Big Hairy Audacious Goals

I've never written resolutions or yearly goals because I've never been able to keep consistent with them.

I've resisted and resented time constraints.

I've yearned for the destination and neglected the journey.

And instead of feeling excited about the start of a new year, I feel anxious.

So, rather than pushing aside the emotions and jumping into celebration mode, I leaned in, searching for a deeper "Why."

See, I DO set goals for myself but never have put them on a timeline. And I uncovered that I am close to achieving two of the biggest, hairiest, most audacious goals (BHAG according to Jim Collins) I've ever set for myself.

I realized that for the past eight years, I've been

  • - embracing (and enjoying) the process,
  • - riding the ups and downs (sometimes, courageously with my hands in the air),
  • - celebrating the small steps forward (often with great emotionality), and
  • - trying not to overvalue the destination (realizing it is a stepping stone to the next BHAG). 

And THAT is what makes me anxious: I'm not sure what comes next once I finally reach these destinations after all this time.

Final Thoughts

  • - What are your big, hairy, audacious goals?
  • - Do you set yearly goals for yourself or do you allow for the ebb and flow of time?
  • - How do you keep your forward momentum going?
  • - What do you do once you've reached your BHAG?

"If the size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough." 

- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, first female President of an African nation (Liberia)

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