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As we mentioned last week, the January edition of the Translation Journal is hot off the presses (well, okay, it’s a digital copy, so no presses were actually involved) and available for your reading enjoyment. We think you will be pleased with the variety of content available in its digital pages! Click here for the full version.
But we also understand that as busy translators and interpreters, you may prefer bite-sized pieces of the Translation Journal and links to some interesting articles on the Internet. This is the purpose of this weekly email: to provide highlights from – and recent updates to – the Translation Journal website and quarterly journal.
Recent Contributor: Julia Morozova
Cross-cultural contact, communication and interdependence have become integral to today’s world. In her article “Travelling abroad as means of enhancing English communicative skills,” author Julia Morozova explores why more and more people are understanding the value of foreign languages in general and English in particular, as it is one of the most popular languages in the world. The author also provides a how-to guide for improving English-language skills.
While the article is written with English as its focus, the practical tips can be adapted to other languages as well.
It’s that time of year when everyone is talking about setting goals for 2015. Whether you are a freelance translator or interpreter, own your own translation company, or work for a translation service provider, you no doubt know that setting goals is essential to long-term success both in your business and personal life.
Goals keep you focused and help you understand how to most efficiently allocate your time and resources. Research studies show a direct link between goal setting and enhanced performance in business.
The process of setting goals gives you the power to choose where you want to go in business and in life, and helps motivate you to turn your vision of the future into reality. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you can better allocate your resources and concentrate your efforts on what matters most to you and your business.
Tick, tick, tick . . . It’s already February! If you have not yet allocated time for goal setting (not just in your head, but on paper), I encourage you right now to block out some time in your calendar this week to plan how you want your business and personal life to look at the end of 2015. A small investment of time for setting meaningful goals for 2015 will return rich dividends in the long run.
To help get you started, we’ve plucked some relevant articles from the Internet to aid in your goal-setting process.
1. Be passionate
Effective goals require emotion. In his Forbes.com article “Passion Is The Missing Ingredient In Goal-Setting,” Mark Murphy challenges goal-setters to ask themselves a simple question: “Why do you care about this goal?” Murphy says that those people who answer the question with “This goal is my passion” are the ones who will pursue their goals despite the challenges involved. The takeaway here is that people who are emotionally connected to their goals have a much better likelihood of achieving them.
2. Set up a system
Jeff Haden, in his Inc.com article “An Almost Foolproof Way to Achieve Every Goal You Set,” suggests that you can achieve your goals through the use of systems. He says that while goals are great for providing direction and motivation, incorporating systems into your everyday life will greatly improves your chances of achieving your goals.
3. Change your ways
Written by the late Jim Rohn, “The 4 Powerful Ways to Change a Bad Habit” is an inspirational article on the key components of what it takes to change a bad habit. He describes these components as disgust, decision, desire, and resolve. Read more on how you can tap into these emotions in order to make extraordinary changes in your life.
4. Make every day count
The super-short article “It All Comes Down To What You Do Daily” by John Maxwell has a very important takeaway: simply put, your success is determined by your daily agenda. In Maxwell’s words: “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.”
I hope you are crushing it in 2015! I’ll check in with you next week to see how you are coming along with your goal-setting plans and to provide more tips. And if you have your own great tips or articles that you would like to share, please email me or head on over to our Facebook page and leave your comments there.
All the best to you.