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Produce professionals: Reduce stress with mental fitness


ORLANDO, Fla.— The produce industry is an inherently stress-filled world. This pressure can take its toll, impacting your health, relationships, and performance. Leadership coach, Wendy McManus, has a program to help busy produce professionals like you manage that stress and minimize its impact.

McManus is now offering Mental Fitness Boot Camp in partnership with Positive Intelligence, Inc. Mental fitness is defined as your ability to handle life’s challenges with a positive, rather than a negative mindset. Participants in the 7-week Mental Fitness Boot Camp start to retrain their brains to more effectively manage the stress and pressure they face every day.

Having studied mental fitness and positive intelligence intensely since March of 2020, McManus is now a Certified Positive Intelligence Coach (CPQC). She was one of just 14 coaches in the pilot program for this rigorous certification, making her a trailblazing expert in the field.

According to McManus, mental fitness and positive intelligence is far more than just bright-side thinking. While there is no magic wand to eliminate stressful situations, your experience of stress is mostly dependent on the neural networks in your brain and your habitual thought patterns in response to the circumstances.

A stressful situation can trigger the fight or flight response in your survivor brain, McManus explains. Once that happens, you have far less access to your inherent strengths that could help you overcome the test you are facing. But the research shows that if you face that same stressful situation with a positive mindset, you are more likely to maintain your calm, clear focus and conquer the challenge more effectively.

“By training yourself to use a positive mindset as your default reaction to tough situations, you actually start to rewire your brain during this 7-week program,” said McManus. “The neuroscience behind Mental Fitness Boot Camp is quite remarkable. Participants not only feel better, their brains change for the better.”

“My clients appreciate the fact that the mental fitness framework synthesizes the latest developments in neuroscience, positive psychology, performance science, and other research,” said McManus. “It is based on the work of my mentor and teacher, Shirzad Chamine, and it’s all documented in his New York Times bestselling book, Positive Intelligence, so it appeals to even my most hyper-rational clients.”

Based on the mental fitness framework, McManus has also developed a 12-page Stress Survival Playbook, which is available for download on her website at

Contact McManus to learn more about how mental fitness can help you improve performance, strengthen relationships, and increase your sense of inner peace. The program is well-suited for individuals and teams.

About Wendy McManus, ACC, CPCC, CPQC and Connect 2 Potential
Through one-to-one coaching and her signature Mental Fitness Boot Camp program, leadership coach, Wendy McManus helps her produce industry clients become more confident, capable leaders and contributors. As a speaker, McManus inspires audiences to get out of default mode and take responsibility for their own thoughts and actions. Learn more about Wendy at