Latihan TOEFL (Listening): Cobalah sesuatu yang baru selama 30 hari

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A few years agoBeberapa tahun yang lalu, I feltmerasa like I was stuck in a rutterjebak di dalam rutinitas, so I decidedmemutuskan to follow in the footstepsmengikuti jejak of the great American philosopherseorang filsuf, Morgan Spurlock, and trymencoba something new for 30 days. The ideaide is actually pretty simplecukup sederhana. Think about something you’ve always wantedingin to addtambahkan to your lifehidup and trymencoba it for the next 30 dayshari. It turns outTernyata 30 dayshari is just about the right amount of timerentang waktu yang tepat to addmenambah a new habitkebiasaan or subtractmengurangi a habitkebiasaan — like watchingmenonton the newsberita — from your lifehidup.

There’s a few thingsbeberapa hal I learnedtelah pelajari while doingmelakukan these 30-day challengestantangan. The first was, instead of the monthsbulan flying by, forgottenterlupakan, the timewaktu was much more memorablepatut diingat. This was part bagianof a challengetantangan I did to takemengambil a picturefoto every dayhari for a monthbulan. And I rememberingat exactly wheredi mana I was and what I was doinglakukan that dayhari. I also noticedmenyadari that as I startedmulai to do more and harderlebih sulit 30-day challengestantangan, my self-confidencekepercayaan diri grewtumbuh. I went fromberalih dari desk-dwelling computer nerdkutu buku komputer yang duduk di belakang meja to the kind of guy who bikesbersepeda to worktempat kerja. For funUntuk kesenangan! (LaughterTawa) Even last yeartahun yang lalu, I ended upakhirnya hikingmendaki up Mt. KilimanjaroGunung Kilmanjaro, the highesttertinggi mountaingunung in Africa. I would never have been that adventurousmemiliki petualangan beforesebelum I startedmemulai my 30-day challengestantangan-tantangan.

I also figured outmenemukan that if you really want something badly benar-benar menginginkanenough, you can dolakukan anything for 30 dayshari. Have you ever wantedingin to writemenulis a novelnovel? Every November, tens of thousandspuluhan ribu of peopleorang-orang trymencoba to writemenulis their own 50,000-wordkata novelnovel, from scratchdari awal, in 30 dayshari. It turns outternyata, all you have toharus dolakukan is writemenulis 1,667 wordskata-kata a dayhari for a monthbulan. So I did. By the wayOmong-omong, the secretrahasia is not to go to sleeptidur until you’ve writtenmenulis your wordskata-kata for the dayhari.You mightmungkin be sleep-deprivedkurang tidur, but you’ll finishmenyelesaikan your novelnovel. Now is my bookbuku the next great American novelnovel? No. I wrotemenulis it in a monthbulan. It’s awfulburuk. (LaughterTawa) But for the rest of my lifeepanjang sisa hidup saya, if I meetbertemu John Hodgman at a TED partypesta, I don’t have totidak perlu saybilang, “I’m a computer scientistilmuwan komputer.” No, no, if I wantmau to, I can saybilang, “I’m a novelistseorang novelis.”

(LaughterTawa)

So here’s one last thinghal I’d likeingin to mentionsebutkan. I learnedmempelajari that when I mademembuat smallkecil, sustainableberkesinambungan changesperubahan-perubahan, thingshal-hal I could keep doinglakukan, they were more likely to stick. There’s nothing wrongsalah with bigbesar, crazygila challengestantangan-tantangan. In factKenyataannya, they’re a ton of funsangat menyenangkan. But they’re less likely to stick. When I gave up sugarberhenti mengkonsumsi gula for 30 dayshari, day 31 lookedterlihat like this.

(LaughterTawa)

So here’s my questionpertanyaan to you: What are you waitingtunggu for? I guaranteejamin you the next 30 dayshari are going to pass whether you like it or notakan berlalu baik Anda suka ataupun tidak, so why notmengapa tidak thinkmemikiran about something you have always wanted to trymencoba and give it a shot! For the next 30 dayshari.

ThanksTerima kasih..

Note: Indonesian translation provided by Antonius Yudi Sendjaja and reviewed by Irma Amelia Muhammad.

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