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Mindset is half the battle

We train our body, we train our craft, and now it’s time to train our mind.

Warrior’s Edge

It is imperative to prepare our military with the mindset skills to not only fundamentally transform their individual lives post-duty, but to function as mental pre-hab in preparation for the necessary physical and mental stressors of active duty. It is time to transform the third largest organization and employer of our country from the inside out. Compete to Create has partnered with Dr. Jannell MacAulay, Lt Col USAF retired (combat pilot, military operational commander, and performance specialist) to bring their Finding Your Best training to the various military, government and first responder branches.

Calling back to the traditions of the ancient warrior, where a disciplined mind enabled smart and contemplative split-second decisions, scientifically researched and evidence-based mindset skills can fill a vital training gap and ensure each individual human weapon has the psychological flexibility to excel both personally and professionally to reach their full potential. Warrior's Edge provides the essential psychological tools to train one’s mind and command your thoughts under stress— no matter which arena you are in.

THE EPIDEMIC

Long-term exposure to high-stress environments, where psychological and emotional trauma are near-certain experiences, leaves many military and first responders at risk for sub-optimal performance, as they are conditioned to constantly activate their sympathetic nervous system. This creates an environment for maladaptive coping mechanisms, compromised performance abilities, as well as potential increases in anxiety, depression, suicide, domentic SP violence, and substance abuse.

Most high-stress cultures including active duty military and first responders focus a significant amount of time on their body and craft, often neglecting the benefits of a mental skills training program. Many programs that are currently in place are reactive, treating people after they have already experienced trauma rather than utilizing strategies that help to improve both performance on the job and to mitigate the consequences of maladaptive coping responses.

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It’s time for a change

• The 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry study found the rate of PTSD in military veterans to be 15 times higher than civilians.

• The Veterans Administration reports that approximately 20 veterans die by suicide every day.

Fewer than 50% of returning veterans in need receive any mental health treatment.

25% of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans show signs of substance abuse disorder.

30% of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health condition requiring treatment.

Why train your mind

"It is imperative to prepare our military with the mindset skills to not only fundamentally transform their individual lives post-duty, but to function as mental pre-hab in preparation for the necessary physical and mental stressors of military service."
— Dr. Jannell MacAulay

BUILD YOUR MENTAL MUSCLE

The ability to adapt in new and challenging environments is crucial for your mental health and performance abilities. Supplement your training and military conditioning by strengthening your mind and your adaptability skills.

FIND MEANING AND PURPOSE

Your experience no longer has to control you. This course will teach you the skills to discover a new level of performance, will help clarify your purpose and deepen meaning in your life.

PREPARE FOR TRANSITIONS

Build mental strength and resilience skills to prepare you for the transitions associated with military life — deployments, duty changes, and the inevitable separation or retirement from service.

Facilitated By

Dr. Jannell MacAulay

• USAF Pilot & Combat Veteran
• Lt Col, USAF, retired
• PH.D. IN STRATEGY WITH WORK IN THE FIELD OF STRATEGIC HEALTH AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE

Dr. Jannell MacAulay is a combat veteran who served 20 years in the US Air Force as a pilot, commander, special operations consultant, and professionalism instructor. With her innovative leadership style, she was the first leader to introduce mindfulness as a proactive performance strategy within the US military. She continues to consult within the US government and corporate America delivering keynotes and a high-performance warrior mindset training program, called Warrior’s Edge, which she developed with Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks and Dr. Michael Gervais, a high performance sports psychologist. She is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, has a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from Penn State University and a PhD with work in the field of strategic health & human performance. Dr MacAulay is a TEDx speaker, certified wellness educator, yoga instructor, mindfulness researcher, and holds a certificate in plant based nutrition. She is a mother of two, military spouse, and a combat veteran with over 3000 flying hours as a pilot in the C-21, C-130, & KC-10 aircraft. Dr MacAulay is on a mission to help individuals excel in high-stress and rugged environments, by showing them how to lean into each moment to find their best selves.

Meet The Team

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, Gervais has developed clarity for the tools that allow people to “thrive under pressure.”

PETE CARROLL

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.

NICOLE DAVIS

Nicole brings the unique experiences of being part of winning volleyball teams at the NCAA level at USC, Olympic Silver medalist and first-ever World Championship Gold medalist on the US indoor women’s volleyball team. She has lived through the process that Dr. Gervais built with the national teams both on culture development and is passionate about helping others find what’s possible. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in clinical psychology.

COURTNEY THOMPSON

Courtney has first-hand experience of Compete to Create methods through her time competing as a member of the USA Olympic volleyball team where she took home Silver in London 2012, Bronze in Rio 2016, and Gold from the World Championships in Italy 2014. Her passion is to make those around her better through sharing her experiences as a professional athlete.

MATT BRADY

Matt is a West Point and Harvard Business School graduate with over 2,000 hours flying Army recon and Special Operations helicopters. He was decorated for individual heroism on the battlefield in both Iraq and Afghanistan and served as principal advisor to the CEO (Chief of Staff) of the Army on combating future threats. He currently serves as the Director of Recruiting for a Global 2000 execution consulting firm with clients like Proctor and Gamble, Siemens, and VMware.

THE COURSE INCLUDES:

live workshop

8-hour live workshop, taught to leadership personnel in teams of two. One Olympian and one elite military operator offering a LEARN, LIVE, LEAD teaching model.

digital training

8-week scaleable individualized digital training experience with an embedded performance coach.

WARRIOR’S EDGE COURSE CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is a unique approach, providing personal prevention and performance tools, thereby empowering the individual to make better decisions and adjust to the internal demands of the moment. This program offers a proactive approach to the mental health and well-being of participants, and unlocks their inner warrior as they learn to train their minds and command their thoughts under stress.

Self discovery is about developing awareness of thought patterns in order to pursue one’s best. Whether you’re performing as a combat pilot or parent, how you think about things determines how you react to them. Determining a definition of high performance, crafting a personal philosophy, understanding how to set a vision, and learning your character strengths are central for enhancing awareness.

Mindfulness is a particular way of focusing on the present moment without judgment. There are two pillars of mindfulness: awareness and insight. Training mindfulness builds awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, physiology and environment. Deeper awareness of one’s experience in the present moment can lead to insight and wisdom.

There are four basic mindset skills — calm, confidence, focus and trust. These skills are what help one show up and adjust in any environment. Breathing, self-talk, the ability to refocus and our behavior over time are the major components of training mindset skills.

Psychological framework is the way one makes sense of the world. Optimism, control and grit make up one’s psychological framework. Optimism is the way one sees the world, grit is the passion and perseverance one has toward a goal and the understanding of what’s in one’s control is are essential to high performance.

There are four pillars of recovery: Sleep Well, Eat/Hydrate Well, Move Well, and Think Well. Everyone needs to form habits around recovery in order to perform at an optimal level.

Testimonials


Timothy “Chachi” Pachasa


 24 year Air Force Veteran

2019-08-01T11:43:59-08:00

 24 year Air Force Veteran

Timothy “Chachi” Pachasa
“Warrior’s Edge training is the best resiliency investment the 93 AGOW has made. The instructors understand the high-stress environment in which our Airmen operate and are able to immediately and credibly connect with and relate to them during seminars. Because the nature of the training is such that it’s designed to be passed on, the benefits accrue throughout the organization even after the primary audience has been exposed. We plan on engaging with this team on a routine basis—this is the most effective means we’ve found for helping Airmen translate the stresses of military service—specifically those associated with ground combat—into exhilaration and high performance.”


Air Force Wing Commander

Commander 93 Air Ground Operations Wing, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia

2019-09-04T12:43:50-08:00

Commander 93 Air Ground Operations Wing, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia

“Warrior’s Edge training is the best resiliency investment the 93 AGOW has made. The instructors understand the high-stress environment in which our Airmen operate and are able to immediately and credibly connect with and relate to them during seminars. Because the nature of the training is such that it’s designed to be passed on, the benefits accrue throughout the organization even after the primary audience has been exposed. We plan on engaging with this team on a routine basis—this is the most effective means we’ve found for helping Airmen translate the stresses of military service—specifically those associated with ground combat—into exhilaration and high performance.” Air Force Wing Commander

"Like the whole of military (and society in general), our base has struggled with cases of suicide and depression, and we have been looking for any way we can to attack the problem.  A close friend suggested the Warrior’s Edge program after having success with his wing- describing it as a new way to improve focus and model effective behaviors top down for dealing with stress and improving performance. 

140 members strong, our leadership team took his advice, taking the 8-hour live course, and were shocked to find how much we could all improve in our own lives to increase mindfulness and mental resilience.  Our team is ecstatic to continue learning with 8 weeks of online content, looking hopefully to the future where we try to master these new skills - and in the process - improve our focus, our performance, our personal lives, and ultimately foster those behaviors to improve the lives of our airmen.


Air Force Vice Wing Commander


Former astronaut and Vice Commander 50th Space Wing
2019-08-01T11:40:05-08:00
Former astronaut and Vice Commander 50th Space Wing
"Like the whole of military (and society in general), our base has struggled with cases of suicide and depression, and we have been looking for any way we can to attack the problem.  A close friend suggested the Warrior’s Edge program after having success with his wing- describing it as a new way to improve focus and model effective behaviors top down for dealing with stress and improving performance. 140 members strong, our leadership team took his advice, taking the 8-hour live course, and were shocked to find how much we could all improve in our own lives to increase mindfulness and mental resilience.  Our team is ecstatic to continue learning with 8 weeks of online content, looking hopefully to the future where we try to master these new skills - and in the process - improve our focus, our performance, our personal lives, and ultimately foster those behaviors to improve the lives of our airmen. Air Force Vice Wing Commander

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