PQ: How to Assess Your Positive Intelligence Quotient and What to Do Next

Written by Darren Kanthal

October 27, 2020

The past decade has experienced a renaissance of health and wellness and has opened a window of opportunity for health professionals and life coaches alike to be able to discuss how to actualize freedom and happiness through an activity called mental fitness.

Think of your mental and emotional health as a muscle that needs to be conditioned just like any other muscle in your body. You need to work out your mental and emotional muscles to allow yourself to be fit enough to handle everyday obstacles, such as feelings of stress and anxiety, depression, and overall unhappiness as you work through your professional and personal relationships. This is where the PQ advantage comes into play.

Darren Kanthal, a leader in Mental Fitness Coaching, offers a way to determine your Positive Intelligence Quotient (PQ) and also how to be combative against negativity.

What is a Positive Intelligence Quotient?,

PQ was created by Shirzad Chamine, a CEO coach, Stanford Lecturer, and the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Positive Intelligence.

Before you can learn how to assess the Positive Intelligence Quotient (PQ) and figure out what to do next, you should first look at what PQ is.

In a simple definition, “PQ (Positive Intelligence Quotient) measures the relative strength of your positive mental muscles (Sage) versus the negative (Saboteur). PQ is the most widely used measure of mental fitness. Independent researchers have validated this measure to be the greatest predictor of how happy you are, and how well you perform against your potential.”

Being positive makes us stronger, which leads to better health for our minds, bodies, and souls. Assessing your PQ is the first step to living a happier and more positive life.

Learning Your PQ Score

Every person has positive and negative thoughts constantly floating around in their minds, and it can be a battle. This can have a significant impact on the people you are around, your job, and your hobbies. The good and bad thoughts are where the PQ comes into play. Think of your score as a way to determine how fit your mental wellness is. If you are physically fit, you could run a mile with no problem. If you are mentally fit, you can handle most of life’s challenges without feeling overwhelmed or letting negative thoughts and feelings drag you down.

You can take your PQ assessment and find out where you rank. Not only does this provide you with your score but it also explains the meaning of your score (your mental fitness level from 1 to 100) and offers ways to boost your PQ score.

The Sage muscle is the place in the brain that handles challenges with a calm mindset, and knowing how to use it can increase one’s happiness and success in comparison to being stagnant and unhappy.

,,,Saying Goodbye to Saboteurs and Why it is Important,,

Even if you do score high on the PQ assessment, it is important to know what your negative thoughts are, which are known as Saboteurs, so you can overcome them. There are nine Saboteurs that Positive Intelligence ranks you on, and based on how you answered the questions, the assessment narrows down which of those nine affect you the most. With this assessment, learn what drives your negative thoughts so you can conquer them and find positivity in everyday life.

The Kanthal Group offers a six-week program that helps both positive thinking and mental fitness. It also helps decrease grey matter in the Survivor Brain region, where Saboteurs live, and increase grey matter, where Sage lives. The Mental Fitness (PQ) program can help you be more positive, have a clear mind, and achieve your goals.

Wrapping Up: Using Your Positive Intelligence Quotient for a Healthier Life

Seeing what Shirzad is trying to do for those that are struggling with their mental fitness, it is important to see the benefit of it all; the PQ test and the assessment. The PQ is there to not only help identify where you are at in the PQ vortex but help you push through those mental boundaries that you have built within yourself.

Knowing what your number is, is the first step in how to assess your Positive Intelligence Quotient and what to do next, from there, you will be on your way to building stronger mental muscles and your mental fitness.

Darren Kanthal

Darren Kanthal, Founder of The Kanthal Group, is a values-driven leadership and career coach with over 20 years of experience in HR and Talent Acquisition. Darren is intensely passionate about helping mid-career leaders cut through the BS, do the foundational work, and achieve their greatness.

How To Make Tough Career Decisions: A 5-Step Process

Feeling overwhelmed by a big career decision? Download my FREE GUIDE to help you make an informed decision that steers you down the right path to reach your goals.

Success! Check your inbox for your PDF. Don't see it? Please also check your spam folder, in case it landed there....