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You Absolutely Can Tackle the Big Things You've Been Avoiding : zen habits
By Leo Babauta What big task, project, chore, conversation have you been avoiding facing? It's one of the biggest problems in many people's lives - procrastination is one word for it, but I've found that "avoiding" is more accurate.

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Problems Due to Avoidance

If we have something we don't want to tackle or face, we keep ourselves busy and distracted so we can avoid it.

  • Avoiding self-care and exercise leads to long...

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Taking on What You’re Avoiding

The way to tackle the work that you have been avoiding:

  • Make a list of things you have been avoiding.
  • Pick one high-priority thing in the list, and plan to execute it, ...

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A Transformed Life

Daily practice of something you are avoiding keeps you out of your comfort zone, makes you overcome your fears and helps you finally transform your life.

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The "One Thing"

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Meditate on meaning & feelings

For just a minute, mindfully drop into your body and feel your fear, resistance, frustration, overwhelm. Let yourself feel it fully.

Then let yourself feel the love you feel for those who you’ll be serving by doing this task.  

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