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The Challenge of Doing Hard Challenges

By Leo Babauta

This year, I’m doing a series of 40-day discomfort challenges, as a way to continue my training in falling in love with discomfort and uncertainty.

It’s a training I’ve been doing for 1 1/2 decades now, but I’ve been deepening into it even more in the last 5 years. And now I train others in it, in my Fearless Training Program — the uncertainty & discomfort of doing your meaningful work.

This year is going to be a further deepening into that training. I’m going to swim in the deep waters, out of love for life and those who I serve.

I’ll tell you more about my challenges, but first, let’s talk about what hard challenges can do for us.

The Benefits of Hard Challenges

Why do this at all? Someone asked me that on Twitter yesterday: “What are you trying to prove, and who are you trying to prove it to?” I love that question!

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How to Do the Thing You’re Avoiding

By Leo Babauta

Most of us have something on our task list we’re avoiding. Or a project we’ve been putting off.

Think for a moment: what’s the task or project you’ve been avoiding lately?

Some possibilities:

That report you don’t want to writeYour book or blog you’ve been meaning to writeThe business you’ve been wanting to create for yearsYour garage you’ve been meaning to declutterThat email that’s been sitting in your inbox for a monthGoing for a run

So what is it you’ve been avoiding? Identify it now before you move on.

In this article, we’ll look at why you’re avoiding it, and how to actually do the thing.

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A New Year is a Beautiful Fresh Start

By Leo Babauta

At the beginning of every year, it’s like a blank slate: the year can be whatever you want it to be.

This is freeing, exhilarating, magical.

Take advantage of it, my friends.

Of course, we always have the magic of a fresh start available to us — in any day, any hour, any moment. Every morning is a beautiful fresh start! In fact, right this moment, you have the opportunity of a fresh start.

We should take advantage of these opportunities to see the freshness of the moment in front of us.

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Essential Zen Habits of 2020

By Leo Babauta

What a freaking year it’s been. I don’t need to tell you. It’s been chaos and grief and frustration and anxiety and much more.

It’s also been a year of growth for me, and for my mission. In fact, in that area, it’s been one of the best years ever.

In this post, I’ll share some of my best posts of the year, but also some huge highlights of the year for me and Zen Habits. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this blog for 14 years now!

In the next week, I’ll also be sharing opportunities to create something huge for yourself with some of my offerings. More on that soon!

A Year of Growth

This year my team & I launched Fearless Mastery, my mastermind program aimed at helping people train in the uncertainty of their meaningful missions. It was the biggest thing I’ve ever launched, and one of the most rewarding. We worked with some incredible leaders in the mastermind — they were truly incredible.

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How to Improve Any Moment

By Leo Babauta

The title of this article is a bit misleading, because every moment is already perfect and doesn’t need to be improved. But our experience of the moment can be fraught with difficulty, and we have the power to create a new experience in each moment.

The problems we face stem from our narrative about the moment: we are constantly interpreting things in a certain way, so that we don’t even notice that we have this interpretation or narrative.

For example:

If someone hasn’t returned my text message, I might interpret it as meaning that they’re upset with me in some way, and feel hurt.When someone asks a question, I can interpret that as a criticism of me, and get bothered by it.When I haven’t done all the things on my task list, I can interpret that as another sign that I’m doing things wrong, and feel discouraged and guilty about that.

In any moment, we have a narrative about that moment. A story, an interpretation, an evaluation. And that story will determine our experience.

Here’s the powerful thing we can practice:

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