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Try something new for 30 days | Matt Cutts

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http://www.ted.com 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. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate. Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/tednews Checkout our Facebook page for TED exclusives https://www.facebook.com/TED
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Haritsinh gohil (17 days ago)
I want to try something for next 30 days , it will be amazing experience 👌👌👍
I decided to join the challenge Magic Morning. To get up earlier every day and do morning routine: exersises, affirmations, writing, meditations. I think it will help to start my dat with energy and interest. My boyfriend and me made a game: he needs to make during this month till new year (about 30 days) 15 meetings with new people. One event is also a meeting. Because he moved to a big city and needs to start a new life. And here he is in comfort zone, communicating only with me, my friends or visiting events I'm organising. If he doesn't do this there is a punishment: playing guitar and singing in the subway. I also have a punishment if I don't wake up earlier: to visit english event and make videointerviues with 10 foreigners. Let's start!
briefy muray (1 month ago)
I thinking about what to do in my next 30 days
ibrahim ewiss (2 months ago)
best words, if it that reduce and value
Paramatma Hr (2 months ago)
Really TED talk is so nice. Thanks.
Lucas Van De Graaff (2 months ago)
Is it just me or is this one of the answers to life that we're all looking for? It seems like everyone wants a way to do they things we want to do, feel more productive, set effective goals for ourselves, etc etc, yet we never actually get around to it. I love the slide that said small changes = sustainable. I think this way outclasses the New Years Resolution model!
Coffy Monster (3 months ago)
I succeeded in not watching youtube for 30 days
Coffy Monster (1 month ago)
+Gabriela Garcia only circle the date on the calendar every day I used UBhind for Android
Gabriela Garcia (1 month ago)
How was it possible? Its for a friend
おまさ (3 months ago)
0:17 0:31 0:39 0:46 1:07 1:39 1:45 2:33 3:12
Tuğba Dalar (3 months ago)
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T - 800 (3 months ago)
Blu Balls for 30 days.
mark lewis (3 months ago)
i really do'nt have time for this shi...
Anton Dovbush (4 months ago)
and doing a TED talk was his 30th day...
ganga selvaraj (4 months ago)
so short but so much insightful !thanks Matt
Justin MacDonald (5 months ago)
A great quick TED Talk. I wrote a BLOG on the subject and think it is a great way to tackle challenges. I hope you enjoy it https://justinthought387543288.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/time-to-change
Marcos Davi S Carvalho (5 months ago)
Que top!!
Hobby S (5 months ago)
Melissa S. Reuber (9 months ago)
I enjoyed that sounds like a good idea.
Mia Carvalho (10 months ago)
Love it
ガス (10 months ago)
I can relate to this speech. I have been doing this for 29 days. I did make a scorebook as a benchmark for boosting myself to stay in this challenge. I believe this is a great advice. I've found myself changing through the new small steps but sustainable habit.
Mostafa Sabry (1 year ago)
Ben van Esch (1 year ago)
Simpel en leuk. 30 dagen proberen..... November wordt dus een 'nieuwe' maand.
phuong trinh pham thi (1 year ago)
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. 00:43 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! 01:15 (Laughter) 01:17 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. 01:28 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. 02:12 (Laughter) 02:14 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." 02:26 (Laughter) 02:29 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. 02:51 (Laughter) 02:54 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. 03:12 Thanks. 03:14 (Applause)
Thumbs up! Thanks a lot! - Both for your idea and presentation!
Adicto a la vida (1 year ago)
Michelle Neilson (1 year ago)
I like your  idea of giving up something big or small, to progress in  something bigger.
Elman Hamdi (1 year ago)
Madison Irwin (1 year ago)
I really enjoyed this inspirational video a lot. Trying something new for 30 days can be extremely challenging and scary, but I think Matt Cutts explains it greatly. Get out of the comfort zone and form new routines. Loved it!
yazmyn velazco (1 year ago)
thank you, you just gave me a good idea for my homework
Angel Corner (1 year ago)
Watched this for a class assignment and love it. So worth watching.
Leonard Justice (1 year ago)
What does this have to do with my home work for week three I don,t see what this has to do with my home work for week three it dose not have any thing to do with my classes. What is my home work for week three I hope this is not it. I just don,t get it what dose this have me looking at this person to do with me.
love dirt96 (1 year ago)
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love dirt96 (1 year ago)
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Hà Lê (2 years ago)
I will listen to one Ted talk a day for the next 30 days :))
nidhi yadav (1 month ago)
me 2:)
Joe Murray (4 months ago)
Same here, every morning :)
Imad Salam (2 years ago)
Really great
Andie M (2 years ago)
i'm trying to study for at least 3 hours for 30 days but i already failed on day 2. If today i make up for the 1hour and a half i didnt do yesterday can i count day 2 as successful? cause im feeling so disappointed on myself. srlsy my discipline is awful, thats why i wanted to try this challenge
swashim (1 year ago)
NEVER feel guilty about any failures! WE are all born with certain genes and a certain upbringing, NONE of which we chose! So we cannot do anything but our best with what we have. If we have less will power than others, so what!? Free yourself from the bullshit brainwashing by society that makes us constantly beat ourselves up even when we are doing our best. Sometimes doing our best may not look like it on the outside, but we all know that every single person on the planet is doing their best. It's impossible not to! So never beat yourself up, for ANYTHING. Learn from mistakes but never beat yourself up.
swashim (1 year ago)
Andie- That is why you need to set micro-goals. Set the goal small enough so that you know you will succeed. Then, when you do succeed, you will get a feeling of excitement, motivation, and confidence. Then build from that. I have a SERIOUS issue with will power myself and have studied it a lot. Set small goals, trust me. Also track your progress, which will give you a visual that will excite you as well and motivate you to take the challenge seriously. Another great motivator is to have someone hold you accountable. I sometimes tell my friend a challenge and if I fail I owe him $10. The more money the more likely to succeed. And he does the same so we motivate each other and hold each other accountable. This works wonders! Hope this helps!
Andie M (2 years ago)
thank you! that's really clever! i'll try to mix things up. I really need to forgive myself more when i fail to do something
Kalle Gjetting (2 years ago)
The short answer is: Yes. The slightly longer answer is: Of course. The most important part of my success with sticking to healthy habits was realizing that I should forgive myself. And don't make up for anything I did (or didn't do) yesterday. Just focus on today. This means that I've been taking 20 days to finish a course on Codecademy - rather than 18. Compared to the numerous times I've failed on day two and three of various challenges it's a huge win I never would have been capable of had I given up when I missed my day 3. Good luck. Oh - and btw. Three hours is a lot and seems like a rather arbitrary number. Try mixing it up.
Andie M (2 years ago)
thank you so much! i really needed this advice! i'll reformulate my study plans... i didnt think about "achieving progress rather than perfection" but you really made me think twice about my goals... sometimes i try to do things perfectly and when i dont succeed i get too dissapponted at myself and end up really sad and unmotivated
TheNewRiflemanBob (2 years ago)
This guy should try on some new clothes.
Trần Minh Trí (2 years ago)
i fucking like this guy !!!
Ella Stearn (2 years ago)
Great video, very inspiring. Would love it if you checked out my channel and see what you think of my efforts. We’re doing a Do Something Different Challenge, full of travel, adventures, trying new things- the lot!xx
MzKitty2013 (2 years ago)
Inspiring and amazing I really enjoyed this speech. I'm doing an discussion on this for an assignment.
Phuong Thao (2 years ago)
i like like it
Nirmal Jain (2 years ago)
starting a thread here for all those people who started doing these challenges. would you share your experience here!? also it can help others to get ideas,including myself. thanks
jo Jo (2 years ago)
what structure would you say this speech was and what is the main points
Renita Nichols (2 years ago)
IncredibleVisuals™ (2 years ago)
i am discussing this speech to for my assignment and i thought it was very good
Danielray Pickrel (3 years ago)
Best 3 minutes of my day. Inspired to do a 30 day dream, the math on that- astronomical. Thanks!
Marilyn Faulk (3 years ago)
I really love his speech
Robin Hays (3 years ago)
Trying something new for 30 days. It sounds do-able until you get into the third week. Most of the time you have put yourself out of your comfort zone for long enough! You are ready to go back into your old routine. Routines are our comfort zones. It is something that has been instilled in us since childhood. We are subject to routines from birth. From bottle feeding to the assigned classes that we have in school. We are and were constantly in a routine It is very hard to keep a new activity for 30 days, unless it is something that you are really going to enjoy. So, if you are going to try something new for 30 days....make sure that you pick something easy and something that you are going to enjoy!
Mista Lovalova (4 months ago)
Robin Hays that's the lazy way to do it
Я (3 years ago)
I like the idea
doris lim (3 years ago)
Meaningful things you can do, sustainably in 30 days!
mark urroz (3 years ago)
i am using is speech to do my assignment is great job.
x 123 (3 years ago)
this is brilliant for people who tend to give up & get overwhelmed
Venturis Roberson (3 years ago)
im using this video for my homework assignment .
Kenny Rodriguez (2 years ago)
SeipherNL (3 years ago)
Thought I'd start a thread of things to try to for 30 days. To help people come up with things, or inspire people to try things they never even thought about before. Feel free to add as much as you like to it. It can be anything!
Alice in Wonderland (3 years ago)
+SeipherNL http://alicekeepslooking.blogspot.co.uk/
SeipherNL (3 years ago)
I'll start just random ideas. For the next 30 days I want to try: * Do something nice for at least one person * Practice 30- 45 minutes on a new skill Feel free to right down experiences too.
Shannon ITConsulting (3 years ago)
This is wonderful
Mark Burgess (3 years ago)
Great way to think about doing something new, something special and giving it a go.  For example, try activating the social employees in your organization. Start with a pilot.  Create brand ambassadors who become the authentic voice of your company and build their personal brands at the same time.   
Dustie Tate (3 years ago)
I thought that video was great u laid it right out there you were straight to the point and you showed us how we can do it to. 
Jhun Carillo (4 years ago)
Very short talk but full of meaning and easy to apply with our lives.
ThomasEatsPomus (4 years ago)
Short, sweet, and to the point. Thanks Matt
Amin Sai (4 years ago)
Nice method to add new somthing in your fucking life, It's very powerful in programmer life. Thank you +Matt Cutts 
STARCO Shipper (4 years ago)
This is an inspirational video. I enjoyed it very much! It was short and sweet - to the point. I read LOTS of posts below and one of the suggestions was to run a mile everyday for 30 days...well, it's been A WHILE since I've attempted to do ANY kind of exercise, much less run, but it's a goal. I think I'll start out with walking everyday for 30 days. Thanks to everyone for their inspiration, especially to Matt Cutts for creating the YouTube Video! Happy "Try Something New for 30 Days" (TSNF30D) to everyone!!!   
Amol Shinde (4 years ago)
"Small changes are more sustainable"
ayumi (4 years ago)
Sleep early for next 30 days! Before 11pm!
ayumi (4 years ago)
Next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not give it a shot!
Le Hung (4 years ago)
How to write in Japanese? マットカッツが30日の新目標を発表 #cool_hl
Dragos Z (4 years ago)
Learning new things stimulates dopamine production which activates neurogenesis. The only thing that separates a "normal" individual from a "genius" is the motivation to continuously explore and master new things. The brain is a muscle, train it. 
jslbrt (4 years ago)
I've done this for the last 4 months. It really, really works wonders.
Shujian Zhao (4 years ago)
nice video... I think, if we want something or want to do something, give a shot instantly.
Maxi (4 years ago)
AWESOME!  OMGosh, I love this Matt!  Totally INSPIRED, today!  <3
lakshmi priya (5 years ago)
Cool Video! Goal setting and Achieving is the only way to move forward in life. I use an Android app "mGoals , Monthly Goal Tracking" by lokesh which helps me how to set and Achieve goals in 30 days
Patel Vidhu (5 years ago)
I am going to stop using facebook and google plus for one month.
Trang Tran (5 years ago)
This is my most favorite TED video so far, Thanks so much, Matt.
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TheRooster602 (5 years ago)
Well, how about for 30 days we work on behaving according to our inspirations, spontaneously (organically, unhindered by artifice)? What is holding any of us back from that? Is anyone holding a gun to anyone's head, saying: " don't do it ! don't live your dream ! " ? Why settle for false novelty ? True originality is accessible to everyone who is willing to work at it for 30 days. Spontaneity is a discipline; it can be learned.
CalisthenicTraining (5 years ago)
inbox me , I got some good articles for you btw, you dont have the right mindset.. ''its too cold for me'' .. shut off your brain and do it.. thats what I did and 23 days later I feel so awesome! For the first time in my life I stick to something
Caio Safadi (5 years ago)
I think I cant handle it. Its too cold for me.
CalisthenicTraining (5 years ago)
try it :)
thehexagonportal (5 years ago)
haha interesting
CalisthenicTraining (5 years ago)
After you come out of the shower, the blood rush is amazing. Your body is trying to warm up again.. so chill
CalisthenicTraining (5 years ago)
Hey man I am at day 21.. Well one thing for sure: sometimes I didnt want to take a shower because you know cold scares you... but that is a ''head'' thing... you need to shut off your brain and get in the shower! Builds discipline courage in other areas as well! I also walk 30 min a day... but yes my skin looks better and I feel better in general. No illness,flu or fever too > immune system stronger. Also hair looks better & you feel like a greek god after you come out of the shower.
thehexagonportal (5 years ago)
what have you noticed has changed since you started using cold showers?
salism2 (5 years ago)
Excellent advice! There's also "Habit Streak" for Android, which if you break your streak, the large number resets to 0 so you really work hard on keeping it! It works wonders with the 30 day challenge.
CalisthenicTraining (5 years ago)
nice, what challenges do you have now? I am currently taking cold showers for 30 days, walking every morning for 30 days, and waking up early and sleeping early. Any new challenges? I plan on doing yoga for 30 days soon too.. update me please
CalisthenicTraining (5 years ago)
yea, like trying cold showers for 30 showers im at day 5 ;D
CalisthenicTraining (5 years ago)
mhz12 (5 years ago)
really? it is common sense to me, but of course it's still inspiring to be reminded of it. i just wouldn't go as far as to say 'it changed my life'.
Swathi S. Ram (5 years ago)
There's an app for this, for habit forming! Called "Wonderful Day". Check it out!
Sid Walker (5 years ago)
ive tried liking this video but couldnt do it for 30 seconds
beseeingyou6 (5 years ago)
For over a year I have been on a quest for infinite knowledge
Amir Jerkson (5 years ago)
he think that he isn't nerd anymore :'(
Jalal Malyana (5 years ago)
My life has changed after I watched this video .
Vincent E (5 years ago)
Doing the same thing everyday is NOT doing a 30 Day challenge. That is insanity, because you aren't even experimenting to get different results. Change is doing something new.
SmaugFireball (5 years ago)
if people tried to stay away from facebook at work for 30 days my country's economy would have beaten China's!
organizewith chaos (6 years ago)
Thanks for providing me with a Behavioristic example for my Organizational Behavior class at NHTV in the Netherlands. Prof. jOseph rOevens
TheFrazzleYeah (6 years ago)
I'm pretty sure he would just mean added sugar, like in chocolate etc... Fruit and veg contains A LOT of natural sugars...
Susruth (6 years ago)
it runs on glucose , from sugar or its substitutes.
John Dale (6 years ago)
Tool bag
Quand9 (6 years ago)
leonardsyt (6 years ago)
Yeah, I'm currently doing a challenge right now that isn't going as well... a Paleo diet challenge. My first challenge went really well, that was yoga for 30 days.
Quand9 (6 years ago)
did you actually end up doing the stuff???

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