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CONTINUE YOUR TRAINING

The following are highlights from the conversation between Pete Carroll and Dr. Michael Gervais of Compete to Create and Lynne Zaledonis, Salesforce’s SVP Product Marketing on Salesforce’s Living Through change podcast on 7/21/2020. Watch now. Back in 2012, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll invited high performance psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais to attend training camp
Exclusive Excerpt from the New Audible Original – “Compete to Create: An Approach to Living and Leading Authentically” by Dr. Michael Gervais and Pete Carroll From Pete Carroll:  Writing down your personal philosophy is a process that takes a lot of work, but everyone is capable of doing it. Living your philosophy is how we share

THE PASSION TRAP

The new Audible Original – “Compete to Create: An Approach to Living and Leading Authentically” launched this week. One of the hidden challenges it raises for living well is “The Passion Trap.” People often fall into the trap of believing they need to find that one thing they are passionate about – whether it’s writing,

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

(Photo – Rod Mar) We are living in the midst of a cultural transformation. And we’ve never needed it more than now.  Racial tensions are elevating to unprecedented levels as black men and women continue to be murdered and mistreated in unjust fashion. The impact of the pandemic has seemingly faded into the background as
One of my favorite thoughts to anchor to is, “We have the power to dictate our own inner experience.” Now, there are always factors outside of our control that impact our lives in big ways. But, following the old adage of, “Life isn’t what happens to us, but rather how we choose to respond,” the

ADJUSTING TO DISRUPTION

Disruption happens. Every day, every game, every meeting, every opportunity — things rarely ever go as planned. Disruption seems to be a consistent part of the moment-by-moment fabric of our lives. You might not be able to control how things play out, but you can control how you respond. We always say that “attitude is
As a high-performance psychologist, my life efforts have focused on uncovering the essential skills that help people live and perform toward their upper capabilities in high-stress environments. Why do some individuals shine under pressure while others crumble? What can we learn from those operating at the very limits of human potential? Perhaps the distinguishing feature

KNOWING WHAT DRIVES YOU

  How do world-leading thinkers and doers become great? Well, they don’t hack their way to greatness. Our culture is obsessed with tips, tricks, and shortcuts. In many respects, it’s human nature. We want to find the shortest line from point A to point B. We don’t punch an address into WAZE and ask for
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Can you feel the uptick in stress? In you? In the people around you? I wanted to write you a quick note to acknowledge the stress that many of us are experiencing and remind you to continue to find the good in change. Embrace uncertainty. Help others. Be a global citizen. Be compassionate. Be strong.
Pete Carroll on deliberately developmental organizations
Years ago, we came across research from some Harvard professors who talked about “deliberately developmental organizations.” After digging into the topic, we realized that the culture they’re describing is in direct alignment with who we are and increasingly aspire to be — and probably what you want your culture to be too. Wouldn’t you love
warrior's edge training for military and first responders
We’re excited to share a project that we’ve been working on to support first responders and military personnel. We’ve been deep in the weeds adapting our online mindset training program (Finding Your Best) to meet the needs of those who operate in environments of high consequence. This has led to an entirely new program called
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WHY MINDFULNESS IS NOT JUST A TREND

As with many fads that infiltrate American pop culture— the Zone diet, 8-Minute abs, high-waisted jeans— people impulsively buy-in without a deep understanding of why. We are social animals and signing onto a trend connects us to the larger tribe. Mindfulness seems like it could be one of those fads right now. Recently, a friend
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Our mission at Compete to Create is to help people find their best. One essential part of that process is helping people figure out their personal philosophy.  Historically, think back to Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and other impactful cultural leaders. They all have very clear personal philosophies. THEIR THOUGHTS, WORDS, AND

HOW TO DITCH THE SUNDAY SCARIES

Do you live for the weekend? Spend your work weeks looking forward to those few days that are reserved for fun, rest and recovery?  At one level, it sounds pretty good — at a deeper level — it might be an indicator of not being able to fully tap into your potential.  Here’s one way
When we set intentions for self-improvement, we tend to look inward and go on the journey alone, gritting out the process of learning and reshaping our behaviors seemingly in a vacuum.  However, we need the help of others to explore our own potential. Our relationships with others are often a mirror for our relationship with
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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DOING AND BEING

We live in a culture of productivity. Our identities are tied to and defined by what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. And this has led to a collective hustle for self-worth, driven by the non-conscious belief that if we do more, we’ll be more. And many don’t realize that there’s a difference between

CREATING A HIGH PERFORMANCE CULTURE

WHAT EXACTLY IS CULTURE? It’s anything and everything about a space, team, group, city or nation.  It’s how people treat each other, the hallway conversations, language used, eye contact and laughter shared. It’s always there and always having an impact, whether we’re aware of it or not.  The tiny lessons it teaches about potential, skill,
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GET THE GOOD SLEEP YOU DESERVE TONIGHT

Sleep is such an important element when discussing daily recovery and performing at your highest potential. There are many tangible and strategic ways to easily set yourself up for a good night’s sleep. And actually, it usually starts when you wake up. Take a look at our list below for some easy, simple tips ways
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WHAT DOES HIGH PERFORMANCE MEAN TO YOU?

This is not an easy question to answer and there is no universal, global consensus on who sets the standard for high performance. But they only hand out three medals at the Olympics. Was 4th place not one of the best in the world at their craft? Here at Compete to Create, we emphasize the
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WHAT IS GOOD SLEEP?

Let’s talk about the science and practice of good sleep (or sleep well, as we call it at Compete to Create). To get started, how many hours of sleep did you get last night? If you had to rate the quality of your sleep on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best, how
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UNDERSTANDING GOOD RECOVERY HABITS

The best thing that you can do to process today and prepare yourself for tomorrow is recover. The concept of recovery is an essential part of our mindset training here at Compete to Create. One of the primary ways that we help you to better recover mentally, outside of simply sharing information on why it
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HOW TO CREATE A PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

First things first, ask yourself, “do I have a personal philosophy”. More than likely, you do– whether you can effectively articulate it yet, or not. We all have a personal philosophy, or a way about ourselves that gives us some degree of clarity and direction throughout our daily lives. Creating a personal philosophy, understanding how
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WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO TRAIN YOUR MIND

As a human, there are essentially three things that we can train: our craft, our body, and our mind. And everyday is an opportunity to train these areas and develop the skills that keep them working at an optimal level–– to explore the boundaries of what’s possible with who we already are and who we
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REWIRING YOUR BRAIN FOR GRATITUDE

If you didn’t join us for our most recent webinar, we discussed the concept of gratitude and how it can help jumpstart your journey of self-discovery— our theme for this month here at Compete to Create. Before we get into unpacking gratitude, let’s talk about being present. One of the main concepts of our mindset
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It’s a process we’re all going through all the time - through setbacks and trauma or awareness and introspection - what are you working towards and how are you showing up daily?
In Under Armour’s new documentary, Margin of Victory, they explore the mindsets behind some of the world’s best athletes during their preparation leading up to their next big performance: 6-time NBA All Star, 2-time NBA MVP and 3-time NBA Champion Stephen Curry, FIFA World Cup Champion and Olympian Kelley O’Hara and former Heavyweight Champion Anthony
As human beings, we crave community and connection. Way back when, living in a tribe was our means of survival. If we banded together we were less vulnerable to predators, able to heal the sick, assist in the birth of new life, gather food for all and raise each other up under guiding principles and
If you are actively working to live a high performing life, there will be internal obstacles, external setbacks and plenty of success. It’s part of the process. It’s part of the make-up for those pursuing mastery.  The way you respond to life’s mysteriously nuanced and complicated interconnected flow of micro-events is a combination of your
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