Does the voice in your head say things like ‘I’m not good enough or ‘People won’t like me’ or ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘I’m not worthy?’ Wouldn’t you rather hear: ‘I am qualified and valuable’; ‘I believe in myself’; ‘I can achieve this’; and ‘I am deserving?’
Imagine taking back control of your mind and silencing those negative thoughts of self-doubt and judgement and reconnecting with your creative, positive inner-self, becoming more confident and reassured. It is possible.
When you are physically fit, you can climb steep hills without undue stress. When you are mentally fit you can handle life’s challenges without mental stress or other negative emotions, meaning you perform better there too.
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 negative emotions including stress, disappointment, self-doubt, regret, anger, shame, guilt or worry. Saboteurs prevent people from achieving their goals.
Your sage, on the other hand, handles challenges through positive emotions like empathy, gratitude, curiosity, creativity and self-confidence.
In the same way that dumbbell reps boost your physical body, there are techniques available to help your core mental muscles, strengthening the positive emotions of your sage and weakening the negative emotions associated with your saboteur.
By exercising your senses of touch, breath, sound and visuals to stay focused and in the moment, you build up the neural pathways to the sage side of your brain where you are calmer, more laser-focused, clear-headed and the wiser version of yourself.
Researcher Shirzad Chamine, a lecturer at Stanford University and author of the New York Times bestseller Positive Intelligence, has created a program to help people do that, using breakthroughs in positive psychology, neuroscience, cognitive psychology and performance science.
The 400,000 people from 50 different countries who have taken part in the training include elite athletes, Stanford University students and hundreds of CEOs from top companies such as Amazon, Google and American Express.
Attending this 6-week Positive Intelligence Program has been a life-changer for me. I became more aware of my negative self-talk and how these thoughts were limiting me from reaching my full potential. The simplicity of the program makes it sustainable and enjoyable, and I found myself looking forward to the daily reflection and mental fitness exercises. It has become part of my daily routine. I am now able to switch to my positive, calm, peaceful self without much effort. As a result, I am more confident, creative and trust myself in making important decisions — and I want to help others feel that way too.
With just six weeks of mental fitness training, the benefits in wellness, performance, relationships and happiness can actually be observed on an MRI in the increased grey matter in the thrive brain region, where your sage lives, and the decreased grey matter in the survivor brain region, where your saboteurs live.
- The six-week online Positive Intelligence Mental Fitness program combines a weekly 60-minute video session, 60-minute Soom session and daily 15-minute app guided exercises. Dh2,950 with a money-back guarantee provided all obligations are met. Register here, email [email protected] or call 050 742 0930 for more information.
Heidi Elmaarouf trained to become a reiki practitioner in 2010 and a life coach seven years later, following a 30-plus year career as a nurse and medical educator in the US, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and the UAE.