We allow too many things to take us away from what is truly important. We simply allow them to do so.
Day by day, we generate more necessities than we really need, and with that starts a never-ending hazardous life.
If we take just with a quick glance the unlimited options we have are obvious. In entertainment, for example: Netflix, HBO, Amazon, Disney+. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tik-tok. Glovo, Deliveroo, Just Eat. It is not very difficult to realize that this is practically impossible to stop. Constant agitation has become a trend...
We thrive to consume distractions, but with them comes exhaustion which takes us to go through phases of total apathy.
It is hard to discern, hard to choose, hard to prioritize, and hard to even understand..
Because when everything is a priority, everything becomes an obstacle... We are often hindered from doing what we know is best for us. And learning and improving our ability to speak a foreign language is one of them.
In fact, there are three main reasons:
These three attitudes are, in fact, three forms of laziness.
Dejection simply means that we don't feel like learning. We simply don't feel like it. This refers to the common laziness we are all familiar with, which could possibly be a result of tiredness or stress.
It is very likely that we have never thought that hyperactivity is a synonym to laziness. Funny, isn't it? This usually translates into:
"I don't have time."
"There's so much to do"
"I have too many things on my mind"
This form of laziness is clearly a form of letting oneself be taken over by the flow, with no kind of power or control over whatever situation. It is an unstoppable force that makes us run away from what we really need. It is precisely in these situations that we tend to postpone, and, in a way, we 'boycott' ourselves, as we move away from what will do us good.
"I know it would be good for me, but..."
"I know I have to do it, but ..."
Finally, discouragement. Despite whatever it is that we feel, downheartedness is really a lack of energy. We tend to repeat phrases like:
"I can't, this is beyond my possibilities."
"TIt’s too hard"
"I'll never learn"
In all these three cases, the problem really lies in a lack of motivation. The fact of not immersing into learning a new language is, in fact, due to the inability of being convinced about its results and benefits. Thus, we continue with this chronic laziness. We prioritize other activities, often those that will bring us more instant rewards. Some invest in training courses in order to obtain immediate compensation, such as making more money. Nonetheless, in the long run, learning languages can provide us with much more than money. Indeed, we have the chance for more job opportunities, but we are also able to travel with more ease, interact with more people and, above all, have a greater understanding of those who are different from us.
It is amazing how we are able to prioritize some things over others. How is it possible those aspects that will bring us more security in the future are not considered a priority? Laziness can only be overcome once we are fully convinced of the benefits that result from dedication and effort.