I wrote this post in the spring before completing the full program and I published it on my Ginaslifejourney blog. Three months have past and as I reread my writing, I made some revisions to share now in alignment with our second podcast on this topic.
Part of the Positive Intelligence program involves being a part of a pod with 5 other people and setting goals for yourself. Having others to help hold you accountable is something I have never tried before.
The past few weeks have been difficult for me.
I have found myself not wanting to get up out of bed in the morning and avoiding doing things I needed to do. I went for weeks without walking despite telling myself that I needed to get out and walk.
Last night, my husband and I gave an in person presentation for the first time since 2019.
We were invited by a local chiropractor to hold a talk at her practice.
We shared tools and techniques from the Communication Skills Workshop we facilitate and engaged the parents in the material.
On the way to the presentation I decided to do some PQ reps as recommended in the Positive Intelligence program. PQ reps are simple exercises for taking command of your mind and the goal is strengthening the part of your brain that empowers you. The app for Positive Intelligence gives you recordings to listen to as well as keeping count of the PQ reps you complete and a meter to indicate your charge level. I decided to power up my charge meter before the talk. I did enough PQ reps to bring my charge meter to 99%.
It really did work. I was more confident than I typically am at a live in person talk, or any talk for that matter. I didn’t even use any note cards for this talk like I have in the past. Don and I had practiced it enough times including the day of the presentation.
PQ reps are like mini meditations for 10 seconds or more that you do with simple focus on sounds, touch, hearing or movement. The key is doing them many times throughout the day.
My depression never follows any seasonal path nor any particular time frame. The only correlation I have seen with it is the events in my life and possibly triggered by difficult circumstances in my life.
More than ever, it is important for me to have tools to use daily and throughout the challenges of ordinary life with my family to refocus and build the aspect of my mind that takes charge and moves me to where I choose to go rather than being stuck in “my story” and victim mode.
I am excited to talk about this program and enjoy sharing my insights. Don and I have recorded two podcast on this topic: Focused Healthy Family Podcast.
I also will add it to the list of tools and resources for our new class we are building to follow the parent communication class we currently teach.
There is so much more to the Positive Intelligence Program including strengthening your sage brain and weakening your saboteur brain. Even before accessing these abilities, we must first recognize our saboteurs and we talk about that in our first podcast as well as my prior post. Shirzad Chamine shares research and his own personal and professional experiences. There is research and theory behind the program and yet it is presented in an almost simple, one step at a time, one day at a time method.
I found the structure of the program conducive to success and videos and audio recordings were are in short 2-15 minute clips making it easy to fit into even a busy day. After completing the 7 week initial program, you continue to have access to the app and materials for a full year. I am in the habit of listening to the daily focus and also have been listening to the gym exercises when I shower. The initial program was structured with a specific path and now I am able to chose my focus each week or even change it daily.
As I step outside of my house my view is blanketed with green trees. I invite all of you to step outside if only for 5 minutes. Use any of your 5 senses and just notice. Look out at the trees and then find something close to look at and really see the colors, shapes and textures of what you are looking at. Listen to the sounds that you here in the distance and then tune in to the sound of your own breathing. If you find yourself analyzing, just come back to one of your senses or just feel your feet on the ground.