Inspiring Yet Practical Advice to Kick Off the New Year

January 5, 2014



Well, 2013 is in the books. It’s history. Old news. All said and done. So what did you accomplish? Did you take the advice I gave in the past to try something new for a 30-day period of time? Think of it: if you had, you might be fencing like Errol Flynn, or you could be dominating at beach volleyball (or at least well enough to enjoy yourself and get a tan), or you could speak enough Portuguese to travel efficiently, or you might have learned to tango, or have authored a book–or even all of the above!

All of the credit for this simple yet brilliant idea goes to Google’s Matt Cutts who suggested we follow his lead and try something new for 30 days each month of the year in his three-minute, inspiring yet practical Ted Talk. That could mean adding a new activity that you believe would enrich your life (like learning to play a few songs on the guitar); or, it could mean excluding a specific behavior that you feel holds you back in certain ways (like drinking caffeine or playing too many video games). When Cutts found himself in a rut, he decided to take a high-quality photo each day, bike to work, author a book, and omit sugar, to name a few examples for 30-day periods of time. What he found was that his time became “much more memorable,” his self-confidence grew, he felt more adventurous overall, and he realized if you want something badly enough, you can do anything for 30 days.

Now, while Cutts’ talk is a couple years old, it’s certainly worth revisiting. Because, after all, if his words inspired you to make positive changes in your life, then that is fantastic: you’ve probably made all sorts of personal strides that you will own for the rest of your life! On the other hand, if you opted to ignore his words, returning to his idea now and reconsidering its merit might be that eureka moment you need just about now. After all, as Matt says, “I guarantee you the next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not.”

So why not think of something you’ve always wanted to try, and give it a whirl for the next 30 days? Consider what would enrich your acting career: Maybe do something to reach out to your network every day for 30 days? Take an improv class? Improve your technological skills to make the most of your reel footage? Take up rollerblading? It’s completely up to you, and the skies the limit! It’s your dream; live it to the fullest!