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The Habit Dip

By Leo Babauta I was talking with a group of people in my Sea Change Program who had success with some difficult habits for a few months … and then hit a dip. This dip is something everyone faces when changing habits: we lose motivation, we get discouraged, we encounter difficulty, we lose focus because other things get in the way, we...

How to Be More Present & Alive in the Moment

By Leo Babauta One of the people in my Fearless Mastery mastermind group is an amazing leader who is exceedingly good at getting things done and leading a team. Her entire life is filled with doing, and she’s so good at it. What she wants to shift is more into Being, and it’s a beautiful intention. She wants to be more present,...

The Subtle Power of Changing Your Identity

By Leo Babauta One of the most powerful switches I ever made when changing my entire life was switching up my identity. And while I never did it overnight, I successfully did it in multiple areas: I changed from a smoker to a non-smoker — and once I did, I stopped thinking of smoking as something to do when I was stressed.I...

Clear Things Out

By Leo Babauta I’ve recently reminded myself of the value of dedicating some time to just clearing things out. It’s a simple truth that wherever things can accumulate, they will. Emails pile up, clutter piles up, read later list piles up, small admin tasks build up like cruft. This is the nature of things: they accumulate if we...

Staying Connected to Meaning in Your Work

By Leo Babauta For anyone trying to do meaningful work, feeling connected to that meaning can be a big challenge. It turns out, even if you can stay focused on your meaningful work for most of the day … it’s easy to lose connection to why it’s meaningful. To why you care about doing this in the first place. We get stuck in the drudgery...

Staying Focused with a Simple Method

“There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man’s whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.”Hagakure By Leo Babauta If you’re...

Work Less

By Leo Babauta When it comes to work, I’ve found that most of us fall in one of two camps: We work way too hard, constantly churning, never feeling like we got enough done; orWe put off work, going to distractions, feeling guilty about how little we’re getting done. Either camp results in long working hours. And it drains us. It...

Showing Up Even When You’re Not Feeling It

By Leo Babauta Some days, you’re just not feeling it. It’s not that you’re exhausted, it’s that you’re not in the mood to do the important task that’s in front of you. You want to just go to distractions all day long, do anything but this thing you’re resisting. I get it. I have these days too. And sometimes, the answer...

The Simplicity of Discipline: Thriving Without the Baggage of Expectations

By Leo Babauta The clients I work with almost all put incredible expectations on themselves — they have higher standards than almost anybody I know. It’s why they work with me. It can be hard to see, but the expectations they’ve set for themselves often stand in the way of what they want the most. It’s hard to see, because they...

Let Each Task Fill Up Your World

By Leo Babauta Every now and then, I have to remind myself to do one thing at a time. The tendency to try to do a whole bunch of things seems to be a natural result of my wanting to get everything done as soon as I can. Many browser tabs open, switching between one thing and the next, endlessly, endlessly. No wonder I can never...

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