Today, I want to talk about energy. Energy is the key, the source ofyour success in language learning and in so many things in life. And I want to talk about six tips onhow to generate energy within yourself and how to maintain that energy. I think I'm allowed to talk aboutthat because I'm 78 and so I've lived a lot longer than most ofthe people watching this video. And so I have a lot of life experience. The first thing about energyis the more active you are,.
The more energy you create. So while I talk about input in languagelearning and the need to bring the language into you, because you don'thave the language inside you, when it comes to that energy, which is drivingyou to learn a language or to do anything else, you create that within yourself. Now, it may be true that somepeople are born with more natural energy, that it's a part of theirmakeup more than other people. However, whatever your sort ofstarting point is, your, uh, inherent. Energy level, you canimprove it by being active.
And so even in terms of business, ifyou don't give, if you don't volunteer, if you don't offer to do things, if youwait until you get the reward before you do things, you won't be successful. You've got to be proactive andyou've got to give before you get. And if you're active and want togenerate that energy level, you will be rewarded with more energy. You're not going to loseenergy by being active. You have to generate theenergy by being active. It's like your internal dynamo.
So that's point number one. Second point, you want to be activeboth physically and mentally. The two are related. So when it comes to language learning,if you are active physically, you're going to be more successful. In your mental activityof learning a language. So that means get in the habitof doing regular exercises. Every morning I have myseven minute routine. It's not a lot, but it's balanced.
I don't know what's coming at me. Burpees, pushups, you know, crunches,whatever it might be, I do them. And there's a double benefit. A, the benefit that I'm that littlebit fitter for having done that, but also the sense of satisfactionthat comes from having done it. Carries with me through the day. Remember, very often we don't know whatwe are achieving, but if we are active and we sort of tick that one off, I didmy morning exercise, you feel energized, you feel good for the day, and youare in fact improving your physical.
Energy source. Now, the third point is with physicalactivity, like working out and language learning, it's the activity that counts. If you're running a race, ifyou're jogging, you don't need to be looking over your shoulder. It's the fact that you're doing it. That's going to make you feel good. That's going to give you asense of achievement, whether it's dopamine or serotonin.
I'm not too clear, butyou feel good because. You did it. So it's the activity that matters. And it's the same in language learning. That's why at LingQ, we don'ttry to measure what you have achieved, how much you improved. If I spend an hour on LingQ, on myiPad, looking up words and reading and listening or whatever I do. What matters to me is that I didthat activity and I get a sense.
Of satisfaction, achievement. I accomplished something. I put that amount of effortinto my language learning. That's what matters. The amount that I improved during thatsession, it's hard for me to measure. So give yourself creditfor actually being active. You'll get a good feeling. I did something and that generates energy. Now number four, try tocontrol your impulses.
Try to control your. Ability to resist temptation, ifyou are studying, say on your iPad, develop that ability to resist thosedistractions, looking up the email, looking up Twitter, looking up whateverother things you follow, don't do it. Every time you do it, your rightprefrontal cortex is getting stronger at that ability toresist temptation and distraction. If you give in to distraction,you are weakening that ability in your prefrontal cortex. cortex.
So it's very important to be able tostick with what you're doing, resist the distractions, and by the same token,resist the temptation to Eat, you know, food that you know is not good for youbecause good eating, good diet obviously also contributes to our energy level. Resist the temptation to fly offthe handle and get mad at someone. That also saps our energy. So, developing good habits, helpingyour prefrontal cortex get stronger at resisting these negative temptationsis a good part or an important part of being full of energy when you need it.
Now, a fifth point in order to maintainyour energy level, vary your activities. I mentioned my morning routinebecause it's an app on my iPhone. I don't know whichexercises are coming at me. It's varied. If it's the same everyday, I would get bored. It's the same with language learning. Vary your activities. And I've discussed before. The importance of not block learning, ofinterleaving, of moving from one content.
Item to another, mixing in reading a bookwith reading on the iPad, uh, mixing in the listening and the reading, mixingin advanced material with easy material. Keep it varied and that'll maintainyour interest level and interest level equates to energy level. So vary your activities. And you will find that yourenergy level will be higher. And finally, another way of ensuringyou always have the energy you need, is to enjoy what you are doing. So, for example, in terms ofphysical activity, I like to take.
The stairs two steps at a time. It's a way of investing energy. And activity into maintaining myenergy level, but I enjoy doing it. I am conscious of taking those two, thesteps two at a time, going up the stairs. Also look around, enjoythe colors around you. Enjoy the texture of the wood orthe whatever, the dress that you see on someone, the material, enjoy thescenery, just try to fully appreciate all the things that surround us andby the same token, whatever you have achieved in the language you're learning.
Give yourself credit for it. Enjoy it. Enjoy the language. Enjoy the activity. Enjoy what you have achieved. Stay positive. Stay in the moment. All of those things will contributeto a higher energy level. With that, I'm going toleave you with two videos.
One deals with the mental side. Of maintaining your energy leveland not chasing down rabbit holes and dwelling on negative thoughts,which maintains our energy level. And the other one relatesmore to physical activity. And it's one that I did about sevenyears ago, and you'll see that it's quite relevant to this video. So thank you for listening. Bye for now.