The Most Common “Good Girl” Behaviours That Could Be Holding You Back

Feeling stuck? Got the impression you’re going round in everlasting circles, never making real progress? Perhaps you’re a secret perfectionist and you don’t even know it?? To help you decide, here is my list of the top 20 perfectionist behaviours (this doesn’t mean that we do all of them, all of the time, but it’s […]

The Key To Moving From The Slopes To The Spotlight

Did you know that skiing and speaking up in a foreign language have quite a few things in common? (Handy tip #1: Just for the record here, I’m not suggesting that you do these two activities at the same time. For any of you who have already stood up to speak in public whilst wearing […]

Which Unspoken Rules Are Creating Your Results?

You may be tired of hearing about “rules” if you’re trying to master a language or move forward with your business or career. In language learning, we have grammar rules and pronunciation rules, rules for formal and informal language, rules for intonation… In business, we have accounting rules, insurance rules, legal rules, corporate rules… But […]

The One Thing That Could Be Stopping Your Progress

Have you ever wondered why you seem to be taking two steps forward and one step back in your language learning? The answer could lie with your values. Values are the compass that guide and shape our lives as Tony Robbins poetically says in his popular book “Awaken The Giant Within”. Why? Because they enable […]

Is “Good Girl” Syndrome Stopping Your Success?

“Be a good girl and….”. Remember those words from your childhood? Remember how you did everything in your power to be that good girl? Like Collecting words of praise and gold stars Doing what you were told Getting straight A’s Not making mistakes You got your head down. Gave the right answers. Coloured between the […]

Make Your Learning A Moment Of Self Care

“Winter is coming” as they say in Game of Thrones but that could be good news for your English! Those colder days and darker evenings are the perfect time to cozy up at home and pamper yourself and your language learning. So, let’s visualize this together: Imagine a Cozy Ecosystem… You feel relaxed, secure and […]

What Is Your Learning Process: Shelf Development or Self-Development?

Are you over-consuming or taking a “greener”, more organic approach to your language learning? I haven’t counted the books in the above bookshelf but the total figure probably equals the number of books I’ve read over the last 5 years. In the past 12 months, I’ve greatly reduced my consumption but it took me a […]

My Journey With Perfectionism

“I’m a perfectionist.” This is the clever reply I sometimes gave in interviews to the famous question “what is your weakness”? At the time, I was proud to be seen as a perfectionist but I’ve since understood that it’s like seeing the tip of the iceberg and thinking that the tip is all there is. […]

How You Do One Thing Is How You Do Everything

Why you need ONE big goal if you’re a perfectionist language learner Perfectionists have a fixed mindset in general, particularly around areas that are often associated with “intelligence” such as business, creativity or language learning. I speak from experience as I’m a “recovering” perfectionist. What is a fixed mindset exectly? Fixed and growth mindsets are […]