Pitfall 5 - Treating It Like a Hobby
What constitutes a hobby? - I do it when I want; I don’t have to be good at it; there’s no real structure or commitment, I‘m just kinda doing it for fun, I enjoy doing it when I have time. I don’t get too serious.
This attitude will most definitely prevent you from learning the language properly. So if you decide that learning Russian is only a hobby for you, then DON’T expect great results. You will learn some things but you won’t achieve real results.
Let’s just look at this - some people go to the gym once in a blue moon. Yeah, they may like it, they may meet their friends there and have a chat while doing some gentle exercise. All is good but what would you expect in terms of physical fitness? In real terms - not much, right? However, if you see a person in great shape with well-formed muscles etc. you just KNOW they must workout few days a week. In other words, miracles don’t happen.
You need to decide right from the beginning if what you’re about to embark on is a hobby or a serious commitment. If it’s a serious commitment then you have to have a schedule (e.g. lessons planned, times set aside, trips to social meet ups booked) and a routine set up in place. You must decide what you do on what days and stick to it. You need to say to yourself that you’re going to dedicate yourself to Mastery even if it requires some hard work and stepping outside of your comfort zone.