"Zen Habits gave voice to many of my inner concerns ... it came when I needed it the most to overcome the anxiety and frustration I was feeling"

How to train in uncertainty with Zen Habits founder Leo Babauta

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Leo Babauta is a simplicity blogger & author, and coach. He created Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog with a million readers. He’s also a best-selling author, a husband, father of six children, and a vegan. In 2010 moved from Guam to California, where he leads a simple life.

He’s also a Zen practitioner on a mission to help the world open through uncertainty training.

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The 5 most damaging myths about finding your purpose:

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” - Rumi

This is the belief that before you can start taking action, that you need to know exactly what your purpose is. It’s that feeling that there’s always something more you need to know, learn, think about, or plan for. 

In reality: the clarity you desire comes from action.

Lack of action often results from a fear of “getting it wrong”, and messing something up, or being perceived as “not knowing what you are doing”.


This is the belief that you are too busy, at capacity, overwhelmed, and can’t possibly take something new on. 

Or it could also be a thought that you don’t trust yourself to follow through with the responsibility of adding something else to your plate.

The reality: We all have the same amount of time, and therefore it’s truly a matter of priority and commitment. 

You fear that if you commit the time to a new endeavor, that you won’t actually succeed, so why even try?


This is the belief that you can’t afford to get support, whether it be from a course, a coach, or a mastermind, or some other avenue. 

You feel that it would be irresponsible.

The reality: Anything is possible once we step outside of this fear.

You fear that if you commit to something new that has the possibility of being life-changing, that you’ll go deep into debt and let others down.


This is the belief that you still require more preparation, more practice, and more planning before you can take the next step.

The accompanying thought often shows up as some version of  I’ll be ready when …

… I get this degree

… take that course

… read these books

… find the perfect mentor

The reality: The feeling of readiness will never come

If not now, when?

You fear the failure of taking action before you are truly ready, and that you’ll fail when you “get it wrong”.


This is the belief that what you care about greatly is insignificant in the grand scheme of things. That while other people have huge, important purposes - that yours is not big enough to really take seriously. 

It’s the thought that you just aren’t that important. 

“That is something that someone else does, not me”

The reality: If you let yourself be seen by others, those who can support you and become your greatest allies along the path will see possibility in you, and won’t be looking at your supposed “shortcomings”.

You fear that if you let yourself be seen fully, you’ll be judged for your inadequacies.


"Zen Habits gave a voice to many of my inner concerns while I was a new mother.

"Leo offers a practical, no-nonsense way of approaching habit change — both how to form new beneficial habits and also how to shift old habit-patterns that are no longer helpful.

It's also an approach that shifts mindset towards life in general, towards being open and curious instead of rigid, judgmental, and critical. 

Leo is all about leaning into what we tend to avoid, so we're not constricted by fear, doubt, or shame and can dive more fully into what we're most passionate about”

- Joshua Goldberg

It came when I needed it the most, to help me evolve and overcome the anxiety and frustration I was feeling. It seems becoming a mother awakened many fears, and triggered my lifelong subtle anxiety until the point it became bold. Zen Habits gave me a mind space, a silence space and forced me to do this inner work. It was easy to feel inspired in Leo's words"

- Cristina Migotto

"I have found my own being, my own power. I have become mindful of how I approach anything in life.

The inner voice in my head is compassionate and filled with empathy (for self) and for others. I am so grateful to Leo Babuta for all that he does. Thank you. Your impact reaches far!"

- Aisha Memon

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