Change Your English, Change Your Life! These lessons are developed to inspire you to make changes in your life and help you enhance your English skills. In this lesson you will read a text about about personal growth and self-awareness.
A. Read the text out loud
When you look at your life, are you happy with what you see? As you trace your history from the beginning to the present, do you delight at what you have achieved or do you look down at what you have done? People are not expected to be great but they are expected to grow. As little children, you were expected to flourish and develop into a better version of yourself. It may sound silly but some people are not able to experience true growth because they are not aware of who they truly are.
Before you can effectively achieve some transformation in your life, it is important that you are self-aware. Self-awareness is the first step to change; you have to make yourself aware of your current situation, your problems, your strengths and your weaknesses. It is important that you know yourself completely so that you can make proper changes, where change is needed. It is important that you know yourself and you know what the problem is, so that you can address the situation better.
It is not easy but it is not unfeasible to develop self-awareness if you do not have it yet. There is no shortcut that you can take, for sure, but there are strategies that you can take:
Learn to observe and monitor your life. Be more aware of what is happenings and study how these things are affecting your life.
Think more of yourself, for a change. Stop looking at other people; stop looking at them and comparing yourself because it will not do you any good. Instead of focusing on other people, look at your life and see what could be done to make things better. Think of yourself, focus on what you can do and not what others are able to do for their lives.
Learn to embrace everything about yourself. May it be the bad or the good, you will need to learn to accept yourself for who you truly are, because when you are able to do that, then you will see that it will be easier for other people to embrace who you are, as well. It is not easy to accept one’s self completely. It is easier to pick on whatever you see about yourself but you have to learn to embrace everything so that you can move on, move forward and use it, for your own benefit.
Explore your strengths and weakness. People have their own strengths and weaknesses. Some people will have things that they are good at and you have to be aware of them; and some people will have things that they are insufficient in, and you have to face these, too, however difficult. It is important for you to face the truth because when you know yourself through and through, you can enhance your strengths so that you can use it and you can improve your weaknesses, so that you can seek to become so much better than who you are today.
Match the word with the correct definition.
|1.Insufficient||A. grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment.|
|3.Unfeasible||C. accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically.|
|4.Embrace||D. dramatic change in form or appearance.|
|5.Flourish||E. not enough; inadequate.|
C. Fill in the blanks
- Some children undergo a complete ______________ when they become teenagers.
- No new business can _____________ in the present economic climate.
- The weather made it ___________to be outdoors.
- His salary is _________ to meet his needs.
- The monarchy was notoriously reluctant to __________change.
D. Grammar Focus
Present Simple: We need to use the Present Simple a lot in English especially to describe who we are and also to describe others.
The positive form:
|Positive||Positive Short Form|
The negative form:
|Negative||Negative short form|
|I am not||I‘m not|
|you are not||you aren’t|
|he is not||he isn’t|
|she is not||she isn’t|
|it is not||it isn’t|
|we are not||we aren’t|
|they are not||they aren’t|
The Verb “To Have”: We use “to have” to express something we possess.
For example: “I have a job.” “I have an apartment. It can also be negative “I don’t have a job.”
I/you/we/they = don’t have
she/he/it = doesn’t have
|Forms of To Have|
|I / you / we / they||have||had||having|
|he / she / it||has||had||having|
E. Discussion/Journal Topics or Questions
- What are some characteristics of your personality?
- What are the greatest qualities you possess?
- Would you like to be different?
- Are you a determined person? Are you a stubborn person?
- Are you shy ? In which occasions are you shy?
- Do you consider yourself selfish ? Why?
- Is your personality suited to your job?
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