How to Increase Optimal Performance

What You Will Learn In This Episode 

Debbie Vyskocil reveals the secrets to optimal performance. She shares tangible advice about how to create optimal performance by getting adequate sleep, managing stress, and being kind to ourselves. 

What I loved About This Interview 

Debbie’s ability to take scientifically sound techniques to create optimal performance was incredible. I appreciated her ability to help me understand how various aspects of our lives are impacted by stress and not being kind to ourselves. I loved her ability to share real-life tools to use when we are feeling stressed and the steps we can take to manage our stress both in the moment and at the end of the day so we can relax and get a good quality of sleep. 

One of my favorite lessons from this interview is that when we are not kind to ourselves, it has a tremendous impact on our stress level, ability to perform optimally, and our ability to learn. I loved Debbie’s concrete advice about how to change the way we talk to ourselves so we can be more kind to ourselves. 

Who is Debbie?

Debbie Vyskocil, president of Optimal Edge Performance a data-driven, high-performance consultancy, leverages her expertise in neuroscience to teach audiences how to reach peak levels of achievement. With a focus on productivity and innovation, she delivers an understanding of how neuroscience can enhance performance. Debbie blends an electrical engineering background, a psychology degree, and extensive neuroscience training to create a unique combination of science and emotional acumen, leading her to work with some of the business world’s highest performers.

Debbie’s Generous Gift

Here you will find a short exercise to help you cultivate more quality sleep in your life along with my latest article for the Naval Institute on the critical importance of sleep.

Bonus Wisdom

These are questions that I asked Debbie outside our interview. You are going to love her answers!

What is 1 thing you believe every woman entrepreneur should know?

In order to build a company, we have to remember to also take care of ourselves. It can be to build resilience, develop more effective ways to handle our stress or to learn to be compassionate to ourselves. The company benefits also, but if we don’t take care of ourselves first, the rest doesn’t matter. 

What is the one area of life or business you are an expert in?

Optimizing our brains for the greatest joy we can achieve. (Recently I was forced to become an expert at being kind to myself.)

What is one thing you want to share about this that will make all the difference for women? 

Sleep plays a critical role in our functioning, impacts our happiness and the happiness of those around us. I know it is never easy, but if we make time to sleep we function at a higher level, have more energy and increase our health, memory and life expectancy.

What is one thing that you wish someone told you that you had to learn the hard way? 

Unfortunately learning the hard way seems to be how I learn best, perhaps it was that regrets usually are for those things you don’t do, so dive in.

Please tell me about your family. 

My family all died by my 35th birthday. My friends are my family. I work very hard to nurture those relationships and can say I have one of the most supportive “families” possible. The same challenges of spending quality time together, dealing with their emotions when you are busy with work, and saying no when I need alone time still applies.

What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced with balancing work, family, and taking care of yourself? 

In the beginning, I was all about the work and sacrificed everything else. 

What did you learn from this challenge?

I needed balance to be happy. It took so much conscious effort to find that balance. In my mastermind group, I had goals to meet up with a friend once each month and call a friend every other week.

What helps you balance these roles now? 

Conscious effort to make sure I attend to every area of my life. When I realize I am sucked back in I schedule a call with a friend.

What is one resource that you love (a book, app, service)?

Evernote – 

If you have written books or have a blog, what are the titles and where can I find them? 

The book is on the drawing board at the moment. 

I write for the US Naval Institute on sleep, for Thrive Global, and for Medium. My personal blog is on the website.

How to Connect with Debbie:

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