Starting off the new year on the right foot can be a daunting task, especially if you’re trying to focus on being a better you in the coming months.

If you’re looking for that little extra push to help you feel inspired and excited for change, look no further than these totally awesome (and inspiring) TED talks.


1. “Try Something New for 30 Days” by Matt Cutts

Saying you’re going to try a new weight loss regimen or a new productivity hack for an entire year is intimidating. What’s less intimidating? Trying something for just 30 days.


2. “All It Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes” by Andy Puddicombe

If even 30 days is too much for you, trying out this guide to a 10-minute mindfulness exercise might be right up your alley.


3. “Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work” by Sandra Aamodt

Drop the kale chips and the quinoa. It’s time to discuss why the obsession with dieting is actually doing the opposite of what you want it to do.


4. “On Being Wrong” by Kathryn Schulz

We spend a great deal of time trying to avoid being wrong (or trying to keep others from finding out that we were wrong). But could the secret to not being wrong just be accepting how wrong we are?


5. “Why You Fail to Have a Great Career” by Larry Smith

The beginning of a new year is an awesome time to stop making excuses and start following your passions to live the life you want.


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