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337: Maneesh Sethi | Pavlok and the Science of Habit Change

November 7th, 2014

Episode 255 of 602 episodes

Tiny changes for big success. "Anything that can be measured can be changed."-Maneesh Sethi The Cheat Sheet: This is the first-ever device created to break bad habits: true or false? What percentage of your day is spent on autopilot? Is willpower a measurable, finite resource? Three habits that will improve your life dramatically, Maneesh shares. What is the Pavlov Micro Model? And so much more... If you've ever tried to break a bad habit and failed, you're not alone. If you'd like to understand the science behind why you failed and how you can use that same science to your advantage listen carefully to today's guest, Maneesh Sethi. On this episode Maneesh shares with us his latest endeavor, Pavlok, how it helps us break bad habits and create positive ones, as well asthe psychology and science of habit change. Listen in for details on all of that and so much more on the 337th episode of The Art of Charm. More About This Show: Something we talk about a lot on this show is creating better habits and breaking ones that don't serve you, like replacing an hour of TV time with a visit to the gym or going to a networking event. But if you're like most people you've tried to create healthier habits, and sometimes you may have succeeded and yet other times you've failed. Here to explain how you can win every time is Maneesh Sethi (and yes he's Ramit's brother). He and his team have created an app that he calls Pavlok, the first-ever device to help us physically break bad habits and create new ones. It's a bit easier to explain how it works by giving you an example. Maneesh explains it like this: say you want to stop masturbating, every time you start to do so Pavlok gives you a small electric shock. The shock isn't painful, but it's uncomfortable. It's like the feeling you get if you give yourself an electric shock by walking over carpeting and then touching a metal doorknob. It feels weird and uncomfortable, but you aren't writhing in pain as a result of it. But what happens is over time your brain will associate the act of masturbation with that uncomfortable shock. And now instead of being a pleasurable activity, your brain associates it with discomfort. On a scientific level what happens in your brain is interesting: with each shock a neural pathway is severed which makes it less pleasurable. Maneesh and his team obviously know what's what when it comes to changing habits. And one of the other interesting discoveries he has found and has put in place in his life are a few keystone habits that lead to much improvedlives. Two of the keystones we talk about are exercise and meditation. Hesays those of us who make exercise a regular part of our lives make better nutritional choices, drink less alcohol and go to sleeper at earlier times leading to more fulfilled rest at night. And meditating daily helps us engage our prefrontal cortex more and the back of our brains less. Why does that matter? Because our prefrontal cortex is the "human" part of our brain and the back of our brain is the "ape" part. When we use our human part, the prefrontal cortex, we're more likely to make better food choices, keep ourselves relaxed and calm through deep breathing throughout the day. It simply leads to better, healthier ways of living! Maneeshand I also talk about the science of willpower and how to use it to your advantage. He gives us plenty of tools we can use right now to make changes as well as the two parts to changing your behaviors and making habits last a lifetime. It was greatto have him on the show, please join me in thanking him and thank you for being here too. Enjoy the episode and we'll see you next time. THANKS MANEESH SETHI! If you enjoyed this session of The Art of Charm Podcast, let Maneeshknow by clicking on the link below and sending him a quick shout out on Twitter: Click here to thank Maneeshon Twitter! Resources from this episode: Maneesh Sethi's web sitePavlok the appManeesh Sethion Twitter Try Squarespace (free) and support our supporters! You'll also like:-The Art of Charm Toolbox-Best of The Art of Charm Podcast Wanna leave a comment? Too bad!Email meinstead (we read everything)! HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from all the fluff out there. Ways to subscribe to The Art of Charm Click here to subscribe via iTunes Click here to subscribe via RSS You can also subscribe via Stitcher FEEDBACK + PROMOTION Hit us up with your comments and guest suggestions. We read EVERYTHING. Download the FREE AoC app for iPhone Email [email protected] Give us a call at 888.413.7177 Stay Charming!