#1592 Areté +1° #41: Win or Learn

3 Questions To Ask After A Performance

Hi, this is Brian.

Welcome back to another Areté +1°, one of my favorite micro-chapters from my new book, Areté: Activate Your Heroic Potential.

There are 451 of my all-time favorite ideas in this book. Hope you love it.

Here's one of them…


Lanny Bassham won a gold medal in rifle shooting in the 1976 Olympics. But he didn’t win that gold until AFTER he fell short in the 1972 Olympics where he took home a silver.

He used that disappointment to fuel his mental toughness training and bring home the gold in his next attempt. Since then, he’s been teaching people how to show up as their best when it matters most.

He wrote one of my all-time favorite books on mental toughness called With Winning in Mind. Here’s one of my favorite things he teaches his elite performers.

After any performance—ESPECIALLY the ones where you fell short of your goals—ask yourself these three questions:

What did I do well?

What did I learn?

How will I get better?

We win. Or, we learn. And learning IS winning so we win or we win.

Our +1°: Learn anything awesome lately?

Think about a recent disappointment and let’s quickly run it through this process:

What did you do well? (ALWAYS start here!)

What did you learn? (Well, what did you learn?!)

How will you get better? (+1°, baby!!)

High fives and let’s go, Hero!

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