Immerse Yourself In Your Goal

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A thought occurred to me yesterday as I was walking around the streets of Monaco in the Monte Carlo district. (which is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, btw)

I’ll keep it brief.

If a person wants to learn a language, what’s the most effective way of doing it?

Is it to study the concept in a classroom and learn to conjugate verbs?

Or is it to immerse yourself in a culture where the language you want to learn is the only one anyone speaks?

To answer that question, I’ll just give the example of my friend Catherine who spoke only French until the age of 17.

She then went to an English-speaking boarding school in Florida, not knowing how to say more than a few words in English.

She said it was completely exhausting for the first couple of weeks.. but by the time she had been there for four months she could speak and write in English fluently.

When I met Catherine, when she was almost 19, I didn’t even notice an accent.. I thought English was her first language.

A Critical Difference

Motivational speakers and coaches will often tell people to find a mentor who already does what they want to do. This is essentially the same as finding someone who only speaks different language and “speaking only that person’s language” until you’ve mastered it.

If we set a goal and don’t take steps to get around people who are living our goal… or “speaking our goal’s language”, we are making it more difficult to succeed than it needs to be.

yes we can still succeed without doing this… (to some degree)

…but we can nearly eliminate the possibility of failure by making the effort to immerse ourselves in our goal.

If I’m around people who only speak German… I’m going to learn German (and much quicker than I would in a classroom).

If I’m around people who all play piano.. there’s a good chance I’m going to learn how to play piano… if even just to “fit in”

What is it that you want to do?

Who thinks the way you want to think?

Who has the results you want to have?

Find someone who has the results that you want and immerse yourself in conversation with that person. This is the reason I go to Internet Marketing events. Doing so allows me to learn more and think more like people that have the results I want. We can all use this strategy to get more of what we want.

So today, Immerse yourself in your goal and supercharge your progress toward achieving it!

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PS.

For anyone interested, I’ve included a pic of the view from the apartment we’re staying at just outside of Monaco :)

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20 thoughts on “Immerse Yourself In Your Goal

  1. Tails from Paris

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  2. silphacandy

    I love your post and your perspective on life. It so amazing because I’ve never thought about it that way and its so good to have such a reminder:)! So thank you for that! And thank you for dropping by my page!

  3. Andre M. Pinto

    I went to Australia when was 25 knowing less than the basic of a basic English and must say that being there was crucial for me to master the language (well, still to work on my accent), nevertheless, I think age also plays an important factor here. I’ve been now living in Prague, Czech Republic, for 4 years and haven’t managed to speak the local language fluently. That’s embarrassing!!! Anyway, will do some classes in the next 2 months, hope it will work!

    1. Andrew Hines Post author

      Thanks for sharing, Andre. Curious, do you think that if Czech was the only language that you could speak to anyone for four straight months you would be fully fluent? My girlfriend’s Nona back in Canada has been there for 50 years and still can’t speak much English. The challenge is she has been in circles of Italian women and speaks Italian at home with her husband. She doesn’t need to get better at English and that’s why she doesn’t.

      I truly believe it’s how much we are pushed (either voluntarily or involuntarily) that causes our results.

      Maybe taking a volunteer community position where they only speak Czech might help…? Just a tought.

      I really appreciate your comment here. Thank you very much for sharing! :)

      1. Andre M. Pinto

        Andrew, I think that people learn a new language for 2 reasons: passion or need. In my case, learn English was a combination of both. I always wanted, but only learnt once moved to Australia on my own and had no choice besides learning the local language. Czech is not really my favorite language. I don’t really like how the words sounds and the grammar is quite complex. Plus, my wife is Czech and we speak English between us… But now I have the need to learn Czech for several reasons, so there is a different situation. Anyway, I agree that if you have no option besides speaking a specific language on daily basis you will learn it quickly, but if you don’t have some passion to it you are unlikely to really master that specific language!

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