"If you ever really want something bad enough, you can do anything for 30 days." That's what Matt Cutts tells us in this video and I have to admit that I'm intrigued by this idea. Take something you want to add to your life (or remove) and try it for 30 days. Absolutely brilliant. With just a little will power there isn't any reason you – or myself – couldn't start making changes and creating new habits this way.
For any substantial change to occur in your life you have to change your habits. This is the entire point of the book "The Power of Habit" that I've been working through lately. The idea is that you replace bad habits with good ones and set goals.
This post talks about how the author replaced smoking with running. Funny enough, there is a story in "The Power of Habit" that's very similar. There seems to be a common theme developing here.
Matt Cutts talks about how he tried out things he had always wanted to do for 30 days. He would set the challenge and commit to doing it every day. He started biking to work, he decided to do an act of kindness or a good deed a day, he began eating as a vegan for 30 days, he exercised every day, he quit watching the news and TV for 30 days (which was a huge challenge for him) among several other things.
But I love the concept. You can do anything for 30 days. I love the point he makes in the video, "instead of the months flying by, forgotten, the days were much more memorable." Isn't that something we all want – more life in our days?
So what can you commit to for 30 days? Writing 500 words a day? Drawing something every day? Exercising every day? Turning off the TV for 30 days? No sugar for 30 days? I think the point is to start off by doing small things to build your will power and help you build up wins for yourself. But how hard it is – really – to get up and go outside and walk for 30 minutes instead of watching TV?
"So 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?"
Sage advice, we'd all do well to take.