Discover The Hidden Saboteurs Hurting Your Business

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The Real Reason You're Struggling To Create A Sustainably Profitable Business

If you are truly serious about creating an impact in the world and making a profitable income doing what you love... you are going to have let go of the limiting beliefs that stop you from attracting the right clients, putting yourself and your business out there and charging profitably for your products and services.

It doesn't matter how good you are at what you do, or how good what you sell is, if you have limiting beliefs, you are going to continue to struggle to create a sustainably profitable and successful business...


Because most business owners have limiting beliefs that cause:

  • Self-doubt
  • Procrastination
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Fear of Failure
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Overwhelm
  • Poor Decision Making

These limiting beliefs are caused by your internal Saboteurs, which are the source of all of your negativity. If left unchecked, your internal saboteurs control how you respond to the challenges of life and business. Your saboteurs are one of the major reasons why your business is not where you would like it to be

They cause all your stress, anxiety, frustration, guilt, self-doubt, regret, shame, guilt and unhappiness. A key to Mental Fitness is to weaken these internal Saboteurs such as the Judge, Stickler, Pleaser, Avoider, Controller and 5 others so that you can strengthen your "Sage". 

Discover your Hidden saboteurs with the Positive Intelligence Saboteur Assessment...


The source of your Hidden Saboteurs

Saboteurs develop during our childhood to protect and help you cope with the real and imagined threats that we all experience as children, the real and imagined threats to our physical and emotional survival. Think of them as a coping mechanism

As an adult, you no longer need them, but by this time they have become unseen occupants of your mind. Your Saboteurs have patterns of feeling, reacting and thinking which become soft-coded into your brain through neural pathways. When these neural pathways are activated, you are "hijacked" by your Saboteurs and think, feel and act using their patterns.

The Lies Saboteurs Tell You

Saboteurs will tell you that they are good for you. That they have helped you to achieve all that you have achieved so far.  

There is an element of truth in that your Saboteurs have used Negative Reinforcement to PUSH you to improve and achieve through guilt, blame, anxiety, fear, shame etc. However, you can achieve so much more when you are PULLED by Positive Reinforcement through your inherent feelings of creativity, curiosity, compassion, love for yourself and others, and love of contribution and self expression, making you less stressed and far happier.

Your Mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

Your success is constantly at the mercy of the impact your Hidden Saboteurs have on your performance and happiness. Negative emotions such as stress, overwhelm, self-doubt, fear of failure, imposter syndrome are all the result of self-sabotage.

How We Self Sabotage

We all have voices in our head that create negative emotions and impact how we handle the challenges of life and business. Think of them as automated patterns in our mind for how you think, feel and respond. These voices are behind all of your stress, anxiety, self-doubt, frustration, restlessness and happiness and negatively impact your performance, wellbeing and relationships. 

Meet your saboteurs

The Judge, The Master Saboteur

The Judge is the Saboteur that afflicts us all. It's that negative voice in your head that finds fault with yourself, others and circumstances. It beats you up repeatedly over your mistakes and shortcomings, wakes you up in the middle of the night worrying, warning you over and again about future risks and fixates on the faults of others or what's wrong with your life. The Judge not only causes much of your disappointment, anger, regret, guilt, shame and anxiety, it also activates your other Saboteurs.

The Avoider

Focusing on the positive and pleasant in an extreme way. Avoiding difficult and unpleasant tasks and conflicts.

The Controller

Anxiety-based need to take charge and control situations and people’s actions to one’s own will. High anxiety and impatience when that is not possible.

The Hyper-Achiever

Dependent on constant performance and achievement for self-respect and self-validation. Latest achievement quickly discounted, needing more.

The Hyper-Rational

Intense and exclusive focus on the rational processing of everything, including relationships. Can be perceived as uncaring, unfeeling, or intellectually arrogant.

The Hyper-Vigilant

Continuous intense anxiety about all the dangers and what could go wrong. Vigilance that can never rest.

The Pleaser

Indirectly tries to gain acceptance and affection by helping, pleasing, rescuing, or flattering others. Loses sight of own needs and becomes resentful as a result.

The Restless

Restless, constantly in search of greater excitement in the next activity or constant busyness. Rarely at peace or content with the current activity.

The Stickler

Perfectionism and a need for order and organisation taken too far.  Anxious trying to make too many things perfect.

The Victim

Emotional and temperamental as a way to gain attention and affection. An extreme focus on internal feelings, particularly painful ones. Martyr streak.


Don't My Saboteurs Help Me?

Your Hidden Saboteurs would love you to believe that and do all they can to make you think that way. For example, the Avoider will tell you that no good comes out of conflict and someone needs to be the peacemaker. The Controller will tell you that without it you can't get much done and that you need to push people. 

All of the Saboteurs will tell you why they are good for you. 

However, the negative emotions that they cause are like pain - they are helpful as a quick alert. 

Just like if you put your hand on a hot stove, you feel the pain and take your hand away, so it is with negative emotions - they are there as a signal to take corrective action.

Instead, most of us have learned to stay frustrated, unhappy, stressed which means that you are not capable of finding the best solution, which you can from the Sage part of your brain.

A good way to think of it is that when you stay in negative emotion for more than a second, you are holding your hand on the hot stove and wondering why life is so difficult.

The First Step Is To Identify Your Hidden Saboteurs

The first step is to take the Positive Intelligence Saboteur Assessment. It is based on research with more than 500,000 participants from 50 countries, including CEOs, students, elite athletes, and sales, operations, and technology teams.

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then overcome your saboteurs

With The Three Muscles Of Mental Fitness

There are three mental muscles to exercise and build to overcome your Saboteurs.

Saboteur Interceptor Muscle

When you have negative emotions for more than a second you are in Saboteur Mode. To leave this mode, label your thoughts and emotions in that moment as Saboteur and let them go. To be able to do this you need to know your Saboteurs and how to discredit their lies and limiting beliefs.

Self-Command Muscle

A powerful way to to quieten the region of your mind where your Hidden Saboteurs live, and activate the region where your Sage lives is through 10-second PQ Reps. Every time you intercept your Saboteurs, do PQ Reps to quieten your Saboteurs, pause and choose a Sage response.

Sage Muscle

To handle challenges with a clear and calm mind, we use the Sage region of our mind which also gives us positive emotions. The Sage uses the 5 primary powers of Empathise, Explore, Innovate, Navigate and Activate. To access these powers you activate your Sage brain using PQ Reps.

“The whole experience has been so valuable, from identifying the Saboteurs to learning the PQ Rep techniques. Learning about the Saboteurs is very valuable and recognising them in oneself and how you react to situations. The PQ Reps are an easy way to introduce mindfulness into daily life, even if you haven't done them before. 

The app makes it all very accessible which is an added bonus. I particularly like how the app tailors itself to your own top Saboteurs, so it's not just a generic programme but tailored to your own personal development.”

sandie powner

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About  Positive Intelligence®

This work is a combination of the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience, cognitive and positive psychology and performance science. The research is the basis of Shirzad Chamine's New York Times bestselling book "Positive Intelligence", his Stanford University lectures, training of faculty at Stanford & Yale business schools. 

Shirzad Shirzad has been the CEO of the largest coach training organisation in the world. A preeminent C-suite advisor, Shirzad has coached hundreds of CEOs and their executive teams. His background includes a BA in psychology, an MS in electrical engineering, and an MBA from Stanford. 

Louise Beattie is a Positive Intelligence Coach and has been transforming the businesses and lives of clients for over 6 years.

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