to reach your goals? Research suggests that by shifting your mindset, you’re more likely to to be resilient to challenging situations. This applies to all aspects of your life, but here, we’ll talk about it regarding language learning.
Language learning and mindset
Learning a language is filled with excitement and opportunities, as well as new cultures to explore. It’s a way to make new friends and see the world in a new way. However, it can quickly start to feel overwhelming, scary, and maybe even impossible. You might start telling yourself, “I’m just not a language person!” That couldn’t be farther from the truth. When you start doubting yourself, it’s a sign that it’s time to adjust your mindset.
In order to learn a language, you have to produce language. This means that at some point, you’re going to have to step out of your comfort zone and be brave enough to make a mistake. For some people, this is easy and exciting and for others, it’s absolutely terrifying. You might not have a choice in a lot of things regarding learning Spanish, but you do have control over your mindset. If you choose to view speaking to a stranger in Spanish as a terrifying task you have to get through, you’re going to get less out of it than if you saw it as an exciting chance to make a friend. Similarly, if you see mistakes as failure, you’re going to be harder on yourself than if you see them as learning opportunities.
Steps to get your mind back on track
If you started to give in to the self-doubt, then check out these ideas to shift your mindset. Soon, you’ll be ready to face the next challenge.
- Make a list of things you’re good at with Spanish.
- Write down exciting aspects of learning Spanish that you’re looking forward to.
- Jot down a silly story of a mistake to help you laugh at yourself.
- Take a few minutes to meditate and clear your mind.
- Remind yourself that everyone makes mistakes, and Rome wasn’t built in a day. Progress takes time, and you’re on no one’s schedule but your own.
Your mindset matters when you’re practicing and learning because it can make the difference between learning from your errors or being ashamed of them. The learning process can be stressful, but it can also be fun and exciting. Keep your eye on the prize!