Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine
Mental Fitness is the X-Factor
If you’re not physically fit, you’d feel physical stress as you climb a steep hill.
If you’re not mentally fit, you’d feel mental stress, such as anxiety, frustration, or unhappiness, as you handle work and relationship challenges.
80% of people score below the minimum level of mental fitness required for peak performance and happiness.
The great news? With recent breakthroughs in neuroscience and technology, you can now improve your mental fitness significantly within 6 weeks of practice.
The results? Dramatically improved performance and productivity and a calm, clear and happier mind.
Measuring Mental Fitness
Mental fitness is a measure of the strength of your positive mental muscles (Sage) versus the negative (Saboteur).
Saboteurs react to challenges in ways that generate negative emotions such as stress, disappointment, self-doubt, regret, anger, shame, guilt, or worry.
Your Sage handles challenges through positive emotions like empathy, gratitude, curiosity, creativity, self-confidence, and calm, clear-headed, laser-focused action.
The relative strength of your positive Sage versus negative Saboteurs is called PQ (Positive Intelligence Quotient).
PQ is the measure of your Mental Fitness. It's the best predictor of how happy you are and how well you perform relative to your potential.
You can boost your PQ significantly with practice.
3 Core Muscles of Mental Fitness
3 Core muscles constitute your mental fitness:
1. Saboteurs Interceptor Muscle You Saboteurs generate all your negative emotions, including stress, anxiety, self-doubt, anger, avoidance, procrastination, insensitivity or discontent. Mental fitness requires the ability to intercept and discredit the Saboteurs.
2. Sage Muscle Your Sage is the one in you that handles challenges with a clear and calm mind, and positive emotions. It also has access to your 5 primary powers. All you need to paint any canvas is 3 primary colours. Similarly, through factor analysis research we’ve discovered that there are only 5 primary powers: Empathize, Explore, Innovate, Navigate, and Activate. For peak performance, you learn to boost all 5 powers and know when to use which power.
3. Self-Command Muscle You’re not in full command of your mind. If you were, you would choose to entirely silence the Saboteurs in your head. You would choose to not stress out over what you can’t control, push away self-doubts, recover from disappointments immediately, and spend little time in anger, regret, or blame.
PQ Reps are innovative 10-second exercises that build up this crucial Self-Command muscle in the brain. You learn to run your brain, rather than allow your Saboteur-hijacked brain to run you.
PQ is a synthesis of recent breakthroughs in neuroscience, cognitive and positive psychology, and performance science.
Hundreds of CEOs
Sales, operations, and technology teams
400,000 participants from 50 countries
This research was summarized in Shirzad Chamine's book Positive Intelligence, a New York Times bestseller, translated into 20 languages.
The research reveals that:
Saboteurs and Sage live in entirely different regions of the brain.
You can cause a dramatic shift in brain activation to weaken Saboteurs and boost Sage.
3 core muscles constitute mental fitness.
"A brilliant breakthrough"
"The Positive Intelligence (PQ) model is a brilliant breakthrough as it defines, measures, and improves your awareness of your own performance and happiness. It also helps solve the mystery of why so many smart people still fail to be successful."
Jim Lanzone, Chief Digital Officer, CBS
Introducing the PQ Program
Designed like a mental fitness Bootcamp, the PQ Program gives you the insights, motivation, and structure to practice 15 minutes per day for 6 weeks. The program combines weekly video sessions with daily app-guided practices to boost your 3 core mental fitness muscles.
Weekly 1-hour Video Sessions
In these highly engaging sessions, Shirzad guides you through experiential exercises that deepen and personalize your understanding of the mental fitness tools. You leave inspired and energized for the week's daily practices.
Exclusive App Guiding Your Daily Practice
Each day a different focus for daily practice is assigned through a personalized companion app available exclusively to program participants. This builds one small muscle at a time, laying down new neural pathways to form lasting positive habits of your mind. The cumulative impact by the program's end is substantial.
Interactive PQ Gym
Innovative 10-second PQ Reps build up your Self-Command muscle. You learn to be clear-headed and calm even in the midst of great challenges, able to command your mind to shift from Saboteur to Sage response.
Daily Progress Tracking
The app tracks your daily progress against minimum targets associated with new neural pathway (muscle) formation. Personalized daily coaching tips from Shirzad continue to both encourage and challenge you to keep going.
Within 6-8 weeks of mental fitness training you'd be able to see the results in MRI imaging:
• Increased grey matter in the PQ Brain region, where your Sage lives
• Decreased grey matter in the Survivor Brain region, where your Saboteurs live
6 Weeks of Inspired Practice
WEEK - 1
Boost Your Self-Command Muscle
The first week you learn innovative 10-second PQ Reps that boost your self-command. This enables you to run your brain rather than being run by your Saboteur-hijacked brain. Self-command is key to intercepting unhelpful mental habits and rewiring your brain to respond more effectively.
Try out and discover PQ Reps that are most effective for you.
Reach the minimum target for PQ Reps/day to achieve the rewiring goal within 6 weeks.
Use the app's breakthrough PQ Charge Meter to ensure optimal brain activation before important activities.
Declare an audacious aspiration--what you want to achieve through this program.
WEEK - 2
Intercept the Judge Saboteur
For this entire week, you'll intercept and weaken the most damaging Saboteur, the Judge. You discover how judging yourself, others, and circumstances is a key source of your stress and quite damaging to your performance. Most participants discover their Judge to be far more prevalent and damaging than they suspected.
Expose your Judge's hidden lies, limiting beliefs, and negative patterns.
Reveal your Judge's impact on performance, relationships, and stress.
Practice intercepting your Judge before it hijacks you.
Rewire your negative neural pathways by redirecting the Judge response.
WEEK - 3
Intercept your Accomplice Saboteurs
This week you intercept and weaken the top accomplice to your Judge Saboteur, identified through the Saboteur Assessment from the following: Avoider, Controller, Hyper-Achiever, Hyper-Rational, Hyper-Vigilant, Pleaser, Restless, Stickler, Victim.
Expose your accomplice Saboteur's hidden lies, limiting beliefs and negative patterns.
Reveal this Saboteur's impact on performance, relationships, and stress.
Discover how to quickly intercept this Saboteur before it hijacks you.
Rewire your negative neural pathways by redirecting this Saboteur's response.
WEEK - 4
Shift From Saboteur to Sage
After weakening your Saboteurs, it is now time to strengthen your Sage, the counterpart to your Saboteurs. Your Sage lives in an entirely different part of your brain, generates all your positive emotions, and achieves peak performance through a calm and clear mind.
Practice the Sage Perspective that every outcome or circumstance can be turned into a gift and opportunity.
Use the 3 Gifts Technique to find the opportunity in setbacks.
Replace draining self-judgment with energizing self-acceptance and empathy.
Boost speed of recovery from failures and setbacks.
WEEK - 5
Boost the Sage Powers
The Sage region of the brain enables 5 primary powers. Analogous to the 3 primary colors, these 5 powers recombine to form all of the emotional intelligence competencies considered crucial to professional success
Augment your mental toolbox with 5 Sage powers.
Practice 3 techniques to activate each power.
Know when to use which power--right tool at the right time.
Boost emotional intelligence through combinations of the 5 primary powers.
WEEK - 6
Take Clear-Headed, Laser-Focused Action
In our final week, you use your Sage's Navigate and Activate powers to take clear-headed, laser-focused, decisive action.
Use your Sage's Navigate power to align your actions with a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
Use your Sage's Activate power to act without fear or emotional distractions even in midst of great crises.
Discover your Sage's deep wisdom, far surpassing your analytical intelligence.
Discover how your Sage generates your highest performance while enjoying every step--"in the zone."
Sustain the Momentum
In this final session, you discover how to continue using your PQ tools for a variety of work and life applications.
Learn how to further apply to peak performance in selling and persuading, conquering stress, managing conflict, and relationships mastery
Discover how to use the PQ app to maintain your new mental muscles and Sage habits
Chart your path to keep progressing towards your audacious aspirations
Establish support and accountability agreements to sustain your momentum
PQ Program vs. Traditional Training
Traditional training and development tends to have short-lived impact for 3 reasons:
Focus on insight rather than muscle. For example, the insight that being frustrated isn't helpful doesn’t automatically lead to you not feeling frustrated. That would require mental muscles to shift brain activation.
Treating symptoms rather than cause. For example, teaching you techniques of active listening to improve empathy will have temporary impact if your deeply-seated Judge Saboteur is not exposed and intercepted.
No common operating system. Since each training you attend uses a different framework—the 7 steps of managing conflict, the 5 secrets of managing time, etc.--the frameworks compete for mindshare and all fade away.
Through extensive factor analysis research, PQ has identified the 10 root-level negative factors (Saboteurs) and the 5 primary powers (Sage). This enables a common operating system.
All personal and professional development become applications of the PQ operating system. Whether learning to manage conflicts, manage time, or perform better under pressure, you’d apply the same exact operating system:
Issue Self-Command (through 10-second PQ Reps)
Mobilize Sage (Empathize, Explore, Innovate, Navigate, Actvate)