Thursday, January 21, 2010

TNM 088: Brooks & Summers – How to Make Good Habits Stick

A lot of us make vows or promises, or New Year's resolutions, that we are never able to keep. Change is challenging. This episode of The New Man podcast looks at how to create positive habits - for the most part this seems to be a cognitive behavioral model, which has a lot of support in the literature. The mindfulness component is crucial, in my opinion, something often missing in change models.

If you would like a deeper model of why change often fails, check out Robert Kegan's Immunity to Change, in which he and Lisa Lahey offer a deceptively simple program for creating lasting change by finding the hidden assumptions/beliefs that create an immunity to change.

That said, here is the podcast.

TNM 088: Brooks & Summers – How to Make Good Habits Stick

19 January 2010


Are you one of those guys who tries to make a change but find yourself right back where you started a few weeks later?

Is it possible to arrange your life so that making a positive change is more automatic than struggle?

And why are there little bees or flies painted inside the urinal?

This week we’ll explore how you can create positive habits that stick and why hope alone is the raw material of losers. We’re talking with Michael Brooks and Josh Summers — authors of “The Buddha’s Playbook.”

In this episode:

  • Why New Year’s resolutions are like Vegas marriages
  • Hope is for losers (according to Fernando Flores)
  • What those little bees in the urinal have to do with your success
  • How to set up your practice to ensure your success
  • Choice Architecture
  • Why losing is more painful than gaining is joyful
  • Why perfectionism doesn’t work
  • “Muscle Confusion” and your life

Download The Buddha’s Playbook at

About Josh Summers

Josh’s interest in individual growth and collective transformation stems from his professional background in meditation, yoga and Asian Medicine. He holds a Masters in Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture and a BA from Columbia University. Josh co-founded Sati Solutions and co-wrote The Buddha’s Playbook: Strategies for Enlightened Living. He lectures at universities on mindfulness meditation and its applied benefits.

About Michael Brooks

With a background in non-profit leadership, PR strategy and political activism, Michael co-founded Sati Solutions and is the co-author of The Buddha’s Playbook. His interest in meditation has merged with his professional pursuits to develop meditative skill-set applications for durable social, economic and institutional change. Michael also majored in International Relations at Bates College and has toured as a standup comedian.

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