Positive Intelligence

Are you ready to change your mind?

In 30+ years of helping people become better versions of themselves, I’ve found organizing and coaching to be powerful methods for creating change. Significant shifts in mood and motivation arise when we declutter our space and mind, and when we have support in creating a roadmap for getting things done.

You may know that a positive mindset is important. But it’s one thing to be aware of this, and entirely another to actually put it into practice. For change to really stick, you need to put in the work. So, how do you actually DO it?

You do it by developing your “mental fitness.” Mental fitness is your capacity to respond to life’s challenges with positive rather than negative mindset. Just like developing physical fitness, you can build your mental fitness with regular “exercise.” With just 15 minutes/day for 6 weeks, you can create new habits that will have profound effects on your well-being, relationships, and work performance.

“After Sara shared with me how I could benefit from the PQ program I was doubtful. But because I really trust her professional knowledge, I decided to give it a shot. She was so right. This program not only changed my perspective about how I can live my life the best way possible, it gave me the tools to improve my life. . . I am so grateful that I gave myself and the world around me a chance.”
– Recent PQ Program graduate

The PQ® Program

The 6-week PQ Program uses physical fitness as a framework for developing your mental fitness by guiding you to build your mental muscle. To create and maintain mental fitness, “workouts” must become part of your lifestyle and daily habits. The PQ Program teaches you how. Through app-guided daily practice, a support and accountability group, and me as your coach, you have all the necessary elements in place to form new habits and create change that lasts.

What are the basic concepts?

The Positive Intelligence book, written by coach and best-selling author Shirzad Chamine, describes 10 Saboteurs and 5 Sage powers that we all have within us. The extent to which these characters show up in our daily living determines our level of “mental fitness,” or our ability to manage stressful situations in a healthy way.

The science of Positive Intelligence is a synthesis of recent breakthroughs in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and performance science, and has been validated by over half a million participants in 50 countries.

We all sabotage ourselves in ways that cause us negative emotions, such as stress, disappointment, regret, anger, shame, guilt, or worry. This self-sabotage happens when we overuse our natural strengths. For example, being vigilant is a supportive protective mechanism, but when unchecked it can fuel the Hyper-vigilant Saboteur, causing anxiety. Similarly, a rational approach to problem solving can bring great success in certain work applications, but the Hyper-rational Saboteur might get in the way of warmth and intuition, and make relationships problematic. Our Saboteurs lead us to react to challenges in ways that generate negative feelings and behaviors we regret. See what Saboteurs you’re most subject to by taking this quick assessment.

The PQ Program provides instruction and a framework for building your Sage Powers, which enable us to handle challenges through positive emotions such as empathy, gratitude, curiosity, creativity, self-confidence, and calm, clear-headed, laser-focused action. When we put our strengths to work from a Sage mindset, we accomplish more, do so more effectively, and avoid the negative ramifications of the Saboteurs.

The PQ Program will dramatically improve your performance and productivity and help you respond to challenging life situations with a calm, clear, more positive outlook.

As a Certified PQ Coach, I am trained to facilitate your learning through this program and provide ongoing support as you develop your mental fitness.

Register for the PQ Program

The next offering begins April 13.

What kind of time commitment should you expect?

Over the 6 weeks of the app-guided program, you will be asked to:

  • meet with me for an initial 30-min goal-setting session
  • watch a weekly 60-minute video
  • engage 15 minutes/day in reflective/contemplative exercises Tuesday-Friday (provided through the PQ app)
  • meet weekly via Zoom with me and your “Pod” (small support/accountability group) for up to an hour.

In addition, you are encouraged to read the Positive Intelligence book, written by Shirzad Chamine, at your leisure. (As part of your enrollment, you can receive a hard copy of the book if you desire. You will have access to an audio version through the app.)

Most of your learning and practice in the program is self-paced, app-guided, and conducted at your convenience.

What does it cost?

My investment as a PQ coach allows me to bring this program to you at a fraction of what it actually costs. See below for the true value of everything you’ll be getting. 


What you getValue
An initial, 30-minute goal-setting session with Sara  $50
The PQ Program: Six 1-hour video lessons taught by Shirzad Chamine plus mental fitness exercises, all provided through a convenient app  $995
7 weekly live group coaching sessions with Sara  $700
Hard copy of the Positive Intelligence book     $15
Invitation to join Sara’s Sage Circle, periodic group accountability and support meetings for up to one year  $240
Total Value$2000

Get on the waiting list for the next offering of the PQ Program

Register here start working on your mental fitness.

What other graduates have said about the PQ Program:

“I have the power to change the way I think. . . I can exercise the correct muscles in my brain just like I can with any other part of my body.”

“I actually see how I was getting in my own way before – I was creating all that stress for myself! I now know what to do to be in a more positive mindset and have a way to bring it into my daily life. I wasn’t even aware of what I was saying to myself before and the PQ program helped me see that.”

Still not sure?

Want to talk about it?

Schedule a FREE 30-Minute call with me so I can answer your PQ Program questions.


Contact Me

Sara Cummings, M.A.



National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals
Associate Certified Coach