Mental fitness – the coaching programme

How to power your team’s potential

How much we achieve at work, and in life generally, depends on our mindset and how we respond to challenges. Do we embrace them or shy away from them? Do we deal with them head-on or do we let our inner saboteurs get in the way?

This is all a question of mental fitness or Positive Intelligence ® (PQ). It’s about the extent to which we choose to control what goes on inside our own heads. PQ is simply a measure of the strength of your positive mental muscles (your Sage) versus the negative (your Saboteurs). Pioneering research by Shirzad Chamine at Stanford University, backed up by data from half-a-million test users of his approach, shows just how good we all are (well, 80% of us, anyway) at self-sabotage.

Based on the latest neuro-scientific research, Shirzad has developed a unique programme, a mental gym, that helps you boost the Sage and suppress the Saboteurs.

Benefits for teams

Most teams work too hard, experience too much conflict, friction and stress, and vastly under-achieve their potential. This is because every team member is unknowingly sabotaging both their own and their team’s performance and wellbeing.

This programme enables a team to start maximising both performance and wellbeing simultaneously by focusing on the root-level mental ‘muscles’ that affect both. Your team will be able to assess their strength on the four pillars required for maximum team performance and wellbeing:

  • Triple purpose: each team member is inspired towards lasting self-development, helping fellow team members do the same, and having a positive impact on others
  • Earned trust: the team becomes a safe space for honesty, transparency, for people to be themselves and to support each other
  • Healthy conflict: each team member is comfortable with constructive criticism as the best way of solving problems and helping each other develop
  • Mutual accountability: team members hold each other accountable for results and conduct, rather than waiting for the team leader to do so

How it works

There are three key elements to the programme, which runs over seven weeks in all (allow about four hours a week to get the most from the programme, partly in your own time and partly during office hours). Why seven weeks? Creating positive change requires more than insight. It is the focus on the application of these insights, alongside the commitment to practice, that determines success in building sustainable new habits.

A weekly video session

In these highly engaging one-hour recorded sessions, Shirzad explains the underlying theory and talks you through the mental fitness tools you’ll be using. He guides you through experiential exercises that deepen and personalize your understanding of the process, leaving you inspired and energised for your daily practice sessions – your ‘reps’.

Daily practice

Practice, practice, practice! Fifteen minutes a day will do it. And the app will help you.

The app gives you a different focus for each day’s practice. It gives you the first eight chapters of Shirzad’s book. And it gives you a range of innovative 10-second PQ reps to help 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.

The app tracks your daily progress against minimum targets associated with new neural pathway (muscle) formation. This process of ‘doing your reps’ builds one small muscle at a time, laying down new neural pathways to form lasting positive habits of mind. The cumulative impact by the end of the programme is amazing!

Personalised daily coaching tips from Shirzad both encourage and challenge you to keep going. Even after the programme has finished – you still have access to all the tools and guidance on the app for another twelve months.

At the same time, you can get encouragement and share experiences with the global cohort community. The app will link you in with everyone else who starts the programme the same day you do – across the world. Benefit from their positive energy – and give them some of yours!

Rosanne Bernard

Coaching and support

The number of unused gym memberships shows that we struggle to stick to a physical fitness programme unless we have the support of a personal coach. It’s just the same for a mental fitness programme.

You’ll work in a small support and accountability ‘pod’ of between three and six people, with Rosanne Bernard as your coach. She’s a certified Mental Fitness Coach, fully accredited by Positive Intelligence to run this programme. (She’s also an ICF-credentialed Professional Certified Coach.)

She’ll facilitate a weekly pod meeting for everyone to check in, review their progress, discuss any challenges in practice, help set targets for the following week, and answer any questions about the programme and the ‘reps’.

Rosanne will also spend up to two hours over the course of the programme just with you, on a one-to-one basis, to help make sure you make the most of the programme and to help you deal with any issues arising – which may have nothing to do with the programme itself.

The PQ programme – week-by-week

Week 1: Boost Your Self-Command ‘muscle’

The schedule is built around the release of the videos. So on the Wednesday before your first ‘pod’ session we’ll send you the link so that you can download the app. Over the next couple of days you can do the online self-assessment (which only takes two minutes) and then on the Saturday your first video will be released. If you can, watch it over the week-end, when you’re most relaxed, receptive – and positive!

Do a few reps over the week-end and some more on Monday and then the first ‘pod’ session with Rosanne will be on the Tuesday morning, at 9am, to run through the key points from the video, discuss how you’re getting on with the reps and, in later weeks, to pick up on any issues from the previous week’s module. Pod sessions will then take place at the same time each week for the next six weeks (seven weeks in all).

In the first week you’ll learn all about the innovative 10-second PQ reps that boost your self-command. They help enable you to run your brain using Self-command 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 the PQ reps that are most effective for you. Reach the minimum target for PQ reps/day to achieve your ‘neural rewiring’ goal within 6 weeks.
  • Use the app’s PQ ‘Charge Meter’ to ensure optimal brain activation before important activities.
  • And declare an audacious aspiration – what you want to achieve through this programme. We’re much more likely to stick to a commitment if we declare it, so share it with your ‘pod’ (or just with Rosanne if you prefer – the choice is yours).

Week 2: Intercept the Judge Saboteur

For this whole week, you’ll work on intercepting and weakening the most damaging Saboteur, the Judge. You’ll discover how judging yourself, others, and circumstances is a key source of stress and can seriously damage your performance. Most people find their Judge to be far more prevalent and damaging than they’d suspected.

  • Expose your Judge’s hidden lies, limiting beliefs, and negative patterns.
  • Reveal your Judge’s impact on performance, relationships, and stress.
  • Practise intercepting your Judge before it hijacks you.
  • Rewire your negative neural pathways by redirecting the Judge response.

Week 3: Intercept your Accomplice Saboteurs

Every villain has an accomplice! This week you’ll intercept and weaken the top accomplice to your Judge Saboteur, identified through your 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’s 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 – when you give it the chance!

  • 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-judgement 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 the 5 Sage powers.
  • Practise 3 techniques to activate each power.
  • Know when to use which power—the right tool at the right time.
  • Boost your emotional intelligence through combinations of the 5 primary powers.

Week 6: Take clear-headed, laser-focused action

In our final week, you’ll 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 the 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—being ‘in the zone’.

Week 7: Sustain the momentum

Just when you thought it was all over! In this final session, you’ll discover how to continue using your PQ tools for a variety of work and life applications.

  • Learn how to use your PQ tools to help you reach peak performance in selling and persuading, conquering stress, managing conflict, and mastering relationships
  • 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

The Mental fitness programme gets fantastic results. Give us a call on 01582 463460 to talk through how it might work for you or your organisation.
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