Shirzad Chamine
Creator, Founder and Author of Positive Intelligence. 

NY Times Best Seller since release in 2012
Now translated into over 20 languages worldwide. 





The Definition of Mental Fitness is our ability to respond to Life’s challenges with a Positive rather than a Negative or Stress and Anxiety related state of Mind and Emotional responses 




 If we’re not Physically fit, we’d feel Physical stress as we run up a long steep hill, or climb a mountain. 

If you’re not Mentally fit, we feel and experience all our familiar Mental Stresses, such as

Anxiety, Frustration and Anger, Unhappiness , as you attempt to handle life, work and relationship challenges.






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For most of us, our lives are  not lived to our Optimal Potential, and this is only due to not being Mentally and Emotionally fit.
We are habituated through our life’s difficulties, to use the wrong responses and pathways in our Brains Neural Circuitry, resulting in unfulfilled relationships.

80% of over 500,000 people tested, score below the minimum level of Mental Fitness required for consistent Well Being and an overall sense of fulfilment I 







With the recent breakthroughs in Neuroscience and its advancing remarkable technology, Shirzad has been able to research the exact exercises and practices that cause our Brains to develop the 

“Muscles “ that lead precisely and directly to improve our Mental Fitness PQ score significantly, within 6 weeks of practice. 

This is clearly visible under MRI scans, as Neuroplastic growth in the areas of our Brains that are directly associated with all Positive, Creative and Performance enhanced capacities. 


All of the PI course exercises are researched directly in real time while participants are under MRI scanners to understand what is working to achieve the course goals and what isn’t . 




The focus of these exercises works with those aspects of our Brains, that generate all our Positive responses, and what has been equally noticed at the same time, significantly reducing our habitual pathways and connections to the Negativity inducing parts of our Brain . 


Business Productivity and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) 


What has become clear over recent times, is a greater Insight into how all the global Training Courses that evolved around Emotional Intelligence and 

Business Productivity did not last, simply because real Transformation needs 80% Practice and only occurred through the correct Practice of altering our Neural Circuitry significantly enough, to cause lasting change in an individual, and only needed 20% Insights ! Or Ah-ha moments. 

So NeuroScience has allowed us to understand, as mentioned, exactly what will cause a fundamental and permanent shift and rewiring of our Brains, allowing for long-lasting Transformational change within an individual and a more Positive way of daily living affecting all our relationships, and this results in a big shift in Productivity and Performance. 



We will transition successfully and become more permanently wired to respond to life’s circumstances with a Positive and not a Negative stress based frame of mind 

Positive Intelligence and the Mental Fitness Training Program Research Foundation 

This extensive research at Stanford Universities Medical Research Center, is the basis of Shirzad Chamine’s New York Times bestselling book, Positive Intelligence, and Stanford lectures.
It is a synthesis of the latest breakthroughs in Neuroscience, Cognitive and Positive Psychology, and Performance Science. 

This breakthrough research work has been achieved by working with hundreds of CEOs and their executive teams. 

The Guiding Principle is :
With greater Self Command over our own minds, and emotional responses, we can tackle our greatest challenges with more Calmness, Clarity, Creativity, Insight and Wisdom, knowing where and how to take laser focused action, when necessary. 


How We all Self Sabotage 

Through Shirzad’s extensive research and his own personal experience of himself, he came to understand that we all have common characteristics that can be identified as the cause of all our disruptive negative thoughts and emotions that he termed our Saboteurs. 

They are the invisible, negative mental emotional aspects that are the root cause of all our self-defeating behaviours, and represent our brain’s automatic mental habits of limiting beliefs and assumptions about how to handle life’s challenges. 

The Saboteurs are simply put, the constant negative and blaming voices in our heads… and the negative feelings generated by these.
Giving each of them a defined character Shirzad’s analysis and research discovered just 10 basic Characteristics 

They include the Judge, Controller, Avoider, Victim, Stickler and 5 others. Our Saboteurs feed into and cause all of our stress, unhappiness and negative feelings, and what the FMRI scans have shown is that these saboteurs live or activate a different part of our Brain to the aspects of our Brain that generate all our Positive responses
This has allowed research to discover the exact exercises that are needed to permanently rewire our brain Positively, Dynamically …. 

it has also showed that this relates directly to The Zone of great athletes and top sport stars etc 

So we can therefore slowly learn to build the “muscles” that allow us to meet all of Life’s challenges, by learning to activate the parts of ourselves that has a different “voice “ and uses a region of our brain that performs far better, while producing positive feelings like Curiosity, Empathy, Creativity, an Inner sense of Peace and with comes a laser focused ability to take appropriate Action. 

Shirzad termed this part of ourselves our Sage 

All of this extensive research of over 500,000 participants allowed Shirzad who is himself a Doctoral student of Neuroscience to evolve the Positive Intelligence 6 week Mental Fitness Training Program
As a start to help understand this more clearly follow this simple free step below 

Discover your top Saboteurs here : 


This 6 week Mental Fitness Training has been adopted by these more familiar companies and institutions amongst the many that Shirzad has worked with over the years. He is regarded as one of the United States most respected and sought after Personal and Executive Coaches . 

“Life changing on so many levels.” 

“Most of the trainings I’ve done fizzle out very quickly. I started this program a year ago and its impact on me keeps growing. It has been life changing on so many levels.
“I’m so much more effective and have so much less stress in every area of my life — from blowing past revenue targets at work, to far more fulfilling relationships at home.” 





– Bruce Zali, VP of Sales & Marketing, Promise Technology 

Breakthrough Results 

Within 6-8 weeks of mental fitness training you’d be able to see the results in MRI imaging: 

  • Increased grey matter in the PQ Brain region, where your Sage lives
  • Decreased grey matter in the Survivor Brain region, where your
    Saboteurs live
    Improvements in these competencies lead to substantial results:
  • At MetLife, trained salespeople outsold the control group by 37%
  • Motorolla recorded improved productivity in 93% of trained employees
  • In a UK restaurant group, higher competency resulted in 34% greater
    profit growth
  • At Sanofi-Aventis Pharmeceutical, the average salesperson with
    improved competency sold $55,200 more per month
  • At L’Oreal, strength in these competencies resulted in $91,370 increase
    per sales person
  • At CIBC, strength in these competencies account for 32% of booked
    sales and 71% of pipeline sales
    PQ Training :
    “Taking charge of your mind requires building powerful new muscles in your brain, not just insight.”
    The 6 week Intensive Mental Fitness Course
    Combining weekly live virtual sessions and an exclusive App, Shirzad Chamine guides you step-by-step over a six-week period to build the permanent new habits of your mind.
    Introducing the PQ Program

Designed like a mental fitness bootcamp, the PQ Program gives you the 

insights, motivation, and structure to practice 15 minutes per day for 6 


The program combines weekly video sessions with daily app-guided practices 

to boost your 3 core mental fitness muscles. 

Weekly 1-hour Video Sessions 


In these highly engaging sessions, Shirzad guides you through experiential 

exercises that deepen and personalize your understanding of the mental 

fitness tools. You leave inspired and energized for the week’s daily practices. 

One of the unique and game changing aspects of this Training is the use of an App designed specifically for this 6 week Training
The App is regarded as a complete Game Changer by all who use it and is available only to participants in the program 

It comes out of Shirzads interest in Technology and a Masters degree in Software Engineering from Columbia University .
Exclusive App Guiding Your Daily Practice 



Each day a different focus for daily practice is assigned through a 

personalized companion app available exclusively to program participants. 

This builds one small muscle at a time, laying down new neural pathways to 

form lasting positive habits of your mind. The cumulative impact by program’s 

end is substantial. 

Interactive PQ Gym 



Innovative 10-second PQ Reps build up your Self-Command muscle. You 

learn to be clear-headed and calm even in the midst of great challenges, able to command your mind to shift from Saboteur to Sage response. 

Daily Progress Tracking 

The app tracks your daily progress against minimum targets associated with 

new neural pathway (muscle) formation. Personalized daily coaching tips 

from Shirzad continue to both encourage and challenge you to keep going. 

Cohort Community with Shirzad 

One of the unique and game changing aspects of this Training is the use of an App designed specifically for this 6 week Training
The App is regarded as a complete Game Changer by all who use it and is available only to participants in the program 

It comes out of Shirzads interest in Technology and a Masters degree in Software Engineering from Columbia University . 

Mental Fitness in more detail : 

Shirzad remains an active member of your cohort community, answering your 

questions or providing online coaching. Participants report the online cohort 

community to be key to sustaining their enthusiasm for daily practice. 



Simply put : If you’re not physically fit, you’d feel physical stress as you climb a steep hill.
If you’re not mentally fit, we feel and experience all our familiar mental stresses, such as anxiety, frustration, and unhappiness, as you attempt to handle life , work and relationship challenges, using for most of us, the wrong responses and habits, resultant in a general sense of an unfulfilled 

relationship with Life in general. 

80% of all people tested, score below the minimum level of mental fitness required for consistent well being and an overall sense of fulfilment and its resultant happiness. 

With the recent breakthroughs in Neuroscience and its technology, Shirzad has been able to research the exact exercises and practices that cause our Brains to develop the “muscles “ that lead exactly and directly to improve your mental fitness significantly within 6 weeks of practice., and is visible when under FMRI scans as Neuroplastic growth in the associated areas of our Brains that are associated with all Positive Creative and performance enhanced capacities to stay in the zone at will. 

All of this results in dramatically improved performance and productivity, and a calm, clear and happier mind.
Quite naturally this results in an improved relationship with oneself and Life around one. 

Measuring Mental Fitness (PQ) 

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 such as stress, disappointment, self-doubt, regret, anger, shame, guilt, or worry. Your Sage handles challenges through Positive emotions like Empathy, Gratitude, Curiosity, Creativity, Self-confidence, and calm, clear-headed, laser-focused action. 

The relative strength of your positive Sage versus negative Saboteurs is called PQ (Positive Intelligence Quotient). 

PQ is the measure of your Mental Fitness.
It’s the best predictor of how happy you are and how well you perform relative to your potential. 

You can boost your PQ significantly with practice. 

Research Basis 

The 6 week course is based on the groundbreaking and ongoing research being conducted at Stanford Medical research centre where Shirzad holds a Phd in NeuroScience and is the hub of Elite sportsman from across the globe 

PQ is a synthesis of recent breakthroughs in Neuroscience, Cognitive and Positive Psychology, and Performance Science. 

Research included: 

  • hundreds of CEOs
  • sales, operations, and technology teams
  • Stanford students
  • Elite Prifessional Athletes
  • Over 500,000 participants from 50 countries
    This research was summarized in Shirzad Chamine’s book Positive Intelligence, a New York Times bestseller, translated into 20 languages.
    The research reveals that:
  • Saboteurs and Sage live in entirely different regions of the brain.
  • You can cause a dramatic shift in brain activation to weaken Saboteurs
    and boost Sage.
    The 3 Core Muscles that constitute Mental Fitness
    You can dramatically boost your Mental Fitness and PQ Score within six weeks of daily practice. This can be accomplished with about 15 minutes per day of exercising the 3 core muscles of mental fitness.
    Saboteur Interceptor Muscle



Learn to expose and intercept your top Saboteurs. Saboteurs are the voices in your head that generate negative emotions in the way they handle life’s challenges. They sabotage both your happiness and performance. 

Sage Muscle 

Learn to boost your Sage. Your Sage lives in an entirely different region of your brain and generates positive emotions while handling life’s challenges. Your greatest happiness and performance is generated through your Sage. 

Self-Command Muscle 

Boost your ability to command your mind to quiet the Saboteur region and amplify the Sage region. PQ Reps are 10-second exercises that boost this critical self-command muscle. 







“Positive Intelligence has had a lasting and transformative impact on me and others in my organization.” 

Lisa Stevens, Region President, Wells Fargo Bank 

“Positive Intelligence can change your life and transform your business. A real gamechanger.” 

James D. White, Chairman, President, and CEO, Jamba Juice 




Most change initiatives fizzle because of our mental “Saboteurs.” Shirzad gives us the 

tools to conquer them and create positive change that lasts… a must for any individual or team serious about unleashing peak performance.” 

Dean Morton, former COO, Hewlett-Packard 

Douglas R. Conant, former CEO, Campbell Soup Company 

“Developing a personal leadership model is one of the most practical, energy-saving, and stress-reducing things that anyone can do for themselves. Leaders at every level can use the PQ approach to get, and stay, on a more ‘winning’ trajectory …usable, lively, and compelling. 




Crittenden E. Brookes, MD, PhD, Stanford University 

“The PQ model provides a solid basis for bringing meaning and significant change to one’s life. If you want to create major positive change in yourself, your team, or loved ones, read this book.” 

“Working with Shirzad has had a profound impact on me. The tools and techniques to raise PQ are simple, concrete and pragmatic, yet incredibly effective. They help me remain focused on what truly matters and grounded amidst the swirl of daily life.” 

Jim Lanzone, President, CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation) 



Shirzad Chamine Profile 

About Shirzad Chamine 

Shirzad is the author of the New York Times bestselling Positive Intelligence. He has been the CEO of the largest coach training organization in the world, having trained faculty at Stanford and Yale business schools.
Shirzad lectures on Positive Intelligence at Stanford University, where he guides graduate students through his popular six-week PQ training. 

A preeminent C-suite advisor, Shirzad has coached hundreds of CEOs and their executive teams.
His background includes :
PhD studies in Neuroscience 

BA in Psychology
MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University MBA from Stanford. 


Shirzad Chamine is a former founder and Chairman of CTI (Coaches Training Institute), the largest coach-training organization in the world and Founder and CEO at Positive Intelligence Inc. 

Since launching CTI in 2002 and up to 2008, Shirzad has already trained coaches and managers in most of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as faculty at Stanford and Yale Business School, being a Lecturer on Positive Intelligence there since 2009. 

Besides, he has also been a Visiting professor at The University of San Francisco. 



In addition, Shirzad has been a Speaker at the Commonwealth Club and a regional Board member for Young Presidents Organization. 


Shirzad’s background includes PhD studies in Neuroscience in addition to a B.A in Psychology from San Francisco State University, an M.S in Electrical engineering from Columbia University School of Engineering, and an MBA from Stanford University. 

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