Those of us who enjoy reading self-development type books are constantly looking for what you might call a “game-changer”; a book that really opens new doors for the reader and enables you take your life to the next level. I don’t have to tell anyone just how difficult it is to find one of those books. POSITIVE INTELLIGENCE by Shirzad Chamine is one of those rare finds. I will say without hesitation this is one of the best books I have read in the last five years and that would include about 200 titles in this genre.
Let me clarify that by adding, this is not an easy book to read. Quite often, I had to go back and re-read a page or even a chapter to feel like I was fully absorbing the material. I will also place this book back onto my reading list and will go over the material again in a couple of months to absorb what I might have missed the first time through. Yes, it’s that good.
I’ve read several books regarding the differentiation of left and right brain thinking. Most of them left me about as puzzled after reading them as I was before when it comes to this subject. Chamine lays out the whole concept in a way that is understandable and with actionable steps the reader can actually put to immediate use.
The best way I can explain it is this; when you are reacting to a problem or issue, you are using your left brain – the fight or flight survival instincts that have allowed mankind to reach the top of the food chain. The left brain has and continues to serve a very meaningful purpose for many aspects of life. When you can identify a potential problem ahead of time and begin looking for ways to be proactive, you are then utilizing the right lobe. The author classifies the two lobes as left brain = saboteur, right brain = sage. The saboteur contains mechanisms that work against us when it comes to reaching our true potential such as judging ourselves and others, being a stickler, a pleaser, a victim or an avoider. Chamine identifies 10 saboteurs in all. The right brain contains what the author refers to as our sage, also referred to as our PQ brain. This contains five distinct powers; empathy, exploration, innovation, navigation and activation.
By learning to effectively build and utilize the five sage powers, we lay the groundwork for reaching our full potential. You may be wondering just how to identify these powers and how to enable them to work for you. That is covered in detail throughout the book. You will learn how to instantly recognize when your saboteurs are working against you, how to shut them down and how to enable your sage powers to reach a far greater outcome to any situation.
I am a big proponent of any self-development type book, but this one is a real game-changer that will make a huge and immediate impact. I give this book my highest recommendation.