Motivation: the guiding force that propels you forward towards your ultimate goal of being extremely awesome at Japanese. Without motivation, you won’t succeed. I’ve talked about this before in detail, as this is a subject that is always continually deserving of your utmost attention.
I want to briefly recap two previous posts that covered this important matter:
“Motivation sounds obvious. You don’t need me telling you to get motivated. You probably are motivated . . . for now. Motivation is a resource that is voraciously consumed at an incredible pace. You may have had all the motivation in the world at the start of your studies, but watch as it slowly starts to wither away. This is normal. This is bad. You need to prevent this from happening.
You need to remind yourself why you are working so hard. This should be an ever evolving and updated work. Even if you think you know why you are motivated, you need to write it down. This is crucial for when you have those bad days, bad weeks, bad months, where you are ready to throw it all away. You can’t rely on what is in your mind for motivation when your mind is currently held hostage by negativity and the thought of giving it all up.”
I’ve also explained how motivation (along with inspiration) are your main sources of energy. Your own personal power-ups:
“To persevere through your continuous adventures in Japanese, you are going to need help. You start off with very little, but like in every video game, you are going to need power-ups. The main arsenal you will encounter will consist of three items: Inspiration, Motivation, and Guidance.
I know you are quite familiar with these power-ups. You should be getting them from Japanese Level Up. You’ve gotten them before from many other websites, self-help books, TV shows, friends/family, anime, manga, and movies. They are vital in giving you that extra boost, pushing you towards success in Japanese, and there is no shortage of them wherever you look. Without them, you wouldn’t make it past level 1.
You’ve used them this long, but are you using them correctly? Have you forgotten the principal rule behind them?
Power-ups are temporary.
Like any good power-up, they don’t last long. How long? Sometimes a few hours. After your power-up is acquired, it disappears at incredible speed. This means that anytime you activate one, you have very little time to make beneficial use of it before it vanishes.
Does this sound familiar? You read a power-up article, you are all pumped up, and ready to rock however it relates to Japanese. You wait until tomorrow to begin. However, tomorrow you don’t feel like doing anything. You just wasted a precious power-up.
Even worse than waiting too long after you’ve used a power-up is devouring too many at once. Ever read a bunch of power-ups in a row (ex. reading an entire self-help book in one sitting)? How much of the book did you implement into your life? In oldschool MMORPG language, this is like buffing up your character with too many spells that have short duration. By the time you get towards the end of a full set off buffs, the original ones you used begin to wear off.”
So the message is clear. You need motivation, and a lot of it. Now you probably have your handful of items that you refer back to when you are a little low. But I’ve discovered through numerous advising sessions with users, that despite everyone having their own individual power-ups, the number one complaint still remains the same:
I’m discouraged and just don’t seem to have the motivation anymore.
So most Japanese Personal Advisor sessions, while including specialized guidance and advice, are often strong personal infusions of motivation. Motivation in a variety of areas for a variety of reasons. A supply that is supposed to last. And most people thus like the Personal Japanese Advisor (at least I hope), because of that motivational power burst.
So I’ve decided to take what is one of the most desired parts of the Japanese Personal Advsior, take what this site only generalizes about, and create something new:
Motivation Power-Up Treasure Chest
The purpose is to give you an extraordinary supply of motivation that will:
1. Always keep you on the top of your game.
2. Make sure you don’t give up.
3. When you are at your lowest, save you from darkness.
We all have our lows, and I want this to be there for you when you reach that next unfortunate moment.
What’s inside the treasure chest?
1 PDF file (77 Pages)
Each page contains an original and motivational paragraph written by me, tailored specifically to you, the Japanese learner, in order to get that excitement back where it belongs. I know what you have been through. I’ve been there. And I’ve been seeing it over the years as I have been helping you guys on JALUP. I know what you need. I know what will boost you. I know what you want and need to hear.
These power-ups cover a wide variety of topics that are sure to infuse fierce passion into even the most discouraged of learners. They usually fall into 2 categories:
– Reminding you of why learning Japanese is so freaking amazing.
– Specific things you can do to infuse that energy back into you.
75 inspirational pictures from Japan
At the bottom of each power-up paragraph is an inspiring picture of Japan. The pictures either:
1. Directly relate to the text of the power-up, or
2. Are just general motivating pictures of Japan.
I remember at some of my darkest moments, seeing certain images of Japan reignited the spark and love for Japan and Japanese culture. Visual people sometimes need to feel it. All pictures are licensed from Flickr creative commons (A separate PDF file is included providing credit for all these great photographers.) I went through several hundred pictures to find what really makes you remember your strong feelings towards Japan.
Who is this for?
Anyone who is feeling down, wondering where to get the energy to move forward, and needs to remember why they love Japan, Japanese culture, and the Japanese language.
How to use it?
This is not to be read through in one sitting. Save it for when you really need it and use them one or two at a time. I am giving you 75 chances to recover from a Japanese study defeat.
What does it look like on the inside?
Here is a sample of 3 random Power-Ups:
Included for free with your purchase of the Jalup Maximum package.
Didn’t find it to be of use? Not quite what you thought you needed? No worries. Send an e-mail to adshap (at) japaneselevelup (dot) com within 30 days after your purchase date to ask for a 100% refund, no questions asked.
I think it’s time to power up.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.