How to Make Changes in Your Life

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By: Christine Edwards

Try something new for 30 days

Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Hello Eatworkplayers, I’m back for another round of TED recaps where I listen to TED talks and pick out the major keys so you don't have to. This one stuck out to me because I’ve been seeing lots of 30-day challenges on social media and have been hesitant to take one on myself.

After listening to this talk, I might want to give something a try.

Matt starts out with a simple thought

30 days is the perfect amount of time to add or subtract a habit. I’ve heard it takes 21 days to make something a habit so maybe 30 whole days is the sweet spot to make a small change in your life.

Matt did things like taking a photo at the same time each day for 30 days and then chose to bike to work for 30 days straight. Before he knew it, he was the guy who biked to work for fun and this habit led him to other outdoor activities. The guy eventually hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Small changes are key here.

If you sat down and wrote 1600 words a day, by the end of the month, you’ll have a novel.  If you choose to change something major like going meat-free for thirty days, its no surprise when you want to roast a whole hog on day 31.

Start making a change in your wardrobe or changes on social media. Small changes lead to huge shifts and can be the start of some awesome life changing habits. Just remember:

  1. Small changes are more likely to stick.

  2. You can become more confident and adventurous at the end of the 30 days

  3. If you want it bad enough, you can do anything for 30 days

So what are you waiting for?

Since the next thirty days will pass by anyway, do something new you’ve always wanted to try. You may not feel like you have what it takes to hike a mountain but you will if you start small.

Share with us @EatworkplayCLT what you’re going to try, small or huge, for thirty days.

Written  by Christine Edwards | @missedwardsclt

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