How to Achieve Ultra High Performance | Dr. Michael Gervais on Impact Theory

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is an interview with high-performance psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais, discussing the importance of embracing pain and discomfort in order to achieve unparalleled achievement and success in various fields.

The video is an interview with Dr. Michael Gervais, a high-performance psychologist who has worked with athletes, performers, and businesses to help them achieve unparalleled success. He discusses the importance of finding the right emotional state and using it to achieve success, rather than letting the brain win. He also talks about the role of pain in driving change and growth, and the need to hit rock bottom in order to embrace a growth mindset. Gervais emphasizes the importance of understanding one's strengths and setting a vision for where they want to go in life.

  • The greatest fear in modern times is what other people think.
  • Our job is to love others and not give a what they think of us.
  • Our brain works one emotion at a time, so our job is to find the right emotional state.
  • Untrained and unconditioned brains will win if not properly trained.
  • Every great change starts with pain, and people grow by embracing discomfort.
  • Dr. Michael Gervais is a high-performance psychologist who has worked with some of the world's most accomplished athletes and performers.
  • Modern capacity building is not just physical, but also emotional and mental.
  • The worst thing we can do for our loved ones is to try to reduce their pain.
  • Visualization is a powerful tool for achieving goals.

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The Importance of Embracing Pain and Discomfort

  • The greatest fear in modern times is what other people think.
  • Our job is to love others and not give a what they think of us.
  • Our brain works one emotion at a time, so our job is to find the right emotional state.
  • Untrained and unconditioned brains will win if not properly trained.
  • Every great change starts with pain, and people grow by embracing discomfort.
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Introduction to Dr. Michael Gervais

  • Dr. Michael Gervais is a high-performance psychologist.
  • He has worked with some of the world's most accomplished athletes and performers.
  • He has helped level up Olympic gold medalists, MVPs in every major sport, elite UFC fighters, Red Bull extreme athletes, the US military, and the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
  • He is a peer-reviewed published author with some of the most usable insights into the mind.
  • He and legendary NFL coach Pete Carroll co-founded the corporate training institute Compete to Create to help some of the world's largest and most prestigious companies create winning cultures that foster greatness and fulfillment.
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Building Emotional and Mental Capacity

  • Modern capacity building is not just physical, but also emotional and mental.
  • People need to understand their strengths and where they want to go in life.
  • Setting a vision is important for building capacity.
  • Running to the edge of one's ability is important for growth.
  • Proper recovery is also important for balance.
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The Role of Pain in Growth and Change

  • The worst thing we can do for our loved ones is to try to reduce their pain.
  • Pain is a motivator for growth and change.
  • Success is often predicated on misery.
  • Hitting rock bottom can be necessary for putting in the work and letting go of old ways of thinking.
  • A growth mindset is a binary choice between depression or growth.
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The Importance of Embracing Pain and Discomfort

  • There is a difference between pain and suffering.
  • We all have suffering and dark places inside of us.
  • Acknowledging our suffering and being in touch with the pain is important.
  • It is healthy and necessary to feel all human emotions.
  • Helping someone feel like everything is okay is a mistake.
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Holding People to a Standard While Loving Them

  • We want to be around people who make us feel better and make us better.
  • Relationships go wrong when we don't trust that the other person is making decisions for both of us.
  • Investing in relationships is important for success.
  • The Seattle Seahawks are a relationship-based organization.
  • Locking arms and staying in the trenches together is important for success.
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The Importance of Mindset

  • Mindset is the foundation of high performance.
  • It is important to have a growth mindset and embrace challenges.
  • Having a fixed mindset can limit potential and growth.
  • It is important to focus on the process, not just the outcome.
  • Having a strong sense of purpose and meaning is important for success.
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The Power of Visualization and Self-Talk

  • Visualization is a powerful tool for achieving goals.
  • Self-talk can be used to reframe negative thoughts and beliefs.
  • Using positive self-talk can increase confidence and performance.
  • Visualization and self-talk can be used to prepare for challenging situations.
  • It is important to practice visualization and self-talk regularly.
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Building a Tribal Mentality

  • Locking arms and betting on each other is important in all areas of life.
  • It is possible to have this kind of relationship in business and personal relationships.
  • Articulating your philosophy and having clarity within yourself allows for a greater impact.
  • Most people want to stay on the surface level of conversation, but deeper conversations build deeper bonds.
  • Intimate relationships can be challenging, but honesty and authenticity are important.
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The Loneliness of the Human Experience

  • There is a loneliness to the human experience that should be honored.
  • Intimate relationships cannot know all of another person.
  • Being honest about the lonely parts of life is important.
  • Being selfish and not watering the relationship can lead to problems.
  • Ignoring tell-tale signs can lead to surprises.
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The Importance of Embracing Pain and Discomfort

  • Embracing pain and discomfort is necessary for growth and high performance.
  • It is important to have a growth mindset and be willing to learn from failures.
  • High performers have a different relationship with pain and discomfort.
  • They see it as an opportunity to learn and grow.
  • They also have a strong sense of purpose and mission.
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The Power of Visualization and Mindset

  • Visualization is a powerful tool for achieving goals.
  • It is important to have a clear vision and mindset for success.
  • High performers have a strong sense of purpose and mission.
  • They also have a growth mindset and are willing to learn from failures.
  • They use visualization to prepare for challenges and setbacks.
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The Importance of Doing the Work

  • Dr. Gervais shares a personal story about hitting rock bottom in his marriage and the importance of doing the work to repair the relationship.
  • Real conversations and deep work are necessary to truly get to know someone and figure out what's important to them.
  • Avoiding critique, defensiveness, stonewalling, and contempt are key to predicting and avoiding separation in relationships.
  • There are no set steps to doing the work, but a deep desire to do so is necessary.
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The Power of Energy Transfer

  • Humans can pick up on each other's vibes and energy.
  • Dr. Gervais shares a story about a highly emotional athlete and how the team was able to get in sync with him.
  • Alpha competitors in highly competitive environments need someone to grab their attention and help them get to a productive place.
  • Energy transfer can be positive or negative, and it's important to be aware of the energy you're putting out into the world.
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The Importance of Embracing Discomfort

  • Dr. Gervais believes that embracing discomfort is necessary for achieving ultra high performance.
  • Discomfort is a signal that you're pushing yourself to grow and improve.
  • Embracing discomfort can lead to breakthroughs and unparalleled achievement.
  • It's important to have a growth mindset and view challenges as opportunities for growth.
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