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 timeto 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 nerdto 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
badlyenough, you can do anything for 30 days. Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Every November,
tens of thousands ofpeople 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.”
So here’s one last thing I’d like to mention. I learned that when I made small,
sustainablechanges, 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 offun. But they’re less likely to stick. When I gave up sugar for 30 days, day 31 looked like this.
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.
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follow andfootsteps of the great american pholocipal mogen spoloc
and try sth new for 30 days
the idea is actually pretty simple
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it’sturns 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
‘velearned while doing this 30-day challenges
the first was instead of the
monthflying by forgotten
the time was much more memorable
this was part of challenge i did to take a picture everyday for a month
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so here is my question to you
what r u waiting for?
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thatthe next 30 days are going to pass
whether you like it or not
so why not think about sth you have always wanted to try
and give it a shot for the next 30 days,thx