January 14


Effectively Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Progress in English (with One Simple Rule)

Are you somebody who’s making excuses for not improving your English?

Perhaps you tell yourself:

  • I don’t have time to learn English.
  • I’m tired at the end of the day.
  • I don’t like my teacher.
  • I don’t have anyone to talk to in English.
  • I don’t have a good book or app.
  • English was okay when I started, but now it’s too difficult.

Do any of these sound familiar? Probably yes. 

To be fair, you’re not the only one. I’ve heard these excuses loads of times from my students.

And I’ve used them myself many times in my life. I won’t deny it. 

One Simple Rule

Thankfully, I’ve finally learnt (after 25 years of adulthood) that I need to follow one simple rule to stop making excuses:

If I’m not making progress in English, it’s 100% my responsibility.

It’s a simple rule and it makes my life so much better. The difference is like night and day.

You see, the moment I acknowledge that my lack of progress is 100% my responsibility, I know I can do something about it.

Because there is nobody or nothing else to blame.

The same logic applies to you.

It may sound harsh, but the fact is: You won’t be able to make progress if you keep blaming others.

So stop making excuses.

Not because I said so, but because it will work wonders for YOU. 🙂

What’s your excuse for not improving your English? I want to hear about it! Tell me your story in the comments or send me an email. 

About the author 


Kristian is from The Netherlands, but he lives in Prague, Czechia. He is a CELTA qualified teacher who passed the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam with grade A. When he's not working, he likes to chill out with music, podcasts or an audiobook.


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