Z is for…


Zen Habits.

I have been subscribing to Leo Baubata’s blog posts for years now.

Yesterday’s post on upward and downward spirals in health and productivity resonated with me more than usual.

I had noticed this tendency in myself many years ago. That I could be in a downward spiral with respect to health and emotional well-being until….little by little, tiny positive change by tiny positive change, I was spiraling my way back up again to a more positive, happier place.

This is a post that I could have written over 10 years ago (but not nearly as beautifully as Leo), except I wasn’t blogging then. (It wasn’t until 2009 that I joined the blogoverse in a real, committed way.)

Leo’s blog is all about changing your life one positive habit at a time. You don’t need to quit your job or leave your relationship or trek up a mountain and meet with a guru.

Although you may eventually do one or more of those things at some point along your journey, instead Leo asks you to make one small positive change at a time.  Then build on that with another one. And another one. Until one day you notice you are living a very different (in a good way) life from one you were living a month or 6 months or a year ago. Because this is how he became fit, lost weight, quit smoking, got out of debt etc., etc. Read his story here.

Rock on,

The WB


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  • Thanks for this post. I tend to get overwhelmed by everything I’m not doing and then beat myself up for not having done it. Doing one small thing at a time makes eminent good sense. I discovered your blog late in the Challenge and now that I will not be scrambling to write something every day, I look forward to returning. Congrats on completing the challenge!

    • Thank you Josna! Congratulations to you as well!

  • This is great advice. Sometimes looking at the bigger picture is just too much and it seems unreachable, but taking it one small step at a time is doable

    • Thanks for the comment Debbie! I agree – baby steps is the way to go.

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