Did you know?
- We all have on average 80,000 thoughts a day.
- 85% of those thoughts are negative: fear, worry, anger, sadness, self doubt, frustration, envy, shame.
- Thoughts turn into feelings about how you view and identify with yourself, others, and your circumstances.
- A mindset that is negative most of the time will drain your mental capacity to handle everyday challenges.
- Cutting down on the number of negative thoughts we have means we feel more joy, gratitude, hope, confidence, optimism, and love. This turns into acts of kindness and generosity, while increasing our own productivity, focus, and leadership.
Mental fitness is one’s capacity to handle life’s challenges with a positive rather than negative mindset.
Mental fitness consists in developing 3 core muscles:
- Build your Self-Command muscles: your ability to command your brain. By using your breath and your five senses (smell, sound, sight, taste, and touch) as your anchor, you will learn to create space between your mind and your thoughts. A few minutes of practice a day will rapidly strengthen this muscle.
- Intercept your Saboteurs muscles: we all have developed since childhood a way of making sense of the world. While useful for our own survival back then, the Saboteurs we took on completely distort our ability to clearly see things for what they really are today. The 9 saboteurs are: the Avoider, the Controller, the Hyper-Achiever, the Hyper-Rational, the Hyper-Vigilent, the Stickler, the Pleaser, the Victim and the Restless. We all have at least 1 or 2 dominant Saboteurs in our lives. Strengthening this muscle means learning to catch yourself when you get in that Saboteur mode (i.e: when the Controller controls, the avoider avoids, etc…). This results is decreased negative thinking. Which Saboteurs do you have? Take the test here.
- Grow your Sage muscles: increases our ability to think positively by learning to activate 5 powers: Empathize, Explore, Innovate, Activate, and Navigate.
Mental fitness and the science of Positive Intelligence from which it comes are nothing new. In fact, there has actually been no real major breakthrough in human psychology and what makes us tick as human beings since the days and teachings of the Buddah. The genius in Positive Intelligence and Mental Fitness lies in that it has adapted the language and the framework of those teachings to give us a 21st century methodology. The daily exercises are short, and targeted. The concepts are greatly simplified so that they can be implemented easily in our daily lives. All this results in fast improvements in regards to how one feels. It’s backed up by Neuroscience, and the progress can now actually be seen and measured under an MRI scan of the brain!
According to the HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: “Research shows that every life outcome improves when the brain is positive. The habits you cultivate, the way you interact with coworkers, how you think about stress—all these can be managed to increase your happiness and your chances of success. Training your brain to be positive is not so different from training your muscles at the gym. Recent research on neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to change even in adulthood—reveals that as you develop new habits, you rewire the brain. Engaging in one brief positive exercise every day for as little as three weeks can have a lasting impact.”