Mental fitness is your key to success and happiness
If you’re not physically fit, you’ll feel physical stress as you climb a steep hill.
If you’re not mentally fit, you’ll feel mental stress, such as anxiety, frustration, or unhappiness, as you handle life’s challenges at work and at home.
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.
*More than 400,000 people tested by Professor Shirzad Chamine, Stanford University.
“I KNOW WHAT I NEED TO DO.
NOW, I JUST NEED TO GET OUT OF MY OWN WAY SO I CAN DO IT.”
Why is mental fitness so important?
Having worked with more than 100 women as a career & leadership coach, I have seen first hand that no matter how smart, how committed, how successful and how accomplished we are, there is one thing that we all have in common: we are keeping ourselves from having the impact we could have. Because we think we’re not experienced enough/qualified enough/creative enough/decisive enough/worthy enough/courageous enough/ready enough/ our plan not perfect enough to go for what -deep down- we know we truly want and can achieve.
That’s why I have partnered up with Professor Shirzad Chamine and his colleagues at Positive Intelligence Inc. to be able to make his science-based framework and tools available and accessible to the women I love to work with: women like you who want to make a difference for themselves and the people they serve.
Mental fitness is the foundation for success at anything. Without it, we experience stress, overwhelm, disappointment, self-doubt, regret, anger, shame, guilt and worry. Increasing our mental fitness not only increases our capacity to handle life’s challenges, it profoundly and sustainably improves whatever we want to achieve in life.
Mental fitness benefits everyone and, as you improve your mental fitness levels, you will experience more happiness, empathy, gratitude, curiosity, creativity and self-confidence. And you will be able to take calm, clear-headed, laser-focused action.
Measuring mental fitness
Positive Intelligence (PQ) is a measure of our mental fitness.
Watch this 20 min Ted Talk to learn about Positive Intelligence. It will help you to understand how to achieve peak 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 emotions such as stress, disappointment, self-doubt, regret, anger, shame, guilt, or worry. Your Sage handles challenges through 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).
The research, published in Professor Chirzad Shamine’s book Positive Intelligence demonstrates how your PQ score is the best indicator of how happy you are and how well you perform relative to your potential. And that if you want to increase performance or happiness in a sustainable way, either in yourself or in team that you lead, your best bet is to focus on your PQ Score.
You can boost your PQ significantly with practice. Take our six week course to learn how to significantly boost your PQ muscles and achieve mental fitness.
Mental Fitness Program
The 6 week Mental Fitness Program for women professionals
Designed like a mental fitness bootcamp, the Mental Fitness Program gives you the insights, motivation, and structure to practice 15 minutes per day for 6 weeks and consistently build new neural pathways.
Two individual coaching sessions
- At the start of the program: a session with me to understand how you sabotage your own success, based on your saboteur assessment, and set your goals for the program
- At the end of the program: a session to ensure that you apply all you have learned and take the next leap towards your goals!
Weekly 1-hour Video Sessions
In these highly engaging sessions, you’ll be guided through experiential exercises that deepen and personalize your understanding of the mental fitness tools. You will 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 end of the program 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 continue to both encourage and challenge you to keep going.
Chapters 1-8 of Shirzad Chamine’s bestselling book Positive Intelligence
You’ll be provided with and asked to read the first 8 chapters of the book while participating in the program. The book provides the research foundation and introduces the tools.
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
Weekly 1:1 Coaching Sessions (45 minutes)
With the individual track you will get a 45 minute 1:1 coaching session with me every week of the program (7 sessions total) to enable you to integrate your learning and directly use what you have learned in the program to tackle your current challenges.
Weekly 45 minute live group video calls
In addition to all of the above, with the group track we’ll meet weekly for 45 minutes in a group of max. 5 awesome women. I’ll facilitate a group conversation for you to share your learnings, learn from other women in the group, and ask questions that come up during the program.
In case you are not satisfied with the program after having attended all the video calls, watched the training videos and having done the exercises, you can ask for a full refund in week 6 up to the day after the last live call. I’ll refund you your investment in full.
Six 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 practice 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 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 is 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.
- Practise 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 energising 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 colours, 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.
- Practise 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.”
Final Session: 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
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this the right program for me?
This is the right program for you if:
- You are committed to improving your self-confidence and your resourcefulness dramatically while reducing stress.
- You’re looking for a science-based and trusted system to make it stick.
- You’re willing to put in the initial effort to rewire years of mental habits that don’t serve you.
How soon can I start?
The next cohort will start on Monday, 10th May 2021. Prior to this, we will schedule your 1:1 coaching session and you will be sent instructions to download the Positive Intelligence app and that week’s video.
If you want to start the individual mental fitness program you can start on any Monday if there is still availability. Click here to see which start dates are still available.
When and where are the weekly live video calls?
For the group program, the weekly 45 minute live video group calls will take place on zoom every Monday at 6:30pm (CEST). For participants of the individual program, we will schedule the coaching calls based on your availability.
Group Program: How big is the group I’ll be in?
Your group will consist of maximum 5 women professionals who are going through the program at the same time.
How much time and effort are required?
You’d be committing to watching a 1-hour video once per week and doing a combined total of 15 minutes per day of practice guided by the Positive Intelligence app exclusively designed for this program.
Once a week we’ll meet for a 45 minutes live video call with our group of max. 5 women to share learnings and give you the opportunity to ask questions and further develop your understanding of your mental fitness.
This might sound like a lot of time. In fact, cumulatively, it constitutes less than 2% of your awake time for the duration of the program. Please consider that your Saboteurs are costing you far more than 2% of your time, effort, energy, and productivity. Consider how much more than 2% of time and productivity this six-week investment will save for years to come.
Should we participate as a team?
Even though the focus of the program is individual development, team leaders often call this experience the best team building experience they have ever had. Going through this program together significantly deepens trust, helps clear the air related to recurrent team member conflicts (since they’re mostly generated by Saboteurs) and gives the entire team a common framework for helping each other grow, making decisions, responding to setbacks, and managing conflicting styles and agendas. If you consider signing up as a team, please contact me for an offer.
How is this different from reading the book?
You’d never learn to ride a bicycle by reading a book about it. You’ll be provided with and asked to read the first 8 chapters of the book while participating in the program. The book provides the research foundation and introduces the tools. The video sessions guide you through experiential exercises that help you use the tools according to your own personality and needs. And the app coaches you to practise one tool at a time in the context of your own daily work and life challenges.
What happens after the 6 week program?
After six weeks, you will have access to the PQ app for 12 months for free. If you would like new daily content or ongoing coaching support, this can be arranged in week six of your program for an additional fee. You’ll also get an opportunity to sign up for a Mastermind Group that meets for a by-weekly call during 3 months to further deepen your learning and keep an accountability framework for you to keep practicing what you have learned.
Aren’t unpleasant/painful emotions sometimes helpful?
Some people believe that unpleasant/painful emotions are helpful. For example, they think stress gives them their performance edge, or beating themselves or others up is helpful for continual improvement.
Feeling pain for a split second when your hand touches a hot stove is indeed useful, delivering an important alert. But your Saboteurs keep your hand on the hot stove, continuing to feel negative emotions, which harm both performance and happiness.
In this program we learn to use unpleasant/painful emotions as a helpful alert, and then quickly shift to the positive region of the brain that has the calm clarity, objectivity, and creativity to handle the challenge most effectively.
Who will lead the Positive Intelligence Program?
I will lead the weekly live group calls and work with you as your coach during the individual coaching sessions.
Shirzad Chamine will conduct the weekly video sessions. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Positive Intelligence, translated into 20 languages. He has been CEO of the largest coach training organization in the world and has trained faculty at Stanford and Yale business schools.
Shirzad lectures on Positive Intelligence at Stanford University and works with Stanford’s NCAA athletes. His background includes graduate level studies in neuroscience in addition to a BA in psychology, an MS in electrical engineering, and an MBA from Stanford.
Any further questions?
Contact me and ask any remaining questions you may have.
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