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Share How to Fail at Habits
2012-4-25 16:37
Post written by Leo Babauta . Before I learned how to change habits, I was stuck. I kept trying to change various habits — running, eating healthier, waking earlier, getting out of debt, ending procrastination — and I kept failing. I got very good at failing, in fact. Looking back on those days, given the power of retrospect, I now know that I did everything wrong. I was setting myself up for failure, and in failing often and not learning from those mistakes, I was learning to be good at fa ...
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Share Crazy Talk: The Do-What-You-Love Guide
2012-4-20 16:34
‘Everything you can imagine is real.’ ~Pablo Picasso Post written by Leo Babauta . When I wrote the first words of this blog, more than five years ago, I had no idea those few keystrokes would change my life. I thought I was doing nothing more than reflecting on the changes that had been happening in my life, sharing a bit about what I learned with a handful of friends. I thought those tinkling of computer keys would fade into the void, as most of my thoughts had before that. I didn’t ...
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Share Why We Overplan
2012-4-18 15:24
‘A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.’ ~Lao Tzu Post written by Leo Babauta . There is something about my mind, and many people’s minds, that is overly optimistic. We think we can do so much each day, and so we overplan. We fill our plans with so much, confident we can do it all, ignoring the evidence of the past when most plans didn’t get done and most things didn’t get crossed off as hoped. We believe that, sure, we might have failed to m ...
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Share How to Meditate Daily
2012-4-10 17:00
Post written by Leo Babauta . The habit of meditation is one of the most powerful things I’ve ever learned. Amazingly, it’s also one of the most simple habits to do — you can do it anywhere, any time, and it will always have immediate benefits. How many habits can you say that about? While many people think of meditation as something you might do with a teacher, in a Zen Center, it can be as simple as paying attention to your breath while sitting in your car or on the train, or ...
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Share How to Go From Fear to Freedom, One Step at a Time
2012-4-9 17:05
Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility, to give something back. ~ Anthony Robbins Editor’s note : This is a guest post from Tess Marshall of The Bold Life . Every path to success has been littered with doubt, fear, and uncertainty, as well as persistence, calculated risks and repeated action. The difference between someone who fails and someone who succeeds is the courage to act, repeatedly. When I was 22 years old, I was mom to four ...
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Share How to Beat the Exhaustiveness of Stressful Work
2012-4-6 16:53
Post written by Leo Babauta . I’ll confess: I recently let stress beat me. I know, some of you think I’m perfect and never get stressed out, ever, especially as I’ve written about slowing down and simplifying for five years or so now. But I do get stressed out, and I do sometimes overwork myself. It doesn’t happen much anymore, but it does happen. This week was one of those times. Stress beat me … but stay with me until the end. In the end (spoiler alert), I beat out stress. ...
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Share The Mindful Diet: A Healthy Eating Course
2012-3-31 16:56
Post written by Leo Babauta . I’m happy to tell you all about my new course on healthy eating, The Mindful Diet. It will run during April and is included if you register for the Zen Habits Sea Change Program . The Sea Change Program, as you might know, is my membership program focused on helping you change your life slowly but completely, and includes video webinars, articles, a forum, the ability to submit questions and participate in polls, guest experts and more. Included in this m ...
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Share An Exceedingly Simple Guide to Keeping a Journal
2012-3-30 16:18
Post written by Leo Babauta . I have to confess: I’ve never been good at keeping a journal. Until this year. It’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do regularly, and over the years I’ve started journals in many different forms. I have bits of journals in several notebooks and in several computer files, but while they’re interesting, they’re more a testament to my failure to keep a journal going for very long. But this year has been different. I started a journal on January ...
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Share A Powerful Three-Step Algorithm for Happiness
2012-3-23 17:19
Post written by Leo Babauta . Today I’m going to share a really simple secret that can make your day instantly better. If you’re feeling down, it can make you happier, all day long. It’s something I’ve been trying myself, with great results. It’s three steps, and anyone can do them. This is an algorithm that can be repeated over and over, all day long. It starts with a basic assumption: that we are all human beings capable of goodness, of love, of pain, of broken hearts and passion ...
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Share 20 Amazing and Essential Non-fiction Books to Enrich Your Library
2012-3-22 16:47
Post written by Leo Babauta . I’m an avid reader of fiction and just love a novel that transports me, that is so gripping that I can’t put it down. But I also enjoy a good non-fiction book, from self-help stuff to philosophy to biographies to just about anything that makes me think. After the warm reception of my post on novels ( 50 Amazing and Essential Novels to Enrich Your Library ), a number of people asked for a list of non-fiction as well. Well, here it is! I was hesitant ...
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