We take pride in our Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and it is what we want our children to aspire too. But somewhere, something very vital has gone amiss. In Spite of all the degrees and laurels, all the material wealth and instant gratification of all desires, we are still unable to find true happiness and wisdom. In fact, we are more fractured than ever and grappling with everyday anxiety and misery.
Intelligence quotient (IQ), is a measure of a person’s reasoning ability. In short, it is supposed to gauge how well someone can use information and logic to answer questions or make predictions.
Our education has always emphasised on academic results, but is that all we need to get success in our life? Emotions do affect how and what we learn. Being more aware of our emotions and reactions to it will help us manage the stress. Once we learn to understand our emotions we will be able to communicate better.
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathise with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict. It impacts many different aspects of our daily life, such as the way we behave and the way we interact with others.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is more important to leadership effectiveness and performance than IQ.
However, be it IQ or EQ, Intelligence is of no use unless you learn to cultivate your own sense of well being and optimism aka PQ.
Although our potential is determined in part by IQ and EQ, it is our PQ that determines what percentage of our vast potential we can achieve. Perhaps, it is the most important life skill that we have left behind in our quest to achieve success and attain wealth.
So besides IQ and EQ, PQ is what the world really needs today. Activating our PQ brain is the simple, practical and sustainable way to develop all the EQ competencies associated with high performance. Conversely, while success doesn’t lead to greater happiness, a happier brain is more creative, resourceful and resilient and does lead to greater performance and success.
Positive Intelligence Quotient(PQ):
Shirzad Chamine, the former chairman of CTI (Coaches Training Institute), the largest coach-training organisation in the world, and founder and CEO at Positive Intelligence Inc.,coined the term Positive Intelligence Quotient (PQ).
Your mind is your best friend, but it is also your worst enemy. Your Positive Intelligence Quotient is the percentage of time your mind is serving you as opposed to sabotaging you. Your PQ indicates how much mastery you have over your mind. The higher your PQ, the more control you’ll have over your mind, which means less mental hurdles to overcome.
What we focus our minds upon has the power to enhance our mental well-being( or destroy it). When our focus leads to a positive action, it contributes to our Positive Intelligence.
PQ can only be an acquired skill. Our brains are hardwired for negativity; this goes back to our Stone Age ancestors, who needed to be cautious all the time from attack. Attack from dangerous animals, imminent bad weather or threats from other tribes. This negativity bias has remained with us and we naturally default to a negative focus, scanning for problems and often over-reacting when they occur. Fear and insecurity often paralyses us into inaction.
As such, our mind, with its habitual dysfunctional thinking patterns, is routinely sabotaging our true potential where voices of Saboteurs (negative thoughts) are inaccurately perceived as voices of our trusted self.
Training our mind to be positive is not so different from training our muscles at the Gym. Positivity is a skill we can build, if we flex the right muscles of our mind. Recent research on Neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to change even in adulthood—reveals that as you develop new habits, you rewire the brain. Engaging in one brief positive exercise every day, can have lasting positive outcomes. Failure to do so can leave you grappling with the world no matter how intelligent you are.
Also, acquiring PQ doesn’t mean one must always be positive and happy. Even the most upbeat people have their own down moments. Learning to accept that, as well as enhance your thought process is the core of acquiring PQ.
Tips to improve your Positive Intelligence:
- The PQ Brain “muscles” are activated and strengthened when you command your mind to stop its busy mind chatter and direct its attention to any of your five physical sensations.
- Identify and conquer your top mental Saboteurs (the negative voices in your head). Common Saboteurs include the Judge, Controller, Victim, Avoider, and Pleaser.
- Gratitude affirmations can help to encourage positive thinking thereby contributing to Positive Intelligence. Jot down on a daily basis, at least three things to be grateful for each day.
- Meditation can create lasting shifts in thought patterns. When you meditate you calm your brain. This peace and tranquility is crucial in building positive intellect.