by Gary Ryan Blair

What are you going to do to up your game and make 2018 your best year ever?

I long ago discovered an important strategy that has allowed me…and my clients to continually grow and improve performance every year.

It’s called an After Action Review (AAR), and it’s all about reflecting on this past year’s performance…reviewing lessons learned from choices made and consequences received…as well as analyzing how you responded to challenges, opportunities and fears.

In this post, I’ll show you how to do it.

To make 2018 your best year ever, you need to perform an AAR right now… analyzing what took place this past year (the good, bad and ugly) and leveraging every nugget of knowledge for all it’s worth.

Unfortunately, that’s where the problem begins…as practically every company and individual resists this important discipline.

As a result, they don’t learn enough from their mistakes nor their accomplishments…and continue to repeat history rather than create it.

Today that changes!

There are five steps in the AAR process, and for you to start 2018 in the best way possible…you NEED to immediately begin implementing the ideas that are generated from this exercise.

Step 1. Identify Your Three Greatest Accomplishments.

Because I’m nice…I’m starting with an easy question for you, letting you in gently before I drop the hammer.

Always begin the review process by focusing on your wins. Even if this was a challenging year for you, odds are if you look closely enough there’s something, somewhere to be proud of.

Step 2. Analyze What You Learned from Each Accomplishment.

Now that you have identified your three greatest accomplishments, go back to each one. This time though identify what you did right, and determine how you can use these accomplishments as a springboard for even bigger wins in 2018.

The goal here is to leverage, optimize and amplify what you are doing correctly in order to accelerate your goals and resolutions moving forward.

Step 3. Identify Your Biggest Disappointments and How You Let Yourself Down.

I know this question feels like putting a kick me sign on your back. But heck, you’re here now. So why not confront this beast of a question straight up and get to the root of the problem.

Allow me to prompt you …

Promises broken.
Poor execution.
Standards compromised.
Opportunities avoided.
People betrayed.
Values downplayed.

Before you leap forward, you must close the door on habits, behaviors or attitudes that are holding you back. You will not be successful in the New Year if you stay stuck in your old ways.

Step 4. Analyze What You Learned from Each Failure or Disappointment.

A word of caution here…do not resist analyzing your past sins and mistakes. Doing so would be a shame as this is where the best learning comes from.

No matter how great everything in life is going – we all make mistakes. The trick here is to be a mature adult, to analyze them…and find out what preceded them, what could you have done differently, and how can you prevent them from reoccurring and haunting you in the future.

In order to make sure you don’t limit or undermine yourself in the New Year – you need to bring these self-defeating actions to the surface, confront them, and most importantly determine what you must do differently to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes all over again.

Step 5: Use This Information to Set Goals and Resolutions for 2018.

If you want to perform at the top of your game…you absolutely must reflect, review, and respond to the information obtained through the AAR process.

The purpose here is to build into your schedule, your interactions, your management style or whatever else you’ve surfaced in the previous questions and build yourself a new, improved and superior approach.

View this entire AAR exercise not as an opportunity to beat yourself up, but as a chance to uncover the goals and resolutions you need to focus on in the New Year.

If you’ll allow me, I’d like to show you how to MAKE 2018 YOUR BEST YEAR EVER as I’ve put together a comprehensive game plan which will show you how to start the New Year fast, focused and fired up and the best part is that’s free.

One last point…find a friend, locate a good place to have a great conversation, and say your answers out loud to them. (Get them to return the favor.)

Finish the year strong and always remember…

Everything Counts!

Gary Ryan Blair

P.S. You are welcome to pass it on and share this 2018 Game Plan with your friends, family and colleagues.




Posted on December 4th, 2017 by Gary Ryan Blair

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