TICM 125 | Leo Babauta; The Man Behind Zen Habits | How To Create Life Changing Habits

Leo Babauta is a former journalist and creator of the popular Zen Habits blog, author of numerous books and courses on habits, simplicity, and mindfulness.

In 2005, Leo was living on Guam and was a smoker, overweight, sedentary, addicted to junk food, deeply in debt with lots of clutter, a procrastinator, overworked with no time for his wife and kids. In November 2005, he started to turn his life around: he finally quit smoking, then started running, changed his diet, started getting out of debt, decluttering, simplifying and more.

A year later, he had lost 30 lbs. and ran his first marathon, was a vegetarian and on his way to becoming debt-free and a minimalist. He started Zen Habits in January 2007 to share what he was learning about changing his life, and has been writing the blog ever since.
The blog grew to 26,000 readers by the end of 2007 (and now has over a million readers) and was named one of TIME Magazine’s Top 10 blogs for a few years. It’s one of the largest single-author blogs in the world.

This is why I was ecstatic to have Leo come on the show. He is an expert in developing life-changing habits as well as tapping into the power of being present. 

We’re so caught up in trying to do everything, experience all the essential things, not miss out on anything important...We can’t read all the good books, watch all the good films, go to all the best cities in the world, try all the best restaurants, meet all the great people...Life is better when we don’t try to do everything. Learn to enjoy the slice of life you experience, and life turns out to be wonderful.
— Leo Babauta



What You Will Discover From This Episode

  • The story of Leo Babauta launched his successful blog and grew from 26,000 readers to over millions in a span of a couple of years
  • What it feels like to have millions of readers worldwide? 
  • How to create life-changing habits and have them last?
  • How to be powerfully present in any situation?
  • How to "Award" yourself when you finish a certain task and build the right neuro pathways. 
  • and so much more! 

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*** IF you enjoy this episode, you will also enjoy my episode with Eric Zimmer

TICM 35 - Eric Zimmer On How To Create Successful Habits


Zen Habits | Leo's Books | Sea Of Change Program

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Due to a high demand for an additional new segment of the show where I answer deeper questions (your questions) in terms of topics covered in the podcast. I am starting a NEW show and it’s not just a podcast and we are not doing interviews. 

Every Wednesday at noon for the next couple of month, I am doing a LIVE Stream Show "Q&A w/ Jay" so that I can answer all of your questions and we can hang out once a week.

It is a total experiment, but I honestly am so thrilled. 

IF you are just as excited and have a question in regards to anything to do with mindset, personal development or even a deeper question that you have been wondering about me, my business and the world, I invite you to ask it at www.theinnerchangemaker.com/live