Are you stuck in a rut? Feeling bound by your routines and the everyday norm? Looking for a new sense of inspiration or a more flexible you? In this TED Talk, Matt Cutts, a Technologist, delivers a lighthearted call to action, a new way to look at life and challenge yourself to seek out the unfamiliar.
The Learning Upshot
After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:
- Recall that 30-days is about the amount of time it takes to form a habit
- Recognize that small sustainable changes are more likely to stick
- Investigate the benefits of trying something new
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Make It Actionable
Now it’s time to personalize it. Give this concept some momentum in the workplace and your own life by trying the following:
- Over the course of 5 days, try 5 new things. These can be big or small. Here are some examples:
- Use a different eating or drinking utensil
- Sit in a different seat
- Wear something from the back of your closet
- Brush your teeth in a different room
- Try a different temperature of water in your shower
- Take a different route to the grocery store
- Make a new recipe or eat a new food
- Mix up the order of your evening routine
- Strike up a conversation with someone new
- Ask a co-worker an unexpected question
- Reflect on your own or discuss with others:
- What is the connection between self-confidence and trying something different?
- Why is trying something new more memorable?
- List 2-3 benefits of trying something unfamiliar to you.
- After trying the 5-day challenge, what did you discover about yourself?
- Bonus (optional): Take the 30-day challenge and try one new thing each day. At the end of 30-days, reflect on these questions:
- How easy or difficult was this challenge for you?
- What did you discover about yourself?
- What did you try that you are going to keep doing?
- What did others notice about you trying new things? If it’s not obvious, ask them.
Dig deeper on this topic with the following resources:
- “The Value of Doing Things That Scare You” | Help Scout article
- “6 Ways to Maintain Your Mental Flexibility” | SparkPeople article
- Tim Ferriss: Smash Fear, Learn Anything | TED video
- Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You | TEDx video
- “A Flexible Routine Can Help You Change for Good” | Strategy-Business article