Eric Potterat: The Mental Disciplines For Leading & Winning


When we think about the highest performing people in all disciplines of life, they all commonly share the ability to think clearly, stay focused & shrug off setbacks all while under very high levels of stress.

In their most critical moments, in other words, they know how to maintain intellectual clarity & emotional control – which allows them to consistently perform at exceptional levels.

While we might believe that people like this are born into the world with uncommon abilities, the truth is they’re not innate talents at all; they’re 100% learned.

So, this episode is dedicated to introducing you to more cutting-edge performance psychology techniques the world’s best athletes & elite military teams are known to already have mastered. This is a topic we first began exploring a few episodes ago with guest Michael Gervais & in which we now go even deeper & wider.

We believe it’s time workplace leaders were given the tools they need to master their own states of being & introduce you to Dr. Eric Potterat to provide it.

Eric is a clinical & performance psychologist who, as a US Navy Commander, helped create the mental toughness curriculum used during Navy SEALs BUD/S training. He spent several years as the director of specialized performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers & has worked with Red Bull athletes, the US Women’s national soccer team, the NBA’s Miami Heat, numerous Olympic athletes & NASA astronauts.

In Eric’s words. the difference between settling & achieving, between good & great, between contentment & fulfillment, is based entirely on our mental approach. And he’s just published his first book which teaches the requisite skills.

In “Learned Excellence: Mental Disciplines For Leading And Winning From The World’s Top Performers,” Eric distills his high-performance knowledge into five mental disciplines: “Values & Goals,” “Mindset,” “Process,” “Adversity Tolerance,” and “Balance & Recovery.”

We discuss them all in our conversation with Eric – & his methodologies are guaranteed to both surprise & enlighten you.

By Mark C. Crowley

Mark C. Crowley is the author of Lead From The Heart: Transformational Leadership For The 21st Century which has been taught in 11 American universities. He is a global speaker, leadership consultant and thought leader on the topics of workplace culture and employee engagement.