zen habits
A Guide to Developing the Self-Discipline Habit

By Leo Babauta One of the most important life skills to develop, for those just starting out in life (and everyone else!), is the skill of self-discipline. It’s like a superpower: when I developed some self-discipline, I started exercising and eating healthier and meditating and writing more, I quit smoking and ran marathons, I started […]. . . read more

Small Actions, Huge Impact

By Leo Babauta Most people get hung up because of a few reasons: A task or project is too intimidating/overwhelming, so they put it off. Sticking to new habits is hard, so they fail after a week or two. Life becomes overwhelming, because there’s so much to do, so many choices. The problems with these […]. . . read more

The Magic of Being Held By the World

By Leo Babauta Right now, as you read this article, you are being held up by an invisible, magic web. Consider the following, with gratitude in your heart: You are reading an article written for you by me, sent across the Internet thanks to the work of thousands and thousands of engineers and power workers […]. . . read more

How We’re Harmed by Our Dissatisfaction with Ourselves

By Leo Babauta Over the last five years or so, as I’ve worked with thousands of people on changing their habits, I’ve come to a realization: dissatisfaction with ourselves is a pretty universal phenomenon. We are unhappy with who we are, sometimes in small ways but often in very fundamental ways. We doubt ourselves, feel […]. . . read more

The 44 Training Program: Turning Uncertainty & Discomfort into Mindful Openness

By Leo Babauta Today is my 44th birthday (thanks mom!) and I have a gift for you, my beautiful readers: It’s called The 44 Training Program: Turning Uncertainty to Find Mindful Openness. What the heck is that? It’s a video training program that I’m offering for free, to help you: Overcome uncertainty, anxiety, fear, discomfort […]. . . read more

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 […]. . . read more

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 […]. . . read more

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 […]. . . read more

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 […]. . . read more

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 […]. . . read more