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Pete Carroll, Michael Gervais on competing to be your best

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Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and team high performance strategist, Dr. Michael Gervais got together for a podcast recently to talk about a variety of subjects. Gervais, who co-founded Winforever Consulting with Carroll, featured him on the Finding Mastery podcast series. They talked about a variety of subjects, including:

  • Why having a chip on his shoulder helped shape him
  • The importance of being present
  • How competition fuels him
  • Why you can't be afraid of failure
  • Creating your own reality
  • Helping others become optimistic
  • The moment he knew he had a different vision for coaching
  • Relationship-based approach to coaching
  • Why he doesn't need to talk about winning
  • Dealing with difficult outcomes
  • The moments between the moments
  • The importance of the Seahawks culture
  • How he instills a risk-taking mentality in his players
  • Getting to the truth of what went wrong when mistakes happen
  • Why it all comes downs love

Here's a few of Carroll's quotes from the show:

"When we're at our best, there isn't a future and there isn't a past, you're just there in the moment."

"When you're a competitor you don't rest, you're either competing or you're not. You're either working at doing better or you're going the wrong direction. You can't be easily satisfied. There's more fun to be had."

"The magic begins when somebody decides I think this can occur."

"To help someone find their best, I need to figure them out. I need to figure out how to best communicate with them. What do they need that they don't even know they need?"

"Being caught up in the result of something, whether you won or you lost, can affect your next outcome as well. Let it go and forget about it."

On Seahawks culture: "If I'm not living it, how can I expect anyone else to? It's about being as available and involved as possible. You can't sit on your butt and do that."

"Being able to take risks is what gives you the chance to do great things. How do you deal with it? By building and constructing a foundation of trust in yourself and in those around you."


You can also check out the rest of Gervais' Finding Mastery Podcast series on this iTunes link.