What are your Saboteurs?

I would like to introduce you to a free assessment which over 500,000 people from more than 50 countries have taken in an attempt to improve their performance, success and happiness. Saboteurs | Positive Intelligence

Shirzad Chamine, created the Saboteur Assessment based on the research presented in his New York Times bestselling book and Stanford lectures on Positive Intelligence. This is what grabbed my interest.

Your mind can be your best friend, but it is also your worst enemy, involved in self-sabotage. Your self-sabotage is caused by what Shirzad call “Saboteurs” in your mind.

These Saboteurs are your internal enemies. They represent a set of automatic habits of your mind, each with its own voice, beliefs, and assumptions that work against your best interest. There are 10 Saboteurs in total, and we all suffer from at least a couple of them. 

Saboteurs are a universal phenomenon, formed in our early childhood. They start off as our guardians to help us survive the real and imagined threats to our physical and emotional safety. However, they greatly limit our potential as an adult

Saboteur formation makes sense when you realize that the primary goal of the first fifteen to twenty years of life is just to survive long enough to reproduce.

As children, we also need to survive emotionally. The human brain is wired to pay close attention to our environment in our early years and adjust accordingly so we can bear any emotional strains we encounter and make it into adulthood.

Even if you didn’t have a difficult childhood, life still presented many challenges that your Saboteurs initially developed to handle.

The first step in weakening your Saboteurs is to identify and expose them, as you can’t fight an invisible enemy, or one pretending to be your friend.

Why not give it a go? Saboteurs | Positive Intelligence

My top 3 were:

  • Hyper-Achiever – Highly focused on external success, leading to unsustainable workaholic tendencies Score 7.5, when I have a proper job, my score was probably nearer 10!
  • Restless – constantly in search of greater excitement in the next activity or constant busyness Score of 6.9, I have been working to reduce this for some years whilst being semi-retired
  • Controller – anxiety based need to take charge and control situations and people’s actions to one’s own will Score 5, I have difficulty accepting this one, but it is useful knowing it exists within me

Are you brave enough to give it a go? I am going to suggest it with all of my coachees. After completing the assessment get in touch with neil@nvwsolutions.co.uk if you think I can help.

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