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This blog has been a way for me to share what I've learned, about simplicity, mindfulness, habits, motivation, work, parenting, life. And it's been quite a journey of learning. I look back on when I started Zen Habits, nearly eight years ago, and I'm amazed at how much I've changed.
I fail at things much more than you might imagine, given that I've written books on forming habits and being content with yourself and being a minimalist and more. I fail at all of that stuff, and it feels just as horrible for me as it does for anyone else.
You'd think that after 8 years of public blogging and writing books, I'd be completely free of fear when it comes to putting my writing out in public. You would, of course, be wrong. I still get little shivers of nervousness when I hit the "Publish" button on any post, and bigger fears still when I publish a print book or ebook.
In the past two weeks, I've written more than 45,000 words, including 10 posts for Zen Habits and Sea Change and 30 chapters in my new book. That's a lot of writing. I don't usually write that much - it's an unusually high output for me, and I'm not usually that productive.
Like a chump, I struggled for years trying to change my habits. I started an exercise program or diet with unrestrained optimism, probably a dozen times. I threw away all my cigarettes and tried quitting smoking about seven times. I tried waking up early, reading more, writing daily, getting out of debt, watching less TV, and failed at all of those.
They're all around us, affecting our lives in unseen ways, causing worry, hesitation, confusion, anxiety, avoidance. They bring us to our knees. Fears control us in ways we never realize, unacknowledged and more powerful because of their unknown workings.