I only speak English, and I have attempted to learn a second language before and stopped because of these (false) thoughts:
I don’t have a brain for languages.
I don’t have a good memory.
I’m too old.
I can’t pronounce the sounds correctly and sound awful.
I get tongue-tied, embarrassed, flushed, and really sweaty when I try to say the simplest things in the language.
I worry what the teacher/native speaker thinks of me.
I feel stupid while attempting to speak the language.
So…..my impossible goal is to study/acquire Italian and be able to have a 15-minute fluent conversation with a native speaker EVEN IF I am flushed and sweaty by December 25, 2018. This will challenge my perfectionism and anxiety big time!!