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Title: Try Something New for 30 Days
1. A few years ago, I felt like I was stuck in a rut, so I decided to follow in the footsteps of the great American philosopher, Morgan Spurlock, and try something new for 30 days.
2. The idea is actually pretty simple.
3. Think about something you've always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days.
4. It turns out, 30 days is just about the right amount of time to add a new habit or subtract a habit -- like watching the news -- from your life.
5. There's a few things I learned while doing these 30-day challenges.
6. The first was, instead of the months flying by, forgotten, the time was much more memorable.
7. This was part of a challenge I did to take a picture every day for a month.
8. And I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing that day.
9. I also noticed that as I started to do more and harder 30-day challenges, my self-confidence grew.
10. I went from desk-dwelling computer nerd to the kind of guy who bikes to work -- for fun.
11. Even last year, I ended up hiking up Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
12. I would never have been that adventurous before I started my 30-day challenges.
13. I also figured out that if you really want something badly enough, you can do anything for 30 days.
14. Have you ever wanted to write a novel?
15. Every November, tens of thousands of people try to write their own 50,000-word novel from
scratch in 30 days.
16. It turns out, all you have to do is write 1,667 words a day for a month.
17. So I did.
18. By the way, the secret is not to go to sleep until you've written your words for the day.
19. You might be sleep-deprived, but you'll finish your novel.
20. Now is my book the next great American novel?
21. No. I wrote it in a month. It's awful.
22. But for the rest of my life, if I meet John Hodgman at a TED party, I don't have to say, "I'm a
computer scientist." No, no, if I want to, I can say, "I'm a novelist."
23. So here's one last thing I'd like to mention.
24. I learned that when I made small, sustainable changes, things I could keep doing, they were more likely to stick.
25. There's nothing wrong with big, crazy challenges. In fact, they're a ton of fun.
26. But they're less likely to stick.
27. When I gave up sugar for 30 days, day 31 looked like this.
28. So here's my question to you: What are you waiting for?
29. 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.
Topic Speaking: Motivation
1. What new things have you done recently?
2. What’s something you want to try to do?
3. Do you have any bad habits you are trying to stop doing?
4. What are some good habits you have?
5. How much time do you need to form a habit?
6. What motivates you to do well at your job?
7. Do you like to try new things?
8. Have you read any motivational books?
9. Are you motivated to make a lot of money?
10. What motivates you to improve your English?
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ESL Topic: Motivation
File Title: Try Something New for 30 Days
File Code: V34
1. Why did Matt decide to try something new for 30 days?
He was stuck in a rut and not happy with his life.
2. What does Matt mention about good and bad habits?
He says 30 days is about how long it takes to start continue with a new good habit, or discontinue a bad habit.
3. What was the first thing Matt noticed when he started doing 30 day challenges?
He noticed time was much more memorable.
4. As Matt completed more 30 day challenges, what happened to his confidence?
His confidence started to grow.
5. How long did it take Matt to write a 50,000 word novel?
It took him 30 days.
6. What adjective does Matt use to describe his novel?
He describes his novel as ‘awful’.
7. What type of challenges is he more likely to continue after a 30 day challenge is completed?
Small sustainable changes were more likely to stick.
8. What does he think about big and crazy challenges?
He thinks they can be a lot of fun, but they may not be something you continue to do.