Nearly everyone procrastinates. Nearly everyone fails to reach a goal. Nearly everyone forms bad habits. I don’t
want to focus on the negative, but I also cannot ignore the
fact that we often fall short of our self-imposed ideals and resolutions. Why does this happen? For one, we are all imperfect beings that have the capacity to imagine
perfection; from which our goals are born. Moreover, goals are often so absolute and rigid that they do not allow for
the flexibility of natural growth—which is try, fail, learn, try again, fail again, and learn more. Perhaps more than anything, it is the yielding to the status quo that constantly beckons us. It is this point—yielding to the status quo—that we can most readily regulate.
I came across a product on Indiegogo that it is simply marvelous and can encourage contra-status-quo-ism. With a hint of Pavlovian conditioning, the fitly named Pavlok is a device that rewards or punishes behavior depending on the desired output. Its founder, Maneesh Sethi of Boston, Massachusetts, had the aha moment for Pavlok when he himself was experiencing waning productivity on a writing project. Let’s take a deeper look.
The wearable device--Pavlok—can easily fit into your palm. It is rectangular in shape and fits into the compartment of the accompanying wrist band. “With Pavlok, we decided to create a discreet device that can be worn how you want to wear it”, boasts its campaign page. The device also comes with sticky adhesive to place it anywhere (if you are not into wrist bands). How does this work? Pavlov is a device and app solution. The application is where all of your goals are inputted and the device is the executor of the reward or punishment.
If you do not reach a particular milestone that you designate then the Pavlok will remind you of this with a vibration, or a sound or LEDs or even an electric shock. The shock is not harmful or necessarily painful but it is a behavioral trigger. The premise of Pavlok is to identify bad habits and to replace them with good ones. Thirty days of a repeated action becomes a habit and Pavlov was designed to take you there. The wearable also has some tracking ability to manage daily activities and patterns of sleep. It even knows when it is worn.
Back to goals. We have already established that we do not always mange to reach our goals but it goes without saying that we should nonetheless continue to strive for high targets. One of my favorite people, Og Mandino, wrote in his book The Greatest Salesman in the World, “Never will I be of concern that my goals are too high for is it not better to aim my spear at the moon and strike only an eagle than to aim my spear at the eagle and strike only a rock”.
The Pavlok is a needed catalyst for goal obtaining. The Pavlok team connects with us by stating, “Imagine living in a world where we could set goals…and consistently achieve them. Who could we become? We’d finally have that dream body. We’d finally kick that bad habit of smoking or biting our nails. In short—we'd finally become the person we always knew we could be."
I am a big fan of progress and achievement, and I feel that Pavlok really provides a POP in the right direction for achievement.
Pavlok’s Indiegogo Campaign Page