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Whose goals are you chasing?

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Whose goals, exactly, are you chasing?

There’s an old story about a dog who chases cars.

Every day he runs out of the house barking, chasing cars that go past.

Of course, he never catches them.

The cars are much too fast for this poor old dog. But one day, the owner asks an important question:

“What do you think he would do if he actually caught one?”

… to which nobody had an answer.

Why are you chasing English?

This is an important question because it tells us all goals must have something at the end of them. Often we get caught up in chasing goals that really don’t have any meaning attached to them.

We are chasing the goal…

But at the end of the day, we’re not really too sure why.

And if we do complete them?

So what?

We’re not sure what we’re going to actually do with it now.

Chasing Other People’s Dreams

A good example of this is chasing other peoples’ dreams.

An obvious example being people whose parents tell them they must learn English… so that’s what they try to do. But they’re not really sure for themselves why they need English.

Yes, I’ve done it too…

I’ve fallen into the same trap.

A while ago, my coach and mentor asked me, “Julian, whose goals are you chasing?” At the time I thought I was heading in the right direction… but when I thought about it, the goal that I was chasing (to get a million subscribers on YouTube) actually meant nothing to me.

At the end of the day, I don’t care about those numbers.

Ultimately I’m not interested in a business with hundreds and thousands of clients all over the place, and I just don’t work well like that.

I work best with a very small number of people, working together with them very, very closely. So it’s better for me to set goals that MATCH that.

What are you trying to do?

So ask yourself this question, “What exactly is it that I am trying to accomplish with English?”

It’s imperative you understand that.

Otherwise, you’re just going to waste time chasing cars that, at the end of the day, you don’t really want to catch.

How I Can Help

I can help, of course, and if you want to get started with my help for free, you can. Click here and study my free training. In it, I will show you the 5 key changes that you need to make to transform your English speaking.

Alternatively, if you want to go deeper, right here, right now, click here to talk to me directly about how I can help you.

Best,
Julian

P.S. Click here to watch my Free Training where I teach you my “Rocket Launch” Method.

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Crawling up from Rock Bottom

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Sometime around the beginning of 2009 my life hit rock bottom.

I was working in a full-time job. Long hours. Doing something that I enjoyed… but with no future career prospects.

There was no way up.

Yet I was being paid peanuts for the work.

It just wasn’t enough money to support even the basic frugal life we were living.

Not only that, but I was having to do a lot of work in Japanese; a language that I was really struggling with. I was stuck and unable to improve. And I didn’t know what to do to get past that. I felt like I’d tried everything, but nothing seemed to work.

I was in a hole that I was unable to get out of.

Why not take a Masters?

Somewhere amidst all of this, somebody suggested to me that I consider taking a master’s. Online. Distance learning, they said.

It would take some time, but once done I’d have a qualification. I’d be able to look for higher paid jobs and at least that would help with our financial problems. Improve the quality of our life.

There were two problems, though…

First, we were broke. Second, I was already really busy. But I knew it would be a good investment for the future and something that I should do.

So I decided to go for it.

Finding Money to Pay For It

I stopped drinking to help raise money – every Monday evening I went to the pub with co-workers. So instead of beer, I drank water.

It wasn’t a massive amount of money, but that money saved certainly helped. We found some stuff that we didn’t need. We sold it on Yahoo Auction, and we raised a little bit of cash like that.

Then, I started teaching private lessons in the evening from our local Starbucks to raise the rest of the money that I needed.

Finding Time to Do the Work

The problem was, is I’d now taken an already busy schedule and I’d added extra work to it.

So now I didn’t even have the evenings to do the work that I needed. Not to mention that we had a one-year-old son at home who needed constant attention and looking after.

So, I did the only thing that I could do.

I started to get up at 5am.

Was it easy to get up at that time to study for a Masters?

Certainly not.

Especially in the beginning. But, once I started to see real progress with what I was doing, the motivation dragged me along. Quickly it became a habit, and from there it was easy.

There’s an old saying in English ー

“Where there’s a will there’s a way”

… and when I first started that process, it felt like there was no way.

There’s ALWAYS a Way

To make a long story short, I finished the 4 year course in just 2 years. Fees paid off in full. Completely debt free. A Master’s qualification in my hand and an invite to continue on to PhD level.

Yes.

It was definitely something worth doing.

The point I wanna make here is that if you got something that you wanna do in your life, find a way. For example, transforming your English speaking so that you can use it to really accomplish the things you want in your life.

Even if it seems impossible, think about how you can actually get it done.

It might seem like you don’t have enough time.

That you don’t have the cash that you need to invest. But, if you think about things outside of the box a little bit, I’m sure you’ll find that as the saying goes, where there’s a will there certainly is a way.

How I Can Help

I can help, of course, and if you want to get started with my help for free, you can. Click here and study my free training. In it I will show you the 5 key changes that you need to make to transform your English speaking.

Alternatively, if you want to go deeper, right here, right now, click here to talk to me directly about how I can help you.

Best,
Julian

P.S. Click here to watch my Free Training where I teach you my “Rocket Launch” Method.

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Whose fault is it your English is crap?

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Don’t blame your friends, coworkers, colleagues, parents, or teachers for your own failures.

There’s only one person you can blame…

… and that’s you.

Did School English Fail You?

Something that I hear quite a lot from potential coaching clients is that they are annoyed, irritated and frustrated because they believe someone else is to blame for their lack of proficiency in English.

One way that I commonly hear this is to say that they weren’t taught properly at school.

Their school English classes were no good. Their teacher was no good. Or their teacher wasn’t a native speaker. Or their teacher didn’t know how to get them actually speaking English. And…. you get the idea.

So it’s their teacher’s fault their English learning failed.

Are Your Parents to Blame?

Other people blame their parents.

If only their parents had given them opportunities to learn English…

To speak English…

To get good at English as a child.

Then they wouldn’t have had to struggle with the process. They would’ve just learned automatically as a kid and now they’d be like a native speaker.

… or would they?

Thing is, it’s impossible to say.

Perhaps your co-workers get in your way?

Another way that I’ve heard it is to say that their coworkers and their colleagues and their friends get in their way, they stop them from doing the things that they want to do or take their time away from them by…. look. You get the idea.

Essentially, all of these complaints are saying exactly the same thing ー

It’s not my fault.

I’m crap at English and it’s somebody else’s fault.

That, however, is stupid.

You’ve got to let go of that idea. If you are not good at speaking English there’s only one person to blame. YOU.

That might be harsh, and you might not like it, but it’s the best way to think.

Change the way you think

You see, taking responsibility is far more productive.

If it truly is somebody else’s fault, then that puts you in a position where you can’t do anything about the problem. Because you simply can’t control other people.

On the other hand, if it’s your fault then that is something you can control.

For a start, you can stop moaning and feeling sorry for yourself about the fact that you didn’t already master the English language… and get the hell on with it.

Remember ー

The best time master spoken English was ten years ago.

The second best time?

Right now.

So stop blaming other people and take responsibility for your own learning.

If You Want My Help

If you are frustrated and struggling, click here and consume my free training.

In it, you’ll learn the five key changes that you need to make to your English learning routine to see massive progress with your English speaking.

Alternatively, if you want my help, right here, right now, to transform your English and use it to do amazing things in your life, click here and book your own free consultation call with me. We’ll talk about how I can help you with your English transformation.

Best,
Julian

P.S. Click here to watch my Free Training where I teach you my “Rocket Launch” Method.

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