My Mission: Help the World Transform Fear into Openness & Joy

By Leo Babauta When I started Zen Habits 10 years ago, I simply wanted to share what I’d been learning about changing my habits and simplifying my life with others. Then something magical happened. Over the next year or two, people took some of my tips and changed their lives. They were able to finally […]

The Minimalist Question is the Important Thing

There’s a misunderstanding of the minimalist movement, that you should somehow have almost nothing, fewer than 100 things, or a house that’s empty and white. This can feel oppressive to some, and privileged to others. But that’s not what minimalism is all about, at least not to me. It’s not about telling people they can’t […]

Finding Beauty in Every Freakin’ Moment, No Matter What

By Leo Babauta How often are we anxious, frustrated, looking forward to something coming up, unhappy with ourselves, unhappy with others? How often are we not happy with what’s going on in this present moment? What if we could, instead, be completely in love with this moment? What if, no matter what happened, we could […]

The 5 Keys to Forming Any Habit

By Leo Babauta We all struggle with our habits — sticking to them, staying motivated, getting started, dealing with disruptions, it can become a big struggle. And yet, to change our habits is to change our lives. If we can’t make habit changes, we will be stuck in our current way of doing things, which […]

A Guide to Fear Mastery

By Leo Babauta We normally think of fear as something that’s holding us back, or something to be avoided … but what if we could see it as a powerful tool? What if we could master that tool? We’d become masters at life, able to push through fears of rejection, failure, ridicule, and more. Fear […]

The Perfect System

By Leo Babauta Most of us are constantly looking for the Perfect System: The perfect morning routine The perfect system for dealing with email The perfect system for productivity, to end procrastination The perfect system for finances or building wealth The perfect system for learning anything The perfect system for being mindful, getting fit, losing […]

The Antidote to Self-Harshness & Resentment

By Leo Babauta There are two poisons that have hurt me so much over the years: Self-harshness — I have so often been critical of myself, harsh on myself, about all my little failures, that this harshness has become one of the biggest things holding me back. Resentment – I’ve increasingly become aware of how […]

30-Day Video Series Starts Friday, April 14

My 46th birthday is on Friday, April 14, and I’m going to start the next year of life with a 30-day challenge – creating and posting a new video every day for 30 days. Several entrepreneurial friends are doing this too. We all want to get better at making videos, and this seems like a…

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Three Practices for the Overwhelmed, Stressed, Anxious

By Leo Babauta Many of us feel overwhelmed by all we need to do, and it can be downright stressful. I’d like to share three practices to take you from overwhelmed to just whelmed. You can’t eliminate stress, anxiety or the feeling of being overwhelmed from your life, nor would you want to. However, you […]