AFP 42 – Goals and Goal-Setting

In this week I'm doing something a bit different and talking about goals and goal-setting, just in time for new year's resolutions. I'll share some of my own mistakes as well as some general tips and tricks.

Welcome to today's episode. Today It's all about goal setting!

Happy New Year

I'd like to thank you for an incredible 2014, I can feel that 2015 will be even better!

Today's episode is all about goal setting, common pitfalls and how to set proper goals for your language learning new year's resolutions!

The format is a bit different (Actual Fluency is a language lab, after all!) so im eager to hear what you think of today's episode in the comments.

The Episode

Show Notes

In this episode you will hear about:

  • My mistakes in goal setting
  • SMART criteria for goal-setting
  • My 4 tips for goalsetting
  • How i plan to set goals going forward

Episode Resources

This lists the resources relevant to the episode. For other language learning resources please go to the resource page for more information.


  • Nick Adams says:

    I’ve heard about SMART goal setting before, but it was really good to hear it explained again within the specific framework of language learning. It also shed some light on why you’ve been focusing a lot on how many words of Russian you are learning.

    About the audioblog as part of the podcast – I prefer reading your updates in a written form as part of the blog. Personally, I also like that the podcasts don’t need to be listened to in chronological order – this is especially true with the guests on your show.

    Merry Christmas / Glædelig Jul 🙂

    • Chris Broholm says:

      Tak Nick!

      From what I can understand, you would like the podcast itself to continue and then if I wanted to, make the second podcast for “audio blog” contents. Thanks for the feedback!

      Godt Nytår!

      • Nick Adams says:

        Of course, this means that you’ll be doubling the podcast work if you go through with that plan! But yes, that is my preference on the podcast format.

  • Christian says:

    This episode of the podcast has really helped me, as I had planned to set out my own language learning journey in 2015, but in fact I was confused about how to set goals and how to accomplish them. With this SMART criteria, I know clearly what path to follow from now on in goal-setting. A really helpful episode!

    • Chris Broholm says:

      Thanks Christian, appreciate it!

      Feel free to share your 2015 goals with me, once you make them 🙂

  • Dustin Gutwein says:

    Just discovered this site while browsing the Stitcher app and already plan to go through the past podcast episodes. Great stuff and thanks for the content. I plan to focus on languages throughout Indonesia. Of course Bahasa Indonesia is my first Indonesian language but this year, 2015, I plan to study the Batak Toba language and Javanese too. My plan is to simply learn 3 words a day for each.

    Thanks again Chris!

    • Chris Broholm says:

      Thanks Dustin, greatly appreciate your feedback!

      How did you get into Indonesian languages?

      • Dustin Gutwein says:

        I began teaching English in Indonesia and after eight years here my interest in other Indonesian languages has increased. I think over the years I’ve had plans to learn other languages such as German, Spanish, and Russian, but really understanding the people I’ve lived among for these years will only be through deciding these lessor known/spoken languages are worth learning too. I think that my goals in language learning should be intentional and with my years living in Indonesia and having an Indonesian family it has helped me to prioritize “niching” down into some key Indonesian languages in the future!

        Thanks again for your site and podcast!

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