In my last post, I talked about how important passive practice is.
And most people do understand that it’s important, but they still don’t do it (or not nearly enough).
Do you know why that is?
It’s because they don’t have a plan.
They say “Yes, I know I need to get more passive practice, but I’m busy this week. Maybe I’ll try to do it more next week.” Of course, next week is busy too, and so is the week after that.
Then suddenly 5 years have gone by and you’re still not doing any passive practice.
You see, research tells us that if we really want to get better at something, (anything), we need to practice. Not just sometimes, but every day. You already know this from experience. Think about any skill in your life that you worked to improve. Was practicing once per week enough?
I didn’t think so.
If you’re having trouble remembering an example, think about how you learned your native language. By listening to it every single day, and then practicing every day, until you could speak it perfectly.
This is true no matter what you’re learning. It applies to mathematics, sports, musical instruments, and yes, even English.
So how do we make sure we get our passive practice every day?
By making a plan.
Saying “I want to do it” is not enough for most people. Most of us need some kind of step-by-step plan for how to do this in our busy lives.
That’s why you need to create a Personal English Action Plan. Let me show you an example of what a week plan might look like:
-One podcast on the way to work
-1 night a week is English movie night
-choose an English blog and read a post once a week
-subscribe to one English magazine
-choose a series in English (Game of Thrones, etc).
The first thing you notice about this: It’s a different activity each day. That means it won’t get boring, and it won’t feel like work. If you follow a plan like this you will be amazed at how quickly your passive skills in English improve.
Here is your assignment for right now: Create your English action plan for the week. It will only take you a few minutes. Then, after you make it, COMMENT about it below. We are much, much more likely to do something if we’ve told another person that we’re going to do it.
Or, of course, you could just say “maybe I’ll try to do it next week.” And you will probably say it every week for the next five years, while your English stays exactly the same.
The choice is yours : )