Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT COMPETE TO CREATE
WHAT IS COMPETE TO CREATE ALL ABOUT?
Dr. Michael Gervais and coach Pete Carroll founded Compete to Create in order to give people the tools to reveal and engineer themselves to be their every best every day — at work, at home, with colleagues, with family, friends and in society. The decision to live a life with meaning and purpose, while also striving to be your best, requires training not only around your personal craft, but increasingly around your mind. The skills we teach and coach you up on — through our online course and in-person events — are grounded in the science and art of high performance psychology. We created the online course, Finding Your Best, for individuals and teams that want to train mindset. Finding Your Best features video-based learning, community engagement, one-on-one feedback from an Olympian mindset coach, habit tracking, and more. Our engagements are designed to enhance your ability to live in the present moment more often.
WHO IS DR. MICHAEL GERVAIS?
Co-founder of Compete to Create, licensed psychologist and industry visionary, Dr. Gervais focuses most of his time on people at the “top of their game,” from the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and NBA players, to Olympians, military personnel and corporate leaders. Spending years in the trenches of high-stakes circumstances, Dr. Gervais has developed clarity for the tools that allow people to “thrive under pressure.” Dr. Gervais is a published, peer-reviewed author and a nationally recognized speaker on issues related to high performance for those who excel on the largest stages in the world. You can hear more from Dr. Gervais on his podcast, Finding Mastery.
WHO IS PETE CARROLL?
Pete Carroll is co-founder of Compete to Create, executive VP of football operations and head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Coach Carroll’s life passion is to build organizational cultures that support and help people be the best they can be. Carroll has developed a philosophy and approach for creating and sustaining a successful high-performance culture. His framework and processes are shared through Compete to Create in an effort to give top business leaders insights and knowledge into how they can enhance their cultures and unlock the potential of their teams.
THE FINDING YOUR BEST ONLINE COURSE
APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS
WHAT IS FINDING YOUR BEST?
Finding Your Best is an eight-week online course that teaches 16 mindset principles. The course teaches the science of a high performance mindset to engineer your life to become your very best every day. We take the same skills that Dr. Gervais and Coach Carroll have been teaching to their high performers, and show how to apply them to your personal and professional life through a scientifically-tested approach. The course will teach you how to build a life of meaning and purpose, while learning to push the boundaries of personal performance.
WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?
Those who want to feel empowered and to cultivate the necessary mindset skills to perform at their optimal capacity.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR APPLYING?
We have cohorts starting every two months for the rest of the year. Enrollment and payment are accepted until midnight the day before the course launches.
WHY IS THERE AN APPLICATION?
Mindset training is a commitment and takes hard work. Filling out the application for Finding Your Best is the first step toward the longer commitment of the work you’ll do in the eight-week course.
HOW DO I APPLY?
You can fill out an application on the Finding Your Best application page
HOW ARE APPLICATIONS EVALUATED?
We look for those who want to join a group of like-minded people to work together on this journey to gain the skills they need to train their mind.
I'LL BE ON VACATION OR GONE DURING PART OF THE COURSE, SHOULD I STILL APPLY?
We recommend evaluating how much time you will have before and after your absence to complete coursework. Missing a week is not a big deal. Missing two or more weeks can cause stress and become difficult to catch up. Giving yourself two extra hours to catch up on the week you missed will help.
I'VE BEEN ACCEPTED BUT WOULD LIKE TO DEFER ENROLLMENT, IS THAT POSSIBLE?
Yes, your acceptance rolls over to future cohorts. Please email us and we’ll help you get sorted: firstname.lastname@example.org
PAYMENT AND COST
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR PAYMENT?
If your application is accepted, you have until midnight PT the day before the cohort begins to pay and secure your seat.
WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
Our aim is for the course to fit your personal needs and definition of finding your best. If you are not satisfied with the course, please shoot us an email within 30 days of beginning the course and we’ll gladly issue you a refund. We’re on the path to high performance ourselves, and value any feedback around how we can improve our product.
WHAT IS THE COURSE STRUCTURE?
The course is self-paced, meaning you can complete each week’s work at any time you’d like. The course work includes video, assignments, quizzes and other interactive methods of learning.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE ACCESS FOR?
The course will be accessible for eight weeks. We encourage staying on track for each week’s course work. The aim of the course is to give you the tools you need to train mindset after the eight weeks is over. If you’d like to stay connected after the eight weeks are over, we will have additional resources for you to reference.
WHO ELSE WILL BE IN THE COURSE WITH ME?
You will be placed in small teams (7-10 people) to take the course with others on the same journey. As you go through course content some of your answers will be shared with your team. Going through the course with a team helps you be a more active learner. We know from research that active learning allows students to become involved with the content in a more meaningful way.
HOW WILL I COMMUNICATE WITH MY TEAMMATES?
The course has chat functionality for you to communicate with your mindset coach, team, and others in the course. To ensure the quality of the course messages may be monitored.
CAN I WORK AHEAD OF THE COURSE PACE?
The course has been designed in a way that the training within each principle builds on the next one, helping develop a framework that supports mindset training. For this reason the principles must be completed in order. New mindset principles will be released on a weekly schedule. You will set your own schedule.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR THE COURSE?
We recommend setting aside 1-3 hours per week for course content. Most principles take about an hour to complete.
HOW SHOULD I TAKE NOTES IN THE COURSE?
There is a notebook within the course. Everything you answer as related to course assignments will be saved in the notebook. You can download your notebook at any time and will be reminded to download it at the end of the course as well.
HOW CAN I ACCESS FINDING YOUR BEST?
Finding Your Best is accessible through your desktop or mobile browser. There is a considerable amount of writing for the course and writing on a desktop may be more comfortable, however you may take the course on your mobile device or tablet if you’d like.
DO THE VIDEOS HAVE SUBTITLES?
Yes, all videos in the course have subtitles.
IS THE COURSE AVAILABLE IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH?
Currently, we only provide videos and closed captioning in English.
DO I GET ANYTHING UPON COURSE COMPLETION?
Completing Finding Your Best is a big commitment and one that should be celebrated. We have an end-of-course quiz in the very last principle. Those who pass the final quiz with a score of 90% or higher will receive a badge of completion to share on personal sites like LinkedIn.
CAN I RECEIVE ACADEMIC CREDIT FOR COMPLETING THE COURSE?
We do not offer academic credit for Finding Your Best.
COURSE INSTRUCTION AND COACHING
WHO WILL BE MY MINDSET COACH AND HOW SHOULD I INTERACT WITH THEM?
Your mindset coach will be an Olympian who has trained mindset at the highest level of their craft. They will be there to support you on your journey, and you can engage with them as much or as little as you’d like. Your coach is a resource to help make the content of the course applicable to your context and support you in any way they can. Your coach is available via chat once the course starts and will respond within 24 hours.
WILL I BE COACHED BY DR. GERVAIS OR COACH CARROLL DIRECTLY?
As you can imagine, Coach Pete and Dr. Mike have pretty busy schedules. While we wish they could coach everyone up, we’ve put a lot of time and effort into filming videos and curating content that will be as beneficial as possible for you on your mindset training journey. Pete and Dr. Mike won’t be directly available, but you will have access to a mindset coach to help you should any questions come up.
IS DR. GERVAIS AVAILABLE FOR APPOINTMENTS OR A CALL?
Unfortunately, he doesn't take appointments or calls. We created this course as a way for his teachings and methods to be shared with a wide audience.
HOW IS MINDSET COACHING DIFFERENT THAN A PSYCHOLOGIST?
There are lots of differences. Our program is educational in nature around mindset training to help you find your best. By no means is this a substitute for counseling or psychological therapy. Our mindset coaches have the unique experience of training mindset on the world's stage and are available for your questions around mindset and their unique outlook on the principles. If you want, or are seeking additional resources, a great place to start would be your national psychological association.
FINDING YOUR BEST FOR TEAMS AND CORPORATIONS
I'D LIKE TO SIGN UP MY TEAM/COMPANY/GROUP - IS THAT POSSIBLE?
We’d love to have you and your team in the course together. Fill out this form to enroll your team. We will respond with next steps.
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I TALK TO?
We’d love to have you and your team in the course together. You can email email@example.com if you have questions regarding the course.