Every single day for a year.
My Benjamin Button has been pushed. Have you found your Benjamin Button? If you haven’t, let me help you.
Just over a year ago, I started to build up a variety of new routines. At that time, I was looking forward to the unknown world of a year later.
I’ve written in previous newsletters about the Benjamin Button-like rejuvenating effects I’ve experienced by starting to be a morning person and cook for myself.
There was one more thing I was trying to do. That is to take a Callan lesson every day. I had tried this before, for about two years, but I had to quit after Stage 7 because of my cough and asthma.
Two years later, in February 2021. During the state-of-emergency. I felt a crisis because my normal Japanese was becoming less lively and my head was slow in my offline English conversation lessons. And I had also stopped watching many foreign films.
It’s time to start those Spartan lessons again to revitalize my brain and facial muscles! I decided.
This time I chose a different school from the previous one. This one had a more regular way of doing Callan lessons. I felt somewhat more comfortable with shadowing.
After taking 25 minutes of lessons every day for a year, I had a total of 372 lessons and completed Stage 5 to Stage 12. The goal is just a passing phase, so I’m taking Business Callan lessons next.
When I first started taking Callan lessons, I wondered how strong a person must be to take such spartan lessons up to STAGE 12. But then I realized that I was one of them.
I’m in my late 40s, I’m doing things that students do, and my brain became like Benjamin Button. I’ve pushed my “Benjamin Button” button.
I can now listen to films and interviews with actors in English. Of course, there are a lot of words I don’t understand, but since I can hear the words, I can look them up. Thank you Robin Callan for inventing the Callan method. The world has opened up!
It took me a year because I did it every day. If I’d done it every other day, it would have taken me more than two years. This is the difference between those who do it every day and those who don’t. We can’t take this day back, so you just do it today.