In Search of Mastery With Dr. Michael Gervais: How To Develop A High Performance Mindset

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“Balance is overrated. Forget about being balanced and work on being present.”

Dr. Michael Gervais


What are the consistent behavioral themes across the spectrum of high performing athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, and change makers?

Is there a common thread connecting those who change how we understand how the world works?

Dr. Michael Gervais has devoted his life to answering these questions.

A high performance psychologist working in the trenches of high-stakes environments, Michael lives and breathes in that special place where there is no luxury for mistakes, hesitation, or failure to respond.

His clientele include the elite of the elite – the world’s most prolific Olympic, professional, and extreme athletes. MVPs in every major sport. High level military. Internationally acclaimed artists and musicians. And Fortune 100 CEO’s.

You might recall Dr. Gervais as the guy Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll credits as integral to their 2014 Super Bowl win. The meditation, mindfulness and other crucial team building techniques Michael helped foster and instill into the fabric of that organization paved the team’s path towards incredible success.

You might also remember that Felix Baumgartner’s now-infamous Red Bull Stratos jump from an altitude of 128,000 feet almost never was simply because Felix simply could not overcome the high level of anxiety and claustrophobia he experienced every time he donned the jump suit. It was Dr. Gervais who helped Baumagartner resolve the issue and get Stratos back on track. No Gervais, no history making jump.

Michael is also the man behind skydiver Luke Aikins, who astonished the world by becoming the first to jump from a plane at 25,000 feet without a parachute or wingsuit and live to tell the story.

A published, peer-reviewed author and recognized speaker on optimal human performance, Michael has been featured by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, NBC, NFL Network, Red Bull TV, Extra, The Huffington PostOutside Magazine.

This is a long way of saying that Dr. Gervais is the man.

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While Michael’s roster includes the world’s most elite, he is about so much more than high performance athletes.

Everyone is required to perform daily. We all navigate our own high stakes environments. And everybody can benefit with the right mindset training. Towards this end, Michael committed to scaling the principles that drive high performance for the betterment of all. He shares his wisdom and experience each week on his Finding Mastery podcast (subscribe immediately) and works intimately with organizations both big and small through Compete To Create, the consulting firm he co-founded with Coach Carroll.

A man I consider friend and mentor, Michael is one of my very favorite people. Today we convene for a crossover episode — his third conversation on this podcast and my third appearance on his show — focused on the tools and practices required to transcend self-imposed limitations, unlock dormant potential, and lead your best, most fully expressed self.

Whether you’re a high performance athlete, top tier executive, 9-5’er, weekend warrior, or a stay-at-home parent, this gem-packed conversation is for you.

Because everyday, every one of us — irrespective of circumstance — has the opportunity to create a living masterpiece.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the exchange. For the visually inclined, you can watch our conversation on YouTube at: http://bit.ly/richandgervais.

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Peace + Plants,

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