Frequently Asked Questions About the Mental Fitness Program


Is the Positive Intelligence/Mental Fitness program the right program for me?

It is if you are:

  • Committed to improving your performance and effectiveness dramatically while reducing stress
  • Looking for a science-based and trusted system to make it stick
  • Willing to put in the initial effort (though it requires less than 2% of your waking hours for the duration of the program) to rewire years of mental habits that don’t serve you

Aren’t negative emotions sometimes helpful?       

Some believe that negative emotions are helpful. They may feel stress gives them their performance edge or beating up themselves or others is helpful for continual improvement. Feeling pain for a split second when your hand touches a hot stove is, indeed, useful to deliver an important alert. Your Saboteurs, however, keep your hand on the “hot stove”. As a result, continuing to feel negative emotions can harm both performance and happiness.

In the Mental Fitness program, we learn to use negative emotions as a helpful alert, and then we quickly shift to our Sage brain, the region that has calm, clarity, objectivity, and creativity to handle the challenge most effectively.

How much time and effort are required If I sign up for the program?

You would be committing to watching a 1-hour video weekly, encouraged to join a small group Zoom call per week (the initial call is 45-60 minutes and subsequent weekly calls are 30 minutes), and do a combined total of 15 minutes of PQ gym daily practice guided by the app exclusively designed for the program. Consider that your Saboteurs are costing you much more time, effort, energy, and productivity than the 2% of your time you are spending on the program. You also are encouraged to read chapters 1-8 of Shirzad Chamine’s NY Times bestseller Positive Intelligence over the course of the program.

How is this different than reading the Positive Intelligence book?      

Well, would you learn to ride a bicycle by reading a book about it? Certainly, reading the book provides the research foundation and introduces the tools. The video sessions guide you through experiential exercises that help you personalize tools to your own personality and needs. Also, the app coaches you to practice one tool at a time in the context of your own daily work and life challenges. The PQ gym provides guided exercise to develop your self-command muscles to shift you to Sage.

What happens after the 7-week program is completed?

Program participants have access to the app material free of charge for one year. If interested in receiving new topics and recordings instead, you can sign up for the GROW program for a monthly fee.


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