Nadolig Llawen bawb!
As we’re coming to the New Year I thought I’d share a bit of soft research I’ve done recently. In our team at work runs a monthly training session and it’s my turn on Tuesday. Given that it’s coming up to New Years, and everyone loves a resolution, I thought I’d run a session on goal setting. I also thought, a lot of people will probably choose to start, or restart, their Welsh language journey, so why not share what I found here?!
Apparently 45% of Americans (143.5million people) make New Years resolutions but only 8% of those succeed (11.4 million) - 92% fail (132 million) (http://thepsychologyofbusiness.com/why-92-of-new-years-resolutions-fail/).
Why is this?
Well what I’ve found is that a lot of people make “outcome goals”:
"I want to learn Welsh" - learning Welsh being the outcome.
It’s an excellent goal. Problem with this is that it’s easy to become disconnected from the goal. It’s not specific and it’s long-term.
So what can we do to improve this goal?
Firstly we can become connected to our goal. Start by asking yourself why? and repeating this 3 times with a new answer each time.
(hypothetical person below)
I want to learn Welsh
My ancestors came from Wales and I want to feel connected to them
Family history is extremely important to me and I want to feel a part of the continuum
Because as a descendant of immigrants, I feel that understanding where I have come from helps me better understand myself and my ancestors.
(this can go on and on)
This helps us carry-on when the process gets tough, it helps us focus on the meaning of our goals (Ferguson, Y., & Sheldon, K.M. (2010). Should goalstrivers think about ‘why’ or ‘how’ to strive? It depends on their skill level. Motivation and Emotion, 34, 253265.)
We can break our goal into short term goals and processes. Short term goals can be monthly, weekly, daily and even hourly.
So, I want to learn Welsh
Short term goal -
I want to complete level 1 in 4 weeks
I am going to complete 6 lessons this week
I will complete a lesson while I walk the dog this morning (next hour)
When setting short-term goals avoid phrases like “I will learn” - learn is a bit of an ambiguous word. Do you mean memorise? be able to use? understand? etc. Phrases like “I will complete” are better. We know what completing a lesson means. It doesn’t mean being perfect it just means reaching the end of the 30 minutes.
Processes and habits:
I will download the lessons for the coming week every Sunday while I cook the dinner
I will do the day’s lesson while I walk the dog on a Saturday.
I will do the day’s lesson on the commute to work Monday to Friday.
At the end of the first period you might assess your success. You’ve completed the first level. So what’s next towards your goal? Speaking?
New short term goal -
I will join a slack conversation on Wednesday of the first week.
As well as, I will complete level 2…etc. etc.
Following this process will make the journey the enjoyable part. That will become your goal and before you know it you’ll be a Welsh speaker (according to the above plan by the first Wednesday in February!!!).
I hope this helps. If you want anymore info, let me know. I’ll be happy to share where I got my info from.
Dolig Llawen eto bawb