Try something new for 30 days

Try something new for 30 days, is the topic of Matt Cutts’ TED talk.

We have all heard it before, we must step out of our comfort zone to grow…right? Cutt’s takes this to the next level with his self-imposed 30 day challenge. What I like about Cutt’s talk, is it gives a more tangible objective to this idea of trying new things.

Warm up

  • What new thing would you like to try but haven’t yet?
  • What does it mean to “step out of your comfort zone”?
  • What are the benefits of doing new things? Any disadvantages?
  • What are the benefits of sticking with what you know? Any disadvantages?

The Video: Try something new for 30 days

Why does Matt think this is a good idea?
What did it change in his life?
What areas of our lives could we apply this to? Make a Mind Map
Do you have any spontaneous ideas that you might like to try for 30 days?

If you had only one vacation destination, where would it be?

If you had only one vacation destination, where would it be?

What is it about this place that keeps you interested?

If you were the tour guide, what places, restaurants, shows, historical sites would you recommend?

Who would you take with you?

How is the food there?

How are the people?

Are you stressed about getting calm?

Wait what? Yes you heard me…there is so much out there to remind us to calm down, it can be positively stressful. From meditation, to prioritizing, exercising, sleeping, making lists, it can be time consuming and yes stressful to reduce stress. Why?

Thrive Global devotes an interesting article on the “Calmnivore.” It exposes the bombardement of calm-related strategies and advice. The goal is the help separate the useful from the silly.

Pre discussion

  • 8 out of 10 people report feeling stressed, why do you think this is so?
  • What do you know about the “Zen” culture?
  • Do a Mind Map of some of the stress reducing techniques you know

The article: The Calmnivore’s Dilemma: Our Increasingly Stressful Search for Calm

  • What are some of the main points of the introduction?
  • What does Propranolol do? Why is it controversial?
  • First heading:
    • What is stressed linked to?
    • What does it mean to be ‘reactive’ rather than ‘proactive’?
    • What therapies and technique exist
  • Second heading:
    • What is the author’s story?
  • Third heading:
    • So what works?