Learn English Online with Dimi

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clip_image003My name is Dimi. I teach online via Skype.
"A few minutes a day can really make a difference. Do something today for a few minutes to change your life!"
 
Whatever you water will grow stronger. If you water the seeds of learning and improving your English every day, it will grow stronger.
 
My idea in my classes is, to get inspired and to learn. I think when you enjoy doing something, when you have fun, it is much easier to remember the things and if we add to that a little bit of inspiration, I believe the results will be great.

The reader is a leader

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I started setting myself monthly challenges since January last year.

 

There is so much freedom when you choose your own challenges, your own curriculum.

 

I decided to start this year and January with focus on reading and writing.

 

In order to be a better writer and coach, a better leader and person, you have to read more. The reader is a leader and every leader should be a reader, too.

 

That was my main motivation for the challenge. Along with my role model Brendon Burchard. He says that if you want to reignite your life, you have to set yourself challenges, including reading a book per week and that's what he has been doing for more than 20 years...

 

Last year, I read a book per week and I wanted to repeat that challenge again. But…the point is what I learned in the end. Looking back at the last year and the four books I read for one month – a book per week, I discovered that there wasn’t much benefit for me. I can't say anything about the content of these books now. However, that was a very useful experience for my language skills. I started speaking more fluently in Russian, the words came easier to me. That’s why, I think to repeat that challenge again for developing my fluency in Russian language. But in terms of personal development – learning and implementing the knowledge, I need more time, more time to take notes, to reflect… As well as that, I'm aware of the fact that when I read a book per week, my focus is on finishing the book on time, not so much on the content.

 

Focus is power. But the most important thing is, why am I doing this? What is the purpose? Your WHY is what matters! Everything Starts with Why!

 

Like a friend of mine said: "Let us imagine that you wish to explore all 50 states in the USA. Would you jump in your car and drive 144 km/h (90 mph) racing through each state and then, in a year time, proclaim that you know each state? If your goal is just to say you've read a bunch of books, then by all means, set lofty goals, but if your goal is to be transported, immersed, and enlightened, embrace and savor your journeys. As a writer, I would rather people walk through my book, not drive 144 km/h." (Terry Fields)

 

I understand now that everyone's approach to reading is different.

 

I think the way you read a book represents your character. It reveals something about your character. Particularly for me, some weaknesses. Challenging myself to improve my reading, I believe I can improve my character, too.

 

So this time, I decided not to set a deadline – a book per week, but to focus on what I’m reading. I still set a deadline, though – 3 books per month (I’m happy to say I read more). But my focus was on the content and trying to learn as much as possible + taking action, i.e. implementing the knowledge. For me, this approach works much better. Because some books are longer, others are shorter. Some require more time, some less. One of the books, The Alchemist I read for 3 hours in one snowy afternoon.

 

Below are some of my accomplishments in January – Focus on Reading and Writing. Like always, I’m sharing them with you in the hope to inspire you to reach a new level of success and to be more determined, patient and persistent. Be a Hero!

 

January - Month of Reading and Writing – Accomplishments

First and foremost, I’m very happy to say that I didn’t miss my Morning Ritual – my hour of power and joy. If you don’t know what morning ritual is, please, read my experience with it 

Books

1.    Read + took notes – Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi

2.    Read The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho + wrote an article: My Lessons from The Alchemist – part 1

3.    Read The Alchemist for the second time. This time took notes. A lot of lessons from this book – I’m planning to write the part 2 to My Lessons from The Alchemist. The interesting thing is that I needed 3 hours to finish the book both times.

4.    Read + took notes – The Leadership Guide by Brendon Burchard – 36% finished in January. I’m continuing reading this book in February, too.

5.    Read Духовният живот на православния християнин – an Orthodox book by the Bulgarian monk – arch. Seraphim Aleksiev (My faith is of very big importance to me. That’s why I’ve decided to read at least one Orthodox book per month)

6.    Read twice – The Power of Habit by Brian Tracy (the first time – aloud, the second time – took notes)

 

Creations

1. Wrote 10 new stories for my blog and for my book – English with Inspirational Stories – Personal Stories by Dimi – part 1

 

2. Prepared 3 new books

 

 

as a free gift to my students (Collected poems + wrote “How to Use Calendar to Grow”) You can download my books for FREE here

 

3. Created a new music card “Be a Hero” for 123greetings.com

4.    Translated a new poem by arch. Seraphim – Spring has Arrived

 

Inspiration

1.    Watch many inspirational videos by Brendon Burchard + took notes - Plan an EXTRAORDINARY 2017! Here's how, The Year of High Performance. Will this be a courageous year for you? (some of the best ones for me)

2.    Got inspired by Marie Forleo and her videos – one of them - ONTRApalooza 2012: Marie Forleo!

3.    Discovered the work of Jim Rohn and I love it! – watched many of his videos + took notes

4.    Started a notebook – My Lessons – each day at the end of it, I write in my notebook what I have learned

5.    Journaling – Each day – my accomplishments + what went well and what didn’t go well + Beauty Witness Exercise by Brendon Burchard

 

**************************Only two things can change our lives: either something new comes into our lives, or something new comes from WITHIN. - Brendon Burchard.

 

The spring has arrived

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The buds woke up, and there
The withered twigs are in leaves
The sun shines and smiles in the sky
And you see – Spring has arrived
It is spring :-)

A clear creek spouts amid the grasses
In the air - bees, flies fly
and bathe their wings in the rays
And joy, joy fills your heart

Freshness blows from the snowy mountain
And there, past a small house
in a decoration white
as a young bride
blooms a cherry tree
with its wedding vibrant veil

You sit and watch
The storks flying from the south
swim in the sky
Oh, how your soul not to rejoice
The world is already different, so different
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The toolbox and the boy

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Retell the story using the words in bold letters

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Every day, the 4-year-old boy went with his father to his work and watched him how he fixed different devices. His father was a technician. One day, when the father wasn’t at home, the boy decided to surprise him for his birthday and show what he learned. He saw the new radio and was very curious what is inside of it. He found his father’s toolbox and from the first time, he managed to unscrew the screws with the Phillips screwdriver and to open the radio. The boy was so happy from his success that decided to take apart the whole radio. When the father came home, he gasped in disbelief. His son cried:

– Dad, look at what I’ve done - a present for your birthday. I’m a technician like you. I took apart the new radio. I can use the screwdriver.

At first, the father went mad since it was the new radio and his son took his toolbox without asking him. Then he thought to himself – There is no point in shouting at the kid or worse, beating him.

Instead of that, he hugged him and said:

– You are going to become a big technician, but true technicians not only take apart, true technicians should be able to reassemble, too.

– Dad, you’re right. But I have other surprise for you, too. Show me an instrument from your toolbox and I’ll tell you its name.

The father smiled:

– Well, let’s see.

He showed

 

1.    screwdriver

2.    Phillips screwdriver

3.    wrench

4.    pliers

5.    nail

6.    washer

7.    nut

8.    wood screw

9.    machine screw

10. bolt

11. monkey wrench

 

and the boy guessed all of them right. The father couldn’t believe it. He was over the moon, extremely pleased and happy. That was a great present for his birthday, indeed. Gift with a bow

– Now, let’s resemble the radio, son. Will you help me?

You bet! Smile

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What would you do if you were in the place of the father? What would you say to your son?

 

Lessons from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Lessons from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – part 1

 

1.  FOCUS

 

After I finished the book, I was curious to see what other people think of it. I have to admit I was struck to find out many negative reviews. All of those reviews had a valid point, though. I noticed all of these negative things, too. I just didn’t pay attention to them. My focus was on taking the positive and learning something from the book. I didn’t pay attention to its shortcomings. All that reminds me of focus. And you find what you look for.

I remember now the fairy tale of the king who ordered his servants to bring him stinky grass. They came back with a whole sack of it. When the king asked them if they saw sweet-smelling grass, they said they didn’t because they were busy finding stinky grass, so they didn’t pay attention to the other one. You find what you look for.

 

We can find a similar story in The Alchemist, too about the drops of oil in the spoon. Focus matters!

 

Personally for me, for instance, when I go to the market with the intention to buy grapes, my focus is on the grapes. I see the other things, but at that moment, they are not important to me and I ignore them. My focus is on finding the best grapes for me. After I finish with that task, then I may look at the other things in details.

 

Also, when you focus on something, it grows. If you focus on the negative, it becomes double negative. But if you focus on the positive, you guess, it becomes double positive. Beware of where your focus is!

 

FOCUS – that’s the biggest lesson for me – a great reminder, especially nowadays when we have so many digital distractions.

 

In the connection with focus, I’d love to add - Successful people are focused, they are not distracted.

 

2.  “LIFE IS 10% WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU AND 90% HOW YOU REACT TO IT.”

 

When the main hero was robbed in a foreign country, first he cried, but then he decided to change his perspective and from victim to look at himself and the situation like a new adventure. That helped him tremendously. He found a job and later became very successful, simply by changing his perspective.  

 

“We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.”  Charles R. Swindoll

 

Missing - Story

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After work, I was sitting in the park with my cousin. While she was eating her dessert, I was surfing the net. I was looking at the stock-market figures, reading the newspaper, consulting my personal organizer... I was deeply absorbed in what I was doing. When I finished, my cousin smiled at me and said:
– Did you know what you’ve just missed?
– What? – said I with tired voice.
– A good-looking young man, well-groomed and smartly-dressed, greeted us. He seemed to be a friend of yours.
– Wow, really?
– And you were so rude to him!
– Who? Me?!
– Yes, you didn’t pay any attention to him. But he said, he understands that your attention is rapt. He is like you. He alleviates boredom with video games. That’s a great way to stimulate your imagination. And that’s the modern way of letting off steam and escaping the humdrum reality.
– What?! But I didn’t play any games. What did that guy look like?
– You know, I have difficulty remembering faces…
– I see. I shouldn’t be so oblivious to the world around me. I’ll take notice from now on. You never know, who you are going to miss out.
– Yeah, right. But before everything else, you miss the many beautiful things around you like the beautiful landscape, the lovely Me sitting next to you :-)
– Sorry, sweetheart…You know, I love you!
– I know, but I don’t feel it. When I’m with you, you are always working on the computer, surfing the net, chatting…

Celebration of 2016 + Lessons

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StarThe New Year has started. But did you celebrate your achievements from the last year?
I believe this is essential before you start setting new goals and making new resolutions.
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When you celebrate your accomplishments,
you boost your self-confidence and self-confidence is critical for success.
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Before the celebration of the accomplishments, however, I will start with the lessons -  
What did I learn last year?Light bulb
Last year, I promised that by the end of the year I will transform myself into lioness :-)
I was enthusiastic to start living my life as a lioness. I felt tired to live as a mouse.
StarTHE DECLARATION OF PERSONAL POWER
There comes a time in the lives of those destined for greatness when we must stand before the mirror of meaning and ask:
Why, having been endowed with the courageous heart of a lion, do we live as mice?
(an excerpt from Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard)

For me, personally, to transform myself from mouse into lioness, means to start doing physical exercises on a regular basis. If you read My Transformational Story, you already know that this transformation was successful. However, I still haven’t reached that top shape and that state to be fit as a fiddle. That’s my main goal for this year. Last year, I did my exercises only for 2 months. Then something happened and I stopped. Now, I’m fully aware of the reason why that happened and I’m determined to change.

StarThe majority of the world’s people are not advancing at the speed of which they are capable.  They have not sought self-mastery and so they lack the personal power to direct their energies… It is like watching a cheetah stroll lazily all its life, never powerfully stretching and leaping at the staggering speed within its potential.
(an excerpt from Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard)

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A confident person for me is someone
who when fails, rises up and tries again, this time harder.
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So now, I’m hungrier for success like never before :-)

I’d love to share my accomplishments with you from the last year, too. Hope to inspire you to be more determined, patient and persistent on the road to success, and never ever to give up!

Sending you lots of joy and success for the New Year and always!

Celebration of the Accomplishments 2016    Red heart
 
When you celebrate your accomplishments,
you boost your self-confidence and self-confidence is critical for success.
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Accomplishments from January to June 2016 (I celebrated them on my birthday which was on June 28th) - You can read them here: http://englishwordoftheday2010.blogspot.com/2016/06/accomplishments-and-birthday.html
Below are my accomplishments from July to December 2016 :-)
Accomplishments July 2016 – Month of Brendon Burchard Smile
 
Courses by Brendon Burchard
1.    Finished the course - 10 Human Drives that make you feel alive
2.    Started a new course and looking forward to the book from it – The Motivation Manifesto - watched the videos from the first three weeks – extremely inspiring and energetic
3.    Finished the first week from Your Next Bold Move course
4.    Attended the live cast to the High Performance GPS course (3 days). My reaction after it – I felt charged up with positive energy like never before in my life
 
Books by Brendon Burchard
5.    Finished reading The Charge Life
6.    Started and finished Life’s Golden Ticket (read it twice - the ebook and the hardcover)
Other books
7.    Listened to the audio version, read the book, too – Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
 
Piano
8.    Piano lessons – 2 times per week
9.    Piano practice – almost every day for 2 hours
10. Learned to play by heart – 10 short compositions
11. Watched famous pianists playing on YouTube
 
Creations
12. Wrote many creative stories for my blog and students
 
Inspiration
13. Followed Brendon Burchard and Marie Forleo FB’s pages – watched some inspirational videos
14. Kept my morning ritual, i.e. for my soul, body and mind – prayer, physical exercises on the background of music)) – Brendon Burchard’s podcasts
15. Got in touch with an old friend and played music together
16. Met interesting people and happy to be a part of Experts Accountability Team
17. Have set reminders on my phone – my three words which define me – determined, patient and persistent
18. Have visited the lovely Irish sea! – thanks to my Irish friend
 
Hobbies
19. Practiced Russian & German with my language exchange partners – 2 times per week
 
Accomplishments - August 2016my Month of being More OrganizedSmile
1.    Read once again and took notes – Life’s Golden Ticket by Brendon Burchard
2.    Finished the course to it – The 4 Gates to Lasting Change
3.    Followed each week the Motivation Manifesto course (Extremely motivating and inspiring!)
4.    Finished the second week from Your Next Bold Move course by Brendon
5.    Piano lessons – 2 times per week
6.    Piano playing – Practice 2 hours each day
7.    Watch videos on YouTube - Piano playing of famous pianists
8.    Talked with my language exchange partners in Russian and German – 2 times per week
    9.    Each day – Cindy Crawford’s exercises!
 
Accomplishments – September 2016 - Month of Role ModelsSmile
 
Marie Forleo and Chalene Johnson
1.    “Went on a date” with different workouts – some of them by Chalene Johnson, Marie Forleo, Cindy Crawford
 
Brendon Burchard
1.    Started using the weekly planner and the daily planner by Brendon Burchard + the hour of joy
2.    Started to make steps in taking a break every 60 minutes – Move, stretch, drink water!   
4.    Changed my diet – Included fish in my menu
5.    Started implementing the philosophy - Don’t listen to the #LITTLEMAN
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Piano
6.    Piano lessons – 2 times per week
7.    Piano playing – Practice 2 hours each day
 
Courses
8.   Finished the Motivation Manifesto course (It has been extremely motivating, energetic and inspiring!)
9.    Finished the third week from Your Next Bold Move course by Brendon
 
Creations
1.    Created my first music composition after many years – Hero (thanks to the inspiration of Peggy from Experts Accountability Team!)
2.    Created a video to it
3.    Created stories for my students including in Italian language + inspirational stories
 
Hobbies
Practice Russian with my language exchange partners – every week!
 
Accomplishments – October 2016 – Month of Creative ExpressionSmile
 
Creations
1.    Have created many inspirational short videos
2.    Have created my 9 Declarations of Personal Power + a video to it
3.    Done many audio and video recordings even in Russian language – my takeaways, lessons, teaching and more
4.    Started the Storytelling challenge – wrote one inspirational story – My Confidence Story
5.    Created stories for my students, too
6.    Created a new website and posted many articles
 
Courses
1.    Started a new course (my present for my Name Day - Oct 26th) – Reignite Your Life by Brendon Burchard
2.    Finished the fourth week from Your Next Bold Move course by Brendon
 
Books
1.    Read Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard (My second time reading this book - the first time was in Russian language)
2.    Started reading The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie
 
Inspiration
1.    Started doing Monkey Mind exercise and Beauty Witness exercise - every evening!
 
Piano
1.    Piano Lessons – 2 times per week
2.    Play the piano – Started increasing the number of hours - 3 hours a day – every morning, every afternoon and every evening!
3.    Started preparing for my piano concert
 
Hobbies
1.    Practice Russian with my language exchange partners – every week!
 
Accomplishments November – Month of PianoNoteSmile
 
Piano
1.    Piano Practice – almost each day 3 hours a day – every morning, afternoon and evening
2.    Piano Lessons – 2 times per week
3.    Listened to famous piano players on YouTube and Facebook
 
Courses
1.    Finished Reignite Your Life By Brendon Burchard
2.    Started accent reduction lessons with Karen
 
Inspiration
1.    Learned a lot from Bob Heilig about branding, promoting yourself on social media, etc. – You should own your business, not the business to own you!
 
Hobbies
1.    Practice Russian with my language exchange partners – every week!
 
 
Accomplishments December 2016 – Month of Finishing StrongSmile
 
Creations
2.    Took a part in SC piano challenge for Christmas
3.    Wrote my first real song (including the arrangement) to one of the poems of arch. Seraphim!!! – Still work in progress
 
Inspiration
Got to know many different music instruments from different countries – quite inspirational!
 
Piano
1.    Practice piano playing - each day
2.    Piano Lessons – 2 times per week
3.    Started learning kids songs for my future project
 
Hobbies
2.    Practice Russian with my language exchange partners – every week!
3.    Got in touch with my language partners for German language
 
Books
1.    Finally finished Our Prayer – an Orthodox book by arch. Seraphim
2.    Read the 4 Agreements by Luis Miguel Ruiz
3.    Read the first two chapters – Building Champions by Jeff Piece (Planning to buy the whole book – Really inspiring stuff!)
4.    Started reading Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi
 
Courses
1.    Finished Your Next Bold Move course (the last week)
2.    Finished the 30 days The Better Life Challenge by Dean Graziosi