To get used to language, you have to kind of embrace a paradox, whereby you:
- Let go of perfectionism, but you
- Don’t let go of improvement
The way you do that is by picking low-hanging fruit. You let go of things that are too hard for you to figure out right now, but you don’t let go of easy wins, easy gains, easy improvement. You don’t let go of picking up what you can pick up right now, of doing what you can do right now.
And you grow bigger and stronger, so that eventually what was difficult to get at isn’t any more. Eventually, you can “fly”. But before that, you have to remember that even eagles are born flightless. Birds suck at flying. Initially.
In more concrete, Japanese/SRS terms, this means that you need to be:
- Adamant about learning a new word/words every day, but…
- Completely relaxed, laidback and lackadaisical with regard to specific words
Learn a word, but don’t bother learn that word. Learn new things, but don’t get hung up about anything in particular. Don’t get stuck on a specific word; don’t have one-itis for any specific word. Screw it. Pick an easier word. Pick a word that’s…I dunno…”giving it up” easier, as it were. That’s “putting out”, if you will. Again, low-hanging fruit. We’re taking the PUA metaphor a little bit too far here. Whatever, you like it when I’m sexist .
There’s no heroism in struggle. There are no extra points for doing it the hard way. The heroism is in making progress. Don’t be a struggler, be a mover, be a player, be a progressor…er…that’s not even a word. Flow through it. You can’t afford to waste energy being tense.