Michael Gervais — The Inner Critic, Recovery, and High Performance

When you look at guys who are kicking ass, do you believe they were just born that way?

Do you think that grinding and hustling and pressure and scarcity are the keys to being successful?

And is it possible to create the life or business or relationships you want without having an inner critic chewing on your ass everyday?

Dr. Michael Gervais is a high performance psychologist who works with the Seattle Seahawks and Fortune 100 companies. Today we pick apart the myths of being a high performer, understand the inner critic, and reveal the key ingredient to enjoying the life we want.

In this interview:

  • Working with the Seattle Seahawks and Coach Pete Carroll
  • Myths of a high performing mindset
  • “I shouldn’t need help.”
  • Do we need our critic in order to succeed?
  • Depending on pressure for motivation


  • Why most successful people are driven by anxiety
  • Why rewarding wins is a mistake
  • Why ignoring recovery makes us weak
  • The importance of challenging feedback
  • Meditation and recovery

Click here for Dr. Michael Gervais’ program Compete to Create.

About Dr. Michael Gervais

Dr. Michael Gervais has followed a central question: Is there a common thread connecting those who change how we understand how the world works?

As a high-performance psychologist, he works in the trenches of high-stakes environments, where there is no luxury for mistakes, hesitation or failure to respond. Dr. Gervais’ client roster includes MVPs from every major sport, Fortune 100 CEOs, as well as internationally acclaimed artists and musicians.

Dr. Gervais is also the co-founder of Compete to Create, a joint venture with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, which has built a framework to enhance high performance cultures by focusing on mindset training for individuals. Compete to Creates aim is to pull back the curtain on how world-leading organizations and performers shape their lives, their thinking and their relationships in order to become their very best and thrive in the modern world. More than 30,000 employees from across Microsoft and AT&T have completed the High-Performance Mindset Training Course.

A published, peer-reviewed author and recognized speaker on optimal human performance, Dr. Gervais has been featured by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, NBC, NFL Network, Red Bull TV, Extra, The Huffington Post, Outside Magazine, and others. Dr. Gervais received his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University. He completed his Ph.D. while studying under the father of American applied sport psychology, Dr. Bruce Ogilvie, at San Diego University, Integrative Studies.

Ultimately, Dr. Gervais’ goal is to unpack, then decode how the greatest performers in the world use their minds to pursue the boundaries of human potential. To accelerate that aim, he has curated conversations with those who have dedicated their lives to becoming the best in his podcast, Finding Mastery.

Applying the same passion to exploring human performance boundaries to his personal life, Dr. Gervais is an avid surfer who also enjoys skiing Canada’s backcountry.

Click here for Dr. Michael Gervais’ program Compete to Create.