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Deb Levy, M.Ed., PCC

Certified Business and Life Coach

Introducing the PQ Program

Improve Performance. Live a Happier Life.

Physical fitness gives you the ability to climb steep hills without physical stress. Mental fitness enables you to handle life’s great challenges without mental stress or other negative emotions.

How mentally fit are you?

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The Positive Intelligence (PQ) Program

Positive Intelligence Quotient (PQ) is a synthesis of recent breakthroughs in neuroscience, cognitive and positive psychology, and performance science validated by over half a million participants in 50 countries.

PQ is a measure of the strength of positive mental muscles (Sage) versus negative ones (Saboteurs).

Saboteurs react to challenges in ways that generate negative emotions such as stress, disappointment, self-doubt, regret, anger, shame, guilt or worry.

  • The Judge – The Master Saboteur
  • Controller
  • Hyper-Achiever
  • Hyper-Rational
  • Hyper-Vigilant
  • Pleaser
  • Restless
  • Stickler
  • Victim

The Sage handles challenges through positive emotions like empathy, gratitude, curiosity, creativity, self-confidence and calm, clear-headed, laser-focused action.

5 Sage Powers
  • Empathize
  • Explore
  • Innovate
  • Navigate
  • Activate

PQ (Positive Intelligence Quotient) measures the relative strength of your positive mental muscles

(Sage) versus the negative (Saboteur).

PQ is the most widely used measure of mental fitness. Independent researchers have validated this measure to be the greatest predictor of how happy you are, and how well you perform against your potential.

It teaches you how to shift your mind from self-sabotage to self-mastery for optimal performance and happiness.

Which saboteurs are holding you back from achieving your potential?


Breakthrough Results of Boosting PQ

  • Performance: Perform better while working less hard—similar to athletes “in the zone.”
  • Happiness: Feel less stress, more peace, and consistent happiness, even in tough times.
  • Relationships: Improve relationships, handle conflicts in ways that deepen trust and harmony.

How the PQ Program Works

Designed like a mental fitness bootcamp, the PQ Program gives you the insights, motivation, and structure to practice for only 15 minutes per day over a 6 week period.

The program uniquely combines weekly video sessions, daily app-guided practices and weekly group coaching sessions, and optional individual coaching, to boost your mental fitness muscles.


Each week you access a one- hour video lesson on Monday with New York Times bestselling author and Stanford University Professor, Shirzad Chamine.

Mobile App

Tuesday through Friday, you access the PQ App for 15 minutes each day to get you out of theory and build your PQ mental muscles through exercises and practice.

Coaching Pod

Every Thursday, you participate in live coaching sessions with assigned group members, called your Pod, to debrief the activities and discuss your application.

Sample Weekly Schedule

Week 1: Boost Your Self-Command Muscle

Learn innovative 10-second PQ reps that boost your self-command. Self-command is key to intercepting unhelpful mental habits and rewiring your brain to respond more effectively.

Week 2: Intercept the Judge Saboteur

Intercept and weaken the most damaging Saboteur, the Judge. Discover how judging yourself, others and circumstances is a crucial source of your stress and quite damaging to your performance.

Week 3: Intercept Your Accomplice Saboteurs

Identify and weaken the top accomplice to your Judge Saboteur - Avoider, Controller, Hyper- Achiever, Hyper-Rational, Hyper-Vigilant, Pleaser, Restless, Stickler, and Victim.

Week 4: Shift From Saboteur to Sage

Strengthen your Sage, the counterpart to your Saboteurs. Your Sage lives in an entirely different part of your brain, generates all of your positive emotion and achieves peak performance through a calm and clear-headed mind.

Week 5: Boost Your Sage Powers

Discover the Sage regions of the brain that enable the 5 primary powers that form all of the emotional intelligence competencies considered crucial to professional success.

Week 6: Take Clear-Headed, Laser-Focused Action

Use your Sage's Navigate and Activate powers to take clear-headed, laser-focused action.

Week 7: Sustain the Momentum

Continue using your PQ tools for a variety of current work and life applications.

Your PQ Program Coach – Deb Levy

Deb Levy

Deb is a certified life and business coach specializing in action-oriented coaching for individuals, businesses, schools, non-profit organizations and corporations.

For 25 years, Deb has been using research-based positive psychology strategies to help clients prioritize their goals and develop road maps to success.

In addition to coaching, Deb leads workshops on using positive psychology to improve performance and well-being for a variety of schools , businesses and non-profits.

Deb is an award-winning Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, where she taught Positive Psychology alongside Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar and Shawn Achor when it was the largest class at Harvard. Deb has also taught Positive Psychology at the Tufts Experimental College and is currently leading Positive Psychology Academic Coaching workshops for the Harvard Extension School.

Your Coaching Pod

Research indicates 500% increased likelihood of establishing positive new habits when supported by accountability partners.

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Every participant in the PQ Fitness Program is placed in a carefully selected support and coaching group called a Pod. Pod members meet once a week with me to share experiences and discuss the week's training. Pod members are also able to communicate privately with each other using the PQ Community App.

PQ Program Includes

  • Seven, Weekly 1-Hour video sessions
    Founder Shirzad Chamine guides you through experimental exercises that deepen and personalize your understanding of the PQ tools.
  • Seven, Weekly 1-hour group POD meetings
    Meet each week with your Coach and Pod members to discuss real life PQ application, challenges and successes.
  • Exclusive mobile App guiding your daily practice
    Each day a different focus for daily practice is assigned through a personalized companion app available only to program participants.
  • Daily progress tracking
    The app tracks your daily progress against minimum targets associated with new neural pathway (muscle) formation. Personalized daily coaching tips from Shirzad continue to both encourage and challenge you to keep going.
  • Private Individual coaching sessions
    Two, 1-hour private coaching session with coach Deb Levy to discuss your own personal goals and uncover areas of opportunity. Additional coaching sessions can be added at a discounted program member rate.

Upcoming PQ Program Availability

Starts: Saturday, November 19 (first video)

Weekly Pod meetings: TBD based on participant schedules

Pod limited to 6 members per group

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