You Can Do Anything for 30 Days…………


“The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.” ~ William A. Ward

Adjust your sails. Good advice if you can do it. So many of us are set in our ways and adaptability and flexibility have left the building of our lives—darting out the door right before Elvis.

In order to flex my adaptability I have decided to take the advice of Matt Cutts who gave a TEDTALK recently. He suggests that we choose something from our bag of wishes and do it for 30 days. Or more exactly, he says in his 3 minute and 27 second talk “think about something you have always wanted to do and do it for 30 days.”

Apparently 30 days is just the right amount of time to add or subtract a habit and according to Cutts “makes your time much more memorable”. He said he was stuck in a rut when he decided to follow the advice of that great American philosopher, Morgan Spurlock, and add something to his life for 30 days. The audience reacted with laughter to this last statement so I looked up Spurlock. He is the guy who ate McDonald’s food three times a day for 30 days and wrote a book about it. It took him 18 months to regain his health and normal weight. (I am assuming he did not choose the salads or healthier choices on the menu). He was also the mind behind the television show 30 Days where he took on a variety of tasks and personas for 30 days, the most famous of which was spending 30 days behind bars. He only spent 25 days in jail though, as most people in his state of Virginia only do about 85% of their sentence.

I may be missing something here, but from a cursory review of the documentary filmmaker, television producer, screenwriter, and activist—I think that the audience’s laughter when Spurlock’s name was brought up was unwarranted. But, perhaps they were laughing at some of his stunts and not the man himself. What do I know? Anyway, back to the subject at hand—and one which was made famous by Spurlock: trying something new for 30 days.

In his TedTalk, Cutts urges us to give the 30 day challenge “a shot”. He believes that if you really want something bad enough “you can do anything for 30 days.” Some of the things that he did for 30 days were: ride his bike to work (which he now looks on as fun); take a picture a day for a month (he says he remembers exactly where he was and what he was doing when he did this); and climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa (something I will not be doing anytime soon).

He also wrote a book in a month. 30 days and he had a novel, which he calls “terrible” because “after all I wrote it in 30 days”. He said that it takes writing 1167 words a day in order to come up with a book and advises those who might take on this challenge to not go to sleep until you have made this daily quota. He jokes that you may be sleep deprived, but at the end of the month you have a book, and when you are making small talk at a party you can call yourself a novelist.

Cutts has inspired me. Not to climb a mountain—but taking a picture a day sound doable; as does possibly writing a book in a month; or finally taking that step and learn how to draw (something that has been on my wish list for years). He says that doing the big crazy challenges are fun, but it is the smaller things that you do for 30 days that will stick.

“What are you waiting for?” asks Cutts. Good question. I think I will adjust my sails and come up with a few 30 day challenges. One thing I know for sure though, climbing a mountain will not be on the list.


What could you do for 30 days that is out of the usual?

Published in: on June 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm  Comments (10)  
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Just Wondering

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Do you tend to have a different personality when you comment on blogs? I do.

There are some blogs that I really admire, and feel that my response should be somewhat intelligent. Though I have always thought I was fairly bright, sometimes there is a chink in my armour and I discover (somewhat nonplussed) that I have vast reservoirs of things I should know, but don’t.

Then there are the funny blogs, where I feel not quite up to the challenge, but I try anyway—sometimes successfully, but sometimes I probably come across a bit lame. I have a gentle sense of humour, sometimes clever (I think) but never of the slapstick genre which could make me look a bit like a stick in the mud.

I am awed by many of the poetry blogs—their way with words is amazing and sometimes (if truth be told) I am not positive about what they are alluding to—so I read the other comments first to see if I am on the right track. But I so admire those who can describe things beatifically.

Most photography blogs are pretty straightforward and I can appreciate the talent that goes into the photos (I can appreciate but not duplicate). These blogs open up a whole wonderful world—but I can only comment on how the photos make me feel, and not their technical expertise.

I love food blogs—I cannot add much but my admiration though. But I enjoy reading about food—always have, always will. (And of course, eating it!)

There are some blogs where I just click with the author—anything I say is accepted with a laugh or a smile and I am free to express myself as myself, with no fear of being misunderstood. These blogs represent the good friends I have made in this cyber world.

I have had a few rare comments that seem set on trying to get an uncomfortable conversation going—where I am affronted by an opinion rather than presented with one. I try never to do this as I am not sure how to respond and do not want to put others in that position. I have learned not to comment when I am tired, or in a bad mood, or upset. At the beginning of my blog career I may have left a comment or two I was not proud of—and they haunted me. So I try very hard to be, what is that elusive word?—nice, which does irritate some as they want what they call real feedback that shows backbone. I have a backbone, but prefer to keep it out of my comments.

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde poster.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I always strive to be myself, but have come to the conclusion that I have several selves.

Bliss is the realization that we have alternate personalities. So—do you have a different personality depending on the blog you comment on?

Published in: on May 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm  Comments (71)  
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