Mental fitness is all about our capacity to respond to challenges with a positive rather than a negative mindset. It’s a measure of the strength of our positive mental ‘muscles’ over the negative ones. This lies at the heart of the neuro-scientific idea of ‘Positive Intelligence ®’ or PQ, the concept which underpins this programme.
This approach recognises that as humans we are great at self-sabotage! Our saboteurs can create a whole host of negative emotions such as stress, self-doubt, frustration, shame and guilt and these can affect our performance, our relationships at work and our general level of happiness. Our saboteurs are the ones that wake us at 3am to berate us for something that happened yesterday, that may see us judge others (which in turn is likely to fuel their judge, escalating conflict and damaging relationships), saying ‘yes’ when we mean ‘no’, procrastinating, getting frustrated when trying to control others and situations beyond our control, pushing for the next achievement continually and achieving success but not happiness.
his programme, based on Shirzad Chamine’s pioneering research with half a million people, is designed to show you how to develop a more positive mindset and how to apply it in a work context.
In Part One we focus on understanding our Saboteurs and learning practical strategies to weaken them. You will complete a free online self-assessment before the session and we will use this to focus the learning on what you see as your top saboteur. We will also focus on the Judge Saboteur, which is universal to everyone. In addition, we will start to learn how to build the mental ‘muscle’, self-command, which helps us move from our saboteur to our sage mind, and how to still the saboteur voices and quieten the mental chatter. To build this muscle requires repetition, in the same way that building physical muscle does, so we liken this to exercises (‘reps’) in the mental gym.
In Part Two we focus on the Sage part of our brain, including the Sage Perspective, and how to activate and use the 5 Sage Powers of empathy, explore, innovate, navigate and clear-headed action, without any contamination from the saboteurs. You will have the opportunity to apply this to work-related examples and consider how you wish to continue strengthening your mental muscle after the training.
As these sessions are working on rewiring habitual thought patterns and building mental muscle, sustained change needs a commitment to ongoing application. Insight will only get you so far!
By the end of the first session, participants will:
- Understand the concept and importance of mental fitness at work
- Know the difference between the Saboteur and Sage parts of our brains and how building three core mental ‘muscles’ improves our mental fitness
- Know how the master Saboteur, the Judge, and accomplice saboteurs are responsible for our negative feelings and never serve us well.
- Be aware of your top saboteurs and how they impact you and others at work
- Be able to recognise your saboteurs in action and begin to intercept and weaken them
- Have learned practical ways to become more grounded, to still your mind, in order to activate and choose a ‘Sage’ response
On completion of the second session they will:
- Understand the nature of the Sage brain and its impact on performance, peace of mind and healthy relationships
- Understand how the Sage perspective becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and how to use the ‘three gifts’ technique
- Have explored the 5 Sage ‘powers’, know when and how to use them, and their relevance in a work context
- Have a simple ‘operating system’ to apply in a range of situations
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.
This programme is appropriate to all managers and staff, at all levels. It’s ideal for running on a team basis.
Flexible. The two sessions each run for three hours. You could choose to just have the first one, on a virtual basis (using Zoom or Teams), by way of a ‘taster’, with a view to running the second one later. Or you could schedule them both, perhaps a week apart. Or you could run them both on the same day, as a classroom event, face-to-face (the recommended approach, from a team-building perspective).
Maximum 12 people per group (and we suggest a minimum of six).
This programme was designed by Positive Intelligence. To get the most from the programme, we ask that participants first complete the free ‘Saboteur Assessment’ on their website, here.
This programme sets participants on the way to developing a more positive mindset, improving their PQ, and achieving higher performance at work. They can do this on their own. But once your team has ‘bought in’ to the idea, the best way of implementing it is to follow a seven-week programme, using an app and with some hour-long sessions facilitated by our Positive Intelligence-certified Mental Fitness Coach, Rosanne Bernard. Details here.