Try something new for 30 days

Try something new for 30 days Matt Cutts

 

Matt Cutts is an engineer at Google, where he fights linkspam  

and helps webmasters understand how search works. 

 

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0:0 0 a few years ago I felt like I was stuck
0:03  in a rut so I decided to follow in the footsteps of the great
0:07  American philosopher Morgan Spurlock and try something new for 30 days
0:12  the idea is actually pretty simple think about something you've always wanted to
0:17  at your life and try it for the next 30 days
0:20  it turns out 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit
0:25  or subtract the habit liked watching the news
0:29  from your life there's a few things that I learned while doing these thirty day
0:32  challenge is
0:33  the first wise instead of the month flying by
0:37  for gotten the time was much more memorable
0:41  this was part of a challenge I did to take a picture every day for a month
0:44  and I remember exactly where I was
0:47  and what I was doing that day I also noticed
0:51  as I started to do more and harder thirty day challenge is
0:54  my self confidence grew I went from death do well in computer nerd to
0:59  the kind of guy who bikes to work for fun
1:03  even last year I ended up hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro the highest mountain
1:08  in Africa
1:09  I would never have been that adventurous
1:12  before I started my 38 challenges I also figured out
1:16  that if you really want something badly enough you can do
1:20  anything for 30 days have you ever wanted to write a novel
1:25  every November tens of thousands of people
1:29  rying to write their own 50,000 word novel from scratch
1:33  in 30 days it turns out
1:36  all you have to do is right 1657 word today
1:40  for a month so I did
1:43  by the way the secret is not to go to sleep
1:46  and so you've written your words for the day you might be sleep deprived
1:50  but you finish an awful now
1:53  is my book the next great American novel no I wrote in a month
1:59  it all fire
2:02  for the rest of my life if I meet John Hodgman that Ed Hardy
2:06  I don't have to say I'm a computer scientist
2:10  know now if I want to I can say I'm a novella
2:13  so here's one last thing I'd like to mention
2:19  I learned that when I made small sustainable changes things I could keep
2:23  doing
2:24  there are more likely to stick there's nothing wrong with
2:27  big crazy challenges in fact their attack on a fun
2:31  but they're less likely to stick when I give up sugar
2:35  for 30 days day 31 look like this
2:39  so here's my question to you
2:43  what are you waiting for I guarantee you the next 30 days
2:48  are going to pass whether you like it or not so why not think about something you
2:53  have
2:53  always wanted to try and give it a shot
2:57  for the next 30 days thanks

 

 

 

 

A few years ago, I felt like I was stuck in a rut, so I decided to follow in the footsteps of the great American philosopher, Morgan Spurlock, and try something new for 30 days. The idea is actually pretty simple. Think about something you've always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days. It turns out, 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit -- like watching the news -- from your life.  

 

There's a few things I learned while doing these 30-day challenges. The first was, instead of the months flying by, forgotten, the time was much more memorable. This was part of a challenge I did to take a picture every day for a month. And I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing that day. I also noticed that as I started to do more and harder 30-day challenges, my self-confidence grew. I went from desk-dwelling computer nerd to the kind of guy who bikes to work -- for fun. Even last year, I ended up hiking up Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. I would never have been that adventurous before I started my 30-day challenges.  

 

I also figured out that if you really want something badly enough, you can do anything for 30 days. Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Every November, tens of thousands of people try to write their own 50,000-word novel from scratch in 30 days. It turns out, all you have to do is write 1,667 words a day for a month. So I did. By the way, the secret is not to go to sleep until you've written your words for the day. You might be sleep-deprived, but you'll finish your novel. Now is my book the next great American novel? No. I wrote it in a month. It's awful. But for the rest of my life, if I meet John Hodgman at a TED party, I don't have to say, "I'm a computer scientist." No, no, if I want to, I can say, "I'm a novelist."  

 

(Laughter)  

 

So here's one last thing I'd like to mention. I learned that when I made small, sustainable changes, things I could keep doing, they were more likely to stick. There's nothing wrong with big, crazy challenges. In fact, they're a ton of fun. But they're less likely to stick. When I gave up sugar for 30 days, day 31 looked like this.  

 

(Laughter)  

 

So here's my question to you: What are you waiting for? I guarantee you the next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days. 

Thanks.  

 

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