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Become the Architect of Your Environment with Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

Eric Aguirre
January 16, 2024

The Guest

Leo Babauta is a writer from Guam, who was once deeply in debt, overweight, and a smoker. Within a few short years, he completely eliminated his debt, lost 65 pounds, quit smoking and started Zen Habits which was named Top 25 Blogs by Time Magazine (twice!).

Leo has a wide range of accomplishments from writing a best selling productivity e-book, to creating a habit membership program that helps thousands of people change their habits.

Today, more than 200K subscribers read Leo’s work on Zen Habits where he discusses in greater detail many of the topics we cover in this episode.

The Episode

Realize how your environment influences you, so you can become the architect of your environment.

Leo is an expert in helping people create habits that stick. In this episode, we discuss simple methods that can profoundly impact the changes you want to make in your life.

We speak about a wide range of topics from overcoming bad habits and urges, to practicing non judgmentalness. Each of the topics we discuss have made a positive impact in Leo’s life and he shares these lessons brilliantly throughout our conversation.

If we want to make a change in our lives, we need to make it bigger than ourselves in order to push through the discomfort that we will face. Leo presents creative ways to make these changes bigger than ourselves while embracing the resistance that we will inevitably face.

We also delve into meditation, mindfulness, and even online business resources.

Learn how to let go and even embrace discomfort, strangeness, and resistance through this conversation with Leo Babauta of Zen Habits.

Topics Covered

  • Leo’s inspiring story of positive change
  • How Leo quit smoking
  • Handling discomfort
  • Creating “moats” to deal with urges
  • Being compassionate when you slip back into bad habits
  • Strategies for designing your environment
  • Resources to get started in mindfulness
  • How to begin practicing non-judgement
  • Falling into the trap of too much positive thinking

Quotes from the Episode

“In order to push yourself into discomfort, you have to have a big motivation.”
“The ability to watch an urge and to deal with the discomfort has transferred to almost every area of my life”
“Start to be the architect of your environment going forward”
“One of the points of meditation is to open yourself up to resistance, discomfort, and strangeness.”
“Every action has a good heart in the middle of it if we can take the time to understand it.”


Zen Habits

Leo's Habit Membership Program: Sea Change

Books Mentioned:

Zen Mind Beginners Mind

The Power of Habits

When Things Fall Apart

People & Businesses Mentioned:

James Clear

Thich Nhat Hanh

Gratchen Ruben

Good Life Project

Corbett Barr: Fizzle

Live Your Legend

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Listen in Now, design your environment, and make positive change stick!

You can get this episode directly to your iPhone on iTunes, your Android on Stitcher, or on Soundcloud.

Eric Aguirre
I'm Eric, I aim to inspire and lead fellow and future thought-provoking leaders around the world. I love geeking out on Personal Development and strive to make myself and the world around me a better place. You can find my published books and articles at


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