Inspiration from Dimi

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Be a hero – Be determined, patient and persistent on the road to your dreams!

 

Increase the daily diet of positive emotions! Positive emotions do help us to thrive.

 

These are my main values in life which I incorporate in my lessons with my students, too. My goal is not only to inspire my students to improve their English, but also to improve their life. I work as an English teacher and a life coach.

“You never know how close you are to your dreams, so never ever give up!” Be a hero!

Best wishes,

Dimi

Inspiration from Dimi

Here you can read more of my personal story and why I do, what I do.

Testimonials

"Dimi is a great teacher. She is very attentive and patient. She finds different interesting and comfortable variants for your studying. She is a very creative person. Dimi inspires you and gives many positive emotions and makes your studying easy, positive and bringing results. I recommend Dimi to my friends.” Galina, Russia

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Dimi – the best English teacher I have ever met and the best coach who believes in me, who helped me find my passion and teaches me not to give up in difficult moments.

 

My life has really changed in all areas (job, love, self-development) and I am grateful to Dimi for that.

 

I remember the day when I was looking on the Internet to find an English teacher. I’ve had different teachers before but they were just simple teachers. Dimi is a unique teacher, she practices individual approach to her students. She teaches with heart, soul and love!!! Her lessons are always interesting, engaging and time goes by very fast with her!

 

Before our lessons, I was afraid to speak in English despite the fact that I studied the English language at school and university! Thanks to Dimi, I’ve started understanding, speaking, writing, and using English in my life easily. What’s more, I’ve graduated from an American university!!!

 

Not only Dimi has helped me to improve my English skills but also to find my passion – a lovely new job. As well as that, Dimi has helped me to organize myself, to build positive thinking and to open my talents.

 

Thank you that you always believe in me, inspire and motivate me!

 

I am grateful to God that I have met you!

 

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Story about the news and more

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I want to start my story by saying that I’m on a diet of positive emotions.

 

There is a lot of negativity going on in this world. When you turn on the TV for example, usually what you hear are the news about wars, hoax calls, bomb explosions, people who are injured or killed, death toll. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Rescue workers wearing hard hats, creeping through a gap, looking for survivors after an earthquake. All around them collapsed buildings, twisted bits of metal, jagged chunks of reinforced concrete, terrible destruction…

 

Nowadays, it has become much more frequent on the news to see the devastation caused by natural disasters.

 

I would never forget the man on the TV with a handful of soil in his hands, looking desperately at the sky, scanning it for signs of rain. On all sides, there were withered crops and cracked earth.  He was in despair because of the severe drought.

 

Whereas, in some parts of the world, there is no rain, in another parts, there is too much.

Recently, I’ve seen pictures on Facebook from one of my Canadian friends – his area has been severely flooded. People were wading thigh-deep in the muddy water, trying to salvage their property which was floating about. It was devastating to look at those scenes and to witness the despair of the people.

 

So I have decided, enough is enough! And I cut off the supply of the negativity. I no longer watch TV or listen to the radio, specifically the news. I may follow some of the news on the Internet, but I decide which one to see. I’m in control.

 

Like Dean Graziosi says - News drains our confidence and causes us to slip into a fear-based mentality.

Do you agree? What’s your opinion? How much does hearing negativity in the news take away from your ability to embrace the positive things in the world?

 

In the health-conscious time we are living in, we pay so much attention to the food we eat, to physical exercises, going to the gym, but we fail to take care of our minds and souls.

We need high-quality food for our body if we want to be healthy. But the same goes for our mind, too. We need to feed it with positive food, as well. That’s why I try to nurture my mind regularly with positivity by reading, watching, listening to inspirational books, videos, podcasts. That’s why I’m on a diet of positive emotions. If you focus on something, it grows. If you dwell on the negativity, it becomes double negative. But if you focus on the positive, it become double positive. Beware of where your focus is!

 

Increase the daily diet of positive emotions and positive words! It is very important with what you feed your mind.

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Daily Diet

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I put my students on a special diet. We always start and finish with it. This special diet is the diet of positive emotions. Emotions are contagious and positive emotions help us to become more resilient to the setbacks. Positive emotions help us to thrive.RainbowSunRed roseIsland with a palm treeRed heartSmile

 

Based on the daily diet of positive emotions, I created The Daily Diet of Positive Words. You can find it here:

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Increase the daily diet of positive emotions and positive words! It is very important with what you feed your mind.

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Third Conditional – Story

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My friend called me last night. I was asleep at the time of the call. I still heard that my phone was ringing but I couldn’t get up and pick it up. In the morning, when I woke up I saw that my friend was online. We started exchanging messages. And here is our message history:

-        Why didn’t you return my call last night?           

-        I would have returned your call last night if I hadn’t been asleep.

-        Why did you go to bed so early?

-        I wouldn’t have gone to bed so early if I hadn’t been tired.

-        What did you do to be tired?

-        I wouldn’t have been tired if I hadn’t been studying so much.

-        Wow, why did you study so much?

-        I wouldn’t have studied so much if I hadn’t had an exam after 2 days.

-      Why do you reply to me in this weird way – I would have done…..if I hadn’t been….

-        I wouldn’t have replied to you in this way if I hadn’t had an English exam and I’m practicing third conditional at the moment.

-        Oh, wow, what is third conditional?

-      Third conditional is used to talk about the past and to imagine something different from what actually happened.

-        Do you mean we can use it to express regret?

-        Sure and to make up excuses :-) I’ve just made up all of these answers in order to practice the third conditional.

-        Wow :-)

-        And I want to know, why didn’t you bring me apples?

-        Now, it is my turn to make up excuses, right? :-)

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************* Third conditional

If + past perfect ..., would + have + past participle

If you had called me earlier, I would have answered you.

…would + have + past participle… if + past perfect ...

I would have answered you if you had called me earlier.

 

If + past perfect … wouldn’t + have + past participle

 

Instead of would, we can use also – could, should, might

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Pay attention to the pronunciation of would have – would’ve. The same goes for -  could have, should have, might have – Watch the video below!

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*************Retell the story using the template:

My friend – call – last night – asleep – missed call

1.    Why, return, my call? – asleep

2.    Why, bed, early? – tired

3.    What, tired? – studying

4.    Why, studying? – exam

5.    Why, weird answers? – practicing third conditional

6.    What, third conditional?

7.    Express regrets about past?

8.    Why, apples?

9.    Make up excuses

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************Should have = 'shoulda' in spoken English;

Should not have = shouldna

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Practice the Third Conditional with Songs:

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Pay attention that woulda is only in spoken English. In writing, we write – would have

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Practice the Third Conditional with "Once Upon a Time"

After 8 days without social media

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After my 8-days digital diet – 8 days without social media, I felt really great. I felt refreshed and most importantly free. However, the moment I started using social media again, I fell in the old circle of bad habits. While I was downloading something and waiting for it, I found myself checking my social media accounts, again!Crying face – without any particular goal, just to kill the time. I logged off all my social media accounts. But then I started checking my email constantly. Basically, I replaced the bad habit of checking my social media accounts with another bad one – checking my email constantly!

 

Then it dawned on me that I have to replace the bad habit with a good one. While I’m waiting, I can read aloud from my book, or I can listen to a podcast, watch a video (all of them selected in advance – in a special folder in my computer), I can even stretch, do push-ups – There are so many healthy choices. I just have to be self-disciplined. Self-discipline starts with small things. And the more self-disciplined you are, the more self-confident you feel – That’s what I found out in my daily struggle against digital distractions.

 

And what about you? Do you have the same problem? How do you handle it?

 

Being on a diet is great, but there is no point of this diet if after it, you go back to your old way of living.

For instance, if you are on a diet of losing weight and you restrict yourself to eating particular food, but after the diet is over, you go back to your old way of eating, there won’t be any positive change. As a result, you can even gain more weight.

 

I have to apply a new way of living on a constant basis – To have a plan and not to kill my time every day.

 

My new habits:

1.    Checking social media and email – only 2 times a day – in the morning and in the evening (If miss it, skip it!) (You can leave an automatic message saying that “I’m checking my email only 2 times a day. I will get back to you, when I get back to my email. In case of emergency, call me on the phone)

2.    Before turning on the computer – make a plan, write down on a piece of paper your goals and the time limit for them, set mobile reminders!

 

Self-discipline starts with small things like learning to control your digital distractions. The more self-disciplined you are, the more self-confident you feel.

 

Selfdiscipline - the ability to make yourself do things that should be done despite having the desire or not.

When you have discipline, you have self-control.

 

You might want to read also: Why Are You Wasting Your Time? - http://englishwordoftheday2010.blogspot.com/2017/02/why-are-you-wasting-your-time.html

How I beat procrastination

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I was always putting off my dream and saying I will work on it tomorrow. The next day, I promised to myself – I’m starting tomorrow. The next days – the same. I was always wasting tomorrow. There was always a problem, a hindrance, something unexpected.
In the hustle and bustle of life, in this noisy world, we often forget our dreams, we have problems, worries, we are under stress and we lose motivation. That’s what happened to me, too. I had a strong why and a compelling vision related to my dream, but I forgot it. The result was I felt like walking dead, my heart and soul were almost asleep.
The waking call came in the form of a video and two letters. What do you choose “pain on the road to success or the pain of being haunted with regret”? – Some of the words from EVERYBODY DIES, BUT NOT EVERYBODY LIVES by Prince Ea.
It’s too late – I said to myself – I’m too old now to pursue my dream.
“Do you know how old I’ll be by the time I learn to play the piano?
The same age, you will be if you don’t” (The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron)
I don’t want to get to the end of my life and say “What if …?”
So I created my vision statement and started writing it every morning in my journal – to stay emotionally engaged with my dream. I kept writing it and I felt inspired by that but I still didn’t take any actions.
One day, by chance, I read an email by Dean Graziosi. The words went like – The word of the day IMPLEMENTATION! There is MORE…There’s more for you out there, more success, more income, more abundance, more of everything, but it requires you to take an action. Start small – one step today. Then the next day – more steps and the next weeks add more and more steps.
After reading the whole letter, I felt very inspired. Then, I decided to check my other email. What a coincidence! There was a similar letter. That time by Jim Rohn. I opened it and wow – That was the moment everything changed for me!
“Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow”
All too often, we will waste tomorrow as we wasted yesterday… and as we are wasting today.
Learn to develop a sense of urgency and stop wasting your "tomorrow."
“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”
 
Each of us must pause frequently to remind ourselves that the clock is ticking.
(You can read the whole article here: http://www.success.com/article/rohn-dont-wait-until-tomorrow - Highly recommended!)
Those valuable words were a great reminder for me that time is transient and I have to take an action NOW. I copied those words in my journal, turned off the computer and started working on my dream. Today is already day number 5 and it feels awesome! It feels wonderful to write every day in your journal – Accomplishments – Working on my dream!
I’m starting to wake up with my dream, to wake up for a new life – life of chasing your dreams with fire each and every day, life of living your full potential and being more determined, patient and persistent on the road to your dreams, life of being a HERO!
 
You may also want to read my article – Why are you wasting your time? - a real dream, a real story, a real fight…

Why are you wasting your time?

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The woman from my dream came to me and asked me:

- Why are you wasting your time?

Her question was so unexpected that I couldn’t say anything. I was just gazing at her in amazement.

- I’ll call the police – said she.

Finally, I managed to reply:

- I’m 18 years old. I can do anything I want.

She had hard time believing it but she mumbled one shallow okay and entered into the house next to us. She kept watching me, though, over the window – what I will do next.

At that moment, I woke up and realized that was just a dream. In my ears her words: “Why are you wasting your time? I’ll call the police”

and my answer: I’m 18. I can do anything I want” were still sounding.

Funny enough, later that morning, my brother called me on the phone. I said to him, I’m too tired. Yesterday, I went to bed at 1 am.

- Why did you go to bed so late?

- I wasted my time browsing on the Internet.

- Why did you waste your time?

- Hmm, I…I don’t know…

In my mind still the words “Why are you wasting your time? I’ll call the police” and my answer: “I’m 18. I can do anything I want” were ringing.

I tried to find the answer  - Why am I wasting my time?

When my time comes and I go to my Creator and he asks me,

“How did you use one of the biggest gifts I gave you – time? Did you squander it or did you use it wisely?”,

What would I say??

“Did you use the gifts I gifted you? Did you develop them and share them with the world or did you bury your talents?”

I’m aware of the fact that I’m wasting my time every day. Probably, if I have to count it, it will be the half of my life. Do I use my time to live fully? – I started to ask myself. Every day, at the end of the day, I write in my journal my accomplishments for the day and also my stumbling blocks – that what didn’t go well. At some point, I felt really tired of writing almost every day – minuses: wasted time, wasted time on social media… I felt really fed up with all of that and decided to go on a diet – 3 days without social media. I’m happy to say that I’ve managed to make it 8 days. In fact, I felt like a burden has fallen off me. I felt free. It felt so liberating that I think to repeat this diet some time in the future, too.

Social media is an important tool in my business and social media is a great way to connect with my friends all over the world. I’m not giving it up. I just need to learn to control it, not the opposite way – to be a slave of social media and digital distractions.

So what am I doing now? I’ve started to measure how much time I spend on social media. I set the alarm clock of my mobile for 15 minutes. Yes, 15 minutes. I know, I have only 15 minutes to do what I have to do, so when my mobile rings I’m ready to click log off and to close the page.

I do the same with all of my computer activities. What’s important – Before sitting in front of the computer, I write on a sticky note the things which I need to do when I turn on my computer and the time limit I have for these activities.

 

For instance, for writing an article, I set the alarm clock for 30 minutes.

 

When it rings, I stop to where I am, save everything and move away from the computer, drink water, stretch, take a walk outside. If this is an urgent task, I come back and continue after 15 minutes. Otherwise, I take a bigger break.

I’m doing spring cleaning at the moment – getting rid of all the non-essential things in my life. It’s amazing how free you feel after getting rid of the minors and focusing on the major things, on the things that will move your life forward.

What about you? Do you have the same problem with time and digital distractions? How do you handle it?

Back to the question – Why are you wasting your time? – I couldn’t find the answer, but I found the solution for me and I’m working on it. I’ve taken full responsibility for my life and the feeling is incredible - to be the architect of my time, to be in control of my life.