They say they are your friends....

They say they are your friends....

April 25, 2023

Today I want to talk to you about something scary: Positive Intelligence Accomplice Saboteurs!

In case you missed the last edition: Let's catch you up!

·       Positive Intelligence is a concept developed by Shirzad Chamine, a bestselling author, Stanford lecturer, and C-suite coach. It's based on the idea that your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on how you manage your inner Saboteurs.

·       Saboteurs are the negative voices in your head that generate stress and sabotage your potential for happiness and performance. They come in different shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they lie to you.

·       There are 10 Saboteurs: The Judge, The Controller, The Avoider, The Victim, The Pleaser, The Restless, The Stickler, The Hyper-Achiever, The Hyper-Rational, and The Hyper-Vigilant. All nasty devils that tell you lies while pretending to be your inner truth.

The last newsletter was all about The Judge, the master Saboteur, the inner voice who constantly criticizes you and others. This time, I wanted to talk to you about the other nine evil masterminds. They are accomplice Saboteurs, who work with the Judge to undermine your confidence, creativity, and collaboration.

How do saboteurs mess with you?

For example, The Controller tries to take charge of everything and micromanage others. The Avoider avoids conflicts and unpleasant emotions. The Victim feels powerless and seeks sympathy. The Pleaser tries to please everyone and avoid rejection. The Restless is always looking for something new and exciting. The Stickler is obsessed with perfection and order. The Hyper-Achiever is driven by external validation and success. The Hyper-Rational is detached from emotions and intuition. And The Hyper-Vigilant is always on the lookout for threats and mistakes.

Do any of these personas sound familiar? I guarantee that at least a couple of them are part of your daily life. Don't worry, we all have Saboteurs. They are not really our enemies; they are just VERY seriously misguided "frenemies" who try to protect us from pain and failure. They tell us they will help us be successful, push harder, or stay safer. But in reality, they do much, much more harm than good.

The good news is that you can absolutely tame your Saboteurs and activate your Sage powers. Your Sage is the positive voice in your head that helps you handle any challenge with calmness, clarity, compassion, curiosity, creativity, courage, and confidence. Your Saboteurs can go from a This is Spinal Tap volume of 11, down to an easier to ignore level of 2 or 3.

How do you do that? By building your mental fitness muscles with Positive Intelligence. Mental fitness is the measure of how well you can use your mind to achieve your goals and be happy.

PQ Boot-camp

Positive Intelligence has created a six-week program, a Boot-camp, that helps you identify your Saboteurs, weaken their grip on you, strengthen your Sage powers, and develop self-command skills. You can do it online with a mobile app that guides you through daily practices and weekly videos. You can also join a pod of other participants who support each other along the way. This is what I love to do, and where most of my time is spent these days. I take pods (groups of people, not whales) through the 6-week PQ Bootcamp where we help debrief their experiences as they build their mental fitness muscles, and I offer them coaching and support along the way.

During the PQ Boot-camp and after, clients experience a profound change to their inner world. It is like they were holding the keys to the car all along but never knew how to drive the thing. The Bootcamp starts them down the highway.

If you're interested in learning more about Positive Intelligence, my other offerings, or the PQ Boot-camp and how it can transform your life and work, I have a special offer for you. Contact me for a free introductory coaching session.

I should mention, my next Bootcamp pod is starting in early June 2023! Could this benefit you or someone you know? Contact me: [email protected] for more information.

About Me

Why work with me? Because I'm passionate about helping people like you unleash their full potential and achieve more with much less stress, anxiety or burn out. Because I've been there myself and I know how hard it can be to overcome your Saboteurs. And because I have the experience, the tools, and the humor to make this process fun and rewarding. And I like whales.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact me today and let's get started on taming your Saboteurs and boosting your Positive Intelligence. Trust me, you won't regret it.

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