320 – Dr. Michael Gervais: High Performance Psychologist; Finding Mastery Podcast Host

Throughout his career, Dr. Michael Gervais has followed a central question:  Is there a common thread connecting how the greatest performers in the world use their minds to pursue the boundaries of human potential?

Gervais is a high-performance psychologist working in the trenches of high-stakes environments with some of the best in the world, training the mindset skills and practices essential to pursuing and revealing one’s potential. His clients include world record holders, Olympians, internationally acclaimed artists and musicians, MVPs from every major sport and Fortune 100 CEOs.

A published, peer-reviewed author and recognized speaker on optimal human performance, Dr. Gervais has been featured by NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN, ESPN, NFL Network, Red Bull TV, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Outside Magazine, WIRED, ESPN Magazine and others.

He is the co-founder of Compete to Create, a digital platform business helping people become their best through mindset training. The firm works with a limited portfolio of Fortune 500 companies and leaders to switch on culture and individuals through high-performance mindset training and coaching. Clients include Microsoft, Boeing, and Zynga.

He is also the host of Finding Mastery, a podcast that takes you inside the rugged and high-stakes environments of those on the path of mastery to explore how they train minds to be at their very best. Gervais unpacks and decodes each guest’s journey, psychological framework and mindset skills and practices. Past guests include, Mercedes Benz Formula 1 Owner Toto Wolff, Microsoft’s CFO Amy Hood, ultramarathoner David Goggins, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Carli Lloyd, CEO of Amusement Park Entertainment Jimmy Smith, Pixar’s CFO Lawrence Levy, Seattle Seahawks Head Coach, Pete Carroll, big wave surfer Ian Walsh, among many others.

Dr. Gervais received his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University. He completed his Ph.D. while studying under the father of American applied sports psychology, Dr. Bruce Ogilvie, at San Diego University, Integrative Studies.

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4:10 - How Dr. Gervais became passionate about "mindfulness".
6:45 - How our natural state is "a double-fisted drunk monkey" and how to develop the tools to "adjust the volume of our inner dialogue".
8:10 - Self-awareness is a great first step but it isn't enough; we need to take action against the awareness.
11:10 - The idea of gratitude training is good but just one "stitch of the tapestry", but we have to fundamentally change our paradigm of "doing more" to one of "being more".
14:50 - Being present & awareness is trainable; everything you need is already inside you.
17:15 - Focusing on yourself and your development first is not selfish, you actually create space and freedom for others to do the same.
18:50 - Fear is the barometer is a great indicator for what action you should be taking. We are in unprecedented in terms of quantity and vectors of information; what are you going to do to deal with it.
21:50 - It is through relationships that we become whole.
26:15 - The common elements of working with high-class performers and what we can learn from them.
29:00 - Pushing yourself to your capabilities (in line with your genetic coding), to the edge of instability produces greatness and growth.
35:15 - The danger of the recent epidemic of PHUBBING
37:35 - All about his partnership with Coach Pete Carroll & their venture "Compete to Create"

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