I recently went through a six-week coaching program through Positive Intelligence, led by Shizard Chamine. Shizard also wrote an excellent book by the same name. 

The point of this program is to help individuals achieve their true potential – both from a professional and personal standpoint. 

One of the most significant parts of the program is related to identifying our saboteurs. There are ten of them, and “the judge,” aka “the master saboteur,” is the most powerful. It’s that voice inside of your head that says the negative, mean, and nasty things about you; things you would never say to another person. 

On the flip side, there is the sage. The sage helps you battle the saboteurs and is the voice of reason in the grand scheme of things. 

The takeaway that I found most valuable in the program is that it isn’t about changing who you are, but rather decreasing your saboteurs and increasing your sage. 

Here’s a bit more about the sage types. There are five of them:  

  • Empathy 
  • Exploration 
  • Innovation 
  • Navigation 
  • Decisive Action 

And, on the flip side, these are the saboteurs:

  • The Judge (this is number one!) 
  • Stickler 
  • Restless 
  • Hyper-Vigilant 
  • Hyper-Rational 
  • Hyper-Achiever 
  • Controller 
  • Avoider 
  • Pleaser 
  • Victim 

Understanding our saboteurs and sage, and the effect they have on our life, can help us limit those saboteurs and increase our sage. Life is good. – Jeff 

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