We all have dreams that we’re never actually tried to pursue. Some are major, concerning a change of career, the trip of a lifetime or a massive change to our personal lives. Others are smaller but still significant, like taking up a new hobby, learning a language or breaking out of our comfort zones.
Have you ever stopped to think about what would happen if you did try to do one of these things?
In this uplifting and energizing TED talk, Matt Cutts wants to encourage you to try one of those things. More specifically, he wants you to try it for a full 30 days, committing to it right now. Using the example of the yearly challenge to write a novel (which Cutts himself has undertaken), he looks at how doing just a little bit every day for a month can add up to huge results.
The key thought is that when we set small, medium-term goals, we’re more likely to see real change in our lives than we are if we make lofty, overarching claims that are just too daunting to ever tackle.
The real underlying themes of Cutts’s talk relate to achieving goals, being successful and avoiding procrastination. If you take up his 30-day challenge, you might just find yourself adopting a whole new attitude to trying new things in general—and you’ll be a happier person.