We Win Or We Learn

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Lanny Bassham is a world-class rifle shooter.

In the 1972 Olympics he took home the silver. In 1976 Olympics he took home the gold. He is now a coach and one of the things he teaches his elite performers is to ask 3 questions when they fall short of their goal, have a poor performance, or fail to reach an aspiration.

The 3 questions are:

We win, or we learn!

My son is a competitive gamer and he fails a lot. Sometimes he argues with reality. To help him reframe his failures I always say: “you win, or you learn”.

  1. What did you do well? Maybe the only thing you did well was show up. Congratulations! You showed up.
  2. What did you learn? You can always learn something.
  3. How will you get better? How are you going to train differently or create an If-Then plan to counter that obstacle in the future?
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