• Irena Kolbuszewska

Worrying

Updated: Dec 11, 2021


Worrying


This is a very short post about how to deal with your doubts. I'm also sharing here what kinds of obstacles I face on a daily basis and what my approach is.



I can't believe that I've been able learn to speak 6 languages fluently or at an intermediate level (I'd say I'm fluent in 3 of them, in Spanish though I have some problems when the conversation gets more philosophical) and to paint.


This post is not to say "Wow, what a great achievement". I sometimes feel genuinely surprised about it, because I can be pretty chaotic and inconsistent, make decisions ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT (suddenly, without planning). It's also hard for me to believe in success when I haven't experienced it in a particular area, when something is new for me. At times, I'm enthusiastic about something, at other times I worry that I will never achieve the desired results.


This is exactly what’s happening right now with this project, Passionate Language Stories. And that’s what can happen with language learning too. Do you feel in a similar way? It might be hard to believe that you will eventually reach fluency when you’re trying to master your second language (first foreign language).


In both my language-learning and my painting journey, there were a lot of things that hindered my progress and others that helped me keep going. As I mentioned, at times I was chaotic, I didn’t know what to do next. I would worry about the results and get so stressed out that I would take a break from the whole process. However, at the same time, I would always start again and then stick to one idea at a time. Perseverance helped me get through this.


Since I know I can be very chaotic, yesterday I spent a few hours planning what do next with this project and how organize my entire week.


And how about you, what are your coping strategies when you doubt if you will ever reach the results you long for? How do you deal with your doubts?


And by the way, do you know the difference between “stressed” and “stressed out”? Could you write about it in the comment section?


If you would like to your language-learning story to include such adjectives as “successful”, “satisfying”, “fulfilling”, if you would like to take your English or French communication skills to the next level, make sure to write me an email at passionate.language.stories@gmail.com or contact me at +48 607 500 984. Good luck with your learning adventure.


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