I had a boss who taught me that every event deserves a solid, purposeful debriefing. And every good debriefing must start with “What went well?” (not “What sucked?” That comes second) And then I added: “What are you going to do about it?”

So, the 3-step debriefing process is:

  1. What went well?
  2. What needs improvement?
  3. What are you going to do about it?


I just finished a race that I was genuinely training for, praying for, experiencing serious anxiety for, eliciting all my friends to hope for me, an actual win – as in, for reals standing on the podium.

But I was nowhere near that shot. I was in the exact middle of the pack.



Not just because of my performance, but because of my naiveté. Imagine how many people were laughing at me hoping to podium in a race where I was nearly 20 minutes behind the first place woman.

“I’ve humiliated myself.”

“What an idiot.”

“Are you kidding?! This is never going to happen!”

But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

“What went well, Andrea?” Question number One.

Athletes… we will always be better people if we start with “What Went Well?” And we will never be better people if we don’t.


Only by leading myself through the questions in their proper order do I end up with Motivation to want to get out of bed, and begin a new journey of better. No berating. No excuses. So…

1) I am a great Obstacle Specialist!

2) I am not fast enough

3) Today I run!

I can’t wait to hit the trails!



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