AEE 139: Four Lessons for You from Gabby’s Ironman Race

Congratulations to Gabby!

She completed a half Ironman in June 2014!

The Ironman is an endurance race that includes a bicycle, run, and swim section.

Gabby did a total of 70.3 miles.

This is a HUGE accomplishment and there are 4 things that Gabby learned that can help you improve your English and your life.

Find out what they are today!

 

4 Things You Can Learn for Your English:

  • Take it one step at a time: It’s too overwhelming to think about the full distance. Instead Gabby asked herself if she had the energy and ability to take one more step. She put one foot in front of the other. She took a lot of little steps and eventually those added up to a huge distance. If you are learning English, don’t focus on everything you need to do to reach your goal. Focus on the next, smallest action that you can take. You will see that over time the little steps add up to the full goal. Keep it moving.
  • Make a small deposit into the “training bank” each day: Gabby trained every day for 6 months. She didn’t skip training days. She deposited the training into her training account and she was able to withdraw the skills from the account when she had to perform. For English learners, if you work on your English every day for 15 minutes and you make that deposit into your account, you will be able to withdraw from that account when you get into a conversation situation. Practice creates confidence. Luck does not create confidence.
  • Go it alone: Gabby went to the race alone. Her friends and family supported her but they did not come to the race. That was ok with her. Even if you don’t know other people who are learning English you can do it on your own. You can find information and programs online to support you.  Maybe your friends are still learning in a traditional way. You can “go it alone” by being a more proactive learner and learning in your own way.

 

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