"The great lesson for our players was that they can create their own vision. If you make it as real as you possibly can and never back off, you will get what you are after, you will create it. That sounds airy-fairy, but it’s very powerful." --Pete Carroll
Asked to reflect on his management style, Carroll says it begins with knowing yourself. His long apprenticeship began at his alma mater, the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and included 11 different professional and college coaching jobs.
"You have to know what you believe in," he says. "You have to go into great depth to figure out what you feel about every aspect of what you are doing. It starts there. Then you have to set a vision for what you want and what you hope to get."
This mental imaging is important, he notes. "The more clear you are about what it’s going to feel like and taste like and look like, the more apt you are to create that. We set out with a vision four years ago and our guys worked at it like crazy."
The upshot of all the practice, recruiting and preparation, Carroll says, is that USC was "positioned impeccably" to defeat Oklahoma in January’s national championship game, which USC won in a 55-19 rout.
"The great lesson for our players was that they can create their own vision. If you make it as real as you possibly can and never back off, you will get what you are after, you will create it," he says. "That sounds airy-fairy, but it’s very powerful."
Power of confidence
"We are not letting these things faze us," Carroll says. "We are going to roar right through them. I kind of live with the mind-set that something good is just about to happen in everything we do. I don’t sway away from that very often."
Wow, already the second most requested elective! Fight On Pete!
The vision and goal attainment and acquirement is awesome. Reaching the mountain top is the part that he is successful at with the Seahawks. The part that is still needed to be seen. Is the staying at the top part. Which is a very very difficult thing to do. Bill bellichek and MY Patriots have figured that part out. The Seahawks and everyone else are still need work.