In this episode, Mary connects with sport and performance psychologist, Dr. Michael Gervais, one of the world’s leading experts on the relationship between the mind and elite performance. Over the course of a 20-year career working with world class performers and organizations, Dr. Gervais has developed a framework for the mental skills and practices that allow athletes to thrive in pressure-packed environments. During the episode, Mary and Dr. Gervais discussed the science and art of recovery and what it looks like, the importance of psychological skill training, why the balance between work and life is a mythical ridge line and what balance we should be looking for instead and much more.
Dr. Gervais’ influence can be felt across many touchpoints of popular culture. His clients include the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, world record holders, Olympians, MVPs from every major sport, internationally acclaimed music artists, and Fortune 50 CEOs. He is the host of the popular Finding Mastery podcast that explores the psychology of the world’s most extraordinary thinkers and doers.
In 2020, Gervais wrote an Audible Original, Compete to Create: An Approach to Living and Leading Authentically, with NFL coach Pete Carroll. He also created a six-week online course to bring the principles and practices of high-performance mindset training into businesses and homes.
He is a published, peer-reviewed author and nationally recognized speaker on optimal human performance. Dr. Gervais has been featured in premier media outlets including NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN, ESPN, NFL Network, Red Bull TV, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, WIRED, Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. Dr. Gervais holds a doctorate degree in psychology, specializing in sport performance, and a master’s degree in kinesiology. He completed his PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce Ogilvie, often referred to as the father of American applied sport psychology.